The CW has released photos from the sixth-season premiere of Supernatural, “Exile on Main Street,” featuring the return of Mitch Pileggi as grandfather Samuel Campbell.
As fans of the series may recall, Dean (Jensen Ackles) was transported in a Season 4 episode back to 1973 Kansas, where he met his parents as teenagers and discovered that his mother and grandfather were hunters, too. Unfortunately, Samuel and his wife Deana were killed by Azazel — only after the Yellow-Eyed Demon possessed Grandpa Campbell — before the Winchester brothers were born, and Dean’s angel-fueled trip through time didn’t change that.
So how is Grandpa back among the living? I have no idea. According to the Supernatural Wiki, Frederic Lehne also will reprise his role as Azazel. So “Exile on Main Street” could be another time-travel episode (that seems unlikely, though). However, there’s also the possibility that the two are somehow resurrected in the turmoil of heaven and hell in the aftermath of last season’s aborted apocalypse.
Here’s The CW’s promo for the new season:
Returning for its sixth season, this haunting series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers bound by tragedy and blood to their dangerous, other-worldly mission. This past season, Dean and Sam faced their toughest foe yet: the Devil himself. As the Apocalypse raged on around them, the brothers, aided only by a dwindling band of fellow hunters and rebel angel Castiel, sought a way to stop Lucifer and save the planet. Ultimately, they discovered a way to force Lucifer back into Hell and end the Apocalypse – but at tremendous cost: Sam’s life. Season six will be a season of mystery and shadow. Heaven and Hell have been left in complete disarray since the apocalyptic events of season five. And now, monsters, angels and demons roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape. And so Dean Winchester, who has retired from hunting and sworn never to return, finds himself being pulled back into his old life – pulled back by none other than Sam Winchester, who has escaped from Hell. The two reunite to beat back the rising tide of creatures and demon-spawn, but they quickly realize that neither are who they used to be, their relationship isn’t what it used to be, and that nothing is what it seems. The series stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as Castiel. SUPERNATURAL is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers McG (“Nikita,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), Eric Kripke (“Boogeyman”), Robert Singer (“Midnight Caller”), Sera Gamble, Ben Edlund and Phil Sgriccia.
The sixth season of Supernatural premieres on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
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