Sam and Dean are wayward father figures in Supernatural season 13

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Sometimes it's hard to believe that Supernatural is still churning out new stories, but as the show gears up to head into its 13th season over at The CW it hasn't shown signs of slowing down anytime soon.

After the series garnered an early renewal over at the network, many fans were probably wondering how Supernatural would be able to top the success of previous seasons --- but the good news is that, for the most part, even the stories surrounding the newest cast members are going to get to the heart of what gives Supenatural its enduring power.

In an interview with EW for a recent cover story, stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins, along with co-showrunners Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb, previewed what fans can look forward to -- and a lot of it centers around the Winchester brothers evolving from wayward sons to wayward ... father figures, in a sense. Much of that has to do with the addition of Lucifer's son, Jack (Alexander Calvert), who will be hitting the road with Sam and Dean, as Dabb explained:

“Last season was about the guys being kids, and this season is about being parents, to a degree. To have [Sam and Dean] confronted by this kid who is at once scary and charming gives us a chance to show a different side of the guys, and that’s always a great thing, especially 13 seasons in. If Dean had a kid, what would that look like? If Sam had a kid, what would that look like? The joke is that it’s My Two Dads, Hell Edition.”

Of course, Supernatural wouldn't be Supernatural without a lot of mixed emotions -- and even while Sam and Dean are struggling to adjust to their latest tagalong (who's dealing with his own loneliness), they have to come to grips with acknowledging everyone they've lost lately in “this vicious cycle of loss and grief," according to Ackles. "Dean just needs to feel like there’s hope.” Fortunately, while last season saw the departures of Crowley, Castiel, and their mother Mary, one of them has already been revealed to return. When Castiel gets back, Collins says, it'll be something of a happy reunion. "Everyone is healthy and in fighting shape and ready to go. We’re all a team again."

Basically, it sounds like Season 13 of Supernatural will keep delivering on everything fans already know and love -- all while working on a spinoff series and a long-awaited animated episode -- but as both Ackles and Padalecki confirmed, there's no possibility of this season going "full-mope."