Season twelve of Supernatural ended with the death of two long-running and fan-favorite characters, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard). And where on a show about demons, angels and monsters death usually doesn't mean a whole lot, it is definitely the end for Sheppard who has moved on to other projects. Collins on the other hand is definitely not done with the series yet.
Executive producer Andrew Dabb cut to the chase with TVLine:
Death is not the end for Castiel. That being said, when we pick up our season he's more dead than people usually get on our show. Castiel has a big role to play for us, but that may not be as soon as some people are hoping.
Besides losing their friend, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) also lost their mother, Mary, and it's hitting them very hard.
There's no one they can call, so our guys are a bit on their own, a little spun out, both emotionally and in terms of the plot.
Plus, they've kind of taken on the parenting role as they are keeping an eye on Lucifer's offspring.
There are parts of him and things he does that they really love, and there are parts of him and things he does that worry them a bit.
And Dabb gave one last hint having to do with the dearly departed:
Even if it's not played by an actor that we recognize, there are certain characters that are going to come back in different bodies.
Supernatural returns October 12th on the CW.