“I went back all the way to the pilot and started picking off some episodes from Season 1, Season 2, some of the big arc episodes, the ones that really moved the mythology and the story along, and I wanted to get fired up again. It inspires me to go back and see how far we’ve come and what we did back then. I remember calling Jared after I watched the pilot again, and he hadn’t even come up to Vancouver yet since he was still on his hiatus, and I’m like, ‘Hey man, I watched the pilot last night, and it still holds up! Good job man, I’m just calling to pat you on the back.’ He was like, ‘Aw, thanks!’ And then I was like, ‘Now get your ass up here and let’s shoot.’”—Jensen Ackles (x)
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Padalecki doesn’t look surprised – not really. His expression is carefully blank – except, it’s a special brand of it, complete with dazzling smile. His voice doesn’t crack, or take another pitch. It’s steady and self-reliant. Confident. The same confidence he has when he’s staring down the barrel of a gun.
“That’s because I do, Ackles.”
hat’s unexpected. Denial had been a much more probable course of action. After all, it was a simple gesture. Words, flat and possibly insubstantial. Disparate meanings, interpretations fractured and unsure. But, apparently, Padalecki’s determined to defy any law or rule in existence.
“But I’m not going to do anything about it.”
And there it is. The punch line.
Jensen’s stubborn. His mother always told him that. At seven, when he hid in his big brother’s suitcase after he’d been told he couldn’t go with him to camp. At nine, when he insisted he didn’t need help learning how to ride a bike. At fifteen, when he told her he was gay, and moved out. At seventeen, when he enlisted, and left all his friends behind.
“I can’t do that to you. I won’t. What you need is a teammate, and a leader. Not some complicated shit and a one night stand.”
His brother went to camp without him. Jensen fell off the bike and broke his arm. His mother ticked every box in how not to react. He still loved her. Jensen followed his brother into the Army. His brother died. Jensen’s still moving forward. Maybe he likes banging his head against the proverbial wall.
In all of his on-screen appearances in season 1 (and once in season 2), we never see him take a drink of alcohol.
Sam and Dean both yell at him in season 1. Sam even gets in his face and shoves him. He never raises his voice.
When Dean calls him out on not answering his phone, he backs down and apologizes.
When Meg calls him and taunts him by killing his friends, he immediately drops everything and walks himself into a trap in order to stop her.
The entire reason he kept sending Sam and Dean on hunts in season 1 was to keep them safe, because he was closing in on the demon and did not want them to get hurt trying to follow him. He was genuinely afraid for their safety when it came to Azazel.
When Sam and Dean disobey his orders and back him up, and demand to come with him and finish the fight against Azazel, he concedes and includes them in the hunt. Because he clearly respects their opinions and their skill as hunters and trusts them to back himself and each other up.
He swung by Stanford to check up on Sam and make sure he was safe, but never once tried to pull him back into hunting.
On the occasions that he had to leave his sons alone, they always had food, instructions to call somebody (Pastor Jim) if anything went wrong, and/or enough money to buy food.
After the Shtriga attacked Sam, John immediately abandoned the hunt, packed up, and drove his kids somewhere safe.
He was sentimental. He kept Sam’s soccer trophy and Dean’s first sawed-off.
Despite fighting with Sam over soccer vs. bowhunting, he obviously caved and signed Sam up for soccer.
He took his kids on a trip to the Grand Canyon.
He sacrificed his life and his 22-year revenge quest to the very demon he had been hunting that whole time in order to save Dean’s life, because his sons mean more to him than anything.
Yes, tumblr, he actually did tell Dean he was proud of him - it’s season 2, episode 1. No, that was not Azazel. It was John. Watch the fucking episode.
He never broke in hell. He never tortured anybody to save himself the pain. He endured a hundred years of torture because he refused to hurt anyone else.
He was clearly a good enough person to be considered a ‘righteous man’, because Alastair had been trying to break him for that purpose before Dean made his deal.
He went from knowing nothing about the supernatural to becoming one of the greatest hunters to ever live.
Ash, who was pretty much a genius, was amazed by the way John put together patterns to track Azazel.
Sam outright said they were lucky to have John as their dad, and this was before he and John had their reunion and reconciliation.