'Supernatural' showrunner teases characters returning for final season

Posted at 8:31 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 06:42:18-04

SAN DIEGO, Cali. (WTVF) — San Diego Comic-Con is known as the place where Hollywood drops trailers and releases details about upcoming film and TV projects, but one key announcement took place behind closed doors. In a small roundtable interview, which included NewsChannel5, "Supernatural" showrunner Andrew Dabb confirmed three cast members will return for the final season: Rowena, Eileen, and Adam.

"Supernatural" fans were far from pleased when hellhounds killed deaf monster hunter, Eileen Leahy, after a short stint in seasons 11 and 12. Shoshannah Stern played the strong-willed character, and shared a tweet of the announcement following Dabb's interview.

However, for many fans, the return of Adam Milligan is a sign the show really is coming to a close. The last time anyone saw the Winchester's half brother was back in season 5, when Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) sealed him in Lucifer's cage to stop the apocalypse. The fandom repeatedly called for the creators and writers of Supernatural to address what happened to Adam, but those calls went unanswered for nine years, until now.

Confirmation of Rowena's return didn't shock many fans, as the witch played by Ruth Connell appeared last season and previously brought herself back to life.

Dabb walked away from stunned reporters after sharing that piece of information and did not provide any further context to how those returns could come about.

Season 14 ended with the Winchesters surrounded by reanimated corpses from their past, so fans are worried these revivals will end in another round of heartbreak. Dabb seemed to confirm those fears during their emotional final Hall H appearance on July 21st, saying, "The things we have in mind, about 30 percent of people will be really happy" and referenced the outrage surrounding the finale of "Game of Thrones."

Ackles and Padalecki have a different take, saying they are "satisfied" with the show's current ending, but noted it isn't written yet and things can change as the show progresses over the next few months.

"Supernatural" will extend its streak as the longest running sci-fi program on prime time TV when it returns for its final season in October.