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Get ready for Supernatural's 'Wayward Sisters' with the producers and cast

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Jan 17, 2018, 2:34 PM EST

Last we saw the Winchester Brothers, they'd been transported into an alternate dimension called "The Bad Place" after an attempt to rescue their mother from a different alternate dimension dubbed "Apocalypse World" went horribly awry. 

Suffice it to say, if you watch Supernatural you know what's happening. If you don't you won't need to in order to enjoy the mid-season premiere titled "Wayward Sisters" this Thursday.

Built as a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off series, "Wayward Sisters" marks the return of Supernatural fan favorites Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) and Sheriff Donna Hanscum (Brianna Buckmaster) who, along with young hunter Clare Novak (Kathryn Newton), and previous vampire chew toy Alex Jones (Katherine Ramdeen) are back together after the boys disappear. They team up with psychic Patience Turner (Clark Backo) and dreamwalker Kaia Nieves (Yadira Guevara-Prip) to rescue the brothers and generally kick all sorts of ass along the way.

Supernatural's previous backdoor pilot "Bloodlines" didn't catch on but "Wayward Sisters" is much closer to the Supernatural formula fans know and love. There's been a segment of the fandom that has wanted some sort of spinoff for Jody and Donna since the two first appeared in the Season 10 episode "Hibbing 911." The pair became the "Wayward Sisters" (a counterpart to the boys being the "Wayward Sons" in the Kansas song that's become an anthem for the series) and the movement has grown to encompass not just the actors but a Wayward AF movement overall to empower young women and acts of kindness all over the world.

With this much going for it, the episode will need to generate ratings and good reviews if it's going to be picked up to series by The CW, but something tells us this could be a winning formula.

Supernatural "Wayward Sisters" airs this Thursday, January 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.