Even at San Diego Comic Con there’s a scale of fandoms. On one edge are the casual but invested fans who never miss an episode of their favorite show. On the other side are Supernatural fans, and that’s meant in the most flattering way possible. Saltgunners have a level of devotion to their show and its actors that is all encompassing and somewhat wonderful to behold. So a sold out panel at Nerd HQ is basically a given.
Fans poured into the Nerd HQ venue filling up even the standing room only space all to hear from the Winchesters and Crowley. Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Mark Sheppard know where their fans’ hearts are though and immediately addressed the absence of Castiel aka Misha Collins. The actor had only a small window of time during which he could see his family and opted to take it. As is often the case with Supernatural fans, they understood and more than content with the conversation participants they did have. With Collins gone, the three got up to possibly even more mischief, causing Sheppard at one point to note with exasperation, “I never thought I’d say this in my life but I actually miss Misha.”
The three actors didn’t hold back at all, recalling the many times they’ve pranked one another (especially Misha) on set and taking any opportunity tease one another during the conversation. Fans weren’t immune either. One woman sporting a unicorn head was the subject of several NSFW quips when she struggled to fit the microphone into the unicorn’s mouth in order to be heard. Yeah it was highly inappropriate but also so funny that everyone in the room, including the unicorn, was doubled over with laughter.
That’s the fantastic thing about a show like Supernatural and actors like Jared, Jensen, and Mark. Everything is meant in good fun and fans receive it that way. It’s obvious these three love working with each other as much as their viewers love watching them. Answering a question about what inspires him, Jensen said, “I get inspiration from the fans themselves. It’s a great thing to have found a tangible connection with you all, and with those who can’t be here now. We get to be in this small room with you and hear the stories you tell us directly. That’s the fuel that keeps us running, so thank you.”