Comic-Con 2017: Your 'Supernatural' Burning Questions Answered

Ileane Rudolph
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(L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in Supernatural

As Season 12 of Supernatural came to a bloody end, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and mom Mary (Samantha Smith) wiped out the murderous British Men of Letters. But more epic challenges and tragic deaths lay ahead when Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) came to claim his half-human child from the Winchesters and angel Castiel (Misha Collins). Then, literally, all Hell broke loose. Executive producer Andrew Dabb forecasts Season 13 for us.

Even for Supernatural, the season finale was dark: shocking deaths, disappearances, a hellish alternate Earth. Will next season be close to a reboot? Yes. I’m not sure we’ve had a finale that has the body count and kind of ramifications that this one had. The Lucifer story became a setup for what we want to explore in Season 13. We’ve delved into alternate realities before, but we’re taking it to an extreme.

What are some of those explorations? What does it mean that Jack (Alexander Calvert) is Lucifer’s kid and Mary and Lucifer are together in the alt Apocalypse World? Plus Castiel, [former Hell king] Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) and [his mom] Rowena (Ruth Connell) all appear to be dead. That’s fertile ground for next season.

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Are these beloved characters really dead and gone? No one’s ever really dead on Supernatural, but I’m not saying that any of them will necessarily be back—at least for a while.
Sam and Dean must care for the motherless Jack. Are they intent on siphoning his angel grace to make the incredibly powerful Nephilim more human? That’s the question, because if they [do], he’ll lose his power and be unable to open the door to get Mary back. The guys may have some conflict over that.

Will we quickly learn whether Jack is evil like his father? He had an evil source, but he’s a blank slate. It’s a nature-nurture thing. If Season 12 was about children coming to terms with their moms as adults, then Season 13 is very much about Sam and Dean as parents.

The Apocalypse World that Lucifer and Mary are trapped in is anything but paradise. On the other hand, long-dead family friend Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is there as a hunter! The fun thing about the alternative Earth is that it allows us to bring back a lot of characters in ways that are not pure. Every other Supernatural character could theoretically have an entirely new life there. We’re going to have a war zone unlike anything we’ve seen.

 

This article appears in TV Guide Magazine's Comic-Con special issue.

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