'Supernatural's' Jared Padalecki talks Season 7: Sam is 'tortured' but 'honorable'

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supernatural-padalecki-comic-con.jpgDon't tell our other TV shows, but "Supernatural" may be our favorite show to cover at San Diego Comic-Con. This year was no exception! Before he took the stage in Hall H to speak to a packed room, we spoke with series star Jared Padalecki about Season 7 and Sam Winchester's newest hurdles.

As we saw in the Season 6 finale, Castiel ( Misha Collins) brought down the wall in Sam's head that protected him from his memories of hell. We saw him stagger to save his brother, but the memories will continue to plague him. "We pick up right where we left off," Padalecki says. "I think not only the audience but the actors would've been really upset to just pick up three months later like 'Glad that cleared up!' so we pick up immediately. Sam has figuratively seen the worst he's going to see. So now it's up to Sam to acknowledge that and move forward."

Once again, Padalecki finds himself comparing Sam's situation to that of a recovering addict. "We almost saw a touch of it with the demon blood. [He's] like a recovering addict, saying 'I know I've got a problem, and it's still messing with me. I still get this urge sometimes to do this or do that, but I see it now I realize it now.'"

Sam's relationship with his brother Dean ( Jensen Ackles) is as strong as its ever been. While in the past Sam has hidden certain truths from his brother, he's being honest about the realities of his predicament this time. "Dean, obviously, is going 'Um, you alright man? You're kind of passing out on us; you're talking to yourself,' so Dean's a little freaked out by it," Padalecki explains. Sam acknowledges the problem. "Sam's feeling is 'Look, I get it. I get that you're afraid, I can see why, but I'm dealing with... my issue. I have this problem, I understand it, it's not going to go away, I'm not just going to say 'No I'm healed.' Sam had a tendency to say 'No, I'm better, look,' and smile. 'Let's have a beer.' But now Sam's saying 'No, I'm not okay but I'm dealing with it.'"

This season presents a new acting challenge for Padalecki. "Soulless Sam, I don't want to say it was easy," he says, "But I had something that I could tell myself. I was just trying to think absolutely no emotion, pure reason. He thought that there was no attachment, there was no nothing. This year, I'm yet to see how it's going to manifest itself. If they've done it in the writers' room I haven't seen the script yet. So I as an actor don't yet know how it's going to turn out, so that's difficult to logistically play."

As always, Sam is doing his best to stay strong in the face of his challenges. When Season 7 opens, we'll see a Sam who is "tortured but refusing to let himself be tortured. As always, the Winchesters are bearing their burdens with honor and with courage." We'll see Dean become increasingly worried about his brother. "Sam says 'Look, I know that seemed weird, but I'm on it, I've got it, I'm the only one that can save myself,'" Padalecki explains.

Stay tuned to Zap2it over the next few days for lots more "Supernatural" and Comic-Con coverage. In the meantime, watch the video below (it's a little loud in the press room, so turn down your volume!) and drop us a comment about your hopes and expectations for Season 7.