Supernatural Chat: What Will Castiel be up to in Season 9?

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Hey there Supernatural fans! Well, the good news just keeps on coming. In my last chat, I talked about all the things I’d like to see in Supernatural season 9. One of the things I hoped for was for more Castiel and it seems like The Powers That Be were listening, because we’ve just gotten news that not only will Misha Collins be back next season, he’s being upped to a series regular.

For anyone who’s read even a few of my reviews or articles on this column, you know that the excitement level I am feeling right now is pretty much close to epic. Especially when I heard that Collins will also be directing an episode next season as well.

Castiel (and Misha) Gets the Recognition he Deserves

I’m not one of those people who wanted to see Sera Gamble’s head on a pike after she took the reins for season 6, but I will admit to being very bummed about where Castiel went last season. After being upped to a regular and then summarily dropped to barely appearing in season 7, I wondered if perhaps the show was done with our favorite angel. But with this recent news, I feel like Castiel (and Misha) is getting the recognition he deserves.

Fair Warning: Copious Castiel Love Ahead

Fair warning, ahead you will find massive amounts of love for Castiel. If you do not like Cas and would rather he disappear from Supernatural forever, you may want to avoid reading the rest of this article. Just sayin’. Also, I’ve said it once but I believe it bears repeating here: my love of Castiel does not completely overshadow my love for Sam and Dean. I love the boys and know that they will always be the center of the show, as they should be. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t love other characters too, and Cas is one of those others.

Collins in the Director’s Chair

Let’s talk a bit more about the news that Misha will be directing an episode next season. So far, Jensen Ackles has sat in the director’s chair three times on the series and I think he’s turning into quite a good director. Jensen and Misha are very different people though, and seeing how wacky Misha’s humor is (check out his Twitter if you don’t believe me), I have to wonder if they’ll let him take the reins on one of their more humorous episodes. Then again, it could also be a lot of fun to see him tackle something extremely dramatic as well.

Castiel: Ruler of Heaven?

This season, we’ve seen that Castiel has had some, shall we say, issues since his return from Purgatory. As I said in my last Supernatural Chat article, I hope that he takes out Naomi and puts order back in Heaven. Now that we know he’ll be back next year as a regular character, that could be a very likely possibility. We don’t know what kind of baddies Sam and Dean will be facing next season, but chances are that they’ll be terribly evil and wouldn’t it be nice for them to have an ally in Heaven to help with all that?

Castiel: Powerless (aka Human)?

As much as it would be to see Castiel ruling Heaven, I’m the first to admit that it would be pretty predictable. Not only that, but we’ve basically already seen that before. Sure, it ended last time with him going off the deep end and ultimately unleashing Leviathans on the planet, but he did do it. Just by taking over and NOT nearly destroying the planet, he will have redeemed himself, but what if they decide to take the story in a completely different direction? Admittedly, we’ve seen Cas lose his powers before and slowly slide toward humanity, but what if he made the plunge completely this time? What if whatever happens in Heaven this season strips him of his angel-ness and he’s forced to live life as a human forever (or at least until the show decides to give him his powers back)? That could be an interesting way to go with his story as well.

Whatever happens, I know that I’ll likely enjoy what they do with Castiel next season. Honestly, the only way they could disappoint me would be to get rid of him and since it’s obvious that’s not going to happen, I’m fairly certain I’m going to like where they take Cas next season.

What about you folks? What did you think when you heard the news that Misha Collins was being made a regular in Supernatural season 9? Were you excited by the news or disappointed? What kinds of stories do you hope they’ll have in store for Castiel next season? Sound off in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys!

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  • Jessica Breaux

    In all honesty, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, Misha Collins is a fantastic actor and he does a wonderful job whenever he’s on the show. Cas also adds an interesting dynamic to the show and sort of breaks the monotony of just Dean and Sam all the time. Watching the Dean/Cas relationship grow and change over the past several seasons has been one of my favorite aspects of the show.

    On the other hand, Cas presents a problem. In his full angel form, he’s entirely too powerful to have around all the time. It takes away the urgency when the Boys get into a tight situation because you know Cas will show up and save them. It also takes away the Boys opportunity to get out of tight spots by using their wits and skills. I’m with you about Sera Gamble. I didn’t want her head on a pike, but I can’t say that I’m necessarily a fan of the direction she took the show in general or Cas in particular. Part of her problem, in my opinion anyway, was that she was trying to figure out how to keep Cas in the story even though he no longer organically fit into it. That’s how we got the mess that happened in season 6 and Crazy!Cas at the end of season 7. She didn’t know what to do with him or how to organically weave such a powerful being back into the story. However, Jeremy Carver has set up a great way of getting Cas back into the story without it feeling forced and without it feeling like Sam and Dean are marginalized in any way.

    I am going to reserve judgment until I actually see what they have in store for Cas (and us) in season 9. These writers have, for the most part, done a great job with the show and I have faith that they will continue to do a great job. I’ve enjoyed what Jeremy Carver has done with season 8, and I’m looking forward to season 9.

  • You’re going to see Cas love here, too. I am ecstatic Misha Collins has been upgraded to a regular in season nine and I, too, am eager to see how he directs an episode. Cas is an amazing character; his story line is, in truth, is one of the most interesting in the show to me at this point. It would be interesting if this latest round with Naomi did ultimately lead to Cas losing his powers, at least for a short period (not permanently). It would be funny to see him tagging along with Dean and Sam, trying to learn the hunting business, helping in the new ‘bat cave,’ etc. See him try to fit in with humanity as a ‘true human,’ for a while. On the other hand, I would also love to see him become a full-on angel again; see what has happened in heaven and have Cas involved in that type of story line again. Finally, I would love to see Cas actually – – fly!!! Enough of the ‘rustling’ and disappearing. I want to see those wings and him actually using them! 🙂

  • I’m thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to have Cas/Misha back. I spent at least 2 solid hours squeeing when the news broke and I’m still riding on Cloud 9. I am one of those who hopes that he becomes mostly human, maybe retaining his wings or very little power. I want to see him become a more active part of hunting like in Hunter Heroci and I want to see him at the MOL Bunker. I’m just so happy we are getting a chance to have more Cas. This season has been hard for Cas fans. And I have no doubt Misha will do an amazing job on the episode he directs.

  • I’m incredibly happy to have Castiel back this season, and was over the moon when the announcement was made about Misha Collins being a regular in Season 9. Cas adds so much to SPN, he’s an epic, layered character with a compelling (and sad) hero journey, and I love his relationship with the Winchesters, especially Dean. Although I think we need more development of the Sam and Cas friendship, and I adore seeing all 3 working together. Like you, I’m a fan of the brother relationship, and being a Casfan doesn’t take away from that. I also don’t think Castiel being a regular will take away from either Sam or Dean’s stories, or the brothers as the show’s center.

  • “My love of Castiel does not completely overshadow my love for Sam and Dean. I love the boys
    and know that they will always be the center of the show, as they
    should be. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t love other characters too,
    and Cas is one of those others.”
    Bless you. Some people just can’t understand this fact.
    I’m so happy with Misha being regular again. I really liked season 5 and 6 (I’m probably one of a few but that season was great…season 7 not so much) I’m pretty sure that the producers and writers will do a great job. I am open to anything concerning Cas (just not killing him off or being a bad guy…that would be too far from the character he is now)

  • Minion

    Wonderful article! I adore seeing Castiel and Misha receiving well-deserved love. I was definitely over-the-moon happy about the news of Misha being a Season 9 series regular and getting to direct an episode. I’m just happy to know that we’ll have more Cas next season and that I don’t have to worry so much about them getting rid of him, which would break my heart if it happened.

  • ptjackson

    OMG… what wonderful news! I too love Cas, and look forward to seeing more of him!

    I would like to see more of Naomi, and actually, that “struggle” going on there, whatever it is, is what could keep Cas from using his angel powers every time the boys get in trouble.

    But, whatever happens, I am looking forward to it!

  • LordoftheNight

    I am a huge Cas fan though I did not agree with all the hate for Cas’s Season 7 absence as in the end Cas is not the protagonist of the series. Look at Bobby, he was around longer than Cas and he’s gone now (Though i’m still hoping for a return). That said I am very very happy he is back and now will be a regular again.

    Personally I hope that he joins with Sam and Dean and becomes their third wheel, providing extra grip and greater stability. Cas would be a great addition to the team though I think the key issue with Cas becoming a hunter would be that short of Leviathans there is no monster that he can’t annihilate easily. So they’d have to find a way to get around that, perhaps by making him less powerful, perhaps he’ll be cut off from Heaven again and then could join them as he did in Season 5.

    More than likely though I think we’ll have a repeat of his Season 5 presence. He’ll be there whenever the boys call and will appear in 4/5 episodes, even if just in a minor capacity.

    Either way more Cas is a good thing. Perhaps there’ll be further exploration of what’s going on between him and Meg.

  • Preston

    I am very excited that Misha will be back. I have entertained the idea that if the gates of heaven are closed we could lose Cas and get stuck with Jimmy. It’s possible…

  • Woman

    Cas is brilliant! I’m thrilled he’s a regular for next year!

  • Im just as happy as you to see Misha as a regular again…as long as his story doesnt suck. having said that, I think they have been leaning towards Cas falls and becomes mortal storyline for a long while and I think that could be really interesting. Also on another note, can somebody but an APB out on Sams personality ? Its been sadly missing since Dean came back from purgatory….Love this show!!!!