The King of Hell is no more. You read that right, Supernatural's Mark Sheppard will not be a series regular in Season 13, TVLine confirmed Wednesday.
It's definitely disheartening to hear that Sheppard will not be back as a regular. He's been such a huge part of The CW series since Season 5. What makes his exit even more upsetting is that this just might mean Crowley really is dead.
The Season 12 finale killed off seven characters, including Crowley. It wasn't entirely clear if Crowley was truly dead after he sacrificed himself in an attempt to take down Lucifer and save Sam and Dean. Based on this casting news, it sure seems like he is definitely dead.
Then again, this is Supernatural, so there's always a chance that Crowley can rise from the dead at any point in time. Just because Sheppard won't be a series regular come Season 13 doesn't mean he'll never be on the series ever again. I have a feeling at some point he'll show up — or I just really hope he does, because how can there be Supernatural without Crowley?
All that said, it sounds like this is what Sheppard wants. He confirmed his departure via Instagram on Tuesday. Next to an image of a T-shirt with Crowley's face and the saying, "Even When I Lose, I Win," the actor wrote, "A 'fitting' end to season 12. I wrote this line to sum up the feeling behind the finale. Surprise, surprise, it was cut. Seems so appropriate now!"
He shared a second photo of himself wearing the T-shirt Tuesday and captioned it, "So to all my #spnfamily everywhere... my crew and my fellow storytellers... thanks for the ride. Time for something new. Even when I lose..."
Crowley will certainly be missed. I'm having quite a difficult time coming to terms with Sheppard's exit, so allow these GIFs to explain how I'm feeling.
Really, allow me to tell you.
How is this happening?
This is me calling everyone I know telling them how upset I am.
Give me all of the tissues.
Maybe if I just ignore the news, it won't really be true?
This really is happening.
Probably not the best way to channel my anger.
Crowley, you will forever be in my heart.
Supernatural returns to The CW in the fall.
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