The Winchesters is debuting in the 2023 TV premiere schedule on January 24 to pick up on the story of John and Mary’s origin, years before they’d become parents to Supernatural’s Sam and Dean. Jensen Ackles went from portraying Dean Winchester for 15 seasons to executive producing the first Supernatural spinoff to score a series order, and now he has managed to share a dark birthday message for his longtime character while also hyping the return of The Winchesters.
In what Supernatural fans can either appreciate as an amusing in-joke nod at how Dean’s story ended or a comment that comes too soon after his series finale fate, Jensen Ackles chose to film his birthday message while jogging outside of a cemetery in New Orleans. Take a look at the Instagram video:
While Supernatural’s filming locations in Canada generally meant Sam and Dean investigating cases in settings that looked an awful lot like the Vancouver area, The Winchesters films in New Orleans. Jensen Ackles – who previously commented on the difference between filming in Vancouver vs. NOLA – was seemingly down south on Dean’s birthday. He jogged past the famous Lafayette Cemetery and grinned before saying “Happy Birthday, Dean.”
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While Jensen Ackles’ video isn’t dark in terms of the kind of lighting that Supernatural fans had to squint through off and on for a decade and a half, shouting out to Dean in a graveyard is pretty dark in light of – spoiler alert for Supernatural – his character’s demise at the end of the show that he led alongside Jared Padalecki!