You know the holidays are over when new episodes of Supernatural start airing to welcome the new year. And it looks like the people behind the show are starting 2013 with our favorite bad guy in the mix. Yep, bad ole’ Crowley (Mark Sheppard) is back to annoy the crud out of the brothers. With that, our beautiful angel-turned-slightly-fallen trenchcoated Castiel (Misha Collins) returns as well, to be the “third wheel” for brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester. In what manner of psyche he returns we won’t know for sure until the episode, but hey, at least he’s there!
The episode [“Torn and Frayed”] marks the return of Castiel and the angel mythology, as he calls on Sam and Dean to help him save a fellow angel who is being held captive by Crowley.
Of course, Sam and Dean haven’t exactly been buddies lately — the last time we saw them, they’d split up after Dean distracted Sam from a case with a fake text from his ex-girlfriend, Amelia.
Before the Winchesters join forces, though, Sam will pow-wow with Amelia and talk about the current state of their relationship (which is decidedly not good, seeing as she’s reunited with her husband, Don). She’s still pretty hung up on Sam — in fact, she presents an ultimatum, asking him to stay with her for good, or leave and never contact her again.
Check out the pictures and the episode trailer below.