The angels have answered your prayers, Supernatural fans.
Misha Collins will return to the CW series as a series regular next season (the show’s ninth).
In addition to reprising his role as the heavenly angel Castiel, Collins will direct an episode as well.
Collins made his debut as Cas in the Season 4 premiere and was promoted to regular cast member the following year. He was then taken off contract at the end of Season 6, but still continued to recur.