Supernatural Chat: Season 9 Spoiler Roundup – Returning Favorites, Castiel’s Role in Final Episodes and More! April 14, 2014 Featured, Supernatural, TV Chat Hey there Supernatural fans! As we get closer to the season finale, some very interesting spoilers having been popping up about the show. Some you may have seen already and some you may not, but I wanted to round up the most recent rumors and bits of news and let you guys know which were true and which were the product over some fans’ over-active imaginations. One Rumor Not True: Gabriel Won’t Be Back I’ll start with the bad news first. I really wish I could say this particular rumor was true, but sadly it is not. It seems some fans spotted Richard Speight, Jr. in Vancouver hanging out with some of the Supernatural crew and assumed that he would be returning as Gabriel/The Trickster. The actor was actually on location shadowing director Tom Wright, which got people overly excited and they started tweeting his return. But Richard quickly quelled the rumors and announced on his own Twitter that there were currently no plans to bring him back to the show. Bummer. UPDATE: Well, I have to tip my hat to Mr. Speight and all of the Supernatural cast and crew. Good on them for keeping that particular secret so well that even I didn’t know what was coming in this week’s episode. That made the surprise of seeing Gabriel again ever so much more fun. Gotta love the way our show finds ways to keep all of us on our toes. Tessa the Reaper Will Be Back Lindsey McKeon picked the wrong day to tweet that she would be back on Supernatural as Tessa, everyone’s favorite Reaper. Since it happened on April 1, many fans (rightfully) assumed it might just be a prank. But it turns out the story is true and she will indeed be back. According to Enstarz, McKeon will reprise her role in episode 22, which they said is “tentatively titled” as “Stairway to Heaven.” I couldn’t find any more information, but that sounds pretty tantalizing already. Could this mean that someone is going to die in the season finale? At the very least, it suggests that Heaven’s doors will once again be open. Sheriff Jody Mills Will Be Back This piece of news is gone beyond rumor and is a full-on fact at this point. Sheriff Jody Mills will indeed be back on the show and will appear in episode 19, called “Alex Annie Alexis Ann.” Here’s the official episode description from the CW: Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie (guest star Katherine Ramdeen). They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors, but finds out the hard way that family always comes first. More Supernatural: Bloodlines News While this doesn’t add a whole lot to what we already know about the Supernatural crossover, here is a little bit more on episode 20, appropriately titled “Bloodlines.” Check out the official episode description from the CW: Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate a case in Chicago, where they discover that various mafia-esque monster families are, unknown to humans, running the underbelly of Chicago. One is a family of shapeshifters run by Margo Lassiter (guest stars Danielle Savre), whose leadership is thrown into question when her brother David (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) returns home. The other reigning family in town is made up of werewolves, lead by Julian Duval (guest star Sean Faris). While in Chicago, Sam and Dean meet Ennis (guest star Lucien Laviscount), a man with a personal vendetta against the monsters. The Winchesters warn Ennis about heading into the hunter lifestyle, but Ennis refuses to listen and starts down a dangerous path. Castiel’s Big Role in the Final Episodes of Season 9 Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve felt a little short-changed when it comes to Cas appearances this season, so this latest bit of news made me very happy. In a chat with the Huffington Post, Misha Collins revealed that Castiel will play a pivotal role in the finale episodes of the season and that Castiel’s storyline will merge with the boys’. “Cas is definitely on point and on mission in the effort to try to track down Metatron and right things in heaven. His mission and the boys’ mission will converge and they will be working together again, quite heavily. Cas is pretty involved in four of the last six episodes of the season, so we’ll be seeing a lot of him,” Collins said. Collins also revealed that Metatron will be played by someone new, so it looks like the angel is going to end up getting tossed out of his current meat suit. “Metatron — he doesn’t look the same, by the way,” Collins said. When asked to clarify that meant he’s being played by a new actor, Collins replied, “Yes. Metatron, Cas and Gadreel become the central angels at the end of the season and the focus really shifts back to Castiel as our sort of central [angel] – it’s Castiel and Metatron pitted against each other. So that swirling mass of dick angels coalesces into just two dicks, Cas and Metatron.” So what do you think, my fellow Supernatural fans? Does this sound like we’re in store for some spectacular episodes at the end of this season or what? Follow me on Twitter @mokibobolink Ruby Dynamite There *has* been a sore lack of Cas this season – despite the fact that Misha was a ‘regular’, his level of involvement on the show and with the boys (ie. even less than in previous seasons where he was a regular!) kind of calls BS on that notion. Not to mention, we still haven’t heard whether or not Cas is going to be in season 10, which is really freaking concerning – not sure if that’s because they want to keep the intrigue up or what until s10 starts, but they’d better keep Cas around – the show just can’t do without him anymore. Without Cas, the show goes back to boring bro/bro drama and the show’s numbers tank faster than the Titanic. Don’t let the brothers-only fans fool you — Cas has been a part of this show for much longer than it was just Dean n’ Sam doing salt-and-burns, so it only makes sense to have Cas around, especially if s10 is the last season (rumored, but no idea if it will be). I mean, fer pete’s sake, William Shatner spoke up in support of Cas and said that TPTB would be fools to write him out, but considering how season 9 is the very definition of ‘snatching defeat out of the jaws of [season 8's] victory,’ I wouldn’t put it past the writers to perpetrate such a dunderheaded maneuver. I’ve really been trying to keep my hopes up, because they’re finally giving Dean his own storyline (or trying to – how much you wanna bet it winds up being all about Sam yet again?) and it seems really interesting and like it has the potential to showcase Jensen’s abilities and help Dean grow even more as a character (finally!), but part of me is just very bitter about the godawful mishandling of stories, characters (and characterization so bad it’s legitimately OOC), canon and continuity. Plus, they’ve been jerking some of the actors (like Jim Beaver and Misha) around – which, yeah, no – don’t you dare freaking do that. So … yeah. I’d like to think that Carver will fix all that idiots like Buckner/Ross-Leming fucked up, but I’m not holding my breath. xp roxi The bi-bro story is what the show was built on, not Cas, a SUPPORTING character. If the writers hadn’t fallen in love with Cas and decided to give him his own main storylines independent of Sam and Dean while throwing their story to the dogs, giving them nothing but the same conflict and angst and called it a storyline, it wouldn’t be” boring”. I like Cas, but his role should be as a part of the bigger Winchester story, not taking even more storyline time away from it while his story becomes center stage. I too was looking forward to Dean finally having an important story of his own, but, since there wasn’t one single spoiler about the MOC here, it seems sadly that his story will once again get short shrift, in favor of Cas. Even Sam, who for the better part of the series has always had the major storyline, is taking a back seat to Cas, and he’s one of the two main leads. To me, this is wrong. Akanetane Man, I miss Cas! Way too little on-screen time this season, agreed. I love his storyline and friendship with the brothers. He’s the reason I watch the show, for sure. I just want to see him interacting with the brothers, being badass and goofy with Dean. SPN, please stop the severe lack of Cas already, it’s just painful! Julie I don’t mind Cas on the show as a supporting character and I don’t mind that a sect of fandom really likes the guy, but I DO mind is the contrived way in which he is often inserted/shoe-horned into episodes, and I DO mind that he’s this panacea for whomever is injured, usually one of the brothers, and thus negating any and virtually all emotional impact of a recovery for that character and what it brings to their relationship. Periphery characters are tricky. Too often, if the writer’s aren’t committed to any meaningful role for that character in the depth of the show, there just isn’t enough reason for their existence in the plot. Cas has too often come to this sort of meaningless appearance. Most of his scenes are beyond boring, unless he’s in a scene with the boys, and not just one or the other, but BOTH boys. That’s when the dynamic has the most teeth and the dialogue the most interest. The funny moments are then funnier, and the serious even more serious. This season, most of Cas’ storyline has been weak, IMHO. Last night, however, they brought him in to the story in a meaningful episode. He had the support of some good third tier characters with the introduction of Hannah. She’ll probably die at the end of this season but she did intrigue me. Personally, I miss Jody Mills presence. She is far more interesting and I’d like to see her hunt with the boys more often. Sadly, the show has a very constrictive budget, as we’ve seen over the years where the classic rock has disappeared, and employing strong actors, outside of Jensen, Jared and Misha, are a rarity. Much as I’d love to see JDM come back, I imagine his price tag has a lot to do with it. So anyway. If.. and that need to be IF the show runners can give Cas a real purpose that has more cohesion with Dean and Sam’s story, it is fine by me. However, since the end of the angel arc at the end of season 4, I have yet to see that happen. But hey, even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and again so anything can happen!