Death is never final on Supernatural. The long-running CW drama is resurrecting two of its most prominent and beloved dead characters for a new story in season 11.

According to TVLine, Jim Beaver and Steven Williams will return in an upcoming episode to reprise their roles as hunters Bobby Singer and Rufus.

Bobby was killed off in season 7 and Rufus died in season 6, though both have since made return appearances in the afterlife. But the new episode won’t see them as ghosts or in Heaven, but in a flashback.

According to showrunner Jeremy Carver, the episode will find Sam and Dean investigating a case Bobby and Rufus looked into several years ago. Flashbacks will show the old hunters and friends working the case. The flashbacks will apparently take place back in season 5 on the show’s timeline.

Despite being killed off in season 7, Bobby Singer has continued to appear in every season, though it was just one episode each for seasons 8-10 in dreams, Hell and Heaven. A flashback is yet another new way to bring Jim Beaver back to the show.

As for Williams, this will be the first time fans will get to see Rufus since season 7, when he appeared to Bobby as the Winchesters’ surrogate father was dying.

Supernatural returns for the second half of season 11 starting Wednesday, January 20 at 9pm on the CW.

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