If we’ve learned anything from Supernatural, it’s that a character’s death is by no means a guarantee that they’ll never return. Really, Bobby bought it in season 7 and still went on to be a recurring character. Heck, how many times have Sam and Dean Winchester themselves died? And now that the concept of alternate universes has been wholeheartedly embraced, the possibilities are endless.
So, aside from Chuck/God, who made his long awaited return in season 11, who else would you say fans have been clamoring to see show up at least one more time? The answer is simple: John Winchester, and, more specifically, as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
As you probably remember, finding Dad after he went missing while hunting was the backbone of season 1. And after he traded his life for Dean’s at the beginning of season 2, Morgan’s iteration of John wasn’t heard from again after his farewell of sorts in “All Hell Breaks Loose.” Sure, Matt Cohen went on to play a younger version in journeys to the past and such, but it just wasn’t quite the same.
In the time since, Morgan has gone on to seriously boost his geek cred by landing career defining roles in Watchmen and The Walking Dead – along with possibly adding Flashpoint‘s Thomas Wayne/Batman to his resume before long – but we’ve still kept our fingers crossed for one more tour on Supernatural.
Fortunately, the actor himself is willing to come back, as he had the following to say while speaking at a convention in New Jersey:
“We talk about it all the time and I’ve been saying it for years — because it’s Supernatural, and you can come back (as proven by every actor that’s ever been on the show), I certainly hope that at some point not only will John return in some capacity. But I think that Sam and Dean need to have some closure with this guy and I think that John would like the opportunity to have some closure, and I think you, the audience, deserves it.”
Doing so would fill in the biggest blank, but it all comes down to availability. So, hopefully, Morgan has enough free time to make a flight to the series’ home of Vancouver in the near future.
Supernatural returns for its thirteenth season on Thursday, October 12 on The CW.