Supernatural Adds Tahmoh Penikett As A Fallen Angel

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Supernatual is known for their growing collection of sci-fi favorites as guest stars and recurring cast members, and now they will be adding one more to the list. Tahmoh Penikett, who you might recognize as Battlestar Galactica’s Helo, will appear next season as one of last season’s fallen angels, Ezekiel.

Penikett joins other sci-fi favorites who have been on the show, including Stargate‘s Amanda Tapping who appeared as angel Naomi last season, ubiquitous actor Mark Sheppard of Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and Firefly as demon Crowley, Felicia Day as Charlie Bradbury, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Amber Benson as vampire Lenore. Little is know about Penikett’s Ezekiel at this point other than that he is, according to executive producer Jeremy Carver,

“a dignified warrior angel injured in the Fall.”

Penikett joins the cast at a time when the producers are planning to focus on more secondary characters and expand some of their stories a bit outside of Sam and Dean’s experiences. Carver told the Huffington Post during Comic-Con,

We’re really including some of our supporting characters in big ways this year. We’re doing a lot more B and C stories than you’ve ever seen from the show before, and we’re really maximizing the new position that some of our favorite characters are finding themselves in.

With so many previously supernatural (pardon the pun) characters becoming human, it looks like the next season will put the focus on the stories of characters going through these transformations. Penikett’s character will join the show as a newly mortal former angel in the season premier on Tuesday, October 8th, but that leaves no guarantees that he will be around for long. After all, Supernatural has quite a track record of killing off characters. While there are rumors that Penikett’s character will recur, a thought supported by his sci-fi status, the character sounds like he will be injured from the start. Typically for television, Supernatural fans and Penikett fans will have to tune in to find out the details.

Every piece of new casting news for Supernatural is particularly notable this season, as the CW is planning to introduce a spin-off via a backdoor pilot later in the season. According to TV line, the backdoor pilot will occur around episode 20, when a previously unknown character will be introduced to anchor the new, city-bound show. Penikett may be introduced too early to fit the description, but any number of new fallen angels or other recently introduced characters could be involved, so it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. For now, we’ll just settle for seeing our favorite SyFy stars guest star, no spin-off required.

(via The Huffington Post, TV Line)

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