A couple of days ago LA TV Insider Examiner brought you our TCA chat with Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver. In it, he talked about a lot of “junk” falling from heaven on season nine, which to us, implied more than traditional angels fell when the previous season ended. What about the souls of those Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) knew and loved and perhaps saved at one time or another– but then couldn’t save at another time? Their rank may not have been of Biblical portions up in Heaven, but many of them were up there. For a few, like Ellen (Samantha Ferris) and Ash (Chad Lindberg), we even saw them up there. So could they be finding their way back to appear on season nine?
“It’s a little hard to talk about that because sometimes we joke that on Supernatural no one truly dies, but I’ll speak for myself…I think when you kill a beloved character it has to mean something, or else you’re not going to believe anything. So if you’re then going to find a way to bring this character back, you have to consider how it can really be earned so it makes sense. That’s what we try to do,” Carver said, neither confirming nor denying officially.
“There are a number of characters I would personally love to see again, and there are a number I know the fans would [too].”
One of these characters is Mama Tran (Lauren Tom), who we were told was killed last year, but if she was, it was done off-camera. It could have been a lie (demons have been known to do that, after all) or a manipulation to rattle Kevin (Osric Chau) even further. Carver pointed out that “until you see her bones in a coffin,” there’s the distinct possibility she’s still out there somewhere.
“I absolutely adore her. I’d been a fan of hers for years and specifically sought her out for this role, and she was absolutely wonderful,” Carver said of Tom.
“And I can also say she found her way into her hearts, and here in season nine she is most definitely not forgotten.”
But again, even if she did die last season, she could return regardless. One beloved character Supernatural won’t let go of is Bobby (Jim Beaver), who Carver joked he would bring back “a hundred million times” because he simply loves Beaver that much. But Bobby’s death was so powerful and poignant, and Carver is aware that every time you bring a character back post-death it can erode away at the importance of the initial good-bye– for the characters as well as the audience. That is why the show doesn’t constantly bring back long gone characters like Ellen and Ash, Carver said.
“And to that point, this year we’re very careful of that. Bobby does not come back in a way that you would expect or in a way that undermines his death,” he promised.
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Supernatural returns to The CW on October 8 2013 at 9 p.m.
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