The day is almost here, Supernatural fans! Misha Collins returns to the CW series in this Friday’s episode (airing at 9/8c) — but his Castiel is now a healer with a bit of a memory problem! Below, TVLine asks Collins to reflect on how it felt to come back to his old stomping grounds, what the future holds for Cas (hint: another big twist!) and whether we’ll see him during a possible eighth season.
TVLINE | It’s been quite a while since you’ve been on the show. What was it like coming back after such a big break?
It feels like a family reunion. It was like nobody had changed and everything was the same. We really picked up right where we left off. It was actually a little bit spooky the extent to which it felt like I had never left.
TVLINE | What did you miss the most about the show?
I loved the crew – Jared [Padalecki] and Jensen [Ackles] and Jim [Beaver]. I’ll go so far as to say the producers and most of the directors as well. It’s just a really, really great group of people to work with, and it’s a fun place to come to work. Do I miss 35 degrees and raining in Vancouver in January? That’s not the thing that I miss the most about it. But it’s a really great place to actually work, so that is what I miss the most. That, of course, and my trench coat.
TVLINE | Yes, your trench coat is gone!
I know! It’s sad, isn’t it?
TVLINE | What can you say about how Cas comes back?
He comes back with amnesia, which is probably a good thing for him because he isn’t too happy with what he’s done. So the fact that he doesn’t remember it is probably nice for him. He doesn’t have to suffer quite as much when he first comes back. But there will be plenty of suffering for Cas to come.
TVLINE | How would you describe this new Cas who has no memories of his old self?
I don’t want to give too much away, but I would say that it’s a version of Cas that we have, to a certain extent, seen before.
TVLINE | What’s Dean’s reaction when he first sees him?
Incredulous, apprehensive, cautious. Cautiously optimistic, I would add.
TVLINE | The episode description says that he’s a healer. Does he actually have healing powers, and can he help Sam?
That is a good question. Possibly. Not to reveal too much, but yes, he does have healing powers.
TVLINE | Could he also be instrumental in helping Dean with Dick Roman and the Leviathan?
Well, when I say cautiously optimistic for Dean, [we have] Dean seeing Cas, not knowing quite who he is and how he got there, but knowing that he was at one point a powerful ally. Dean’s head does go there like, “Hey, maybe this guy can be helpful again.”
TVLINE | Is getting the memories back something that’s on his agenda, or is he perfectly happy as a healer?
When we first see Cas, he’s fully aware that he’s suffering from amnesia, but also content with things as they are.
TVLINE | Does he have like a nice new, little domestic life set up?
I’m not going to tell you!
TVLINE | How would you say the dynamic between Cas and the brothers has changed?
There’s some fence mending that needs to go on between them all. They are wary of Cas now, somewhat distrustful and frustrated. So there’s a bit of a distance. It’s almost like they went through a very traumatic thing together and haven’t quite healed.
TVLINE | This character has evolved so much from when he was introduced. Has it been surprising for you to see where he’s gone? And where would you like to see him go?
First of all, it’s been a real surprise…the many incarnations that Cas has had and the journey that he’s taken. The whole thing is a surprise because I didn’t really expect to stick around past a couple of episodes in the beginning. Toward the last few episodes of the season, they’re taking Cas in yet another wildly different direction, so there’s a whole other permutation of Castiel to come, which is, I would say, right along the lines of where I’d like to see him go. I was very pleasantly surprised again by the new twist.
TVLINE | You’re doing three episodes this season. Is the door left open for more in the next season?
I’m not going to tell you, but [as of last Wednesday] I will tell you that I have not read the final episode. I don’t think it’s been released to anyone yet. But I have told [executive producer] Sera [Gamble] that I would love to come back next season if that is something that works out for everybody’s schedule. If it’s in the cards, it would be great. I don’t know yet how things are going to play out.
TVLINE | If they asked you back as a series regular again, would that be something you’d be interested in?
Yes, absolutely. It’s all complicated, but it’s certainly not something that I’m not interested in.
TVLINE | What do you think the fans are going to be most excited about with this return arc?
A lot of people are just going to be excited to see Cas again. And of course, as things twist and turn, there’s going to be a lot of people who are really disappointed that it’s not exactly how they want it.