The second day of Creation Entertainment's Salute to Supernatural continues with plenty of fan-favorite characters. Kicking off the next round of panels is someone who certainly had quite the season: Jim Beaver. After delivering an emotional punch at mid-season that certainly leaves his character of Bobby in an unknown status for the next round of episodes, we're still not sure just where everyone's favorite surrogate father will land when Season 8 kicks back up. In the meantime, Beaver had a blast answering questions and hinting at what's to come.
Kicking off the panel, Jim's opening statement was a bold declaration that had plenty of us in the audience excited and curious. "On Supernatural, you never truly die." While that very well ties into Bobby's ghostly return at the end of this last season, could that have been a hint that we'll be seeing our veteran hunter back at the helm of watchtower? It seems we'll just have to wait and see...
For the most part, Beaver just had fun with the audience and in turn it made for an interesting panel. Unlike Rachel Miner and Julie McNiven, he didn't reveal too much but rather he certainly made for an entertaining guest.
His first major Supernatural question is if Jim could give us some insight on some Bobby & Rufus shenanigans. He admitted that you'll never know what Steven Williams is going to say, so he tries not to think about it. But when Williams does in fact open his mouth, their banter can be just so funny that the two act like The Blues Brothers. Jim ended up telling a story where he and Steven were doing a take in which Rufus falls and dies, but they had to make sure mic was close when he fell. He ended up falling, and Steven goes "Ooh ooh Bobby...this is way worse then Omaha." It was soon afterwards that they were told they had to do it again because the director had said "That was great, but you're dead".
Jim was also asked on what his opinion was regarding John Winchester as a father, revealing that he finally got to meet Jeffrey Dean Morgan last month. "He's kind of a great guy. I've never met him before, seriously. We never had any scenes together, even when he was a ghost. None of us were there the day he was [when he returned]. It was all green screen. So I had never met him. But as far as his character goes...I don't know, I just show up and say the lines."
Answering from a character perspective, Beaver said "Bobby thinks that John could have done a lot better job than he did. We all saw on death's door there was a lot of allusion to the differences in raising boys between John and Bobby, so I think that Bobby thinks there's a more rounded way to look after his charges.
Beaver was even asked about his appearance on Psych a few years back. "Those of you who follow Psych and also follow Deadwood know that Timothy Omundson and I were married to the same woman on Deadwood. Not at the same time. So, it was a lot of fun [to reunite on Psych]. I didn't hang out with him much on Deadwood; he was only there for I think the first four episodes. But our kids go to school together and we actually became very good friends hanging out after we drop our kids off and stuff."
"I worked my through college doing stunts at a cowboy amusement park, which was exactly what I played on Psych. And aside from the fact that the ground has gotten harder in ten years, it was really fun to go back and revisit that. I love Tim and it was great fun working with him."
Jim went on to say that the writers are almost never on set, but that he has a great personal impact from being on Supernatural. He calls the cast and crew a "great bunch of people" and really poured his heart out. The only mysterious quip picked up on throughout the panel is that Jim kept having to correct himself from saying "we work" to "they work" regarding shooting Supernatural. Could this be a slip that may lead to the reveal Bobby will in fact be making a reappearance in the upcoming season? It's hard to say, but we're certainly excited.
Coming up, The Villains of Supernatural take the stage while Matt Cohen and Richard Speight Jr. provide for one hell of a fun time!