The fans packed Comic-Con’s biggest room on Sunday morning to hear whatSupernatural stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, showrunner Jeremy Carver, and writer Andrew Dabb would say about having passed the 10-year milestone. Where do you go after a decade of saving people, hunting things, losing friends, dying and resurrecting, almost eating pie, and driving the Impala?
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Going into Season 11, the show will first have to address the lingering issues left from the finale. Although Dean is Mark of Cain-free, the Darkness, an evil that existed before God created the world, was unleashed as a result. When we saw them last, Dean Sam, and Baby were engulfed in the Darkness’ smoky tendrils, while Castiel was going after Crowley. So what's next?
“This year we are going back to a little bit more of an epic feel with a Big Bad, with a quest for the brothers to unite on," said Carver. "[The Darkness] is a pre-Biblical story that has never been told."
“I think we’ll beat it because we’re not the Lose-chesters," Padalecki joked.
Ackles answered more seriously. "What I like about where we’re going is the brothers are united," he said. "We’re back to normal, so to speak, and we have a common target. I’m excited to get back to that original format.”
As always, you can expect Dean and Castiel's bromance to flourish, but if you're wondering why Castiel has never really forged a bond with Sam, Collins explained that "the height difference is too jarring." Well, he's not called Moose for nothing.
Additionally, Season 11 will also see a few familiar faces. Carver confirmed that a few fan favorite characters will return, but they’re "coming back in a surprise way." From the shouts in the crowd, Felicia Day's Charlie, who died last season, is top on the priority list for many fans. When once such fan demanded to know why she was killed off, Carver said, "People die on the show… beloved [people die] on the show… we have to go where the story takes us. If we’re doing our job right, people fall in love with the characters."
For what it's worth, Ackles said that fans should be happy about the time they spent with her because she was initially just supposed to be appear in one episode.
As is tradition, the panel closed with a look at the season-long gag reel. By now you should know it's great, but in case you want to see for yourself:
What else was learned during the panel?? Read Below:
What came before: The panel presented a retrospective of the first 10 seasons in honor of last year’s 200th episode. It’s epic, it’s rock ‘n’ roll, and hilarious all at once. It’s so fun that it almost makes us like Nickelback. Almost. We'll embed it as soon it's made available!
More Meta-natural: Dabb hinted at "something really fun" coming in Episode 4.
Ackles in charge: The actor confirmed he's directing the premiere (which fans would know if they follow the actors on Twitter!). Ackles said that directing his fellow actors is easy because all the actors know their characters so well by now... "except for Misha.”
Crowley’s fate: Sheppard disappointed fans when he said his character was truly dead on the show, which of course was met by a healthy dose of disbelief. "It’s been an amazing journey. I showed up as a guest star kissing a very tall man under a bridge… but even if I knew what happened, I wouldn’t damn well tell you because it’s so much fun,” Sheppard said.
Battling childhood demons: When asked if the cast had fought any monsters on the show that actually scared them as children, Padalecki revealed that Bloody Mary freaked him out. Collins revealed a fear of Santa Claus (after a misguided attempt by his parents to authenticate the experience by photographing his uncle in a Santa suit by his bed while he was sleeping), and Sheppard said that he was scared of Doctor Who’s Cybermen and is waiting for them to appear on the show.
Supernatural returns Wednesday, October 7 at 9pm on The CW.