‘Supernatural’ Producer Talks John Winchester’s Return – Will He Be Back?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

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After 8 seasons of Supernatural  being on the air – after Sam and Dean battled angels and demons and even Lucifer himself – there’s still one thing that fans of the show wonder: Will John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the patriarch of the family, ever return? Thanks to Supernatural executive producer Robert Singer, we now have a realistic update on all things John Winchester.

While speaking to press at Comic-Con 2013, we brought up the topic of John Winchester, questioning whether, after all this time, his return could actually occur, and whether or not it’s something they still think about when they plan upcoming seasons.

Here’s what Singer had to say:

You know, Jeff, when he was done with us, his career, thank God, took off. I don’t know if ‘Magic City’ is going to come back next year, but he’s the lead in that. Jeff is sort of way back there in the past. I mean, we talk about, ‘God, it would be great if we could bring Dad back,’ but it’s a hard thing to pull off given Jeff’s schedule and what he’s been up to. But it’s a ball we always keep afloat.

Like Bobby, John Winchester is – or was – an integral part of the series, at least in its first few years on the air. But as Singer said, the tale of John Winchester has essentially run its course, and Sam and Dean have moved well beyond the need for any fatherly input – thanks, in part, to Bobby’s inclusion. But still, could Supernatural bring back John and have it make sense? According to Singer:

Nobody dies in this show, you know; we bring everybody back. So, yeah, we would find a way.

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Whether or not it would make sense is one thing, but knowing that they still keep toying around with John’s return is nice to hear. Sure, he hasn’t been a part of the show for the majority of its run, but at least they’re open to his possible return, unlike what happened with Michael Rosenbaum and Smallville.

In Smallville’s final season, fans continuously wondered whether or not Rosenbaum would return to the series as Lex Luthor. For the fans, his return was required; for the studio that produced Smallville (and produces Supernatural), they weren’t as up for it. After the Smallville finale aired, Rosenbaum revealed to GEEEKTIME! with Ralph Cirella that, even though he had wanted to return to the show before the final season, the studio was against his return – this is, until the fans forced the hand of the powers that be, which led him to officially return to the show.

But John Winchester’s return is completely different. After all, Jeffrey Dean Morgan went on to star in Watchmen for Warner Bros. after his stint on Supernatural was over, so one would assume that his relationship with the studio remains intact. Additionally, Morgan has previously said that he’d be willing to come back. So, what’s the hold up? Said Singer:

Without telling tales out of school, Jeff saying he’d be willing to come back and how much Jeff would want to come back are completely two different stories.

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Though this probably isn’t the news that fans would like to hear, Jeffrey Dean Morgan shying away from returning to Supernatural makes sense from an actor’s point of view. Sure, he’d like to return, but Supernatural has been on the air for quite some time, much of which has been without him. And even though the show is a staple for CW, it doesn’t provide him with the necessary platform to grow and evolve as an actor in the same way as, say, starring in Magic City on Starz does – despite Supernatural being a higher-rated show.

So if Jeffrey Dean Morgan wants to return, it’ll have to make sense to him career-wise, not simply to appease the fans. And  with Supernatural entering season 9, it seems more and more unlikely that they’ll be able to create a storyline that would include John Winchester as well as progress the overall arc – at least in a way that would appeal to Morgan. Still, if the show ever does receive a final season order, one shouldn’t be too surprised if John Winchester returns in some way, even if it is briefly.

Then again, with Supernatural now looking past season 10, to season 11, 12 and beyond, only God knows when the end of the show may come. And as fans of the show know, God hasn’t been around for quite some time.

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Supernatural season 9 premieres October 15, 2013 on The CW.

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  1. Dean and Sam could team up with Crowley in the next season. Assisting Crowley reclaim his throne as King of Hell, in exchange he takes them to Adam and John Winchester.

    Of course betraying them once he has reclaimed the throne. Sam, Dean and Castiel are separated, along the way Sam encounters Benny, and Dean encounters his Granddad (on his Mother’s side). Eventually the two teams find John and Adam Winchester in their burning cages.

    Castiel holds back Crowley whilst Bobby summons a portal from the other side, and whilst aiding the others in their escape, Castiel is left behind. Regrouping with an army of hunters, the season finale sees all the hunters going back for Castiel.


    • Will now Crowley has teamed up with the brothers, IF the king of hell does take them to the cage where Lucifer, Michael and Adam are fighting each other for eternity in HELL. It would be a good scene to see that. BUT! remember this, John has escape hell in Season 2 and came back as a spirit and help his sons to kill the yellow eye demon.

      Once again, John is not in Hell. He could of have went to Heaven like Bobby in Season 8.

      What if ‘God’ himself is John in his form? OR he brings back John completely alive and gives a message to John that he has one more reason is that he has to stop the brothers from taking their own lifes to close Heaven and Hell. I don’t know.

  2. Yes definately bring him back but the best way would be if he was the big bad demon of a whole series. He looked to have fun playin yellow eyes in the season 1 finale & what a way to end the show full circle!

  3. He should return as God. Given that Sam and Dean are Lucifer and Michael’s vessels, it would make sense to have John be God’s vessel.

    • Omg so true….that would be awesome if John was God. Your mind is amazing, the feels i have right now!!

  4. I think there should be an all star all monster/ creature showdown “Apocolypse II” type of final season. The premier should start with half human/ vampire should escaping from Purgatory to find Dean & Sam revealing he’s Benny’s great nephew from New York City & he tells them that Leviathans have resurfaced due to Dick Roman returning somehow & they made a deal with the other Vampires to kill Benny. So Dean helps the Vamp free Benny from Purgatory & then the rest of the season is events (including stories leading up to the return of many characters such as John, Adam, Mary & Hemry Winchester, Bobby, Cas as an Angel again, Bathatar, Gabriel, Frank etc) & they all get ready to go to one last throwdown between all the hunters, Vampires, Leviathans, Djinns, Dragons & other monsters led by the return of Eve, Angels & Demons that will finally end with the all the gates of each dimension closing for good at the cost of many lives good & bad
    Idk but that would be one hell of a way to finish the show. Go out with a bang…. thank you.

    • sarebbe bello se john e bobby tornassero perchè una parentesi old school ci vuole per i ragazzi…

  5. Sam and Dean should find some way of bringing John Winchester back to life as we all know that deep down inside there hearts they still miss there father, if John Winchester did come back to supernatural then it should happen at the most expected time so all the supernatural fans will be like what the hell, I was not expecting that and be so happy at the same time, bcz we will get to c the three of em back in action together as a family

  6. I think that John should return but for something like possession and eventually able to return to his body if possible by an angel. (i know people want him to return in his own body but hes a spirit now and can possess bodies.) not only that but i think they did a bad job bringing back Bobby with the dreaming crap and Sam about to die. other than that i like how dean and Crowley are working together to kill Abanddon. (also) id like to see Benny

  7. On super natural when they were in stillwater, mn.
    Sorry guys, we don’t talk like they did in the movie Fargo. We talk just like the characters of Dean and Sam. And fargo is in North Dakoka not Minnesota.

  8. I think that John should of been in hell this whole and comes back as a demon. this way it will explain where he was (in hell being tortured into a demon) then they could complete the 3 trails by curing their dad with Dean doing the trails and dying. That way Sam can live the normal life he always wanted. Also Sam would be the only one out of them that wouldn’t try to bring them back so they could end the show after that.

  9. Literally nobody I’ve ever talked to thought killing John was a good move in the first place. He didn’t make or break the show or anything, but he was one of those undervalued and underestimated elements of the show’s resonance. As they went into all the crazy things they brought up later having him around would have helped to keep the story grounded in its originally-character driven feeling. Plus, it would have made for much better character development than the questionable drama they had in the beginning of the second season.

    He shouldn’t come back as a demon, or any of that, but a full circle sort of a thing would be great. Honestly, there’s a million reasons why he could simply be off doing his own thing, and only show up during the big things. The boys may not need fatherly imput, but the nature of the story type that Supernatural is benefits a lot from a figure the protagonists look up to. It’s not like sons stop looking up to their fathers just because they get older. There’s a lot of business there between the characters that could easily remain unfinished for the rest of the show and the lives of them all beyond. It would be more than great to see them capitalize on it.

    And maybe, if they actually do it, avoid going down the “dad dies” road again. It happens that characters die sometimes, and it can be good in certain kinds of stories, but Supernatural over-exploits that. It would be nice to see John just become the one thing in the boys’ life that would be constant. He wouldn’t theoretically be there all the time, but at least he would be around. As in, alive… and whenever the triumphant ending does roll around (I should hope not too soon), it would add to the feeling of being proud of the boys if they had their dad with them like they did when the lost their mother back when it all began…