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Supernatural Stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles on Mary's 'Tricky' Family Reunion — Plus: What's Mom Hiding?

Supernatural Spoilers Season 12

Does Mary Winchester have a big secret?

When Supernatural returns for Season 12, Dean and Sam may discover that what they know about their newly resurrected mother’s history isn’t entirely accurate.

“The story’s always been, ‘Once Mary married John and settled down, she stopped hunting,'” showrunner Andrew Dabb says. “But we’re going to find out maybe that’s not the whole story.”

In the present day, Mama Winchester will be haunted by her fiery demise and “the ripple effects” of her death. For starters, it sent her two sons down a hunter path that she didn’t want for them, which is “going to be difficult for her to process,” Jensen Ackles previews.

“Sam blames Dad for all the hunting stuff, but really, you could argue it’s Mom’s fault,” Jared Padalecki points out. “She was the hunter. It was the Campbell family, not the Winchester family. It wasn’t her fault, but it was her lineage that led us to where we are now.”

But rather than focusing on who’s responsible for their current gig, “the boys know that this is their life, this is what they’re good at [and] this is the way they can best help the world,” Padalecki continues. Still, it is a dangerous job, so it’s not surprising that “we’re going to see Sam probably not want his mom to go out and hunt.”

“It’s my mom, man! I don’t want to see her get punched or shot or bit by a vampire!” Padalecki says.

Meanwhile, Dean’s got his own response to Mary’s return, and it ain’t pretty:  “If you saw the trailer [at Comic-Con], [his] reaction is done face down in the dirt because she flips him,” Ackles shares. (Good to know death hasn’t dulled Mary’s fighting skills!)

“It’s interesting because, yeah, she’s his mother, but she’s also a stranger,” Ackles adds. “That adjustment is going to be very tricky.”

Supernatural Season 12 premieres on its new night, Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c on The CW.