This season of SUPERNATURAL will see the return of some long-dead characters, starting with Osric Chau’s Kevin!
If you’re one of those people who don’t believe characters should come back from the dead, well, then you obviously don’t appreciate Supernatural. Move along!
However, if you are one of those that absolutely love seeing characters that have met their demise long ago on the show, then you’re in for a treat, because showrunners Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb have claimed that several characters will be coming back this season, starting with the announcement of the return of fan favorite Kevin Tran, played by Osric Chau!
If you need refreshing, Kevin Tran played a key figure between seasons 7 and 9 of the show. He became a Prophet and help Sam and Dean kill off the big baddie Dick Roman before being killed off himself trying to take down Metatron.
The explanation for Kevin’s return stems from last seasons reveal that there exists an alternate universe. You know, the bad place where Sam and Dean don’t exist. Apparently, some of the other characters do exist, or still exist, in that universe. So, the showrunners have basically decided to, ahem, run with it.
Of course, there’s at least one caveat to seeing these revived characters:
“It’s a different Kevin,” co-showrunner Robert Singer says. “It’s Osric, but it’s different so we’re having a lot of fun playing with that.” Co-showrunner Andrew Dabb adds, “The triumphant return of Kevin will be really fun. We don’t want to make the alternate world an endless parade of [old characters], but it does present us with opportunities if we can find a new interpretation on a character we like — like Bobby Singer last year, like Kevin this year, like Michael. You don’t want to make it a gimmick, but you don’t want to totally ignore the opportunity, and I think we have an opportunity here, so we definitely are going to use it selectively.”
Honestly, we don’t want it to be a gimmick either, but we’re hoping for a few more returns from previous guest actors. Personally, we think Felicia Day’s Charlie would be amazing to see again. But let’s not carried away lest we be disappointed.
We’re excited for Osric’s return, especially considering he’s been a loyal fan of the series even after his demise on the show. He’s cosplayed as Castiel at one of the show’s conventions and he even played the role of Sam in The Hillywood Show’s Supernatural Paroday, which you can watch below:
Though we don’t know when Kevin will turn up or how long it will be for, we hope it’s soon!
Supernatural airs Thursdays (currently) at 8pm on the CW.