'Supernatural' Season 12 Guide: Mary Winchester Returns, God And Amara Bond, And The Death Of Castiel?

Supernatural fans still have a little over a month to wait for the return of their favorite brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, but the internet is already buzzing with possible Supernatural spoilers and theories about how those Winchester boys will get themselves out of their most recent dilemma. Here's a guide to the new Supernatural cast members, possible plot developments and spoilers, and anything else you should expect in Supernatural Season 12.

The Road So Far in Supernatural

Like any good season finale, Supernatural Season 11 left us hanging with the resurrection of Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), and you can't have a Supernatural season finale without Sam (Jared Padalecki) or Dean (Jensen Ackles) being killed or seriously injured. This time around, it's Sam who's been shot while Dean is off in the woods agape at the resurrection of their long-dead mother.

Don't hold your breath for a return appearance from dear old Dad, however, as he's busy beating people to death with baseball bats on The Walking Dead. Yes, Papa Winchester was Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who's found new life as the notorious Negan on TWD. But Mary is back, whose death in the Supernatural pilot prompted this literally supernatural road trip over the last 11 seasons, fighting ghosts, vampires, shape shifters, tricksters, demons, witches, and angels. Plus let's not forget Moose and Squirel's neverending battles with Crowley (Mark Sheppard), and all of his pet nicknames for the pair, and their ongoing war with Lucifer himself.

Carry on our wayward sons, indeed. (You know that song is in your head right now, Supernatural fans.)

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
Supernatural actors Jared Padalecki (L) and Jensen Ackles. [Image by Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

God, aka Chuck (Rob Benedict), and Amara (Emily Swallow) have kissed and made up, but the new relationship between God and Amara will take a backseat in Season 12, according to an EW interview with Supernatural co-showrunner Andrew Dabb.

"We're not going to play it heavily in season 12. I wouldn't say conclusively that their story is over, but I would say that their story is happening off-screen. God, in a lot of ways, trusts Sam and Dean more than he trusts himself. God has made mistakes. God has caused more destruction with the Amara thing, with the apocalypse and leaving the angels in charge, than Sam and Dean have. They have saved more people than he has, basically. He puts all his trust in them, or a lot of his trust in them, so I think he feels very comfortable stepping away."
Castiel (Misha Collins) has finally evicted Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) from his mortal coil, so now we can get back to the good old angel Supernatural fans know and love. But spoiler rumors indicate this may not be such a good year for Castiel.

Will We See the Death of Castiel in Supernatural Season 12?

Since Castiel's intro in Supernatural Season 4, this angel has been rescuing "the boys" and entertaining viewers with his cluelessness regarding social graces, human customs, and pop culture. Dabb also revealed to EW that Castiel will get a "Castiel-centric" episode in Supernatural Season 12 to dig deeper into his backstory.
"That's very heavily about Castiel and the journey he's been on, some things from his past that we're not aware of are getting brought to light."
While that may sound promising, there's also heavy rumors circulating among fans that as Supernatural starts winding down to the undetermined, yet inevitable end looming on the horizon, viewers may be facing the death of Castiel this season. Those rumors have not been confirmed, but Collins has said that Castiel and Crowley will form an odd duo working together against Lucifer, and that the angel and the King of Hell's confrontation with The Devil himself will be part '70s sitcom, and part '80s buddy cop comedy. Would you fans expect anything less from Supernatural?

Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard
Actors Misha Collins (L) and Mark Sheppard who play Castiel and Crowley on Supernatural. [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

New Supernatural Cast Members

Speaking of Castiel and his newfound freedom from Lucifer, it seems he'll be taking on a new human "meat suit" for Supernatural Season 12. While Supernatural fans have loved Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer, they can expect a whole new human incarnation of that fallen angel, as 80s rocker and teen hearthrob Rick Springfield joins the cast. Judging from the promo clip, he looks like he's channeling a little Alice Cooper rock star attitude, or maybe a little Lestat (Stuart Townsend) from Queen of the Damned.

One Pretty Little Liars star will be stepping into the Supernatural world of Dean and Sam Winchester when Kara Royster guest stars as Alicia, a fellow hunter who was raised by a witch, along with her brother. She's set to debut in Supernatural S12 E6, according to Variety.

Samantha Smith isn't really new, but she will be helping her TV sons fight all those nasty things going bump in the night with a much bigger role in Supernatural. Her previous appearance consisted mostly of picking up a crying baby before bursting into flames while suspended from the ceiling.

Also expect changes in the writers' room, with new showrunners taking over. That is to say, new as Supernatural showrunners, but not new to the writers' room. Bustle reported that in addition to Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer will be stepping up as the Supernatural Season 12 showrunners. Yes, the character Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) was named after one of the series' writers.

Is the End of Supernatural Nigh?

With an astounding 12 seasons of Supernatural, how many more seasons do "J & J" and the writers have left in them? How many times can characters die and come back from the dead? How many times can they go to hell (or purgatory or heaven) and come back to planet Earth and humanity? Probably not too many more times, which will be sad news to hardcore Supernatural fans. (One could actually argue that "hardcore" and "Supernatural fans" in the same sentence is redundant, but even cult classics with huge fan bases must eventually come to an end.)

Neither Ackles, nor Padalecki know how Supernatural will end, and neither really know which kind of ending they prefer — happy/sad, or alive/dead. According to an interview with EW, they both want their characters to keep on fighting as long as they're alive, but the exact nature of the series ending is something they seem to go back and forth on. One of Padalecki's visions for the Winchester brothers' final TV exit leaves things ambiguous.

"Part of me, loving Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, always thought it'd be great to see the boys against insurmountable odds and to freeze-frame on them and just hear stuff in the background. You don't know if they die, you don't know if they live, but you know that they're going to go out in a blaze of glory."
That may drive Supernatural fans crazy, but anything should be better than the boys dying, right?

The Supernatural FAQ of Most Asked Questions

  • When does Supernatural return? October 13 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
  • Is Supernatural airing on a new night? Yes, the show has switched from Wednesdays to Thursdays. Set your DVRs just in case.
  • Who plays Rowena in Supernatural? Scottish actress Ruth Connell plays the deliciousy wicked Rowena. And all of you Supernatural fans probably thought that accent was fake.
  • Is Metatron dead on Supernatural? Things don't look good for this character everyone loves to hate, but with Supernatural, you just never know. At least not until you tune in.
  • Who is the actress who plays Amara in Supernatural? Amara is played by Emily Swallow, who is also known for The Mentalist, How to get Way with Murder, and the upcoming series Adoptable.
  • What is the Instagram for Jensen Ackles? You can keep up with the "Ken doll" of Supernatural on his Instagram by clicking here.
  • What is Jared Padalecki's Instagram? Yes, Jared has an Instagram account you can find by clicking here.
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