Earlier this week, TVLine confirmed that the actor would not be returning as a series regular in Season 13. (Sheppard previously confirmed his exit in an Instagram post, insisting that it was “time for something new.”) Shortly after our story broke, Supernatural Co-EP Jim Michaels hinted that viewers have not seen the last of Sheppard’s fan-favorite Crowley character, declaring on Twitter, “Never say never.”
However, Sheppard — who was killed off in last Thursday’s finale — quickly took umbrage with Michaels’ post. “With all due respect, your comment is inaccurate and misleading to the fans,” Sheppard tersely tweeted in response. “There are NO plans to have me return to [Supernatural] at ANY juncture.”
It’s hardly unprecedented for characters on Supernatural to die only to be resurrected at a later time. But it would appear that Crowley — who sacrificed his own life in order to seal the rift between worlds — will be an exception.
Supernatural returns this fall on The CW, where it will continue to air Thursdays at 8/7c — now as a lead-in to Season 6 of Arrow.