The cast of Supernatural has never failed to entertain fans during their panels, and this year was no different. Misha Collins ran past the Hall H line and brought dedicated line-campers who were waiting donuts to thank them for being fans.

However, unlike in previous years, the swag that was fans were provided with was more substantial than panels past. Fans were given a t-shirt showing the various rooms that the Supernatural panel has been in throughout the years at San Diego Comic Con.

Additionally, in honor of Supernatural being on the air for thirteen years, the panel opened with a video of Dean and Sam hopping into Baby. They were headed to Comic Con to thank the fans. Then, all of Hall H went dark, only for the stage to light up in blue and the band Kansas appeared.

Kansas performed “Carry On My Wayward Son,” the entire hall broke into song. The side screens flashed characters and scenes from the previous twelve seasons up to this point and concluded with Sam and Dean arriving in San Diego. 

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki snuck to the back of the back of the hall to watch the performance and also startled one lucky fan who happened to notice them. Richard Speight Jr. and Rob Benedict took the stage as moderators for Jared, Jensen, Robert Singer, and Andrew Dabb. They made several jokes at Misha’s expense before Misha arrived with his “baby” chair and “crashed” the panel.

The only new information provided for the new season was to tease that “long dead” characters will be coming back. The boys will continue to struggle with the moral dilemma of whether or not it is right to kill something that is half-human.

Singer was quick to reassure everyone that Mary was not dead, but Misha most certainly was. Misha, Jensen, and Jared discussed how well they knew their characters and how sad they would be when the show ended.  Everyone on the panel also expressed their support for the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot, saying that they have strong, capable female leads and the timing seemed right for a spin-off.

As much as the panel was a thank-you to the fans, between the final Gishwhes SDCC hunt, the “tour” shirt, and the Kansas performance, the panel also felt very much like a final farewell. Although no-one on the panel confirmed that this was the case, there was an overwhelming sense of finality to the panel.

As bittersweet as it is to think about Dean and Sam’s story coming to an end, this is an opening for Wayward Sisters to carry on the family business and it will be interesting to see if that turns out to be the case after this thirteenth season.

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