Supernatural is a big show. It may have started off with many people calling it a Buffy rip-off, or thinking that it was just about two pretty boys fighting monsters and couldn’t really offer any depth or lasting appeal, but with the series going into its 13th season it’s more than proven that not only is it one of the most successful cult shows on television, but that it’s able to remain entertaining and creative despite 264 episodes already having aired.
The latest picks up where the shocking and brutal finale of season 12 left off. Castiel (Misha Collins) has been killed, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) has sacrificed himself, Mary (Samantha Smith) is trapped in an apocalyptic universe with Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino), and Lucifers son has been born. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are not in a good place.
This isn’t the first time that a series of Supernatural has started following a major disaster in the previous season’s finale. In fact, it’s a lot more common that the show does this so things are likely to improve for our heroes before the end of the season and things can go bad again. However, this is the first time where it’s been so unclear as to what will come next.
First things first – and potential spoilers so skip to the next paragraph if you want to go in to season 13 completely blind – Castiel is coming back. This was something that the showrunners kept quiet about for about two weeks before confirming that everyone’s favourite angel would be returning. With Cas having died numerous times before, and having become such an important part of the series, it would now be shocking if he didn’t come back.
Sam and Dean are in a situation that is incredibly dire. Crowley may have been a demon, but had helped the two of them more times than not, and kept the forces of Hell somewhat in check. With him gone they’ve lost a powerful ally, and may be facing bigger dangers going forwards. They also lost Rowena (Ruth Connell) towards the end of season 12, which again, is a powerful ally that has helped them in the past.
The biggest loss has been that of Mary. With their mother having come back into their lives after decades dead the two brothers finally had a family again. Whilst things did have a rocky start Mary was very much their kick arse hunter mother by the end of the season, and fit perfectly into the show. Whilst last time we saw her she was still alive, how long she will stay that way, and if she’ll be able to get back home is a major mystery of the new season.
The most important question though is that of Lucifer’s son Jack, to be played by Alexander Calvert (whom geek fans may recognise as Anarky from season four of Arrow). Little is known about Jack yet, other than the fact that he is the son of Lucifer, and that as a Nephilim he’ll possess incredible powers. Whether he will be a force for good, or ultimately become the villain of the season has yet to be revealed.
Despite the many questions and mysteries around the new season, showrunners have revealed that some previously believed dead characters will be returning, though not who or how. The introduction of a parallel world does open up the possibility to old characters coming back. They’ve also revealed that the show will be attempting a second backdoor pilot for a spin off series about Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) as she continues to take in young women who have lost their families to the supernatural, training them to be hunters.
The biggest tease for things to come is animated cross-over episode with Scooby Doo. Yes, you read that correctly: Supernatural is doing a cartoon Scooby Doo episode. Sam and Dean will team up with Shaggy, Scooby, and the rest of the gang, and the Impala will race the Mystery Machine. If that alone doesn’t encourage you to watch when the show returns, I don’t know what will.