Misha Collins has become accustomed to Castiel changing forms on Supernatural — from good to bad to God to good again. But teasing his various transformations — like the one fans will see in tonight’s episode — without giving too much away still proves a daunting task.
“He’s different and he’s got some different qualities. I don’t know how many times over the past years I’ve had to tease stuff like that, but there you go. He’s different again,” jokes Collins.
Yet, though his various states of unrest have become par for the course over his run, Collins says there hasn’t been anything quite like this, as the angel deals with processing the psychic injuries that he inherited from Sam two episodes ago. And it’s not easy. In fact, says Collins, Castiel is in “a very deep state of denial” regarding the flood of memories and thoughts that rendered Sam unable to function not long ago, and he says, “that manifests itself in a very schizophrenic manner.”
“Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more, there will be one more dimension to Castiel that we get to see — which I can tell you makes him difficult to be of assistance to Sam and Dean when they try to take on Dick Roman,” he says. “The changes in Cas, he’s still a friend of Sam and Dean but he’s much less equipped to be useful.”
But hopefully Cas can get his act back together by the season finale. Just a few weeks out, Collins says while the boys aren’t exactly fighting off an apocalypse or dealing with a “new God,” the scale of the season finale is “a lot of TV packed into one hour.” The most pressing issue, of course, being “cutting off the head of the snake” and stopping Leviathan honcho Dick Roman. “I guess the scope of the mission is more manageable [than in the past], but I think it’s a tricky thing in this world because Supernatural has gone so big and as epic as the human mind can imagine,” he says. “But I think that what gives the show legs beyond those huge finales is that at it’s core it’s still a show about these two brothers and their personal relationship and it still is a character driven drama. It doesn’t have to be about big, epic things in order to be riveting.”
See a clip from tonight’s new episode below.