Felicia Day made a surprise appearance on the CW’s Supernatural panel Sunday at Comic-Con, where EP Robert Singer announced that fan-favorite Day would be reprising her role as Charlie Bradbury on the show. It was also revealed that cast member Misha Collins, who was bumped from recurring guest star to series regular after striking a chord with fans, will take the director’s chair for an episode in the upcoming ninth season. The family vibe was warm onstage, where Singer and co-showrunner Jeremy Carver were joined by Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Collins, and Mark Sheppard. An intro video sped through Sam and Dean Winchester’s greatest hits from the past eight years before Comic-Con fans got a sneak peek at a scene from Season 9. In it, the Winchester brothers regroup after the falling of the angels that left last season on a cliffhanger, and attempt to interrogate Crowley (Sheppard) for intel on demons on Earth. The panel wrapped with a look at Season 8′s gag reel. Supernatural returns for its new season on October 15. Check out the series recap — set to a Doobie Brothers oldie — that was shown:

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