Happy birthday, Richard Speight Jr.: Why he’s such an awesome director for Supernatural

Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR
Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR /

Richard Speight Jr. is sitting back into the director’s chair. As a celebration of his birthday today, it’s time to look at why we’re always so excited when he’s directing a Supernatural episode.

There is nobody quite like Richard Speight Jr. when it comes to directing Supernatural. Despite his character being gone between Season 5 and 13, he remained a close part of the SPN Family. He’s co-hosted the Creation Ent cons and SDCC panels with Rob Benedict for years, continued to work with many of his co-stars, and directed a number of episodes.

As we wish him a happy 48th birthday, it’s time to look at his directorial abilities. Whenever we learn he’s directing an episode, we know it’s going to be exciting. I don’t even have to like the storyline or the directorial decisions to appreciate his mind and the effort that goes in.

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For example, I wasn’t a fan of “Unfinished Business” because I’m not a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s directorial methods. However, I adored the work that went into the episode and risks Speight took with the episode. Plus, he directed himself fighting himself. Who else could do that?

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When we get a Speight episode, we just know it’s going to be good. There are going to be some fun elements and Easter eggs to past seasons. We’ll see risks and attempts at doing something different. There are personal twists on conventional styles.

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Even if the writing isn’t great or there’s something slightly off with a character, we know that the direction within the episode is going to be outstanding. Part of this is because of his risks and skills, but also because he knows the Supernatural world. He’s been a part of this since the second season and has worked with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and others for many years.

On top of that, he knows the actors. He’ll know how far he can push them and the abilities they’re capable of. It’s easier to get his vision across and there will be plenty of laughs on set–but they all know when to finally take things seriously. All this helps to bring out a better performance and story.

There’s never a need to worry about direction once you know Richard Speight Jr. is stepping into the Supernatural episode. Even with questionable plot lines he can make you enjoy moments of the episode without you realizing.

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Happy birthday, Richard Speight Jr. I can’t wait to see your two episodes from Supernatural Season 14.