First Look: Supernatural Welcomes (Back) Mother Mary

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When The CW’s Supernatural returns for its 12th season on October 13, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester’s (Jensen Ackles) most improbable dream has come true. “It’s the return of their mother, Mary [Samantha Smith, seen here in Episode 2 with Padalecki, left, and Ackles], the woman whose death set into motion their journey to become hunters—killing monsters and saving people,” says executive producer Andrew Dabb.

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“Mary was a hunter too, but she ran from that life. To find Sam and Dean embracing it is something she’s going to have to get used to.” Along with their adulthood. Sam was a newborn and Dean was 4 years old when Mary was killed by a demon. “There’s a lot of conflict to come, but at heart,” Dabb says, “they’re still very much a family.”

Supernatural, Season premiere, Thursday, October 13, 9/8c, The CW