It's official - Supernatural fan favorite Chuck Shurley (played by Rob Benedict) will be back on our screens this season. Details surrounding his return may be a safely kept secret but there's certainly no shortage of speculation. Fan theories have been running wild for years, and the timing of his reappearance has only added fuel to an already roaring fire.
Ever since Chuck's mysterious disappearance in the Season 5 finale, many have wondered if the author and prophet is God himself. The theory has never been much more than contemplation until now, but considering the major focus on God and his relationship with The Darkness (a.k.a .Amara) this season, the idea is sounding more and more logical by the day.
If it's true, Amara better watch out because it seems God is the only one who knows exactly how to destroy The Darkness for good. Whatever his motives, there are going to be consequences. Jared Padalecki who plays Sam told TVGuide:
"When you bring God into the mix, either he destroys you or he doesn't."
Even Richard Speight Jr., known for playing The Trickster (a.k.a. Gabriel) on the show, thinks the theory has legs. In an interview with SheKnows back in December, he candidly revealed how much he'd love to see Chuck come out as God.
"Listen, I love where they’re going with this story line, and I know how they planted that seed that God is sort of the answer to this problem. I know the 'Chuck is God theory,' which certainly I believe."
Even if he doesn't confront Amara, it's likely that Chuck will at least provide a helping hand for Sam and Dean - it's certainly not out of character for him to pop up out of nowhere. For those who don't remember, he made a surprise cameo in the middle of Season 10 as the 'publisher' who came to see the Supernatural school musical.
Whatever happens, the decision to bring Chuck back is sure to be a popular one. It's nearly always a hit when an old favorite returns to our screens - and Chuck's not the only one. TVLine have also revealed that Jim Beaver and Steven Williams will be returning as hunters Bobby and Rufus, in an episode that flashes back to a Season 5 case.
Sounds like the best is yet to come in Season 11. If you need a reminder of what's going on, see the full promo below.
Catch Supernatural on The CW, Wednesday nights at 9/8c.