Supernatural ended season 8 with Sam giving up on the trials and Castiel becoming Human. Last week at San Diego Comic-Con, Jared Padalecki talked about Sam’s new goal, Castiel’s inability to help out like before, and a big secret that will change things for Sam.

Check out the full interview below.

Highlights from the interview:

  • Sam is committed to the promise he made with Dean in the church.
  • Sam is goal-oriented. He needs something to focus on. It was difficult for Sam to stop the trials, but he realized it was necessary.
  • His main focus now is to cure demons. He wants to free the humans that are possessed by demons.
  • Now that Cas is human, Sam and Dean don’t have someone to help them out in the same manner as before. Cas is now “really useless.”
  • Some angels are on Cas’ side, but some aren’t. Cas is “more harm than help.”
  • When Misha directs, he says they should write him out of that episode.. “I intend to have a lot fun.” Jensen and Jared are going to do “something epic.” 
  • “I’m f-ing thrilled to do something ….” 
  • “The way Sam heals involves a big secret between Sam and Dean. That Sam’s not aware of, that Dean keeps from him. We’ll see Sam go through a change — changes regularly.” This has Jared more excited about the season than he has been in a while. He calls it a “wet dream.”

Supernatural returns Tuesday, October 15 at 9 pm ET on the CW.

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