Leviathans and the apocalypse are about to seem easy compared to Castiel’s newest tribulations in Supernatural‘s Season 9, which premieres tonight at 9/8c on The CW.
For the first time, the angel-turned-lowly human finds himself battling everyday tasks like brushing one’s teeth and managing one’s bladder. But there’s one aspect of life he may not be able to control (hint: it takes place in the bedroom).
Then there are all the fallen angels out for Cas’ head, which means he and the Winchesters may be keeping their distance, star Misha Collins reveals in the chat below.
TVLINE | Set the stage for us: Where do we first find Castiel when Season 9 starts? What state is he in?
Castiel is a bit delirious, shell-shocked and finding himself alone in the woods. We find ourselves right where we ended the last season, where Castiel has just fallen from Heaven and is now graceless, which means that he is now essentially a human. He doesn’t realize this at first, so he is piecing things together. He tries to smite someone and fails, and [he] realizes that he can’t teleport. Then as we progress, he goes from seeing that he doesn’t have the powers that he used to have to seeing that all of the minutiae of surviving as a human are quite complex. He has to figure out how to live as a human, how to brush his teeth, how to aim into the toilet bowl.
TVLINE | Which aspect of human life is most difficult to adapt to for him?
Every single aspect. It’s kind of great – if you were thrust into adult humanhood all of a sudden, without having the training wheels of infancy, childhood and adolescence, you would have a really difficult time with even the simplest things that we take for granted. So even eating and drinking and realizing what hunger pains and thirst pains are and figuring out when and how to go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, all of those things are actually quite complex. Sleeping is hardest for Cas. It’s all hard.
TVLINE | There’s also a bigger threat looming with the angel warfare on Earth. How is he dealing with that?
Cas is something of a magnet for the angels. A lot of the angels who fell to Earth fell with their grace, so they still have powers and they’re formidable foes. Cas is just an ordinary guy, a schmo now. So there are all these powerful angels who are out to get Cas, and he has to find ways to run and hide. He is also spending some time away from Sam and Dean, because he doesn’t want to draw the wrath of angels to the boys. He’s grappling with trying to figure out what his role should be in this whole thing. He’s trying to figure out whether he should live his life as a human being and have that be his experience and give up on the bigger fight or whether he has a debt that he needs to repay to the angels.
TVLINE | Does he find any allies? Or do they all just completely hate his guts?
Yeah, Cas will find allies along the way.
TVLINE | Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have talked about how Castiel was a useful tool. Does the loss of power affect his sense of self-worth?
Yeah, he’s useless to the boys. In fact, because the angels are out to get him, he’s a liability at the beginning of the season. As the season progresses, that will change.
TVLINE | Is he searching for a purpose?
Yes, Cas is definitely searching for purpose. And he’s finding purpose in the mundane aspects of ordinary human life, which is kind of poignant.
TVLINE | What can we expect in terms of Cas’ exploration of the opposite sex?
Cas definitely dabbles in that realm. It doesn’t go as well as it could for him, but it doesn’t go as badly as it could either. I don’t know – it does kind of go pretty badly. That’s yet another aspect of the human condition that’s new to him that he has to figure out how to do.