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Jared Padalecki Reflects on ‘Walker’ Season 2 & Teases ‘Independence’


[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Walker‘s Season 2 finale, “Something’s Missing.” So if you haven’t watched yet, that’s OK because this is a conversation with Jared Padalecki and that’s always a good thing!]

The fiery feud between the Walkers and the Davidsons got here to a fittingly heated finish Thursday night time as Gale (Paula Marshall) lastly admitted to daughter Geri (Odette Annable) that she, not Cordell (Jared Padalecki), had induced the barn blaze years in the past that killed Marv Davidson. After studying that he’d lied about Baby Geri dying, Gale clobbered the jerk with a lantern, the place went up in flames and poor lil Cordi turned satisfied it was his fault as a result of he’d introduced the lantern to the barn to observe a comet with Denise. Got that? Good, as a result of as soon as the smoke cleared, there was much more to take care of: Gale was taken into custody, Abby (Molly Hagan) obtained her long-overdue apology and Denise admitted to chopping Cord’s saddle to sabotage their horse race for possession of the Walker ranch.

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On high of all that, Trey (Jeff Pierre) and his large biceps had been invited to affix the Texas Rangers, however he then discovered his new house was proper subsequent door to Cordi’s companion, Cassie (Ashley Reyes), who is certainly exhibiting some neighborly curiosity; Stella (Violet Brinson) graduated from highschool; Liam (Keegan Allen) advised his of us that he was able to strive his hand at ranching; and Geri broke it off with Cordi in an effort to determine who she actually is. Hopefully it doesn’t take her too lengthy, as a result of the hour ended with Cordell being kidnapped from the path throughout a race (within the blazing Texas solar?!) with Trey and Liam. With Cordi final seen certain and unconscious behind a nondescript van, it undoubtedly looks like we’re gonna want as a lot of his family members round to determine what occurred to our hero.

Until then, we now have this chat with Mr. Padalecki, who affords a little little bit of perception into what’s coming subsequent, in addition to a whole lot of laughs about this previous season, the show’s Independence spinoff and, in fact, a sure former costar’s present (and cheeky) gig.

Sir! How is it going?!

Jared Padalecki: Oh, it’s going. I’m right here. Been right here, there and in all places. I’ve a giant birthday subsequent month however we’re gonna be in another country, so [Padelecki’s wife] Jen had a bunch of our mates fly in…I had a reasonably overwhelming weekend of seeing mates from like my highschool days, my Gilmore Girl days, my Supernatural days, my Walker days and every thing in between. It was superior.

Nice. And now you’re completed filming every thing, proper?

We completed a few month in the past. And we don’t return to Season 3 of Walker till August, however I feel Independence — I don’t know if it’s set in stone but — however I feel it’s gonna be in direction of the tip of subsequent month that we begin in Santa Fe.

Are you gonna back-and-forth it?

I’m gonna try to go to Santa Fe as a lot as I can, however you understand how busy it will get with Walker in Austin throughout the season, so I may not be capable of get on the market a complete lot. I hope I do. I’m not in Independence clearly, so I don’t have to be there a complete bunch, however I’d like to be there as a producer and as a buddy to the forged and crew and what-not.

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It helps that Cordi has been kidnapped since you might be lacking for a pair episodes whilst you’re down in Santa Fe

[Laughs] You know? I’ve been making an attempt to pitch that for months now. I’m like, “Hey, possibly I don’t actually resurface till like episode 5.” And then I’m gonna be Instagramming me, like, from Spain, having a very good previous time, you understand? Eating prosciutto. And then come dwelling with my pants three sizes larger.

Oh please, you’d simply sweat all of it off in that Texas warmth…that closing shot of you guys working, I used to be like “Mother of God, the cruelty.”

We kinda snigger generally, wanting on the little climate app on our iPhones and it’ll be like, “Oh, it’s solely 101…however the warmth index is 106!” And that was simply a few weeks after I used to be in that massive automotive accident [in Texas, when Padalecki was a passenger in a car that went over a retaining wall and into a utility pole].

Oh my God. That’s proper.

And so I hadn’t actually moved round and that scene had already been written lengthy earlier than that. So I used to be like, “Okay, effectively I’m gonna give it a shot. I haven’t moved my legs shortly however right here we go.” I used to be actually sweating and was not used to working; that was the longest I’ve gone with out working in my grownup life. So yeah, the sweat was actual. That wasn’t make-up. [Laughs]

How are you feeling now from the accident?

I really feel nice, thanks. Yeah. I really feel, I really feel nice. I used to be slightly banged up up however obtained up and at it, obtained via the final three episodes. I most likely, I dunno if I’ve actually talked about this however, unbeknownst to I feel a whole lot of the viewing viewers, they needed to rewrite a whole lot of the scenes in episodes 19 and 20 as a result of I couldn’t movie for a few weeks. I used to be form of bedridden, so yeah. Even with episode 218, which Austin Nichols—our beloved Clint West and my pricey buddy—directed, they needed to form of take me outta some stuff. It was an exquisite episode and a whole lot of it fortunately occurred anyhow with the mountain climbing and climbing that Stella and Colton had been doing.

You gave us a little bit of a scare when Jensen revealed the news.

Yeah, I do know. Jensen known as me earlier than all of that, as a result of it occurred on Easter after which he was on the New York conference the next weekend, which I used to be presupposed to be at, too. But you understand, I used to be on remedy that makes you crazy so that you don’t need to be making an attempt to do appearances like that. And I additionally didn’t wanna be tweeting to folks, as a result of I don’t suppose I used to be making a lot sense. It might need simply even been extra scary to folks if I had come out and stated like, “Hey, so the opposite day…I blah blargh blech.” [Laughs] But I’m all good now.

Thank God. So you bought to shut out the season with one other nice curveball. It was like 45 minutes into the hour, and the Davidson scenario is settled, so I began to suppose “Ok, what is going on now?” And then you definitely give us this good decision after which the kidnapping twist! I didn’t see that coming. I used to be pondering you had been all gonna like run up onto a physique someplace.

That would’ve been nice additionally!

How early into Season 3 will we discover out who’s obtained Cordi?

Very early. Certainly within the Season 3 premiere, we’ll get a glimpse of simply how a lot hassle Cord is in, if there’s any manner for him to get out or if he’s gonna need assistance…and the way assist would even get to him or discover him. We discover out fast, a lot to my chagrin. I form of pitched that like, “Hey, possibly I’m simply kidnapped for like 10 episodes and I’ve a very lengthy summer time.” And they’re like, “No, that’s probably not gonna work. The present’s known as Walker, so we’re gonna want you.” [Laughs]

Walker - Jeff Pierre

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Yeah, he must be again on obligation now that Trey is changing into a Ranger.

If he chooses to comply with via with it.

And Liam is changing into a rancher. So we’ll get a scruffy Keegan Allen and Jeff Pierre in uniform. You are actually giving the folks what they need, you perceive?

Right?! [Laughs] With Trey having performed so many nice heroic, great issues, like in Season 1’s twister and only recently in Season 2, seeing him hop outta helicopters and what-not, it’s clear that he has nice expertise. We did some analysis and there may be precedent of the Department of Public Safety making allowances for [Rangers]. Usually, it’s important to be within the DPS for seven years earlier than even being eligible to be a Ranger, however they’ve made exceptions for particular circumstances. And I feel we’ve all seen during the last two seasons that the character of Trey Barnett would clearly be a incredible Ranger. And I wanna see him within the outfit. I wanna see if he can match all these muscle mass into the uniform. [Laughs]

And I’m guessing Geri wanted to interrupt off issues with Cordi as a result of Odette must go and be pregnant?

[Laughs] Maybe? I feel, outdoors of O’s private scenario and giving delivery, the storyline simply appeared to make sense that Geri—who’s been so impartial for thus lengthy—would go on a private journey of her personal. Finding out that her father wasn’t actually her father and that her father form of killed her father and that she’s type of a Davidson, however type of a Walker, like she must get her head set on straight. Like when she offered the Side Step and drove off final season? Geri is form of a lone wolf. As a lot a she’s beloved and as a lot as she’s a part of each the Walker and Davidson households, she can be a powerful human being who simply must reset and strategy issues with a clear slate. And so we’re gonna see her character take a reset, take a tough reset, after which determine what she desires to do with the remainder of her life.

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Are the Davidsons sticking round?

I hope so. Obviously, we’ve seen a whole lot of sparks between Colton and Stella, we’ve seen Dan (Dave Annable) have redemption of types. And Denise and Gale have their very own kind of redemption, you understand. I feel a part of the entire [theme] of the sequence Walker, this one, is that nobody’s good, proper? Everyone makes errors and everybody can take steps to try to make issues higher, make issues proper. So I really like the thought of the Davidsons sticking round and us seeing their journey to redemption.

And now Cassie…love her.

Love her. Amazing.

Ashley Reyes is so nice. I wanna see you guys work extra collectively.

Me too! And Ashley, as a human being, I simply love the shit out of her. She is simply an superior younger actress.When we had been casting the character, we had seen God is aware of what number of audition tapes. These days in Covid, it’s performed by way of Zoom otherwise you log in to observe take a look at auditions. Finally, once we had been getting in direction of the very finish of the casting course of, we had a name and so they’re like, “Hey, we actually like this actress. We haven’t despatched her to y’all but as a result of she’s five-two and Jared’s six-five, however give her a glance as a result of we love her.” And so we watched her tape and we had been like, ” Damn it, she’s it!” Then we had a Zoom learn, Ashley, me and a bunch of the opposite execs and they had been like, “Yep, that’s it. Let’s get her to Texas.”

She’s charming and he or she’s humorous and he or she brings a pleasant lighthearted side. Ashley, together with Matt Pascua, who performs her brother, are simply great folks, great actors…they actually flesh out your complete Walker world.

Walker - Ashley Reyes

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That’s what I actually love, the best way the present’s universe actually did increase this season. The manner we noticed connections among the many characters develop…Bonham (Mitch Pileggi) and Abby having that reference to the Davidsons and having that historical past. It’s like they might have had their very own present that may’ve aired 20 years in the past and this season was nearly just like the recap of that.

That’s a tremendous approach to put it. And yeah, I’d watch the Bonham and Abby present, all day, day-after-day. All they’ve been via, their acceptance of one another, their forgiveness and their frustrations. When you’ve actors like Mitch and Molly, you may have ’em learn a telephone e-book and it will be compelling, so what they’ve performed, alongside the writers, has simply been a particular pleasure to me. And one other factor, you understand, watching the present in my capability as govt producer — I’ll watch the dailies and what-not — however a whole lot of the scenes that happen between Bonham and Abby Walker, I’m not there on set for, you understand? I’ve learn the script clearly and know they’re taking pictures that scene that day, however I don’t see it till later once I see it on digicam and I’m at all times like, “Holy s–t, that is good….they’re so good.”

Oh we completely ‘ship them. Now, are you able to be the lead of a present and the chief producer of that present and launch a second present? Are you able to juggle all of it?

As you ask that query, I began profusely sweating.

Sorry!

[Laughs] No, I can’t wait. Fortunately for me, a whole lot of the load goes to Anna Fricke and Seamus Kevin Fahey, who’s working Independence. So I simply should form of be there to go like, “Guys, that is badass. And guys, that is badass, too.” I can’t wait and I’m so thrilled for that forged and crew.

Kat McNamara is an absolute delight.

You understand how I used to be mentioning earlier than, as a result of lately throughout Covid, that you would be able to’t actually forged folks in particular person? So if you’re casting No. 1 of the decision sheet, that’s who’s gonna to be the person who’s there day-after-day and that’s doing interviews on the weekends and doing photograph shoots in between takes and this and that. Well, we did our analysis. We known as different reveals she had labored on, different actors she had labored with, different producers and writers and — to an individual — all of them simply sang her praises. They had been all like, “Oh my God, she’s great.” And like, in that manner of “Please don’t rent her as a result of we need her,” [Laughs]

Walker: Independence - Katherine McNamara

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I simply spoke to one in all your pals, Mr. Eric Kripke over at The Boys and he stated that you’ve an open invitation to return over and make a cameo.

No s–t! Oh my God, I’d like to. I’d have to start out performing some squats although so I’d be prepared to indicate my bare ass.

Yeah, how about that?! But if it’s a cameo, you most likely received’t should go that naked, however you by no means know with that present.

[Laughs] Well, I imply, if I’m gonna do it, I’ll should do it proper, you understand? I can’t simply present up and have a swimsuit on.

You can’t let Jensen be the one one exhibiting off his butt.

Correct. I imply all of them get it, so if I’m gonna fly all the best way as much as Toronto, then I’ll as effectively make it depend.

Exactly. Again, giving the folks what they need.

[Laughs] Well, we’ll see. It’ll be my 40-year-old ass!

Walker, Thursdays, Fall 2022, 8/7c, The CW

Walker: Independence, Thursdays, Fall 2022, 9/8c, The CW

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