What's next for Castiel, and what dangers will the Winchesters face in Season 7?
By Ileane Rudolph
Are we finished with the arc about Sam's memories of Hell?
No. Sam heroically got it together to help his brother in the finale. He spent a lot of credit just to be vertical in that final scene (when he tried to rescue Dean from Castiel). He'll pay a really big price for that in the beginning of season 7.
Now that Misha Collins is no longer a series regular, how much will we see Castiel?
I can't say exactly how much he'll be around without giving away a lot. We will see him in more than just the first episode. There's never been a character we've loved as much as Castiel or an actor loved as much as Misha. With the exception of Jared and Jensen, Supernatural has a long history of weaving characters in and out of the story.
What does that mean for Castiel's story line?
I can't give away too much about it, but I can say that we plan to pick up very, very soon after where we left off and explain exactly what the transformation was for Cas, what he plans to do with the angels in Heaven and to Sam, Dean and Bobby, and to Crowley. The whole nine yards.
That doesn't sound good.
What we're saying is that Cas is not evil. He's transformed. That might not be good, but that's not mustache-twirling evil either.
Balthazar and Crowley have added great wit to the show. Is Balthazar truly dead? Will Crowley be back?
Cas really stabbed Balthazar with an angel knife, so he really killed him. But this is Supernatural. We often find ways to explore characters again in the future, and we really like Balthazar. And yeah, we will see Crowley again.
Will goings-on in Heaven be a plot line this season?
We did the Apocalypse [in season 5], then we did the post-Apocalyptic civil war [in season 6]. Those were huge celestial stories. We’re interested in what happens on Earth in Season 7.
Will Sam and Dean be on the run a lot?
They will be. We have new creatures in story for the boys. We'll bring back some favorites and bring in some new ones. There's an earth full of monsters and demons and evil spirits. There's always another bad thing for Sam and Dean to kill.
Good old-gashioned monsters that eat people. I was just pitched a story with a new creature that does nasty things to people. We'll also have ghosts and a story with psychics and mediums.
Now that Dean has wiped the memories of ex-girlfriend Lisa and her son Ben - who had given him his once chance at living in a normal family situation - does that kill all chances for the boys to find true love and happiness?
It wasn't what I call a high point for Dean. I don't think it's a statement about the rest of their lives necessarily, but it certainly is a statement about where they are today.
You’ve killed off or at best exiled anyone that the Winchesters have cared about, other than Bobby. The show’s been pretty depressing lately. Any chance for some fun and happiness next season?
There’s always been measure of darkness in the show. This season, there is a fun story line that’s emerging. There’s almost a tongue-in-cheek satirical quality to some of the story lines and mythology. We definitely felt that after all the twists and turns of Season 6, we wanted to have some fun. We’re all emo, but we’re ready for that.
Does that mean some fresh blood or favorite faces from the past?
You will see some faces from the past - alive or dead. We also have some new recurring characters in mind.
Some of them are not gender-determined, actually. [Laughs]. I guess that tell you that they are not love interests.
Will Sam and Dean’s half-brother Adam return? He seems to have been left languishing in Hell.
We have a couple of ideas. People ask me about him all the time and I promise that we haven’t forgotten about him.
And finally, what's the prognosis for the wrecked Impala?
Well, the last time we saw it, it was upside down! But it would have to be in a million pieces not to have Dean put it back together again!
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