Richard Speight, Jr. will be returning to the director’s chair for Supernatural’s upcoming fourteenth season! Currently, the cast and crew are in the process of filming the second episode, the title of which has yet to be released to the public.
Jim Michaels, co-executive producer for Supernatural, shared a Tech Survey tweet on July 17, which revealed Richard’s name as the director for the second episode:
On Friday, July 13, Richard was absent from the festivities of Chicago’s Supernatural convention weekend, an odd occurrence for the popular MC and spokesperson for the conventions’ “Friday People.” Once it was revealed that he was in Vancouver and would fly to Chicago late Friday night to catch the convention’s events the following Saturday, fans began speculating whether this meant that Richard was in Vancouver to film and reprise his role as the Archangel Gabriel, who met his untimely death during the penultimate episode of Supernatural’s thirteenth season, “Exodus.”
However, during the Welcome Panel on Friday, Rob Benedict disclosed that Richard was in Vancouver for directing purposes, prepping for the filming schedule of the second episode. Jared Padalecki also revealed during the Chicago convention that Richard will be directing a total of two episodes for the show’s fourteenth season. According to IMDb, Richard is slated to direct the sixth episode as well, but we cannot officially confirm this as of yet.
While Gabriel may not be returning to the show, Richard as a director for Supernatural’s second episode is certainly a welcome addition.
Richard has directed several successful Supernatural episodes in the past, including “Just My Imagination” (11.8), “Stuck in the Middle (With You)” (12.12), “Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes” (12.20), “War of the Worlds” (13.07), and “Unfinished Business” (13.20).