The way "Supernatural" season 9 ended, it set up the introduction of a very new side of Dean, giving Jensen Ackles a different character to play when season 10 begins. On Tuesday, July 29, we uploaded a video interview with Ackles from the show's press room at San Diego Comic-Con, and you can check that out above or here to see what he had to say about Demon Dean.
"The story kind of dictates a lot of how we play certain things," Ackles said of portraying the "business-only" relationship of the brothers' last season. "We've been playing these characters for a long time. We're very comfortable adapting the character to the situation. …The fact that Sam said some things that Dean was surprised he'd say, you gotta let him process that, figure out what it does to the relationship." That said, the different side of the brothers' relationship on-screen does not change how the environment and relationship off-screen.
As for Demon Dean, we've gotten a taste of what to expect thanks to the sizzle reel shown in the show's panel at Comic-Con – and oh, is Dean getting dark. "It's not that Dean is possessed by a demon, it is that his own soul is actually twisted enough to where he has become demonic," Ackles made sure to point out. "It was a tough season for ol' Dean last year and he was going through a lot: the fact that he had betrayed his brother, the fact that his brother, he feels like he kind of lost his brother as a brother and that he didn't really have that motivating force of protecting Sammy like he always had. He was kind of on a crash collision course."
So, to play Demon Dean, "I wanted to take all of that away, all the weight of the world, all the heavy heart, the guilt, just all of that stuff, remove all of that because Demon Dean does not care, so that's kind of where I went with this character is that he is Dean without a care in the world. It's not comedic, it's almost scary, that he cares so little for anybody and everybody and he loves it," Ackles previewed, and one of the changes you'll see regards his hair, which he didn't cut as short as he normally would. "It gives me somewhere to go when I get back to regular Dean, I can shed a portion of that façade," the actor explained.
Check out the video interview for more from Jensen Ackles about Demon Dean, including the new challenge it presented for him as a director. (While they filmed his episode first, it will be airing third.)
"Supernatural" season 10 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on the CW.