Last time we caught up with Misha Collins, he previewed that the Castiel we will see in season eight of Supernatural will be more like “the Cas we got to know in season four and season five.” Collins described Castiel this year as “a little bit more worldly, a little bit more weary, a little bit more worn than he was before.” And now that we’ve gotten our first glimpse at life in Purgatory for Castiel and Dean (Jensen Ackles), we understand a bit better as to why Cas has grown into the character he has.
Click here for your first look at Castiel and Collins in Purgatory.
“I think that Cas’ experiences in Purgatory are actually shaped by everything that has come before. I think Purgatory for him is actually kind of a penance, and that plays out a little bit as the season unfolds,” Collins explained when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him in Vancouver* last week.
“It’s a tough place for Cas. It’s actually really tough, and I think he thinks he deserves that…We’re seeing in paying that penance, he’s actually regained a little bit of his innocence and about all of his sanity. His screws are not nearly as loose as they were last year.”
The big question is, of course, why Castiel abandoned Dean in the season seven finale– something which Collins promised will become clear very soon. But whatever his reason (we can’t spoil it now!), it’s bound to backfire on him in one big way.
Left alone to fend for himself in a completely unknown place, surrounded by the tortured souls of the things Dean usually hunts, Dean ends up teaming up with someone new– Benny (Ty Olsson). And when Castiel comes face-to-face with this new dynamic duo in Purgatory, he isn’t happy about it:
“He’s wary of Benny from the get-go, and I think he’s possibly a bit jealous, too, of the friendship or camaraderie that happens between Dean and Benny. Cas doesn’t have a lot of other friends in Purgatory!” Collins pointed out.
Be sure to check out part one of our video chat with Collins to hear about the newest prank co-star Jared Padalecki played on him on set.
“[Episodes] seven and eight are big for Cas,” Collins noted, so be sure to check back here closer to them for more on what to expect from him this season!
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