Bob Singer talks about Bobby and Castiel's return to Zap2it at the TCA event.
Zap2it posted an article confirming that Bobby will be back in some form or another this season.
"Jim will be back, in one form or another, this season," Singer says. "That's probably as much as I'm going to say. The killing of Bobby was part of an overall idea this year of isolating the boys. It started with losing Castiel, then we went into a real, constant bonding with Bobby. We really built their relationship with Bobby this season, and then we ripped that away from them. We put them in a place they've really never been before, where they have no life supports, no lifelines, and no backups. They're facing this huge monolithic evil, but they're reduced to two lonely cowboys."
They also reported more information on Castielâ€™s three-part arc.
â€œWhen they run across Castiel, it's a very different kind of Castiel. Dean has a bit of a moral dilemma in regard to Castiel in that first episode," he reveals. "Dean does some soul searching."
Singer promises a more satisfying conclusion this time. "It will feel like some sort of closure, yes," he says. "Not in the first episode back, of course, but by the third, absolutely."
Speaking of closure, Singer tells us that there is a cliffhanger ending planned for this season, whether or not The CW gives the show an early pickup for Season 8. "We like to be optimistic about the pickup," he says, "So we're going to write another cliffhanger ending, I think, and then just see what happens."
- Christine K. @OLTV tweeted that she spotted Mark Pellegrino on the set of Supernatural this week.Currently the series is filming episode 7.15 â€œRepo Man.â€
- Jim Michaels has been tweeting fans that Baby would be back, but today Sera Gamble confirmed it in a question asked to Mike Ausiello from a fan.
Question: When are we going to see the Impala again on Supernatural? It just doesnâ€™t seem right to have Dean separated from his baby for this long! â€”Laura
Ausiello: The two shall be reunited! â€œYou will eventually see the Impala again,â€ exec producer Sera Gamble confirms. â€œHe could never leave [her] forever! It breaks everyoneâ€™s heart, including ours. Thatâ€™s one of the biggest loses of the season is that Dean canâ€™t drive her.â€
Zap2it has released an interview from Sera Gamble about season 7 so far. She also gives information about the boyâ€™s mental stability and fun episodes including one with clowns and unicorns. Some excerpts below.
On Bobbyâ€™s death - Gamble says the move to kill Bobby off wasn't an easy one for her, either. "Clearly, we were very upset in the writers' room when we were breaking that episode," she tells us. "One of the big themes this season and challenges for Sam & Dean has been about taking away the tools that they've come to rely on and the support system that they've come to rely on. We didn't have that big of a pool to draw on to begin with. This show is pretty famous for killing people off. It's a precedent that was set pretty early on."
On Dean - The Winchesters have lost their go-to guy -- they've got to get more creative with their research strategies and they have to be more careful without him around to bail them out. On a deeper level, their already unstable emotional states are now completely threadbare.
The most recent episode ended with a chilling image of Dean forcing a strained smile into the dark, giving us an idea of the fake-it-til-you-make-it philosophy he's trying to adapt. (Yes, Ackles continues to improve upon perfection. "I loved the last shot of that episode. I think that Jensen did a tremendous job with that, as usual. He should really do this professionally," Gamble jokes, dryly.)
She clarifies that Dean hasn't given up on finding some peace in what's happened. "Frank won some grudging respect from Dean with that piece of advice about being professional and about trying to move forward. They're not going to keep trudging on and just work because they have nothing else to do. Dean desperately wants to move on and to try to find reasons and meaning, to try and do right by Bobby's memory," Gamble says. "It's important to him, and it's important to him to be there for Sam, but we've thrown something incredibly difficult at him. He's trying to take Frank's advice, and if you've ever been given a piece of advice like that when you're in grief, it's not easy."
On Sam - Aside from a few shots of Sam manipulating the scar on his hand, which implies that he's fighting away a hallucination of Lucifer. Gamble says that Sam's found a compulsive, careful way to stay on track, but "that apple cart will be upset in an upcoming episode. We have some episodes coming up that continue to spin out what's going on inside Sam's head. We revisit what's been happening in terms of his maintenance of his ongoing hallucination problem, which is a day-to-day thing that he's been managing. He doesn't have a permanent solution right now, he has a maintenance solution. That can't last."
On Future episodes - She is particularly looking forward to messing with Sam's mind in what sounds like a hilarious upcoming episode about childhood nightmares coming to life. "Sam gets beaten up by clowns," she says gleefully. "As we all know, Sam is really afraid of clowns, so an upcoming episode takes place at a Chuck-E-Cheese type place. One of those birthday party pizza place, slash stop-bugging-your-parents-for-ten-minutes places. They pick up a case that takes place at Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie, and Sam has terrible childhood memories of this place. It's just full of clown imagery." If you're thinking we've been there, done that, you're wrong. "If you thought that early episode when he was confronted by a few clowns at that carnival was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet," Gamble teases. "It is about your worst nightmare. Childhood fears are kind of coming to life, and attacking people in this episode, so it was an opportunity for us to get really fantastical with what can attack people. Unicorns and stuff like that. It was a really fun episode, but the clowns are really the highlight for us."
With Lisa behind him, Dean's a single man again -- and we'll see him have an, er, romantic encounter with "The Vampire Diaries" star Sara Canning in an episode coming up soon. Gamble says that she's not sure if a less temporary love interest will ever be brought into theshow again. "I don't know. My honest answer is that I don't know. There's no lasting love interests for them in Season 7," she says. "They don't have time, they're busy, and they are in no emotional state for any kind of conventional love interest."
On Castiel - "I can tell you that you will see Misha Collins again soon," she says. "Everyone is reading that script today, actually. I can tell you that the people here are telling me that they like it, but I think it's partially their job to say that, so I guess I can't tell you anything with any reliability."
New and Returning Characters - Frank will be back, as will Garth (D.J. Qualls), the nerdy hunter who drove Dean up the wall while Sam was lovesick with Becky.
"I think it's business as usual in that you will meet hunters and you'll meet people who come and go. You'll meet a woman who is sort of a helper to hunters. Her name is Nora Havelock, who Sam and Dean knew many years ago. She's introduced in an episode that's about revisiting a case they worked a few years ago. Our philosophy hasn't changed in that if we write a character and we like them, we'll continue to explore them. That's how characters like Castiel sort of became major on the show. We wrote them a little bit, and we wanted to keep writing them."
On this weekâ€™s episode - "It's a really compelling time period, it's beautiful, and it was so fun to shoot," Gamble says. "It very quickly just became a production question about pulling it off in the time and the budget that we have. Our crew are miracle workers, so the episode looks great, and I can't wait for everyone to see it."
E!Online in their latest Spoiler Chat article released new info on George a new recurring character first appearing in episode 7.16.
"shanni1124: Any SPN news is great! New recurring Supernatural guest-star alert! The show is casting the role of George, who will first appear in episode 16 as a miserable assistant to a real estate agent. But (there's always a but!) there's more to him than meets the eye, especially when it comes to self-preservation. Hmmm..."
SpoilerTV released the new title for 7.16 as "Out With The Old." It was previously titled â€œAnother Manâ€™s Treasure."
They also reported some new characters for the episode.
"A recurring guest star is George, who is Joyce's long suffering assistant. He also has a clever streak at self-preservation!Wondering who Joyce
is? Well wonder no more, she's a realtor, who is high up the totem pole and is the boss from hell.
Joyce is trying to buy some stores in Portland, to sell on... It all sounds very un-Supernatural esque, especially when the producers ask us to think of George as Anne Hathaway and Joyce as Meryl Streep from the Devil Wears Prada. Also interesting is that Joyce is not recurring... I sense someone's gonna be a goner by episodesâ€™ end!"