The King of Hell is here to stay. According to THR, Mark Sheppard, who plays the demon Crowley on Supernatural, has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming 10th season.

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Sheppard will join Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins in the main cast. Despite running for 10 seasons, Supernatural is very sparse with these promotions. Besides those four, Lauren Cohan and Katie Cassidy in season 3 are the only other actors credited as series regulars.

The news isn’t that surprising given the big twist that ended Supernatural season 9. Dean died and, as his body laid in the Men of Letters HQ, Crowley arrived to reveal that he knew more than he let on. In the last shot, Dean came back from the dead, but as a demon.

Since Crowley is the King of Hell and has been “bromancing” with Dean for most of this season, it makes sense that he will continue to play a big part in the life of Demon Dean.

Being a series regular doesn’t mean Sheppard will necessarily appear in every episode, but it probably means more than normal. He has appeared as Crowley in nine episodes for each of the past two seasons. He first popped up in the middle of season 5 and has been a steadily recurring character ever since. In fact, other than Ackles, Padalecki, Collins and Jim Beaver as Bobby, Sheppard has appeared in far more episodes than anyone else on Supernatural.

Supernatural season 10 begins this fall, Tuesdays at 9pm, on the CW.

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