Supernatural Stars look again on the “flood” of tears within the “Coronary heart” episode, revealing the second that wasn’t written
There has been no shortage of tears on Supernatural for the past 15 seasons, but maybe no moment has been filled with waterworks than the heartbreaking ending of season 2’s “Heart”.
With tears on his face, Sam reluctantly prepared to shoot Madison (guest star Emmanuelle Vaugier), a woman he had become romantically involved with – and who was also a werewolf with an uncontrollable streak of killing. The emotional scene captured the sometimes devastating personal toll of the job with the Winchesters while also emphasizing that Supernatural was a series that wasn’t afraid to embrace the more sensitive feelings of its two male characters. (The scene’s power ballad soundtrack, Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity,” also made TVLine a list of the best supernatural musical moments.)
For star Jared Padalecki, the ending of the episode is the biggest he has ever cried on screen. “Oh, it was a flood!” The actor told TVLine ahead of the show’s final season. “Yeah, that and ‘Croatoan’ where Sam Dean has to say, ‘I’m not worth it. You have to let me die ‘… But I think’ Heart ‘was probably most of what I cried that was used. [With] “Croatian” I shouted a lot, but in the end we dialed it down a bit to keep the story going. “
In order to give the “heart” victim the right weight, Padalecki went to a very personal and emotionally difficult place. “I remember preparing for the scene and reading it and thinking about what it would be like to put my dog down,” he recalled. “I remember thinking about what it would be like to love something or care deeply about something and have to say goodbye to it, which is a strange mirror and parallel to what is going on with Supernatural. I love it. It is very important to me and difficult to say goodbye to … [In that scene], my emotions as Jared or Sam or the feeling for Sam as Jared just took over. “
It helped that the difficult exchange was one that Padalecki could share with his castmate Jensen Ackles, and that “it was led by Kim Manners – rest in peace – whom I loved very much and still love,” noted Padalecki, adding, that his replacement Vaugier, another co-star on the scene, was “a wonderful actress and 100 percent there”.
“We were less than two years old, but I felt so confident with Ackles, with manners, with my crew, with Emmanuelle,” continued Padalecki. “I was just able to post a lot of stuff that was pent up in Sam and Jared, I suppose. It’s hard to figure out where it came from. But I’ll never forget the filming of this scene. “
So strong was Padalecki’s performance that Ackles even provoked an unexpected reaction during the filming. “I didn’t expect to get emotional, but to see him go through what he goes through … just that energy fueled me,” shared Ackles. “I actually think the last shot that hits me will tear a tear down my face.”
In fact, Dean’s single-man tear became a memorable trademark of the show – and neither it nor the noticeable twitch that followed when Dean heard Sam’s gun go off in the next room was written. “I wasn’t expecting it,” revealed Ackles. “It wasn’t my plan, but it was such an emotional situation and I think that was really the first time I thought, ‘We’re going to be able to work these drama scenes really well together. ‘Because before we did the brotherly stuff pretty well, but that was the first time we got really emotional and I said,’ We can handle the scope now. ‘
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