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Sandra Gonzalez
December 05, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

Castiel lives!

After being assumed dead since the beginning of this season, fan-favorite Misha Collins is slated to return to Supernatural in the new year, Warner Brothers tells EW. He will appear in episode 17 of this season and at least two additional episodes.

The studio and the network, CW, declined to provide more information about his return, but regardless, the news should please fans, who have been vocal about their desire to get the angel back on screen.

Shortly after the premiere, executive producer Sera Gamble told EW the actor’s return was imminent,  though, at the time, she had no specific plans. “We all love Misha [Collins], and we plan to write material for him,” she said. “But in terms of where we are in the story right now, it’s a lot about Sam and Dean and Bobby losing this person that was incredibly important to them.”

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