Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have been reunited on the set of Walker, the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot on the CW. The show features Padalecki in the lead role and Ackles was brought on to direct some episodes. Naturally, once these two long-time co-stars reunited, pranks had to enter the mix. It looks like the cast and crew are starting off the prank war by never giving Jensen Ackles a director’s chair that actually has his name on it.
The first day of Jensen Ackles’ directing tenure saw the cast and crew make a reference to his and Padalecki’s most popular show together Supernatural. The back of his chair simply says, ‘Dean Winchester.’ Ackles played the role from 2005 to 2020. Since it’s his most well-known role, it makes sense the cast and crew went with that name as the first prank.
But Jensen Ackles wasn’t going to get away with just one day of pranks. On day two, the team decided to change his directing chair again. This time it was in reference to a new role of his, with the chair saying ‘Soldier Boy’ on the back. Soldier Boy is the character that Ackles portrays in the upcoming season of Amazon’s The Boys. We’ll get to see Ackles in the role when the new season is released in June.
Jensen Ackles still couldn’t catch a break on day three of his directing job. This time the crew hit him with something a little more real, with the back of the director’s chair saying ‘Alan and Donna’s Son.’ While it’s not his actual name on the chair, Ackles can’t really say it’s untrue. At least this time they gave some credit to the real-life person, instead of just a character he plays.
Day four of his directing stint proves to maybe be the funniest reference of all. This time, the back of the chair said ‘Eric Brady’ which, of course, references his character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Not only did they make the deep-cut reference, but they actually found a real, physical magazine that featured his character on the cover. That’s definitely dedication.
Jensen Ackles has yet to retaliate with some pranks of his own, but maybe that day will come sooner than later. After all, it’s not really a prank war if the battle is one-sided. If Ackles does have some more days on set, there’s sure to be more names and characters to reference until he finishes the job.
Once Jensen Ackles is done being bombarded with pranks, he’ll likely be getting back to work on his upcoming pilot. Ackles has been busy working on producing a Supernatural spinoff, titled The Winchesters. The show will be a prequel series, following the parents of Sam and Dean Winchester. If the pilot can be picked up for a series order, he’ll be sure to have plenty on his plate. In the meantime, you’ll just have to stay tuned to catch his episodes of Walker when they air on the CW.