Comic-Con 2016

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Jared and Jensen on the cover of one of four special TV Guide covers for Comic-Con

Comic Con 2016 is being held July 21-24, 2016 in San Diego.

Supernatural Schedule

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm; Hall H
Rob Benedict and Richard Speight will host a panel featuring Jared, Jensen, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard, along with executive producers Bob Singer and Andrew Dabb. They will answer questions from the audience about Season 12. There will also be an exclusive video presentation of series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features.

Thursday July 21, 7pm; Analog Bar
Party with the #SPNFamily and enjoy a Bunker Banquet, Hunter's goodie bag and more!

Saturday July 23, 2pm Petco Park.
Misha will be on the main stage at 2pm.

Sunday July 24 at 3pm and 4pm.
This year we get 2 Supernatural panels - one at 3pm with Jared, Jensen, Misha and Mark, followed by a solo panel with Jared at 4pm.


  • Robbie Thompson will be signing at the Marvel booth #2329 from 3-3.40pm on Thursday and 11-11.40am on Saturday.
  • Adam Glass will be signing his new comic Brik at the Oni Press Booth #1833 on Friday from 5-6pm.
  • There is an autograph signing at the WB Booth before the Supernatural panel.

Other Panels

Impala with Sam, Dean, Cas and Crowley

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm; Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Comic-Con HQ is the new streaming video-on-demand destination for the Comic-Con community. It will be hosting Kings of Con and Ron Benedict and Richard Speight will be guests on the panel.

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm; Horton Grand Theatre.
Creator Ben Edlund explores The Tick's history (and future) in a multimedia Event-o-Happening with surprise panelists, mystifying giveaways, and a revealing inside look at The Tick's next big thing!

The vanguard vehicle of GISHWHES will be at Comic COn on Saturday. Location and time to be announced. Expect Misha Collins!

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm; Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Sera Gamble and the cast of SyFy's The Magicians talk about Season 2 of the show based on Lev Grossman's books.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm ; Room 6A Eric Kripke with the stars of Timeliness - his new show about a team who chase a criminal through time.

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:25pm - 8:20pm; Room 6BCF
Jeremy Carver and the stars of his new show discuss the new CW show about a daughter and father who contact each other across time - and together solve crimes.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm; Room 5AB
Robbie Thompson (Silk, Spidey, Venom: Space Knight) joins other writers to talk all things Spiderman including the mega-event Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy.


Comic Con HQ

Nerd HQ 2016

There were two Supernaturals held "Conversation for a Cause" panels on the Sunday afternoon hosted by Zach Levi. Both panels were sold out, with all money raised going to Operation Smile. The two panels were advertised as one featuring the Supernatural cast (Jensen, Jared, Mark and Misha) and a panel with Jared. As it eventuated, Jared was joined by the other cast members in his panel as well.



Cinequest "Road to San Diego" Supernatural tee
  • Supernatural features on one of the Comic-Con special TVGuide covers.
  • Supernatural 1:18 Diecast Impala which comes with Sam, Dean, and exclusive Castiel and Crowley figures and also variant Kansas "Angel" and "Demon" license plates. Can be shipped for those not attending the Con.

Season 12 overview from Comic-Con 2016

This is a compilation of all the Season 12 spoilers from Comic Con. I’ve taken these from the panel and also the press room.

How do you go bigger than a season that featured God and his sister? The answer for showrunner’s Bob Singer and the newly promoted Andrew Dabb, is that you don’t.

This season won’t have a single Big Bad, but rather a few overarching stories and more intimate character-focussed stories. Family will be explored both thru the Winchesters, and Crowley and Rowena. Whereas in the past the mythology focussed mainly on the angel/demon mythology, and the stand-alone episodes on hunting, this season will see this somewhat reversed.

Emotions will run high at the beginning of the season. Remember that Sam thinks Dean is dead, which means he'll be dealing with all that grief, and certainly not expecting anyone to rescue him. Dean will have all the feels as he reunites with Mary, but then as they return to the bunker to find Sam missing, they will have to embark on a mission to save him. The clips from the first episode showed Sam being tortured, as well as a bloodied Cas!

The three main arcs will be Mary’s return, the hunt for Lucifer and the British chapter of the Men of Letters.

I did want to include one direct quote, from Andrew Dabb, because it speaks to his philosophy on running the show:

“If you start doing things you only know people are gonna like….then that limits you, storytelling-wise. At this point in the show, those stories are easy to do. It’s easy to tick three boxes and know that the fans on Twitter are gonna go crazy for them. ...I think the question is: If those are the only types of stories you’re telling, then are you really allowing the show to grow, creatively? Because really, then it becomes a nostalgia cycle. ...And I also think that the truth of the matter is, the thing people like the most is the thing they wanted that they didn’t know they wanted.”

Mary’s return

Mary Winchester is back and alive in 2016. Her last memory is of being the mother of 4 year old Dean and six month old Sam, and married to car mechanic John. Oh and dying on the ceiling of Sam’s nursery. Its been 33 years since she died at the age of 29. Now both her sons are older than her.

The Winchesters will have to get to know each other. Mary doesn't even recognise these men as her sons at first - a clip from the first episode, which leads directly on from the Season 11 finale, shows Mary throwing Dean to the ground when he approaches her!

So what sort of a familial bond is there between the boys and their mother when they have almost no history together? Sam and Dean have mythologised Mary, and her memory of them is as children, not as grown men with a life of hurt and mistakes and saving the world behind them. They will each need to cope with the reality of the other person. The analogy of adoptive reunions was used to give a sense of what this may look like.

As we know Mary never wanted her sons to become hunters, and she will feel guilty that her deal with Azazel lead them eventually into the life. However Mary will be wearing pants and hunting, which will cause issues for the boys. They are always more vulnerable when one of them is in danger, and hunting with Mary raises the stakes in this area.

Mary will have in common with Sam the fact that she did try and leave the hunting life. It will, however, be revealed that Mary didnt completely eschew the hunting life following her marriage to John. She will have useful knowledge and skills. As hunter she will be very much more in line of Dean’s “guns blazing” approach.

Castiel and Mary will bond over their relationship with, and struggle to understand, Sam and Dean.

Obviously a lot more has changed for Mary -especially regarding technology. She’ll have to come to learn about it and how it has changed hunting. I’d expect a few fish out of water moments as Mary grapples with the internet and iphones and PokemonGo.


Both Crowley and Castiel will be hunting Lucifer, for their own reasons. Cas feels responsible for him being loose on Earth and Crowley wants revenge for his own humiliation. Cas will have most of his powers back, except possibly teleportation.

Lucifer needs strong human vessels, and this will lead to a series of body jumping episodes. His first vessel with be a rock star called Vince Vincente, to be played by Rick Springfield, ‘

British Men of Letters

We find out more about the worldwide Men of Letters, particularly the English chapter. Lady Toni shot Sam at the end of last season and she sees the Winchesters very much as a threat to world stability, The MoL are very black and white about the world of monsters, in contrast to the Winchesters who have over time found out that not all monsters are evil and need (or deserve) to be killed. However there is a continuum of opinion within the British MoL and we will find out that Lady Toni is at the extremist, fanatical end of the spectrum. (Andrew Dabb said he could "neither confirm nor deny" my suspicion that Lady Toni was inspired by Lady Penelope from the Thunderbirds).

Returning characters

Rowena will be trying a new lifestyle but will find herself drawn back into the thick of things. Crowley’s son Gavin MacLeod will return, making for some interesting family dynamics with Crowley and Rowena.

Another family we’ll see again is Jody, Alex and Claire. Donna will also be back, and possibly Garth.

In terms of monsters, we’ll get new takes on monsters we’ve met before, and the German necromancers the Thule Society will also return.

We didn't find out much about the stand alone episodes, other than one will feature a hunter's wake where the hunters have a drinking game (Do a shot when someone mentions a Wendigo!)

No confirmation of tentacle monsters (yet).