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March 24, 2012

‘Supernatural': Fan-favorite Misha Collins returns

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Misha Collins (left) returned to "Supernatural" to act with series regular Jensen Ackles (right) in the March 23 episode, "The Born-Again Identity." (The CW)

The death toll is mounting on “Supernatural,” but what do you expect on  a show where the end of the world is just another day at the office? Some beloved characters, human and non-human alike, have been lost, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come back in one way or another. And, speaking of familiar faces, Friday’s episode of The CW show featured the return of Misha Collins, who played the angel Castiel starting in Season 4.

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Friday’s show.

Collins has played a few different versions of the character, including the angel’s human vessel; a future carefree version of Cas in 2014; and a leviathan-possessed Castiel. Before Friday night, he was presumed drowned in the Season 7 premiere. In Friday’s episode, “The Born-Again Identity,” Collins was presented as Emmanuel, who has no memories of Castiel — but he does possess the angel’s healing powers.

“Each time it’s a little bit different preparing a new character … but [this latest version] certainly is infused with Castiel,” Collins said at the Salute to Supernatural convention in Burbank earlier this month.

For Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), the older of the two brothers at the spooky center of “Supernatural,” seeing any version of Castiel stirs up memories of betrayal. Meanwhile, his sibling, San Winchester (Jared Padalecki) found himself again dealing with pestering presence of Lucifer, played again by Mark Pellegrino.

For Collins, is there anything about the long-gone Castiel that he misses? “There were certain things that were fun to do,” the actor said. “It was fun to play drunk Cas.”

In his time off from “Supernatural,” Collins appeared in an episode of another CW show, “Ringer.” Last year he also co-created and acted in the creepy Web series “Divine” – adding a new entry to his sci-fi and horror credits, which also include the SyFy movie “Stonehenge Apocalypse.”

“It’s very difficult to be humble when you’ve saved the world, like I did in ‘Stonehenge Apocalypse,'” Collins joked. “It’s definitely not the kind of thing that you think as a child: ‘One day, I am going to prevent Stonehenge from destroying the world.'”

Collins is currently back on the set of “Supernatural” in Vancouver. In one form or another, he’ll be back for two (or more) episodes in Season 7.

– Emily Rome

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