It’s deja vu all over again. Supernatural’s first location shoot of season eight is in the same area as the last location shoot of season seven — Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park opposite Nokia headquarters, which played nefarious Sucracorp in the finale. Even when I heard Supernatural was scouting the location a week or so ago, I didn’t think they would show up here today. But there on a bridge over the Fraser River Path at lunchtime were the Winchester Brothers themselves, aka Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, accompanied by their bodyguard Clif.
Jensen Ackles is directing the first filmed episode of the season, as he has for the past two. One of the scenes — for what will be episode three entitled Heartache — consisted of Jared Padalecki’s Sam Winchester calling out to “Amelia” and then running off the bridge. Played by Liane Balaban, Amelia is expected to become Sam’s first girlfriend [in a long while]. Padalecki filmed the scene on the bridge with a canine co-star, who seemed to be as confused as the rest of us about which tall man in the plaid shirt was Padalecki and which was his standin (that’s Padalecki’s standin in the first photo below)
And here’s Jared Padalecki and his director Jensen Ackles arriving on set to discuss the scene.
After a couple of rehearsals, Supernatural closed the bridge to foot traffic and pushed spectators back. I stuck around longer than intended hoping to catch a glimpse of Liane Balaban as Amelia, who’s said to be a doctor with a damaged soul. This was the best I could do from the sidewalk in front of Nokia.