It’s been a long time since Jeffrey Dean Morgan was last season as John Winchester, father of hunters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) on The CW series Supernatural, but that hasn’t quieted fans’ desire to see him reappear at some point. Even the actor himself admitted that he can’t leave the house or do an interview without someone asking if/when they’ll see him on the show again.
We recently got some time to chat with Jeffrey Dean Morgan about his latest TV project, Season 2 of CBS’ summer event series Extant, premiering on July 1st, and when we asked him what the chances were that he might ever return to Supernatural, before the show’s time is done, he not only expressed his desire to do so, but said that he’d love to do a good three-episode arc, be directed by Ackles (who has directed a handful of episodes), and give closure to both the character and the fans.
Collider: Obviously, fans of the show have been wanting you to return to Supernatural. Do you feel like you have closure there, or would you go back, if there was a story that felt right?
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: I [recently] was in London with Jensen [Ackles] and Jared [Padalecki]. I absolutely would love to go back. I haven’t been on the show for 10 years, and I get asked about it in every interview and every time I leave my house. I went and did a Supernatural convention, which I’ve always said no to. I went to Las Vegas and talked to 5,000 crazy-ass fans. The show has been on the air for 10 years now, and I haven’t done it for 10 years. They want me back. I do this so that I can make people happy somehow. We do it for our fans, and that’s got such a great fan base that, of course, I want to go back. And I would love to have some resolution for that character and his sons.
More importantly, Jensen, especially, is like a brother to me. I know he’s my son on the show, but we’ve become very, very good friends. Jared, too, but Jensen is like the godfather of my son. Not officially, but he introduced me to Hilarie [Burton] and is a big part of my family, and Hilarie is best friends with his wife (Danneel Harris). So, we’re together whether we want to be or not. For me, I think it would be so cool to go back and have him direct me. That would be great. I’m proud of them. They’re my sons, and I do look at them in a fatherly way, even though Jensen is like my brother. I’m very proud of who they are as men. I think they’ve grown up unaffected by fame and this business, which can turn people into freaks and assholes. They’re so well-grounded, and they’re both family men, and they’re honest and true. All the crap that we want out of people, those two guys are.
So, I’m proud of them and I would love to go back and work with them again, if the opportunity comes. But in saying that, I don’t want it to be a forced deal. I want it to be natural, and I want it to make sense for the story. I would love for John Winchester to have some way to say goodbye, not only to his sons, but to the fan base who seems to be clamoring for him to come back. We’ll see, but I hope. I can’t say, “I’ll do the last year,” because I don’t see an end in sight. But I love them and I’d love to go do a good, solid arc. I don’t want to just do a hit-and-run. I want to go back and do three, and really get into that world again. It would be great.