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Supernatural season 13 will tell a “smaller” scale story. That move makes sense too, as the last several seasons have been quite wide-ranging affairs, bordering on epic status. Season 10 saw a desperate Sam and Dean literally kill Death himself, season 11 saw the arrival of and subsequent battle between God – a.k.a. Chuck – and his destructive sister The Darkness nearly end creation, and season 12 saw the mostly sadistic and emotionless British Men of Letters come very close to wiping out not only the Winchesters but every hunter in America.
To top things off, even after Sam and Dean overcame the Brits’ assault, there was still the matter of Lucifer’s unwitting lover Kelly Kline, and her soon to be born child, Jack. While Lucifer was successfully trapped on the other side of a portal to an alternate reality – for now – he took Mary Winchester with him, and managed to kill Castiel along the way. With their mom in dire straits and Lucifer’s son now loose in the world, one might think the stakes were about to get even higher and the scale even more grand for Supernatural season 13.
That won’t be the case, however, as Supernatural executive producer Robert Singer tells Cinema Blend that the plan for season 13 is to tell a “smaller” scale story focusing on both the bonds of family and the sadness that often accompanies them. Here’s his full quote on the matter:
“Deliberately we’re not doing like, I mean last year was pretty big with the British Men of Letters and the whole sort of organizational thing and all that, and this year we made a conscious effort that we wanted to go a little smaller and more personal so with mom in the apocalypse world with Lucifer and the boys having to deal with Satan’s son we thought there would be a lot of emotional possibilities and that’s kind of what we wanted to play with this year. Last year was about bringing the family back together, this year is what do you do when your family gets blown apart.”
This decision to focus in on the Winchester family will likely turn out to be a good one, as no matter what crazy apocalyptic situation Sam and Dean end up in each season, the heart of Supernatural is and will probably forever be the relationship between the two brothers and those they love. Between the British Men of Letters members, Kelly, Lucifer, and Dagon, season 12 sported quite the large cast of supporting players, and it’ll likely be appreciated by many diehard SPN fans to see a more back-to-basics, family-centered story take center stage this time out.
Of course, one member of the usual Winchester circle that won’t be returning for season 13 is Crowley (Mark Sheppard) who sacrificed his life to try to stop Lucifer near the end of the season 12 finale. While death is often not a permanent condition on Supernatural – and it’s already known that it won’t be for Castiel – Sheppard has made it known that there are no plans to bring Crowley back in the foreseeable future, so it seems this is one big SPN death that will actually stick.