Much like the DC TV shows that also populate The CW’s prime time lineup, Supernatural has developed an affinity for exploring alternate realities as of late. Actually, it’s nothing new to the series, with season 6’s “The French Mistake” remaining among my all-time favorite episodes, but the idea hasn’t been exploited to this degree until relatively recently.
Aside from “the Bad Place,” another realm that we’ve visited this season is that of “Apocalypse World,” which is pretty self-explanatory. But if you’re unfamiliar, the long and short of it is that it’s a place where Sam and Dean Winchester were never born, thus they were never able to prevent the end of the world.
So far, we’ve met alternate takes on Bobby Singer and Michael, both of which are a bit rougher than their counterparts on what we’ll call “Earth-1.” Well, in truth, this “new” Michael is far worse than the one we encountered in past seasons, now setting his sights on conquering the world the Winchesters call home.
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With that, the series has found Apocalypse World’s version of Zachariah, who’ll be played by Chad Rook. Having portrayed a couple other characters on the series in the past, it remains to be seen if one of Rook’s former selves will serve as a vessel for this other Zachariah, or if it’s a new gig entirely.
Previously, “our” Zachariah was played by Kurt Fuller, and that iteration was not a pleasant fellow, to say the least. And while one would expect for his doppelganger to be even more severe, it can’t be ruled out that he’ll do a complete 180 by being a keen ally to Sam and Dean. Either way, Rook has promised that there is “a whole lot more hell to be raised” over on Twitter.
Supernatural returns with new episodes on Thursday, March 1st on The CW.