SPOILER ALERT: If you aren’t caught up on ‘Supernatural’, this article contains SPOILERS for Season 12 and hints of what’s to come in Season 13.  Proceed with caution!

Andrew Dabb, ‘Supernatural’s showrunner offered some info on the upcoming season, especially in reference to a “power vacuum” in a certain fiery place to the south.

Weary of ruling Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) aided the Winchesters in opening a dimensional rift in order to vanquish Lucifer.  But the final ingredient for the spell was a life.  Crowley bid farewell to the Winchesters before stabbing himself with an Angel Blade, sacrificed himself in an effort to trap Lucifer in the alternate dimension.

Is he gone for good?  It’s ‘Supernatural’ so… maybe.  When asked what would happen to Hell now that Crowley was dead, Dabb teased:

“There is a power vacuum.  Into that power vacuum will step a new player for us. Once Crowley is gone, demon-kind and some of our players — some we’ve met before and some that are new — start asking themselves: What is the future of Hell? People come with various different agendas.”

Crowley’s death, of course, isn’t the only vacuum.  The absence of Sheppard and (possibly) Misha Collins also leaves the cast comprised solely of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.  At least one spot as a series regular will be occupied by Alexander Calvert who plays Jack/Nephilim, the son of Lucifer.  Will he be friend or foe?  The Season 12 finale left things ambiguous.

In addition, the show looks to welcome back some old favorites including psychic Missouri Moseley.  It also appears that we haven’t seen the last of the apocalyptic parallel dimension where “Uncle” Bobby and Mary are still alive, but where Sam and Dean were never born.

Crowley looks to be gone for a while, but Padalecki let slip that Collins had recorded his part for S13’s 16th episode, an animated crossover with ‘Scooby Doo’ so it looks as though Castiel is once again, just dead for a little while.

What would you like to see on Season 13?

‘Supernatural’ returns on October 12, at 8pm EST on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly