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Supernatural Spoilers: More Returns, More Conflict, More Tablets

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More Benny. More Kevin. More Castiel. More Tablets. More Felicia Day. And a new chapter in the Winchester Brothers’ journey that will lead them to seek out how exactly they fit into being “Men Of Letters.”

Those are just some of the scoops and spoilers that came out of a Q&A earlier this week with Supernatural Executive Producer Robert Singer, who answered questions following a press screening of last night’s “As Time Goes By.”

Here are the highlights:

Fighting the Nazis

Winchester mythology How much of a challenge was it to add more to the Sam/Dan history by having Grandpa Henry (Gil McKinney) enter the picture? “We make this stuff up as we go along,” laughed Singer. “But we try to use what we’ve done before and be able to spin out from there and tell interesting stories and get into backstory like this.”

We haven’t seen the last of... Benny, Kevin, Castiel, Crowley and, the big news, Felicia Day, who will be bringing Sam and Dean a case later this season as Charlie. Singer explained: “Every season we like to bring the season full circle and get a lot of questions answered of that season, but then pose new questions for whatever the next season is going to be... I think all these people we introduced will have a payoff.”

A home for Sam and Dean? Even though they were warned to leave the box from their grandfather and depart, the guys will stick around the Men Of Letters bunker for awhile. Singer teased that we’ll see the new digs in the next episode ("Everybody Hates Hitler") and it’s a “really stunning set. It’s full of mysteries [and] it’ll become kind of a home base for the boys. We’re really excited about it. After eight years of never having a home base, this will be home base for quite some time.”

He also said Sam and Dean will actually get some pleasure in setting down some roots.

Tablets, Bunkers & Winchesters, oh my! We’re not done with the Tablets, folks, and like them, Sam and Dean will have to be quite protective of the bunker. Said Singer: “The information that’s contained in this Men Of Letters bunker, if it fell into the wrong hands, would be quite a powerful weapon against the boys, so it has to remain a secret and guarded closely. As we go down the line into the rest of this year and hopefully next year, that sort of dramatic turns will take place because this is an important place.”

More rocky times for Sam & Dean? With the boys at odds much of the first half of Supernatural Season 8, there will be more conflict, but Singer promises, a different kind: “It’s not necessarily the conflict of ‘do I want to do this?’ or ‘what’s my plans beyond closing the gates of the Hell?’ or any of that. It’s a new conflict. I won’t tell you any more than that but as always, there’s always something going on between them.”

He did add that the bunker will afford the guys time to renew their ‘bromance’ and we can expect “a big emotional talk” between them, too.

Amelia could return Sam may have busted her heart but good. However, don’t rule out a return of his lady love. “We think she’s a really valuable character,” Singer said. “We liked her a lot and certainly it creates a good complication in Sam’s life. Again, we’re just kind of doing the end of the season now in the room. I know that we’ve talked about bringing her back.”

Why Did Henry have to die? No shocker here since the writers know Sam and Dean work best solo. Singer said the plus side was the guys were able to make a connection with a relative they never knew, but “one of the themes I think that we’ve always sort of played is that people they get close to, it doesn’t work out so well for them and they’re kind of traditional loners and what they have is each other.”

Season 9? Please!? “I think creatively it’s been good,” Singer said. “I think by and large the network is happy with our numbers. If I were a betting man, I would bet that we would be back.”

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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Castiel is one of the most interesting characters on the show besides Sam and Dean. Which was why there was such a hue and cry from the fans and why they brought him BACK! I own all seasons of the show because it is that good. Why are you watching if you don't like it? Criminal Minds comes on in the same time slot on CBS...maybe that's more your speed.

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Please, bring Jo back!!! I still watch it and still hope and wait... Why should Winchesters end up alone?

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@Richard, if not for Arrow and the change to a Wednesday timeslot, Supernatural would be gone this year... and if Arrows begins to lose viewers it will be interesting to see what happens then. The producers struck it lucky with the Arrow lead in. I love Supernatural and I hate seeing what's happened to it - especially the character assassination of Sam Winchester. That is unforgiveable.

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Castiel is a great character, as is Benny. Garth is one of the worst characters on the show. He's not funny, but annoying. He is not a hunter (I killed the toothfairy), but a boring fill in which the writers are using because they cannot be bothered to introduce a great hunter. Hunters take up the job due to revenge, or because of a family legacy. I feel angry that they have given us this buffoon (or forced him upon us) to replace Bobby. I dislike the way they write him as saying "you've been Garthed". Charlie, as well "I'm a monster magnet." These two characters need to go. Kevin and his mother need to go as well. Please writers, give us a noble hunter (why not a priest, or a police officer). Get Sam to be a hero instead of being a damsel in distress. He should be co-ordinating the hunters as he is the star of the show, although one wouldn't know it judging from the way the writers have turned him into a wus. S8 is disappointing, but I hope we get a S9 and 10 which is spectacular.

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@ Demon eyes Yup. The season is down the tubes. That explains why it's ratings are up.

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Supernatural Seasons 1-3 are a treasure, and there was a lot to like in Seasons 4-5 (although the seeds of damage were laid down, in particular to the character of Sam Winchester.) Seasons 6-7 was poor, but even so there were episodes to enjoy. In Season 8? Best episodes were Hunteri Heroici and Time Goes By. Season 8 has been very poor with extremly unlikeable characters such as vile Amelia, and irritating characters such as the Trans. I love this show, but to see it degenerate is heartbreaking - and I know true fans of this show share my opinion. I hope from now on the season improves.

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@Richard It breaks my heart to see Supernatural go down the tubes. I have never seen another show to match it. I hope the producers are taking due notice. Garth is a buffoon. He will be in TWO episodes this season. I wouldn't mind if he was in ONE ep a season, but it looks like he will be a future recurring character. It is an insult that the writers think a slapstick character like Garth is a replacement for Bobby. The only new character I like is Benny. A pity a better storyline could not have been worked out for him. A real shame. I hope the character assassination of Sam has come to an end, as well.

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@ Demon eyes I'm telling people who never have anything good to say about the show to stop watching it. If they hate it so much why do they watch it in the first place? Garth has been in ONE ep this season. You define that as being in the whole season??? And whether you want to believe it or not, most SPN fans like a few light-hearted comedy ep's per season.

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@Richard Some fans want this show to improve, and the ratings will quickly GO DOWN if people take your suggestion and stop watching. And yeah, plenty of people hate Garth and Charlie - and even Cas, if it comes to it. Supernatural IS NOT A COMEDY, and these characters are just comic relief. One or two eps are fine, not the whole season. I would like to see this season improve. One good episode a season does not cut it, however, if they keep up the standard to 8.12, there is hope yet. Just DO NOT BRING AMELIA BACK. DO NOT. Horrible, horrible character.

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I don't understand all the hatred for Garth and Castiel. They are great characters. And this is a lousy season??? Good grief. It's a great season! Here's a suggestion to those who think SPN is so awful,,,DON'T WATCH IT! Is that so difficult? If I hate a show, I don't waste time watching it,,,and then go to websites and complain about how awful it is.

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