‘Supernatural’ season 13 theories: Castiel lives, Crowley stays dead and the unresolved cosmic consequences

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“Supernatural” season 12 finale left fans heartbroken with the carnage that had happened. Although the end devastated many viewers, that just means there’s a lot to hope for come October when the next season arrives. Here are some of the most probable season 13 predictions online.

This article is full of spoilers from the show’s season ender, “All Along the Watchtower,” and earlier episodes. It aired in the US on Thursday and in Australia on Monday.

In the show’s season finale last week, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) saw Crowley (Mark Sheppard) sacrifice his own life and Castiel (Misha Collins) get killed by Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). They were also witnesses to their mum Mary (Samantha Smith) getting trapped in the other world with Luci. And if that’s not enough, Sam got a glimpse of the newly born nephilim, who appeared to be at least a teenager already with creepy glowing eyes.

With half of the regular cast members dead (Crowley and Castiel) and the Winchester mama shut in the other world, how are Sam and Dean going to handle everything next season? But if there’s one thing the Winchesters are expected not to do, it’s to just forget and move on.

Castiel will return in season 13

First of all, Castiel may be dead now, but he will be in season 13. At his and Jensen’s session at the Jus in Bello convention in Rome in the weekend, Jared let it slip that he, Jensen and Misha already recorded the “Scooby Doo” animated episode (13x16) that was announced last week. That appeared to be an honest blunder, but later on his own session, Misha assured fans that Castiel will not stay gone for long.

“I think we will see Cas again on season 13, but the important thing is how his death will transform him,” he told the audience. And on the same note, how will he be revived?

There are theories online saying that since the show has introduced the concept of a parallel world, it could be that the Castiel that would appear in the coming episodes would be from the gloomier universe. Sam and Dean weren’t born in that world because Mary did not make a deal with Azazel to revive John, but Castiel, being a millennia-old celestial being, would still be around. It’s also possible that he would still take Jimmy Novak as vessel because, according to the published books of the series, angels’ true vessels are from certain bloodlines.

That would pose a problem with his relationship with the Winchesters. Castiel in the beginning was a true soldier of heaven, one who exhibited little to no emotion at all. His relationship with the brothers did not develop overnight, but for years. So a parallel-world Cas would mean back to start with Sam and Dean.

It could also be Castiel would be revived by the nephilim he swore to protect with his life. Lucifer’s spawn may look creepy, but it’s likely he is still neutral. And since Cas protected the nephilim’s mother so he could be born, maybe Jack the nephilim could do something about the lifeless angel.

Or perhaps there’s another deus ex machine moment with Chuck/God again. Cas should be on top of Chuck’s favourite child list now since the lowly seraph helped Chuck defeat Amara and save the world. So if there’s one thing Chuck could do, maybe he can once again bring Cas back to life.

Human Castiel

When Cas was stabbed with an angel blade, that guaranteed his death and his grace fading. It’s a stretch, but maybe if he lost his angelic grace, his vessel, one that he has been using since Jimmy died, could still be saved. That would mean Castiel would become a permanent human. The show had already gone over the human!Cas route, so it’s unlikely it would go over it again. Also, if Cas would become human once again, it should be by his choice this time. He might go with becoming human in the very end, but not yet.

Crowley is dead but maybe still alive

While Castiel’s future in the show looks bright, the same cannot be said for Crowley. Demons are never revived on the show. So Crowley’s death looks very permanent.

However, lest it be forgotten, Crowley was the son of the most powerful witch in existence. When Rowena (Ruth Connell), who was unjustly killed off-screen in the show, was killed by Lucifer for the first time in season 11, she revived herself using a spell she kept inside her body. Surely, he must have had learnt a thing or two from the mother who loathed him. So it could be that he anticipated his death and therefore planned ahead to revive himself.

Or if he didn’t, he could still appear in the parallel world. Crowley was over 300 years old and he existed centuries before the events of the apocalypse that ruined the other world. And so it’s likely that he is still King of the Crossroads in the universe and still very much alive.

But it could also be that he is really dead. As much as Crowley is a beloved character, Sheppard’s acting prowess had been grossly underused in the past seasons. His character had also already served its purpose. If he is returned for another season, Crowley should have better storyline.

Mary will team up with Bobby and other hunters

Perhaps the best thing about Mary getting trapped in the other world is that she will learn the importance of her choices in the past. Dean had blamed – and forgiven – her for making a deal with a demon and basically being the reason for everything bad that had happened to Sam and himself. She knew that and she was regretting her choices.

In the parallel world, however, she did not get to make a deal with Azazel, but that world looks so much worse. Her actions in the past may even have saved their world, even if it’s at the expense of her family. She could learn to forgive herself in the other world and even appreciate what she did.

She may even get to team up with Bobby (Jim Beaver) and other hunters. This could also mean that Jim would return to the show.

British Men of Letters are still alive

Ketch (David Haydn-Jones), Mick (Adam Fergus), Lady Toni (Elizabeth Blackmore) and Doctor Hess (Gillian Barber) may be dead, but the “old man” is still alive. Plus there are maybe about dozens more BMoL members in the UK. Season 12 had teased viewers with possible appearance from the Old Man, the mysterious leader of the group, but apart from his voice, there was no sign of him yet. So season 13 may feature him at least.

‘Cosmic consequences’ and Castiel

Even with all the deaths in the recently concluded season, they still don’t equal what Billie the reaper (Lisa Berry) warned about “cosmic consequences” if the blood pact Sam and Dean made with her was not fulfilled. Castiel, who killed Billie to save the Winchesters, is expected to bear the brunt of whatever the cost of his meddling.

Some viewers claim that his death was it, but the manner of his death appears too tame for something as grand or as “cosmic” as what Billie warned about. Castiel died at the hands of Luci, and there’s nothing so unusual about that. So the cosmic consequences that Sam and Dean had been dreading all season must still be lurking about.

So what are those exactly? Tumblr user Super-Sootica looked up what those words mean. The fan came up with a bible verse from Matthew 24:29, “Immediately after the distress of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

It may sound ominous, but the phrase “heavenly bodies will be shaken” stood out. That could mean the angels, and they could include the most memorable ones like Gabriel (Richard Speight Jr) and the rest of the archangels. Whatever they would do with their younger brother is another story.

That still doesn’t sound so bad, and so there must be something really awful waiting for Castiel. One theory is that Cas will become a reaper or even Death himself. The idea fits into the events of Castiel dying and returning to life again, but this time with a different job description.

Going with the aforementioned bible verse, it could be that the world and the parallel one will merge, and hence the chaos. While this seems a bit preposterous, in “Supernatural,” nothing is too ridiculous.

Are there any other theories for season 13 that should be included? How will the arrival of Jack the nephilim affect everything? The show is expected to return in October.

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