Every Supernatural finale fills me with both joy and dread because even when the Winchesters succeed, things still end badly for them. Car crashes, Lucifer rising, getting trapped in Purgatory; Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) just can't catch a break when it comes to finales! With the stakes even higher this year, I get the feeling their sacrifice will be respectively dire (the fact that the episode is called "Sacrifice" doesn't bode too well, either).
With any details about the finale (Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW) on lockdown, it's up to us to theorize about what's to come. Here's are my predictions:
Supernatural fans proved their power yet again by helping star Misha Collins win a Shorty Award during Monday night's ceremony.
The Shorty Awards honor the best content producers on social media. Collins, who has more than 790,000 Twitter followers, was voted Best Actor in Social Media. Tara Strong, who voices Twilight Sparkle on My Little Pony, won Best Actress.
ABC Family's hit series Pretty Little Liars won Best TV Show, which recognizes the program with the best Twitter presence. The show's official handle boasts 1.2 million followers. Married to Jonas came in second, with The Vampire Diaries in third. Jonas star Kevin Jonas came in first in the Reality Star category.
Justin Bieber won the Celebrity Shorty Award.
Before I say anything, I'd like to preface with this: I love Castiel. I can't imagine Supernatural without him. When Cas didn't escape Purgatory with Dean, I couldn't wait for him to return. But right when we got Cas back, Naomi took him away.
He's still Cas, of course — eccentricities and all — but he's also Heaven's pawn. Though Cas is no longer an unquestioning servant to...
Castiel fans, rejoice! Misha Collins is being re-promoted to...
The remainder of Supernatural's eighth season — which resumes Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW — with the focus on Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki), who are on their quest to finish translating the "Word of God" tablet, which will allow them to shut the gates of Hell and trap demons there forever. But the Winchesters won't be alone in that pursuit. "Everyone's going to have some skin in the game," says exec producer Jeremy Carver, especially King of Hell Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).
For CW President Mark Pedowitz, spinning off a show from his network's biggest hit was a no-brainer.
"I'm a big believer if you have something that is working and you can incubate it and find a way to get it on the air, it's a good way to get pilots done," Pedowitz said of the upcoming Vampire Diaries spin-off Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter previews.
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The pilot, which will air as an episode of The Vampire Diaries on April 25, will focus on Joseph Morgan's Klaus and the members of the Original Family of vampires in New Orleans. "Klaus was the founding father of New Orleans, and the show is set in that venue," Pedowitz said. "Klaus is just a great character and the Original Family has such dysfunctional family dynamics. We felt it was a great way to go to take the show."
Also on board for the show is Phoebe Tonkin's Haley, which Pedowitz said ruled out some rumblings about Tonkin playing the lead role in the network's Amazon, an origin-story take on Wonder Woman....
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
"Sorry, Sam, you are well and truly alone."
That taunt at the end of last year's Supernatural finale sets up the psychological drama for Season 8, which kicks off Wednesday (9/8c, The CW). Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) reunite in the premiere, but all is not as it once was. It's been a year since they've fought evil together, and each of the brothers have spent that time in very different, life-altering ways.
Supernatural's Misha Collins is a dad for the second time.
Collins's wife, Victoria Vantoch, gave birth to a little girl, according to an announcement from the show's Twitter feed. Further details were not released.
Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki
After seven seasons of literally going to hell and back, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles isn't too phased by his alter ego's trip to the world between the living and the dead in the Season 7 finale.
"I mean come on, it's like diet Hell," Ackles told the Comic-Con crowd on Sunday. "Much like the Hell situation, obviously Dean can't stick down there forever. He gets out. How he gets out...
Misha Collins, Rachel Miner and Jensen Ackles
Could Castiel have survived Leviathans' mass exodus of his body, leaving only a soggy trenchcoat behind? On Friday's episode of Supernatural (9/8c, The CW), Castiel has returned... but if he's intact remains to be seen.
"He plays a substantial role in the episode," series executive producer Sera Gamble tells TVGuide.com, "but when he comes back, it's not in exactly the same state or state of mind when we last left him."