By Samantha Highfill
July 23, 2017 at 02:19 PM EDT

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Supernatural doesn’t technically have a theme song, but if it did, it’d be “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas, which is why, on Sunday, the San Diego Comic-Con panel kicked off with a performance from the band.

Moderators Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. then took the stage to moderate the panel with stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins, as well as executive producers Bob Singer and Andrew Dabb.

First up, Collins addressed Castiel’s “death,” to which he simply promised fans, “I’m not going away.”

Moving to the question of Jack, Lucifer’s Nephilim, Ackles talked about how the Winchesters will react to this new being. As he put it, Sam and Dean will handle things “differently … In Dean’s mind, [Jack] just simply has to go.” But because Sam is ever the optimist, he won’t necessarily agree with Dean’s more practical approach. As Padalecki said, “Jack is half-Lucifer but he’s also half-Kelly Cline.” So expect Sam to disagree with Dean’s “shoot first, ask questions later” attitude.

But Jack isn’t the only thing Sam and Dean are going to butt heads about. When it comes to Mary, Singer said, “Dean thinks she’s gone.” And because of that, Dean is trying to accept that and move on, whereas Sam is “holding onto the fact that she could still be alive. That’s a problem between the guys.” Singer added, “Spoiler alert: Mom is not dead.”

And although she’s not dead, Mary is currently in an apocalyptic world with Lucifer, and seeing as how Bobby — or at least a version of him — appeared in that world in the season 12 finale, Dabb said there’s hope to see more characters return… both in the real world and in the new one. “Some people who have been long dead on our show are less dead in [the] apocalyptic world,” Dabb said, adding that they will be “much different characters.”

For the final question, a fan asked which character would make a good spin-off, to which Dabb pointed to the potential new Wayward Sisters show and said, “We feel they would make an extremely exciting addition to the Supernatural universe.” A backdoor pilot for the series, featuring fan-favorites Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster, is expected to air during season 13. Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen, and Clark Backo will also appear.

Supernatural season 13 premieres Thursday, Oct 12 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.
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