The CW's long-running series Supernatural returns for Season 11 this fall, debuting on October 7. One of the show's former stars who many fans are dying to see return is Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles)'s father John Winchester in 12 episodes throughout the first three seasons. During a recent interview with TV Line, Jeffrey Dean Morgan revealed he is eager to come back to the show, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
"I would absolutely love to come back. There's no official talk that I know of, but I'm always in contact with Jared [Padalecki] and Jensen [Ackles] - they're very good friends of mine. With me it's always been about scheduling. But hopefully we can find a little time and they'll write something that I can do. It would be a great joy to go back and play with those guys."
Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently signed on for a season-long arc on CBS' The Good Wife, so this reunion most likely won't take place this season. The actor last appeared in the 2008 episode Long Distance Call, but he only provided the voice of John Winchester. If he does come back though, Jeffrey Dean Morgan does have one condition. Here's what the actor had to say about who he wants to direct him in his comeback episode.
"I would love to have Jensen direct me, honestly. I think that would be a very cool deal. That's always what I've been pushing for."
Jensen Ackles has previously directed five episodes of Supernatural, so it's possible that he could take the helm if Jeffrey Dean Morgan does come back to the show. Supernatural executive producer Andrew Dabb teased at Comic-Con last week that Supernatural Season 11 will feature the Winchester brothers dealing with some aspects of their past. Here's what the producer had to say during SDCC.
"One thing we bat around in the writers room is, 'You can't escape your past. We're bringing some things in from the boys' past - some very distant, some much more recent - that we haven't dealt with in a long time but will have some really interesting repercussions for both guys."
In an interview with TV Line, Andrew Dabb teased that Jeffrey Dean Morgan's return to the show was "inevitable," even though nothing is set in stone yet. He added that the actor's on-screen reunion with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki has to come at the right time, but he didn't specify when that time may be. Regardless of when it happens, the producer seems confident that the actor will come back when the time is right.
"To me, it's not if he comes back, it's when. When's the right time? When it's going to be for maximum impact? What you don't want to do is bring a character like that back and waste the opportunity."
It was also confirmed at SDCC that the show will feature an entire episode devoted to the Winchester's car, the 1967 Chevy Impala lovingly dubbed "Baby." The show will also feature a number of flashbacks, teasing that Jim Beaver's character Bobby may pop up this season as well. The show will pick up directly after Supernatural Season 10 ended, when "The Darkness" was released, and this year's villain was said to be "pre-biblical," who will pose a great threat to the Winchester's, since they aren't quite sure how to handle this new enemy. The Winchester's will also have to figure out how to stop "The Darkness" before it spreads even further, meaning the show will return to its roots, featuring both Sam and Dean fighting alongside one another, instead of against each other.
Jensen Ackles said at SDCC that he's glad this season goes back, "to the original format of having both brothers unaffected, meaning not drinking demon blood, not with the Mark of Cain on their arm." The show will go back to the basics of their monster hunting endeavors, as they both feel the weight of guilt for releasing The Darkness. There will also be a handful of "monster-of-the-week" episodes that fans will get to see throughout the season. What do you think about these new details for The CW Network series? Would you like to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan return as John Winchester?