On June 24, Ackles shared a link to Deadline's report of the prequel series. Apparently, his friend and Supernatural costar Jared Padalecki was not aware that a prequel to their hit show was in the works. "Dude. Happy for you. Wish I heard about this some way other than Twitter," Padalecki wrote in a retweet of the story. "I'm excited to watch, but bummed that Sam Winchester had no involvement whatsoever." When asked by a fan if it was all a joke, as the duo are known for their banter on Twitter, Padalecki confirmed that it was not. "No. It's not. This is the first I've heard about it. I'm gutted," he tweeted in response. Ackles has yet to address Padalecki's comments.
While Padalecki was seemingly blindsided, Misha Collins viewed it as an opportunity for more Castiel. "Seems like this show would benefit from a time-travelling angel-in-a-trenchcoat character. Just saying," the actor tweeted in reply to the Deadline article.
Even Supernatural creator Eric Kripke had something to say about the potential drama. "When @JensenAckles first told me this story, I loved it," Kripke wrote on Twitter. "He & @DanneelHarris & @rthompson1138 are the perfect people to make it. (The other perfect person is too busy Texas Rangering.) Thanks for carrying the torch, guys, go kick it in the ass. Proud of you. #SPN #SPNFamily" Fans were quick to point out that the alleged "othering" of Padalecki by Kripke and Ackles didn't feel like something family would do to one another.