Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to make his long-awaited return to Supernatural for the series’ 300th episode. As milestones go, it’s a feat for any series to hit the century mark, but when one proves popular enough to do it three times, well, that’s cause for celebration, and it looks as though The CW has plans to make it a special one for Sam and Dean Winchester. The network will do so by reuniting them with their dear departed father, John, who was last seen helping his sons do away with the yellow-eyed demon at the end of season 2.
It seems like every year Morgan has to field a question or two about his willingness to return to the long-running series. It’s been over a decade since he last appeared and since then he’s seen his star rise, appearing in the likes of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, as well as Losers, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, this year’s video game adaptation, Rampage, opposite Dwayne Johnson, and more. But while his filmography continues to grow, Morgan’s role as Negan on The Walking Dead is perhaps the character that's become synonymous with the actor. That is unless you ask Supernatural fans.
As reported by EW, those fans are in for a treat in 2019, as Morgan is confirmed to be returning to play the elder Winchester in the episode titled ‘Lebanon.’ That may seem like a strange title for such a landmark achievement for the seemingly immortal series, and, like everything else about the episode, it’s a question waiting to be answered. Though he wasn’t exactly forthcoming in regard to plot details, showrunner Andrew Dabb did have this to say about Morgan’s return:
“We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars.”
With over 13 seasons under its belt, it’s really no surprise that ‘Lebanon’ plans to bring back a few more guest stars. The amount of characters who’ve come and gone over the years is frankly staggering (just check out the show’s IMDB page). As such, the list of potential guest stars is huge, but given the show’s past efforts when hitting such benchmarks, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think the likes of Rob Benedict, Curtis Armstrong, or even Jim Beaver might make an appearance.
Still, whomever the episode manages to rustle up, the draw is going to be Jeffrey Dean Morgan. As one of the few Winchesters to die and stay dead on the show (a brief post-death appearance at the end of season 2 notwithstanding), John’s return could offer the show one of its most emotional moments ever.
Supernatural continues Thursday, December 13 with ‘The Spear’ @8pm on The CW. The 300th episode, ‘Lebanon’ airs Thursday, February 7 @8pm on The CW.