Hellacious angelic mayhem is upon Supernatural.
Executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer joined Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard to tease Season 9’s “free-for-all” of angels and demons. They also weighed in on the state of Sam and Dean’s bond and Castiel’s new humanly form.
SNEAK PEEK | A Season 8 sizzle reel set to Doobie Brothers’ “Rockin’ Down the Highway” (watch below) was followed by a first look at the new season, which features Kevin freaking out in the Men of Letters bunker. When Dean enters, the prophet almost shoots him with an arrow. “You’re a crappy shot, Katniss,” Dean remarks before Sam brings in a bagged-and-cuffed Crowley. They want the name of every demon possessing a human, and they have a plan to get them by putting Crowley in his “own personal hell”: Isolation.
ANGEL MADNESS | “We’re going to learn pretty quickly that a world full of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all,” previewed Carver. “We’re going to see it’s not one unified body. We’ve got lots of angels out there with lots of different agendas. Many are feelings lost and vengeful. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and, in some ways, a very human world.”
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BROTHERLY BOND | “For the first time in a long time, the brothers chose each other and their love for each other over the season-long quest,” shared Carver. “That has left them stronger than ever, but has also created a tremendous amount of fallout.” Season 9 will find the “brothers walking into a world where all the normal constructs of Heaven and Hell aren’t there anymore.” Added Padalecki: “We keep on fighting the fight together. In this free-for-all world, where we have the King of Hell living in our dungeon and angels walking all over the place, we’re really going to need each other.”
BEING HUMAN | Castiel’s new state of being will be “a remarkable shift” for the former angel, teased Collins. Whereas before he could use his powers to help the Winchesters, “now he can pop in and basically fold laundry. There’s a shift in the dynamic there in terms of how he can be utilized by the brothers. For Castiel’s arc, it’s going to be an immensely rich terrain to explore.” So what human moments can fans expect for Cas? “Getting to experience what it’s like to actually eat — and then what happens to the food after,” joked the actor. “You’re an adult and you’re flushing the toilet for the first time. There’s gotta be an epiphany.”
BUNKER HILL | “The Men of Letters for Dean is a home,” said Singer. “For Sam, it’s a workplace” to explore academic pursuits. “That’s something we’ll be exploring even more fully.”
GIRL POWER | After geek goddess Felicia Day crashed the panel, Singer revealed that the producers have “big plans” for Charlie this coming season.
TAKING THE REINS | While Ackles has directed episodes of the show, Padalecki doesn’t “think it’s right for me to do currently,” he said. “Maybe in a couple of seasons. Our breaks always seem so short.” His costar, Misha Collins, will helm Episode 17. “I thank Bob and Jeremy for the chance… and apologize in advance for the product,” he joked.
HEY, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HIM…? | Burning question time: Will Jesse the Antichrist be back? “It’s a wonderful character to play with,” replied Carver. “I don’t think you’re going to see that character in the early run of episodes this year. Beyond that, I really couldn’t say any more.”Follow @VladaGelman