Supernatural Panel at Comic-Con: The Stars and Producers Tease Season 9

by Clarissa / July 21, 2013

SupernaturalThe stars and producers of Supernatural once again helped fill Hall H to capacity and were the first panel to kick off the final day of Comic-Con. Stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard were joined by executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer on stage to tease season 9 of the series.

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 10.08 a.m. – They’re opening the panel with a special video summary and sneak peek of season 9.

10.10 a.m. – The scene opens with Kevin firing a cross-bow at Dean, who enters the Men of Letters bunker. “You’re a crappy shot, Katniss”, Dean says. Kevin explains how the bunker went nuts and he couldn’t even get out. Dean tells him that the angels fell and suggests Kevin grab a gun next time. Sam is dragging a hooded and bound Crowley into the bunker. They put him in the dungeon they found at the end of season 8 and then rough him up a bit. Sam says Crowley must give up the name of every demon on earth and the people they’re possession. Naturally, Crowley is refusing because he thinks they have no leverage. By the way, Sam looks OK now! Their plan is to leave Crowley alone until he gives up the information they want. Of course, this is torture for Crowley, who loves to gab. In an amusing final seconds, he immediately starts realizing this isn’t going to be a picnic.

10.16 a.m. – What’s the world like with fallen angels? Carver said “we’re going to learn that a word of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all. It’s not one unified body, we’ve lots of angels out there with lots of different agendas. Many are feeling lost and scared and vengeful and it’s lending itself to some really exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world and we’re really, really excited to explore that.”

10.20 a.m. – The moderator asks about the brothers’ relationship in season 9. Carver says that “one of the interesting things about the end of last season is that the first thing in a long time the brothers chose each other and their love for each other in exchange of the season-long quest. That has left them stronger than ever but has created a tremendous amount of fallout, particularly at the beginning of the season. The brothers are walking into a world where all of the normal constructs of Heaven and Hell aren’t the same.” Padalecki says “We did choose each other and to keep fighting the fight together” and then thanked the fans for their support. “In this free-for-all world, we’re really gonna need each other more than ever.”

10.23 a.m. – With regards to Cas, “it’s a remarkable shift for Castiel, because prior to the beginning of this season he’s been equipped with all sorts of powers that has made him a very useful tool for the brothers. Now he can pop in and basically fold laundry. There’s a shift in the dynamic there in terms of how he can be utilized by the brothers at the outset of the season. For Castiel’s arc as a character this season, it’s going to be an immensely rich terrain to explore. We’ve sort of, in past seasons, tested those waters a little bit. Now he’s really down in the dirt and the filth of being a human. There’s a really great bathroom scene,” Misha and Jared said.

10.26 a.m. – “Whatever happened to Crowley at the end of season 8 has had a profound effect on him, whether he likes it or not,” Sheppard said, “Hopefully we’ll go on a little journey to find out what kind of an effect it had on him.”

10.27 a.m. – “The Men of Letters for Dean is a home,” Singer said. “For Sam it’s a workplace and he doesn’t think of it as home….and that’s something we’ll be exploring more fully this season.” And he also talked about how there are rooms we haven’t seen yet.

10.28 a.m. – When asked if Jim Beaver is returning, Carver said “I think Jim also tweeted he’s coming back in a way you wouldn’t guess and wouldn’t expect and that’s pretty much how I’d leave it.”

10.29 a.m. – Felicia Day makes a surprise appearance after Singer jokingly badmouths her. “Obviously Felicia will be back. We love her and we have big plans for her this year,” Singer said. “I’m thrilled to be back,” Felicia said. “This is the first time I’ve been in Hall H. I think it’s amazing when you have a gift of a character you want to play all the time. And I’m blessed to be working with these men with amazing hair.”

10.31 a.m. – “I feel this show needs a Teflon vagina,” Felicia jokes. “What’s why we have Mark Sheppard,” Jared retorted.

10.34 a.m. – What keeps Dean ticking? Ackles says “It’s very trying. Dean has been through a lot in the last [counting numbers] number of episodes. I think what keeps him motivated and pushing on is his sense of duty to fight the good right. It’s his duty to his brother and his family and what he signed on to do. When he got back from Purgatory last season [he liked that storyline a lot], there was a real sense of clarity to his mission and he knew that that is why he’s there, to fight that fight and be alongside that brother and driving that beast of an automobile down a highway and rocking out to some true rock and roll.” Padalecki says that Sam is always trying to do the best thing, but sometimes he fails. “Sam is just trying to do what he thinks is right” and he believes Sam has finally started to accept his life isn’t normal.

10.38 a.m. – The moderator asked if Cas would learn to drive the car (he got asked a lot about this on Twitter) and Jensen said “no, no, no”, but Misha insisted “yes, yes, yes”. “Jensen has almost a sick, proprietary thing about this car. And Misha the actor isn’t going to drive it and Castiel the character isn’t going to drive it,” Singer explained. Jensen cut in that he doesn’t even like when the teamsters drive it.

10.39 a.m. – A fan asked if we’ll ever learn where angels and demons go when they die and Carver said that’s definitely something they would like to explore.

10.42 a.m. – Misha reminded us that he’s directing episode 9.17 and he apologized in advance to the producers “for the product”.

10.43 a.m. – “The path of the fallen angels intersects with the Winchesters in a very big way this season. I think you’re going to see angels and demons up the wazoo this year. It’s going to be really interesting,” Carver said. “I think you can look forward to the boys being knee-deep in angel problems this year.”

10.47 a.m. – Will we see Jesse again? Carver said not really any immediate plans but “no character is forgotten.”

10.55 a.m. –  Singer says they gave Crowley the ability to teleport because he had worked his way up the demon ladder and that was a perk. “It’s like when Voldemort learned how to fly,” Padalecki said.

Panel is done! Stay tuned for press room spoilers! Read them here.

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Clarissa is Managing Editor at ScreenFad and former Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A lover of genre shows (like Supernatural and Arrow) and quality dramas (like The Good Wife and Homeland), Clarissa provides on set and event coverage as well as news, spoilers and reviews for all things TV and movies. Follow her at @clarissa373 or email her at clarissa @