The Winchesters arrived in San Diego with a fallen angel friend, the King of Hell and a quirky hacker/hunter in tow. Returning to Hall H and thunderous applause, SUPERNATURAL’s Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard and surprise guest Felicia Day joined executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer to discuss season nine.
Check out the supercharged series highlight reel filled with falling angels, fraternal moments, hidden bunkers and a whole lot of beheadings!
Panel: Live Blog
The stars and producers of Supernatural once again helped fill Hall H to capacity and were the first panel to kick off the final day of Comic-Con.
Stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard were joined by executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer on stage to tease season 9 of the series.
10.08 a.m. – They’re opening the panel with a special video summary and sneak peek of season 9.
10.10 a.m. – The scene opens with Kevin firing a cross-bow at Dean, who enters the Men of Letters bunker. “You’re a crappy shot, Katniss”, Dean says. Kevin explains how the bunker went nuts and he couldn’t even get out. Dean tells him that the angels fell and suggests Kevin grab a gun next time. Sam is dragging a hooded and bound Crowley into the bunker. They put him in the dungeon they found at the end of season 8 and then rough him up a bit.
Sam says Crowley must give up the name of every demon on earth and the people they’re possession. Naturally, Crowley is refusing because he thinks they have no leverage. By the way, Sam looks OK now! Their plan is to leave Crowley alone until he gives up the information they want. Of course, this is torture for Crowley, who loves to gab. In an amusing final seconds, he immediately starts realizing this isn’t going to be a picnic.
10.16 a.m. – What’s the world like with fallen angels? Carver said “we’re going to learn that a word of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all. It’s not one unified body, we’ve lots of angels out there with lots of different agendas. Many are feeling lost and scared and vengeful and it’s lending itself to some really exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world and we’re really, really excited to explore that.”
10.20 a.m. – The moderator asks about the brothers’ relationship in season 9. Carver says that “one of the interesting things about the end of last season is that the first thing in a long time the brothers chose each other and their love for each other in exchange of the season-long quest. That has left them stronger than ever but has created a tremendous amount of fallout, particularly at the beginning of the season. The brothers are walking into a world where all of the normal constructs of Heaven and Hell aren’t the same.” Padalecki says “We did chose each other and to keep fighting the fight together” and then thanked the fans for their support. “In this free-for-all world, we’re really gonna need each other more than ever.”
10.23 a.m. – With regards to CA “it’s a remarkable shift for Castiel, because prior to the beginning of this season he’s been equipped with all sorts of powers that has made him a very useful tool for the brothers. Now he can pop in and basically fold laundry. There’s shift in the dynamic there in terms of how he can be utilized by the brothers at the outset of the season. For Castiel’s arc as a character this season, it’s going to be an immensely rich terrain to explore. We’ve sort of, in past seasons, tested those waters a little bit. Now he’s really down in the dirt and the filth of being a human. There’s a really great bathroom scene,” Misha and Jared said.
10.26 a.m. – “Whatever happened to Crowley at the end of season 8, has had a profound effect on him, whether he likes it or not,” Sheppard said, “Hopefully we’ll go on a little journey to find out what kind of an effect it had on him.”
10.27 a.m. – “The Men of Letters for Dean is a home,” Singer said. “For Sam it’s a workplace and he doesn’t think of it as home….and that’s something we’ll be exploring more fully this season.” And he also talked about how there are rooms we haven’t seen yet.
10.28 a.m. – When asked if Jim Beaver is returning, Carver said “I think Jim also tweeted he’s coming back in a way you wouldn’t guess and wouldn’t expect and that’s pretty much how I’d leave it.” 10.29 a.m. – Felicia Day makes a surprise appearance after Singer jokingly badmouths her. “Obviously Felicia will be back. We love her and we have big plans for her this year,” Singer said. “I’m thrilled to be back,” Felicia said. “This is the first time I’ve been in Hall H. I think it’s amazing when you have a gift of a character you want to play all the time. And I’m blessed to be working with these men with amazing hair.”
10.31 a.m. - “I feel this show needs a Teflon vagina,” Felicia jokes. “What’s why we have Mark Sheppard,” Jared retorted.
10.34 a.m. - What keeps Dean ticking? Ackles says “It’s very trying. Dean has been through a lot in the last [counting numbers] number of episodes. I think what keeps him motivated and pushing on is his sense of duty to fight the good right. It’s his duty to his brother and his family and what he signed on to do. When he got back from Purgatory last season [he liked that storyline a lot], there was a real sense of clarity to his mission and he knew that that is why he’s there, to fight that fight and be alongside that brother and driving that beast of an automobile down a highway and rocking out to some true rock and roll.” Padalecki says that Sam is always trying to do the best thing, but sometimes he fails. “Sam is just trying to do what he thinks is right” and he believes Sam has finally started to accept his life isn’t normal.
10.38 a.m. – The moderator asked if Cas would learn to drive the car (he got asked a lot about this on Twitter) and Jensen said “no, no, no”, but Misha insisted “yes, yes, yes”. “Jensen has also a sick, proprietary thing about this car. And Misha the actor isn’t going to drive it and Castiel the character isn’t going to drive it,” Singer explained. Jensen cut in that he doesn’t even like when the teamsters drive it. 10.39 a.m. – A fan asked if we’ll ever learn where angels and demons go when they die and Carver said that’s definitely something they would like to explore.
10.42 a.m. – Misha reminded us that he’s directing episode 9.17 and he apologized in advance to the producers “for the product”.
10.43 a.m. – “The path of the fallen angels intersects with the Winchesters in a very big way this season. I think you’re going to see angels and demons up the wazoo this year. It’s going to be really interesting,” Carver said. “I think you can look forward to the boys being knee-deep in angel problems this year.” 10.47 a.m. – Will we see Jesse again? Carver said not really any immediate plans but “no character is forgotten.”
10.55 a.m. – Singer says they gave Crowley the ability to teleport because he had worked his way up the demon ladder and that was a perk. “It’s like when Voldemort learned how to fly,” Padalecki said. Panel is done!
Press Room Spoilers
After the Supernatural panel earlier today at Comic-Con, we visited the press room and spoke with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer, asking them to elaborate on the teasers they dropped during the panel. Fortunately, they were able to give us a bit more information.
Sam and Dean’s Journey
“This is probably our most character-driven season,” Singer said. Like they said in the Supernatural panel, Sam and Dean are on fairly decent ground after choosing to stick together instead of Sam sacrificing himself to close the Gates of Hell. Jensen said that season 9 picks up right where season 8 left off, and the brothers’ choice will “parlay into how their relationship is in season 9. They have no choice now but to unite and figure out how to navigate this whole new element that’s on their plate.” They’re not sure whether angels will be friend or foe or whether that’s solely on a case-by-case basis, but that leaves a lot of questions to be answered. “I like the fact that Dean is now not playing the guilty cheerleader anymore,” Jensen said. He explained that Dean obviously felt he should have been the one to do the trials and he had a lot of guilt that Sam took them on and suffered for it. “Now that that’s over with, Dean has a clear idea of ‘back on the horse, here we go, we’ve got stuff to deal with’.”
Carver teased the brothers’ individual arcs by saying that last season “Sam got to a place last year where he was, essentially, in it to win it. He was going to go all the way.” But Dean pulled him back from that and they had a nice “confrontation in the church where they got out some stuff that was bothering them.
” But the result of that talk was a lot of fallout (no angels in Heaven and no king in Hell, which has never really happened before in Supernatural).
“Sam is ready to knock [the demons] down one by one.” Meanwhile, Dean had to make a big decision last year to pull Sam out of that church and he made promises to his brother and “that’s going to continue early in the season that there are some decisions that Dean is shoulder that is going to be driving some of the mythology early on in the season here. It’s very, very personal to our brothers and it’s a very, very heavy weight to bear, potentially.”
Jared shared that Sam has always been the type of guy with a goal. But Sam is committed to the promise that he and Dean made in the church. “Now we do know how to cure a demon and we have the King of Hell in our basement.” Sam is going to be very driven to want to cure demons. “Sam likes things that can be finished. This is going to be endless, presumably. But I think his main objective now is curing demons.” Jared did say that he’s most excited for a storyline that the thought the producers would reveal in the Supernatural panel but which is still under wraps and it seems to tie in to what Carver hinted at. “The way Sam heals involves a big secret between Sam and Dean that Sam is not aware of and that Dean keeps from him. We’ll see Sam go through changes regularly that I can’t wait for. I think the fans will love it.”
The Men of Letters Bunker will continue to serve the brothers in the upcoming episode of Supernatural, whether as a home base for Dean or a research station for Sam and the group in general. They’ve essentially outgrown the scope of their father’s journal in terms of what they’re dealing with, so the knowledge in the Men of Letters is crucial.
The Angel Posse
Singer confirmed that the fallen angels will basically have all of their angelic powers, but have no wings. They can no longer teleport, but they can use their other powers, including smiting and healing. “There are different factions of angels, because all of them fell. Some of them desperately want to get back to Heaven, some are trying to find a place on earth, so there’s battles amongst the angels.” Could we see some past angels return? Singer noted that they killed both Alfie and Naomi, but hinted that they could reintroduce some angels.
“It’s a different version of Cas [we’ll be seeing],” Misha said But unlike other character evolutions we’ve seen in the past, “it’s not like a switch has been thrown in his personality like when he became crazy or when he became God or when he became Jimmy. It’s still the same Cas we know, but he’s been stripped of his powers and mortal and human and faced with what that means for him.” How he will cope with all of these “new issues that being human brings up” will be a big focus of season 9. They’re dealing with this on all levels, “from the basest biological functions all the way up to sort of a metaphysical question, like [Cas wondering] ‘what does this mean my purpose on the planet is’?” Cas being without his powers will be a big source of frustration.
One problem early on in the season is that when the Winchesters call on him, he used to be able to teleport, but now it takes “a couple of weeks for him to get there.”
In addition, “All of the ways in which he used to be helpful to be helpful in the past…most of them are gone. He’s a bit of a resource for intelligence, he knows stuff, perhaps, that he can share with the Winchesters. But beyond that he’s kind of useless. He’s a human, but he’s not accustomed to being human. So he’s bad at that, even.” Misha believes this really solves the writers’ problems of not giving the Winchesters an ally that can solve every problem with a snap of his fingers.
Jensen said that they haven’t flushed out too much about how the relationship between Cas and the Winchesters will change as a result of him becoming human. “It will be interesting to see how the relationship between Castiel and, not just Dean but Dean and Sam, goes from here given the fact that he’s just a regular guy. Might have a few training sessions in store,” he laughed.
Misha said that in the beginning of the season he’s dealing with the fallen angels by “trying to run and hide because they are pursing him and he’s pretty powerless to fight them head on.” He declined to tell us whether Castiel has any allies, but Jared did say that “some believe in Cas, some are on his side.”
I asked Misha whether he might want to see Castiel deliberate about his future and whether he would want to remain a human or become an angel again. “Without telling you whether that’s an option to him or not, I will tell you that it’s a question that is explored,” Misha said. “Like, is this where he wants to be or not? As yet, one that is unresolved.”
Crowley and the Hell Void
Like the angel scuffles, Singer said that the demons will also be responding to the vacuum in Hell that’s happened as a result of Crowley’s disappearance, with a lot of in-fighting coming up in season 9. Dean and Sam will be trying to figure out how to handle Crowley. Now that he’s trapped in the Men of Letters bunker, Jensen said that “they think that he is going to better serve them alive than dead, so they want to extract as much knowledge out of him as possible.”
Could Abaddon make a reappearance? Jeremy said that Abaddon has been a terrific, fun new demon. “Hell is something of an open target and I could expect that someone like Abaddon might make a run at it.”
The Lonely Heaven
It turns out that Metatron is all by himself up in Heaven now that he caused all of the angels to fall. When will we see him again? Singer said that he’s exacted his revenge, but he’s finding the result lonely, and perhaps he didn’t think this whole revenge thing through. There are still souls in Heaven, but Metatron and his lonely Heaven will play out more in the second half of the season.
The Return of Recurring Characters
Jim Beaver’s return has been confirmed by the Supernatural producers and so we had to ask about Bobby’s reappearance during season 9. “He will be back very early in the season. He comes back in a way that I think is unexpected. It’s not in a traditional way,” Singer said. Carver went on to say “it’s a pretty powerful arrival” and that “it’s very much in keeping with the mythology in that we’re not breaking a boatload of rules just to bring back a character.” In addition, Singer confirmed that Charlie will return in episode 9.04 and possibly a few more episodes after that, but they’re not that far ahead yet. Also, Kevin will be returning and Carver confirmed that Jodi Mills didn’t die and we will see her soon.
Other Future Storylines
“We’re doing an episode that, for the moment, we’re callling ‘Dr. Dean-little’ where he can talk to animals,” Singer said, noting that throwing in a few wacky Supernatural episodes each season is fun. In addition, he told our table not to count out the Tablets quite yet. While they don’t seem to be the focus of the first part of the season, he also said that another new Tablet might rear its head in the future. “We’ll pay all that off.” Supernatural returns for its ninth season on Tuesday, October 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Jeremy Carver Teases Dean and Sam’s Arcs in Season 9
Jensen Talks Season 9
Supernatural Signing Gallery
Jensen Ackles (with his Batman shirt) & Jared Padalecki
The Js Modelling Their Capes For Comic Con
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