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Jared Padalecki reveals which scripts made him cry

September 08, 2016 at 04:42 PM EDT

Any Supernatural diehard can name their favorite seasons and episodes. (Heck, even we did.) Maybe you prefer the days of the yellow-eyed demon. Maybe you love soulless Sam. Maybe you hate God? No, that’s just crazy. Regardless, you have your favorites. And not surprisingly, those involved in the show have favorites of their own.

One popular opinion among the cast is that season 5 was the pinnacle of the show. “There was something really satisfying about season 5, which was Eric Kripke’s final year,” Misha Collins says. “Season 5 really was a culmination of the first four seasons in a way that I think was rather spectacular. Season 5 is a standout.”

Mark Sheppard agrees: “Obviously the first five years, Kripke’s arc is fantastic. Season 6 has some really good episodes. A lot of the standalones in 6 were really, really good. 7 was a hard one. I don’t know that the big bad gelled so well because that’s in comparison to 8, which became such a wonderful turnaround.”

Or perhaps you’d rather look at the show in terms of individual episodes. Both Sheppard and Collins name “Baby” as one of their favorites, while Collins also mentions “The French Mistake” and “Everybody Hates Hitler.” But for executive producer Bob Singer, the standouts are “Phantom Traveler,” which he feels was the first time the boys got to be funny, along with “Faith,” “Monster Movie,” “Changing Channels,” “The French Mistake,” and “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1 and 2.”

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As for Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Padalecki can easily name the scripts that have made him cry — “Heart,” “Sacrifice,” “Bloodlust” and “Baby” all make the list. The common thread is a heartfelt moment between brothers.

Specifically, Padalecki recalls the scene from “Baby” in which Sam wakes up from a nap and tells Dean about his visions. “The weird juxtaposition of what the boys are going through right next to reality is what makes this show what it is,” Padalecki says. “I feel like those situations where we treat the abstract and the fantastical as just part of life is where the show thrives.

Ackles, after pulling up the scene on his phone for them to watch, adds, “After we did that scene, he and I looked at each other like, ‘We should just do that more often.'”

“If you’re going to do something that makes a difference, then it has to mean something to you,” Padalecki says. “Scenes like that mean something to me.”

For Ackles, the show’s at its best when it combines a scene like that with a little something else. “I think the show is at its best when it finds a way to blend scenes like that with horror and comedy,” he says. “I think the show is truly at its best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, then it does take itself seriously, then it gets scary as s—. In my opinion, that’s when we’re in the pocket.”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.
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