‘Walker’ Star Jared Padalecki Says Character Is Trying to Keep Level Head in Season 2

by Samantha Whidden

With the second season of Walker already underway, Jared Padalecki opens up about what the show’s fans can expect from his character, Cordell Walker.

While chatting about the series with WCCBC Charlotte, Padalecki stated that his character is just trying to be leveled headed when it comes to the rivalry issues with the Walkers and the Davidsons.

“Walker has a good memory, other than the incident that happened that caused the Davidsons to move. Which we get into as well. But Liam just remembers the Davidsons as always being angry to the Walkers, mean to the Walkers.”

The Walker star also revealed that adult Denise Davidson is now returning. And she gets the role of the district attorney, which was the job that Liam wanted last season. 

“Ultimately, there was a delay in the election process, and she’s coming in to fill in the job. So now she’s Liam’s boss and working hand and hand with the rangers. Which makes it pretty difficult for Liam.”

The Walker castmate then said that his character is just trying to keep the peace. “Furthermore, he had a good relationship with Denise.”

Jared Padalecki Admits He Almost Didn’t Take the Role For ‘Walker’ 

In a January 2021 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jared Padalecki stated he didn’t actually plan to take on the role in Walker after his hit series Supernatural came to an end in 2020. “I wanted to take some time after Supernatural to mourn and grieve Supernatural,” Padalecki admitted.

But then, Padalecki considered the idea of taking the Walker role after all because it was being filmed in Austin. “If I wanted to film anywhere other than Austin, where my family, then I would’ve stayed on Supernatural,” Padalecki explained. He also said the primary reason why he and his Supernatural co-star Jensen Ackles decided to end Supernatural (for now) was due to their families living in a different country. 

“Then we realized Austin is the headquarters for the Texas Rangers,” the Walker star shared. That’s when his manager, Dan Spilo, asked him if he had any showrunners he wanted to work with. He immediately said, Anna Fricke. 

In regards to his interest in the original Walker, Texas Ranger, Padalecki also admitted he wasn’t a Superman but he grew up with it. He also saw most of the episodes. “It was part of growing up in Texas. It was huge all over, but it was certainly huge here.”

In regards to how Cordell Walker is different from Supernatural’s Sam Winchester, Padalecki said that the Walker character is more Han Solo than Luke Skywalker. He’s also not necessarily a “super-pensive, super-research-oriented, read-the-instruction-booklet guy. Unlike Sam. “He’s more a shoot-from-the-hip guy. He trusts his instincts. He’s also very much a father and a widower.”