supernatural season 12 finale misha collins castiel

Season 12 of Supernatural will be coming to an end in a few short hours, and we'll have to say goodbye to the Winchester boys and Castiel for a while. At this point, we can only hope that nobody gets exploded by Lucifer, mauled by a hellhound, or banished down to Hell. Luckily, the show has already been renewed for Season 13, and Misha Collins took the time to speak with CinemaBlend about how the Season 12 finale will lead into Season 13, saying this:

There are some really big things in the final 10 minutes of the episode that are kind of 'Oh shit!' moments. Not only that... the writers have devised a whole new panoply of possible story options that could be an amazing window into new stories for Season 13. The finale ends with... we're just left with sort of a whole new universe of possibilities for the show, which is pretty cool from a storytelling perspective.

Supernatural is the longest-running show on The CW, and it can't be easy for the folks behind the scenes to come up with fresh ways for the characters to save people and hunt things. Going by what Misha Collins told me in preparation for the big finale, the writers found the way to end Season 12 in a manner that sets the stage for some exciting new directions in Season 13. The two-part finale also happens to mark Collins' 100th episode as Castiel, so it'll be a pretty momentous night all around.

The finale will pick up on the Winchester boys trapped down in the Men of Letters bunker while the battle between the Brits and American hunters comes to a head. Lucifer will take advantage of his newfound freedom from Crowley to go after his soon-to-be born nephilim son, which will undoubtedly pit him against Castiel yet again. "Oh shit" indeed! Misha Collins also explained how fans may feel after the finale comes to end:

I think that there's gonna be a lot of very emotional reactions to this season finale and I think that probably there are going to be a lot of people asking, 'Did that really just happen?' So I think that that may amount to a cliffhanger. It'll definitely not be all sort of neatly buttoned up. I think that people are going to want to see more after this for sure.

Given that seasons of Supernatural have ended on everything from the death of a Winchester to the literal apocalypse, I'm not sure if we should be nervous or excited about what's to come. Misha Collins mentioned that he'd like to see fans recording their reactions to the end, so whatever happens, we can bet that it will be a cliffhanger to remember.

Supernatural showrunner Andrew Dabb revealed in a talk with CinemaBlend earlier this year that the show can continue so long as fans stay invested in the characters, and it sounds like Season 13 will be taking our characters in some story directions that we haven't necessarily seen before. In fact, we already know one of those story directions, as it was reported earlier today that we're in for an animated Supernatural/Scooby-Doo crossover when the show returns in the fall, and that's definitely something we haven't seen before.

The two-part finale of Supernatural Season 12 kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Misha Collins will keep busy over hiatus with his epic GISHWHES -- that is, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen -- charity scavenger hunt extravaganza. Registration is currently open, so be sure to check it out!

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