Considering we’ve been lighting up Twitter, Facebook, and various blogs like this one speculating what Misha’s role would be in Season 7 (not to mention fleshing out a lot of rumors), I was certain some media outlet would be there with the answers as soon as the finale aired. Sure enough, this is the latest word fresh from Vlada Gelman at TV Line. Misha WILL NOT be a season seven regular cast member.
After making a rock star entrance in Season 4, Castiel quickly became a fan favorite, but the Winchestersâ€™ angel ally has gone from heavenly to sinister this season. In Friday nightâ€™s finale, he opened the door to purgatory â€“- inside himself! â€“- and became a soul-powered God. And nobody was going to get in his way. Not Raphael, not Crowley, not even the Winchesters, whom he gave the ultimate choice in the showâ€™s final minutes: allegiance, or death. So why the decision to not bring back Collins as a series regular, just when Cas seems to be at his mostâ€¦ almighty?
â€œWhen it comes to Supernatural, our philosophy is that everyone moves in and out and weaves in and out of the story, obviously with the exception of Sam and Dean,â€ executive producer Sera Gamble tells TVLine. â€œWe love Misha. We love and adore the character of Castiel. His character developed to this extent and went in this unexpected direction because we were so inspired by him.â€
… Collins is expected to return for the Season 7 opener, but how much of a presence he will have on the show beyond that, if any, is a mystery Gamble canâ€™t delve into â€œwithout giving away a lot about the premiere,â€ she says.
Also, as speculated on places like this site, Eric Kripke and Ben Edlund didn’t make the Executive Producers credits in the CW Upfront Press Release for Season Seven. Here’s that answer too:
Two other names familiar to Supernatural fans however will be back â€“ creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Ben Edlund. Gamble assures us that despite being left off a CW press release touting next season, Kripke and Edlund are hard at work on the seventh cycle. â€œTheir titles have changed,â€ she explains. â€œThere are a lot of technical and contractual reasons that peopleâ€™s titles change that donâ€™t necessarily reflect their level of involvement or commitment to the show. â€¦ Theyâ€™ve been in the [writers] room with me every day this week.â€
There’s plenty more said about all this, so go to TV Line’s exclusive report for all the details.