‘Supernatural’ Boss: Felicia Day, Ty Olsson and ‘Maybe’ Liane Balaban Returning on Season 8

Danielle Turchiano | January 29, 2013 - 9:20 pm

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Supernatural has built a series eight seasons strong around two main characters, and that is how Executive Producer Bob Singer likes it.

“They’re traditional loners, and we wanted to keep it that way… Part of the appeal is they’re these ‘Last Men Standing,'” Singer said of Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) during a special Q&A in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday.

But, that doesn’t mean that the show is ignoring the appeal of some of their recurring players and guest stars.

Of course, Castiel (Misha Collins) will be back sooner, rather than later.

“He’s really crucial to the tablet story,” Singer said. “He’s going through a trial of his own that’s personal. Naomi is very unhappy with him; Crowley is very unhappy with him; and he is a confused angel right now.”

But additionally, Felicia Day, whose immediate fan-favorite second episode, “LARP and the Real Girl,” just aired last week was announced to be returning for a third guest appearance (her second this season) before the end of the year.

“We love Felicia!” Singer said, before noting that they are just starting to break the end of the season in the writer’s room and details on her episode are still being worked out.

“This time around, she’s going to bring a case to them,” he said.

Additionally, Ty Olsson and Liane Balaban both played heavily into the first half of the season’s “flashback arc” to set up conflicts and relationships Sam and Dean experienced without each other in the year they were apart. Singer confirmed that the flashbacks are finished for the season, but that doesn’t mean so are Olsson and Balaban’s times on the show.

“He was really fighting the good fight of trying not to give into his blood lust, and I think Dean having to cut the tie is a hard thing for him. So, we’ll explore that — what he’ll be going through — we never felt that story was totally ended. It’s probably not great drama to end a whole arc on a phone call!” Singer said of Olsson.

When it comes to Balaban, Singer was less willing to commit to a how and a when of a return, only noting that “maybe” she’d reappear down the line.

“We think she’s a really valuable character; we liked her a lot; and she certainly creates a new complication in Sam’s life. Again, we’re just kind of doing the end of the season now in the room, and I know that we’ve talked about bringing her back, but we don’t have anything specific.”

Supernatural airs on Wednesdays at 9PM on The CW.

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