Spoiler warning for Supernatural.
In Supernatural's season 12 finale, angel Castiel (Misha Collins) suffered his fifth death, stabbed in the back with an angel blade by the villainous Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). Worry not: the fan-favorite Seraph won't be gone for good come season 13, according to executive producer Andrew Dabb.
"Death is not the end for Castiel," Dabb told TV Line. "That being said, when we pick up our season he's more dead than people usually get on our show. Castiel has a big role to play for us, but that may not be as soon as some people are hoping."
Dabb offered an additional sliver of hope, teasing resurrections in new forms. "Even if it's not played by an actor that we recognize," Dabb hinted, "there are certain characters that are going to come back in different bodies."
Not only did Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) lose their brother in arms, the battle against Lucifer also cost the brothers their mother, Mary (Samantha Smith), now trapped in an alternate universe after plunging into a portal with the fallen angel. "There's no one they can call, so our guys are a bit on their own, a little spun out, both emotionally and in terms of the plot," Dabb said of the hunting duo.
The brothers will also find themselves in new territory "acting as parents" to the fully grown, "walking atomic bomb" offspring of Lucifer and Kelly Kline (Courtney Ford). "There are parts of him and things he does that they really love, and there are parts of him and things he does that worry them a bit," Dabb said.
As for the cliffhanger between the boys' mother and Lucifer, the villain will come to find he "may not be the most powerful" being in that reality, Dabb teased.
Collins will be back in action for the series' upcoming animated Scooby-Doo crossover, as revealed by Ackles during San Diego Comic Con. The half-animated episode hits the air sometime early 2018.
Supernatural returns for season 13 Thursday, October 12 at 8/7c on The CW.
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