If you, like many Supernatural fans, have been assuming that the British Men of Letters had something to do with Sam and Dean's arrest, the answer is no.
"It was really the government that grabbed them. It was really the Secret Service," executive producer Andrew Dabb told TVLine earlier this week.
That isn't to suggest that the feud between the two groups of hunters will not be driving a lot of story in the back half of the season. During a set visit attended by both TVLine and ComicBook.com, series star Jensen Ackles teased how that might all play out.
"We're going to see that storyline get fleshed out in the second half of the season," Ackles said. "There are going to be some recruitment attempts, some disagreements about methods of hunting, and that will certainly boil to a point."
"I think we'll find out in the future that maybe their methods aren't the best way," Ackles said, even though in the relatively recent past it's seemed like the British Men of Letters have had more success than their American counterparts in some ways.
Questions about how far the hunters will go to accomplish their goals will drive some story in this season, but it's not just them who might be a little morally gray.
"Rick [Sanchez] is head of the Secret Service and has a very close relationship with POTUS," actor Stephen Lobo, who plays the character (pictured above), recently told Movie TV Tech Geeks. "We get the sense there's a deep level of trust and confidence between them. He performs his duties, either on of off the books, with unquestionable dedication and loyalty. He will go to any length to protect his boss. He's never failed him and he never will."
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Supernatural season 12 returns from its holiday hiatus on January 26th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.