Supernatural has become known for going big, bold, and heartbreaking when it comes to season finales, and the Season 12 finale was a doozy that seemingly killed off two major characters. Mark Sheppard has already confirmed that he won't be back, so we know that Crowley really did meet his doom at the end of Season 12, but the big question has been if and when we can expect Misha Collins to return as Castiel. During a press roundtable for Supernatural Season 13 at San Diego Comic-Con, star Jensen Ackles revealed when Collins will be back in action with the Winchester boys, and it may come as a surprise. Here's what Ackles had to say about the episode:
It'll be very Scooby-Doo-esque. Just a little slightly darker version of Scooby-Doo, but I will say that when we went in and did the recording, it was Jared [Padalecki], myself, and Misha. We recorded, we put cameras and there were GoPros all over. All of that will be on special features, but we were like vibrating we were so excited about it. We were so thrilled, and the whole process of doing the dialogue, we were having a scene. It's ridiculously funny.
Misha Collins will be back on Supernatural in the Season 13 episode that happens to be the Scooby-Doo crossover. We first learned that we'd be getting a Supernatural/Scooby-Doo animated crossover back in May. News broke before the big finale aired, so fans naturally had reason to believe that Castiel would have a role to play in the crossover. Then, hours later, the finale aired and fans saw Lucifer stab Castiel through the back with an angel blade. We had kind of a big reason to doubt that he'd be around for the Scooby-Doo special.
Admittedly, the Season 12 finale wasn't the fist time that Castiel seemed to die. Cas has died so frequently that Misha Collins was able to tell CinemaBlend which death was best of all. Still, the Season 12 finale death seemed really... well, final. Bright light shone out of Castiel's eyes, mouth, and wound once Lucifer stabbed him, and the image of his angel wings was burned into the ground after he fell. Enough angels have been killed via angel blade on Supernatural that this death of Cas' seemed like it might actually stick.
Of course, Jensen Ackles' reveal that Misha Collins will be part of the Supernatural/Scooby-Doo special doesn't mean that Castiel as we knew him will be back on Team Free Will in Season 13. The introduction of alternate realities in the Season 12 finale means that we could be getting another reality's version of Cas. Depending on how the Winchester boys end up animated, Castiel could appear as a dream or hallucination. Who knows? Maybe Misha Collins will be playing a new character in Castiel's body. It wouldn't be the first time.
We'll have to wait and see. I'm guessing that we won't have to wait too long in Season 13 before we get some answers about Misha Collins' future on the show, but at least we now know of one episode in which he'll have a part to play. Supernatural will return to The CW in the fall. If you're still looking for shows to watch nowadays, our summer TV guide can help you out.