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January 13, 2012 at 05:33 PM EST

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Nothing is more disheartening to a fan than the death of a longtime character. For Supernatural fans, the death of Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) was a blow. But as many people have pointed out, it ultimately lacked the finality of, say, the death of the boys’ father — whose body was ceremoniously burned after death, signaling an unlikely return. And showrunner Sera Gamble indicates that there may very well be some sort of life after death for Bobby.

“In a matter of speaking, that was sort of like a cliffhanger or a question coming out of episode 10,” Gamble says. “That was the offer put to him by the reaper. ‘Come with me and be done, or stay here and be a ghost and face the consequences.’ So one of the questions we are left with is, ‘Did Bobby move on or didn’t he?’ The great thing about the show is none of these options preclude seeing Jim Beaver again at some point down the line. We can always flash back to an earlier time in their lives, we can send them to Heaven at some point, or we can say that he made the morally ambiguous decision and became a ghost and we can explore those consequences.”

While Beaver has already booked an upcoming multi-episode arc on Justified — hinting that we might not see him on Supernatural for a while — an insider tells me reports of his indefinite goodbye are “misleading.”

But for the time being, Gamble added, ” We really want to play with expectations for a while and explore what’s going on with Sam and Dean in their grieving process, [complete with] emotional fallout. But they must be wondering the same thing we are: ‘Did he move on? Is he still with us?’ I think grieving for them is not that much different than grieving for the fans.”

More from Gamble, EP Robert Singer, and star Jared Padelecki in a report later today!


So much excitement has built around the birth of Baby Bones, and while we’ll have to wait a while to see it (MARCH?!) David Boreanz helped make the wait a little more bearable by chatting about it with us during TCA this week, and was pleasantly detailed in his description. “[The birth is] dangerous, unpredictable, scary, loud, somewhat disturbing, but yet with a sense of pine nuts in the air, cherry blossoms and a bit of chocolate,” he said.

But the drama is far from over after baby [NAME REDACTED] comes into the world. “It’s very difficult and strenuous,” Boreanaz teases. “Emily plays a very strong character who is very set in her ways, and Booth is a very blue-collar guy who is very set in his ways, so there are a lot of problems that sometimes end well [and] sometimes they don’t. In our Booth and Brennan world, it’s just the way that it is. It’s not really rosy all the time and that’s what makes the conflict so interesting.”

Meanwhile, hacker Christopher Pellant (Andrew Leeds) may have gotten away in last night’s episode, but he will make a triumphant return toward the end of the season, in an episode that will be directed by Boreanaz. “I know the last show we shoot for this season, which I’m pretty sure, 100 percent now I’m going to be directing it, and it’s a big cliffhanger with the new bad guy.” (Update: He doesn’t sound so confident anymore.) In any case, if all that’s not something worth waiting for, Bones fans, I don’t know what is!

NEXT: Chuck, The Vampire Diaries, Shameless, and NCIS!

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