from Sci Fi Wire:
Supernatural Looks At What If?
Jensen Ackles, star of The CW's horror series Supernatural, told SCI FI Wire that an upcoming episode will provide a glimpse into the lives Dean (Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) Winchester might have led had their mother not been killed by a demon years earlier. "What Is and What Should," the 20th episode of the show's sophomore season, was written and directed by creator and executive producer Eric Kripke and will air on May 3. In it, a demon genie, called a djinn, provides the unusual opportunity for Dean to see what might have been.
"So you're kind of thrust into this parallel universe of Dean and Sam and Mom and Dad and everybody and what it would have been like if all of that stuff had not happened 20-some-odd years ago," Ackles said in an interview. "It's really interesting, and it was interesting for me, because I'm used to playing this character in a certain light, and I've become very comfortable in that position, playing this character. And now all of a sudden you're taking the actor out of the comfort zone."
Ackles added: "It was really difficult, and I was glad that Eric Kripke was directing the episode, because it was just very helpful to have the writer and creator of the show guide me, emotionally, through what I needed to do in the episode. So, for me, it was a fairly tough episode." Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. —Ian Spelling
Sounds like a fascinating episode and I can imagine their emotional development would be quite different after that change.