Misha Collins Taking a Step Back in Season 7 of SUPERNATURAL

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Anyone who read my Supernatural finale review knows that I was pretty riled by this news. According to, TVLine.com, it looks like Misha Collins (Castiel) won’t be returning to the show as a series regular when the 7th season starts up this fall.

Castiel made his first appearance at the beginning of season 4 and quickly made himself quite popular with fans. I know it didn’t take long for me to become enamored by the gravelly-voiced angel in an overcoat. But in Friday night’s finale, Cas opened the doors to purgatory and let the souls inside take control, becoming a super-powered God himself. He even gave the Winchesters an ultimate in the final seconds of the episode, ordering them to bow to him or die.

So I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck am wondering why The Powers That Be behind the hit CW series would do this to Cas and then take him away from us.

Here’s what executive producer Sera Gamble had to say about the casting news:

“When it comes to Supernatural, our philosophy is that everyone moves in and out and weaves in and out of the story, obviously with the exception of Sam and Dean. We love Misha. We love and adore the character of Castiel. His character developed to this extent and went in this unexpected direction because we were so inspired by him.”

The season finale cliffhanger “is a very pivotal moment in Cas’ development,” Gamble adds, describing the character as “transformed.” “Basically, that’s what we’ll be exploring next season, so there’s just a big change.”

While some angel stories are promised in Season 7, “they will probably be more self-enclosed,” reveals Gamble.

“[In Season 6], we consciously kept some of this angel civil war off camera because we are interested in what happens on Earth,” she explains. “We are interested in what happens in the purview of the boys. We feel that in terms of what we can accomplish, the scope of the show, our storyline is best accomplished where the Impala can go.”

Misha (and Cas) will make an appearance in the fall opener, but right now Gamble is keeping the details pretty hush-hush, claiming that she can’t go into it “without giving away a lot about the premiere,” she says.

Though us Cas fans are in mourning over the (somewhat) loss of our dearly dearly-departed-angel-replaced-by-God, we can be rest assured that plenty of other familiar names will be back – namely creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Ben Edlund. Gamble assures fans that, despite being left off a CW press release regarding the new season, Kripke and Edlund are in fact hard at work on season 7. “Their titles have changed,” she explains. “There are a lot of technical and contractual reasons that people’s titles change that don’t necessarily reflect their level of involvement or commitment to the show. . They’ve been in the [writers] room with me every day this week.”

I’ve said more than my peace on this subject, so how about you guys? What do you think of this new development and what do you think it will mean for Supernatural next year?