Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and the rest of the Supernatural crew returned to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con for new reveals and footage season 12, as well as to thank fans for the outpouring of support they’ve received over the years. Find out everything the SPN gang had to say at SDCC about the upcoming season below.

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 12 of Supernatural.

Supernatural Day” and the Road So Far

First off, the folks over at Warner Bros. have dedicated a day of tribute to Supernatural to voice their appreciation for the fan support. September 13, the day the pilot episode of our favorite demon-hunting show first aired 12 years ago, has now been dubbed “Supernatural Day.” As if you need another day to celebrate this amazing show.

If you need a refresher of “the road so far,” here’s where we left off in the season 11 finale. God and Amara had made up after a millennia of issues and walked off into the sunset. Sam and Dean’s mother, whose death started them on this 12-season (and counting) journey, was resurrected from the dead, and someone from the British chapter of the Men of Letters shot Sam. Castiel was banished by the Men and Crowley is wandering aimlessly after being cast aside by Lucifer.

Back to Basics

Season 12 will take the show “back to basics,” says executive producer Robert Singer. The search for God/Darkness and bringing Mary Winchester back into the equation definitely will cause Sam and Dean to touch back on their roots, remembering why they started in this business in the first place. Misha Collins had previously stated that the new season will show Cas “getting his mojo back,” and he restated this at SDCC. Specifically, Collins said that Cas will be a lot more like the Cas we saw in season 4. “He is angry and after Lucifer,” he said.

Because the show focused so heavily on the God storyline as of late, they feel it’s best to bring the show back to smaller stories for a while. “You don’t get bigger than God,” Singer said. “We’re going to try to get back to basics a little bit. Tell smaller stories. Some good old-fashioned horror stories. We’ve set up the British MOL and they’ll be part of what we’re doing. The first part of the season, there’s a hunt for Lucifer.”

Mothers Return

The return of their dead mother will definitely be a new obstacle for the Winchester bros to tackle, and it’s a dynamic that they’ve never faced before, says Jensen Ackles. Because the kids she left when she passed are now completely different and grown men, their relationship is “kind of non-existent,” he explained. “It’s going to be an interesting situation of them trying to bridge that massive gap that occurred over the past 30 some odd years.”

Mary’s return could be great, or detrimental to the boys’ work. We’ve seen past examples where family returning from the dead wasn’t as exciting as they’d hoped (looking at you, grandpa Samuel). Hopefully Mary doesn’t disappoint whatever dream they’ve built up of her all these years, and hopefully her presence doesn’t leave them vulnerable. Then again, hopefully both of those things happen. It’ll make good TV.

Speaking of estranged matriarchs, expect to see a lot more of Rowena, Crowley’s mother as well. “My family dynamic might be returning in a slightly more expanded scale,” says Mark Sheppard. “I genuinely love Ruth [O’Connell], but I cannot stand Rowena.” Supernatural writer Andrew Dabb says that Rowena will make a big move in season 12. She’ll be a little more relaxed and in a “cooler mindset,” but shortly after will be drawn back in by the desire for revenge.

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Other panel highlights:
Jensen Ackles telling Misha Collins to get off his phone
-“Sam Winchester is alive because he’s not a LOSE-chester” – Jared Padalecki
-Jensen saying Sam got “larger than God.”
Mark Sheppard (Crowley) saying, “Hello, mother…” when Ruth O’Connell (Rowena) walks on stage
-A fan’s proposal to his girlfriend, received by huge applaud from the crowd
Mark Sheppard saying, “oh god” and Rob Benedict responding, “yes?”

Supernatural season 12 premieres Thursday, October 13 at 9pm on The CW.

(Image courtesy of The CW)

Kartik Chainani

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV