In the closing moments of Supernatural's season finale, Chuck -- the episode's narrator and, possibly, God -- said that was the last Dean and Bobby would see each other for "a very long time," leaving fans to wonder whether they had witnessed the departure of the show's curmudgeonly father figure.
Fear not, Zap2it reports: The CW and Warner Bros. have officially confirmed that actor Jim Beaver will join Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and, as previously announced, Misha Collins for the series' sixth season.
The new season picks up a few years after the events of "Swan Song," with Dean retired from hunting, having sworn to Sam never to return. But he finds himself being pulled back into his old life -- by none other than Sam, who has escaped from Lucifer's cage. With Heaven and Hell in disarray, and monsters, angels and demons roaming the Earth, the brothers reunite to beat back the rising tide, but quickly realize their relationship isn't what it used to be.
When Season 6 debuts on The CW this fall, it will be at 9 p.m. Fridays, after Smallville.
Those of you who don't watch Supernatural -- seriously? -- may recognize Beaver as Whitney Ellsworth from Deadwood or Sheriff Charlie Mills from Harper's Island. He's at his best as Supernatural's Bobby Singer, who gets to threaten demons with lines like, "Get the hell off my property before I blast you so full of rock salt you crap margaritas!"