‘Supernatural’ season 12: Jensen Ackles on Mary’s arrival

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The eleventh season of “Supernatural” ended with quite a cliffhanger when it comes to the Dean character. After all, the arrival of Mary Winchester back into the world is a way for Dean Winchester to have a little more closure … but will he realize that he wants or needs it? There are many interesting dynamics at the core of this episode, and that is something we’re curious to see explored more.

In talking about this subject further at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Sunday, Jensen Ackles teased that Mary’s return “presents a dynamic that we haven’t had in quite a while, or ever. When mom left, Sam was a baby and Dean was a child. The children that she knew are now men, so the relationship is kind of nonexistent because there isn’t one. It’s an interesting situation [for] them trying to bridge that massive gap.”

Will they be able to? That’s hard to know, but don’t expect the show to necessarily elevate to the same level as what we saw during the eleventh season. Executive producer Robert Singer suggested that we could have a more personal, emotional season rather than one trying to match the intensity level of bringing God and the Darkness onto the show. That makes some sense, mostly because it would be pretty darn hard to match that same level.

With that being said, do be prepared for some old-fashioned horror / monster stories, and for Castiel to have an arc this coming season that is a little more true to his roots.

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