When “Supernatural” returns for its seventh season Friday night (CW, 9/8c), the action picks up right where it left off with Castiel (Misha Collins) taking on his new role as God. He commands Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) to kneel down before him, but he can tell they don’t mean it, so he instructs them not to interfere in his business and he takes off to right what he sees as some of the wrongs in the world.
Then Dean gets the idea that Death (Julian Richings) is the only one who can take on Castiel, so Sam, Dean and Bobby bind Death to them with unexpected consequences.
“One of the through lines for the season is that Sam and Dean now feel that they are part of a small and almost outmoded way of fighting evil,” executive producer Sera Gamble says. “They feel outmatched in a way they didn’t before. They feel the world around them has really changed.”
“The core from the beginning has always been morality tales, like Westerns,” adds executive producer Robert Singer. “What makes it interesting is our characters are flawed and susceptible to temptations of their own, but at the end of the day right and wrong is what drives the show.”
So what can we expect from season seven?
Dean will have a lot of issues this year: “In the first 13 episodes, he will carry a rockier journey of how he feels emotionally and the things he has to deal with than any other season. He is on a real roller coaster,” Singer says.
Sam is suffering from hallucinations: “What is happening with Sam isn’t anything he can hide for very long. It comes out very quickly that he is dealing with this awful, wall-breaking, hallucinatory situation [in his brain], which escalates really dramatically in the next episode… Sam has been through so much he may be losing his marbles for good. There is no amulet he can wear for that,” Gamble says.
Castiel makes a bigger transformation than we ever thought: “Cass totally bought into the end of what he was doing at the end of last year… He totally believed what he was doing and that it is the right thing,” Singer says.
The Return of Crowley (Mark Sheppard): “Crowley is the ultimate self-interested character. He always finds a way to bend whatever is happening to his own best uses. There is a reason he has lived this long. There is a reason he always finds the parachute under his seat. As things evolve this season, we will see him try to adapt,” Gamble says.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter guest star in the season premiere: “That was not coincidence. That was really hard work on the part of our casting director,” says Gamble. “It is great because I think it speaks directly to our fan base. Our casting director really understands the people who watch the show.”
Leviathans: Sam, Dean and Bobby will have to battle Leviathans this season. “In terms of the other bad guys who emerged as time goes on, their personalities will become clear in the next few episodes, but, I think, the sense that they are here to have fun and not just to hail fire and brimstone on the world and just be evil is right.”
Osiris Episode: “In episode four, Dean is on trial by the Egyptian god Osiris, who weighs one’s heavy heart against a feather. If one’s heart is heavier than the feather, then he does you in. It is not about feeling bad, but about carrying guilt. It is a big turning point episode for Dean’s arc this season,” Singer says.
Time Travel Episode: “We are breaking an episode right now that has a whole new means of time travel,” Gamble says. “It is not an angel time travel episode. One of the guys ends up stuck in 1944, which is very different than getting stuck in the Wild West. It is a darker time period. It turns out that a case they were trying to solve back then is a case that Sam and Dean are trying to solve right now.”
“Supernatural” premieres on Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on The CW.