Longtime Supernatural star Jensen Ackles is helming the director's chair for one last episode of The CW series' final season, and he took direct inspiration from the John Wick franchise while dialing up the action.
Ackles directed the season's fourth episode, titled "Atomic Monsters," after previously helming six earlier episodes for the long-running series. For his last directorial effort, Ackles went all-out, contributing a song to the episode's soundtrack and pitching co-showrunner Andrew Dabb an ambitious action sequence to open the episode.
"I had like a full pitch that I sent over to Andrew and he was like, ‘Dude, I love this… if we were doing the full feature movie.’ I’m like, ‘I know, I know, it’s a little big,'" Ackles told EW. "He’s like, ‘I’d love to rein this in a little bit and do a small TV version of this’ and that’s kind of what we got."
While specifics on the action scene are still under wraps, the sequence involves Ackles' character Dean Winchester battling several opponents in a bunker.
"I was like, ‘Hey Andrew, I want to beef up the action aspect of it,'" he continued. "He was like, ‘The more action the better, go for it.’ I then turned to Rob Hayter, our stunt coordinator and I said, ‘Let’s go hard here. We’re gonna go big. We’re gonna do like a full Dean Winchester as John Wick.’ It was a lot of fun."
Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, the final season of Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert.