The cast and executive producers of "Supernatural" were on hand at San Diego Comic Con to preview Season 9 of the hit CW show on Sunday morning.
Stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, along with executive producers Robert Singer and Jeremy Carver, were on hand to present footage and answer fan questions from the at-capacity Hall H.
Check out the Comic-Con sizzle reel (sadly without the preview of Season 9) below, then read our liveblog for all the scoop from the panel.
Lots of hugs, declarations of love, falling down, strange accents. You'll love it. Thanks for following along!
That's a wrap from the panel, now they're rolling the gag reel.
Bob: He's the king. We gave Crowley that particular skill because he'd worked his way so far up the demon ladder, that's one of the perks you get when you're the boss.
Jared: It's like when Voldemort learned to fly!
No plans to bring the Antichrist character, Jesse, back any time soon, but Jeremy says fun/interesting characters never stay gone forever.
Jensen: Dean tends to stay Dean no matter where he is or what situation he's in -- he's just angry. Back in "The French Mistake," the one and only time we've been brought into a conceptualized meeting, they wanted to know how we felt about using ourselves. I said "as long as Dean never deviates from Dean, you can put us anywhere you want." Jared deals with that with Sam a lot more, the altering of the character, he does a really good job of it. I'm kind of fortunate that I stay the course.
Jared: It's really difficult, but it's really fun. My favorite was from "French Mistake" where it was Jared and Jensen playing Sam and Dean playing Jared and Jensen playing Sam and Dean. Who gets to do that? But as far as soulless Sam and Lucifer Sam, they're all great ... that's awesome, otherwise it would be the same thing over and over.
Misha: I think that's why we're up here nine seasons later ... you guys as writers are constantly taking risks and changing things up and that's an amazing achievement ... It's what keeps it interesting to watch and to be on. It makes it fun to come to work.
Jared: It really took over me for some reason. Jensen was like "Chill out." All of the angst came from having to be on set with Sheppard ... No, he did an amazing job ... To have the material, and then another actor who was doing an amazing fricking job. I don't know where it came from, but I think the material brings it out. Jensen and I have worked together like that for years.
Jensen: I'll just shut up.
Jared: I've thought about it, I don't think it's right for me to do currently. Maybe in a couple of seasons... Our breaks always seem so short that I really try to make the most of every second I have with my family. Between visiting family, now we've got a little kiddo, inevitably, I fly back to Vancouver at the last minute -- I'm not yet willing to give up the extra two weeks.
Misha: I also have two small children who keep me up at night ... I'm looking forward to spending some time away from them directing and getting some sleep. I'd like to thank Jeremy and Bob for the opportunity and apologize in advance for the product.
Felicia: I thought you were going to ask what Jensen smells like, because so many people ask me that ... coriander and leather.
Misha: They go to Comic-Con.
Bob: That's a very good question. My wife who's a writer on the show asked me that question the other day.
Jeremy: It's something we could answer -- a place that's ripe for storytelling, so yes, hopefully.
Misha: He's kidding, of course he will.
Misha: It'll happen.
Bob: Jensen's very proprietary over the car.
Jensen: I don't even like it when the teamsters drive it to set.
Jared: Sam tries to fight the good fight and do what he thinks is right. We play with this "road to hell is paved with good intentions" quote. Sometimes he errs, but that's the beauty of it ... These guys aren't defined by their interests, they're just trying to live ... Sam's just trying to do what he thinks is right, I think he's accepted that his life's not going to be normal, finally, so he's trying to make the world a better place.
Misha: Yeah, his brother's pretty lame.
Jensen: Dean has been through quite a lot over the past 17...3, 5, 23 episodes. 173, Over the course of many hours of television ... What keeps him motivated is his sense of duty to fight the good fight, it's his duty to his brother, his family, it's what he signed on to do. Sometimes he doesn't want to do it but he does it anyway because that's what he does and what he was put on the earth to do... I think when Dean got back from Purgatory, there was a real sense of clarity in that mission, to be alongside his brother and driving that beast of a machine and rocking out to some true rock and roll. And pie.
Bob pretends to insult Felicia and she comes out on stage to confront him, Jared and Misha have to separate them.
Felicia: I heard you, Bob, and I flew over here. (She joins the panel officially). I might have a cosplay Deadpool take you out in the bathroom later.
Bob: Obviously Felicia will be back, we love her, we have big plans for her this year, and she knows we love her.
Felicia: I'm thrilled to be back -- and this is the first time I've been in Hall H. It's always amazing when you have a gift of a character that you want to play all the time. I'm very blessed to be working with these amazing men and their perfect hair... I feel this show needs a teflon vagina [a woman who won't die because she hooked up with one of the Winchesters] ... Charlie is a woman who happens to be a geek but that's not who she is, she's not defined by being a geek, she's a person ... Charlie is a real person who happens to love the things she loves. It's hard to create a character like that.
Jeremy gives a shout-out to the writing staff who are in attendance, for helping make Charlie such a three-dimensional character.
Jeremy: Jim also tweeted that he was coming back in a way you wouldn't guess and wouldn't expect, so that's how I'm going to leave it, because I'm evil.
Bob: It's the first actual permanent set we've had. It's also a treasure trove of information, there's rooms in the MoL we haven't explored yet. The MoL for Dean, is a home ... it's as close to home as we're going to get. For Sam it's a workplace and he doesn't think of it as home, but he's comfortable in the academic pursuits one can explore in the MoL, so that's something we'll see this season.
Mark: [The spell] has had a profound effect on him whether he likes it or not. Hopefully we'll go on a little journey to find out what kind of effect it has one him.
Misha: It's a remarkable shift for Castiel, because prior to this season he's been equipped with all sorts of powers and capacities that made him a useful tool for the brothers ... now he can pop in and basically fold laundry, so there's a shift in the dynamic there in terms of how he can be utilized at the outset of the season. For Castiel's arc as a character, it's going to be an immensely rich terrain to explore, his becoming human. We've tested those waters a bit ... now he's really down in the dirt and the filth of being a human and getting to experience what it's like to eat and then what happens to the food after you eat it.
Jared: There's a great bathroom scene.
Jeremy: It's a three episode arc.
Misha: You're an adult and you're flushing a toilet for the first time, it's an epiphany. So lots of bathroom related stuff for Cas.
Jared elaborates on the brothers' relationship: Thankfully we have fans who want us to keep fighting the fight. We'll keep fighting the fight together, and with angels on earth and the King of Hell in our dungeon, we're really going to need each other more than ever.
Jeremy: One of the interesting things about the end of last season, the brothers chose each other and their love for each other over the season-long quest. That's left them stronger than ever but has also created a tremendous amount of fallout. All the normal constructs of heaven and hell aren't the same anymore. The King of Hell isn't in residence and heaven isn't running how it's usually run.
Jeremy continues: "With angels on earth, it's not one unified body, we've got lots of angels out there with lots of agendas, many are feeling lost and scared and vengeful, it's lending itself to some very exciting and wonderful character moments for all of our characters to be dealing with. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and in some ways very human world, and we're really really excited to explore that."
Mark retaliates by knocking off Misha's.
"This is a day on set," Jared says.
Carver: We're going to learn pretty quickly that a world full of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all --
At this point, Mark Sheppard's name card falls off the desk so he gets up to get it. Jensen tells Misha to knock it over again. As soon as Mark sits, Misha does.
Season 9 clip: Dean enters the Men of Letters bunker, Kevin is there and fires a crossbow at him. Kevin hasn't slept or eaten for days, and is oversharing about his bowel movements. Dean tells Kevin that the angels fell and that the next time the world's ending, he should grab a gun. Sam comes in, seems healthy enough, has Crowley with a bag over his head and his ears covered. They take the bag off his head and Dean punches him, saying that he never gets tired of doing that.
"You're giving us the name of every demon on earth and who they're possessing," Sam insists. Crowley says he's not giving them anything -- they've got no leverage. Sam says they're just going to leave him alone until he gives them what they want -- being stuck in solitary with no one to talk to must be his own personal hell. Seems correct -- Crowley looks concerned, then bored. We fade to black.
Starting with a special highlight reel with a sneak peek at an episode from Season 9
If you didn't already have it on your calendar -- Season 9 premieres Tuesday, October 15 at 9 p.m.