Exclusive: Jim Beaver Talks Returning to Supernatural
As part of our press ops for Crimson Peak, we grabbed a few minutes with one of the film’s co-stars, Jim Beaver (look for our full report tomorrow), and of course we asked him if we might possibly see the return of fan favorite Bobby Singer during this season of “Supernatural.”
Beaver told us, “Well, it’s in the title of the show. It gives you a clue as to whether dead people can come back. So, the way the show works is, I never know anything until they become very clear about what the storyline is, and then they let me know. It could happen. I’ve been in almost every season so far, and I don’t see any reason to doubt that I’ll show up [in Season 11]. But as far as something definite, I can’t tell you.”
We wondered what it was that first drew Jim to “Supernatural” and if he had any idea it would be such a long-term commitment. After all, it’s been on forever!
He replied, “No. It was not a show I was familiar with. I’d heard of it and I knew it was a show about a couple of guys chasing supernatural things, but that was about it. It wasn’t that there was something specific about it that drew me since I didn’t know anything about it; it certainly wasn’t a form of television show that I’d watch. I don’t think I’m the target audience, but I’d worked with one of the executive producers before on a series called ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ and he offered me the role. It was a one-off as far as I knew, just one episode. I was happy to get the work, and that was the draw for me – I was happy to get a job. I certainly didn’t, and don’t think even they, expected the role of Bobby to catch on or carry on, and nobody’s ever said to me they planned to have me back. But a number of people on the set said, “Well, we’re not killing you off so maybe you’re coming back.” For quite a while, it was like, “Well, they haven’t killed you yet so we’ll probably see you again.” It took three or four episodes before I realized this was going to turn into something real, something substantial. But I never expected to still be mixed up with the same gang 11 seasons later! I understand really clearly how the fans of the show connected with it, in the sense that I’m well aware of the fact the people who make the show – the executives and the actors – seem committed to going as long as they can keep everybody’s interest up. So I suspect it’s got a few more years of life, and with a little luck I’ll be there to share in all of that.”
While we wait to see if Beaver and Bobby do indeed return this season, here’s a look inside tonight’s Episode 11.02, “Form and Void.”
“Supernatural” Episode 11.02 – “Form and Void” (10/14/15; 9:00-10:00 pm)
DEAN AND SAM FACE THEIR OWN BATTLES — Dean (Jensen Ackles) helps Jenna (guest star Laci J. Mailey), the deputy he met after the Darkness fell, get back home safely and then sets off to help Sam (Jared Padalecki) deal with a town infected by a mysterious and deadly gas. However, when Jenna falls into dangerous hands, she calls Dean for help, and Sam tells him to go back to her. Unfortunately for Sam, he isn’t able to handle the townspeople-turned-monsters as easily as he thought. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb.