The Walking Dead isn't the only TV show trading in suspenseful cliffhangers that are likely to rile fans. Supernatural ended Season 11 with a bang, quite literally. And it has everyone wondering whether or not Sam Winchester just saw his last days as a hunter. While it seems likely that star Jared Padalecki is staying put for the duration of the impending Season 12, that doesn't mean he didn't get seriously injured. Or even killed. It's happened before, and it'll happen again. Luckily for the world of Supernatural, when any given character bites that big biscuit in the sky, there's always a 98% chance that they'll be resurrected and brought back to the land of the living. Or spend time wondering around in Heaven or Hell. So what exactly happened at the end of the Season 11 finale?
A lot of nervous Supernatural fans have been wondering just that. Season 11 came to its rousing conclusion with Sam Winchester staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of wrongfully trading on the Men of Letters name. Lady Toni, a true member of the Men of Letters, had come to collect on his soul. Hailing from the London Chapter, Toni demanded that Sam surrender. When the hunter refused, well, we're not sure what happened next. But whatever it was, was accompanied by the sounds of gun fire. Did that round hit our hero? Jared Padalecki reveals this much about the spoiler.
"She shot him. I don't know where, but I know she shot him.What else is new? Sam gets injured. At least I'm not getting tortured...Yet."
The actor confirmed the news with TVLine Wednesday night, speaking from the Saturn Awards. Padalecki and his on-screen brother Jensen Ackles were there to present an award to show creator Eric Kripke. The shot fired in Sam's direction wasn't the only Season 11 cliffhanger, though. Dean was thanked by Amara with the return of his mother, whom he lost as a child. Though, father John wasn't with her.
Many people believed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would return to play John Winchester in Season 11. Fans kept waiting, but it never happened. Ackles wanted to see that happen, too. But he knew that the actor was too busy to return to set. About the surprise return of the Winchester Bros.' mom, though, Ackles had this to say.
"I'm anxious to see how that [surprise return] pans out. [My reaction] was kind of like, 'What's going to happen now? How is this going to work out?'"
Supernatural Season 12 will be headed up by new show runners Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb. The two lead actors will be meeting up with their team in the next few days to work out how the next set of episodes will go down, and it sounds like it will be an emotional, powerful and personal journey for the Winchesters. Padalecki confesses that he is rather excited by the reappearance of Sam's long deceased mother. Though his character may not be around to see her.
"I love [Mary's portrayer] Samantha Smith. So I was like, 'We get Sam back! That's awesome!' My reaction as a fan of the show was, 'What a cool show to be a part of where we can do that and get away with it.' [That] and I was just really stoked."
Supernatural will return for Season 12 on Thursday, October 13. And it is coming just in time for Halloween. While it is the longest running series on The CW, the series shows no signs of slowing down in Season 12. In fact, the show could go on for many more years, depending on how everyone involved feels about it come spring 2017. Will we see the Winchesters as old men? Perhaps. But for now, they are still fighting demons in their prime. And we're sure Sam will be back to finish what he started long ago.