The actor, who initially made his debut as the Captain America-esque Soldier Boy in season 3 of the original series, is back reprising his role. Entertainment Weekly shared an sneak peek of his cameo appearance in the spinoff series.
The actor made a surprise appearance at a Supernatural fan convention in early April and spilled the beans to the excited crowd. He revealed that he had secretly filmed a brief cameo in Gen V, possibly not following the official script, but well, the deed was done. Interestingly, he mentioned that this “small part” was mostly ad-libbed. And guess who was there to witness the magic? None other than Eric Kripke, the mastermind behind The Boys and the creator of the CW’s Supernatural, a show that prominently featured Ackles.
“He and I were just, like, we were spitballing ideas and workshopping literally in between takes and coming up with a whole variety of takes,” Ackles said.
Soldier Boy’s fate at the end of The Boys season three was a bit of a head-scratcher. He wasn’t exactly killed off, but he ended up in a sort of limbo – stuck in cryogenic stasis. “The old TV adage is like, never kill anyone unless you really, really have to. Never close a door, open a window,” Kripke said of the decision. “We’ll all have to wait and see, but I can’t imagine the series ending without Soldier Boy making another appearance.”
Ackles isn’t the only star returning, as A-Train (Jessie T. Usher), The Deep (Chace Crawford), Ashley Barrett (Colby Minifie), and Adam Bourke (P.J. Byrne) are all geared up to make cameo appearances as well.
Gen V premieres on 29 September on Prime Video.