Gamble says that the decision to kill off Bobby was nearly as hard for her to make as it was for us to watch, but that in the Supernatural universe no one is safe:
"Clearly, we were very upset in the writers' room when we were breaking that episode. One of the big themes this season and challenges for Sam & Dean has been about taking away the tools that they've come to rely on and the support system that they've come to rely on. We didn't have that big of a pool to draw on to begin with. This show is pretty famous for killing people off. It's a precedent that was set pretty early on."
Dean is trying to cope by using a fake-it-til-you-make-it strategy, as shown by his pained smile at the end of the last episode. Frank's advice to him in that episode is a good start in Dean eventually finding some peace, says Gamble:
"Frank won some grudging respect from Dean with that piece of advice about being professional and about trying to move forward. They're not going to keep trudging on and just work because they have nothing else to do. Dean desperately wants to move on and to try to find reasons and meaning, to try and do right by Bobby's memory. It's important to him, and it's important to him to be there for Sam, but we've thrown something incredibly difficult at him. He's trying to take Frank's advice, and if you've ever been given a piece of advice like that when you're in grief, it's not easy."
Sam, meanwhile, will return to navigating his precarious mental state:
"That apple cart will be upset in an upcoming episode. We have some episodes coming up that continue to spin out what's going on inside Sam's head. We revisit what's been happening in terms of his maintenance of his ongoing hallucination problem, which is a day-to-day thing that he's been managing. He doesn't have a permanent solution right now, he has a maintenance solution. That can't last."
One of the things that will upset that cart is one of Sam's biggest fears (and mine): Clowns! What Gamble describes sounds like one of the show's signature gleefully evil entries:
"Sam gets beaten up by clowns. As we all know, Sam is really afraid of clowns, so an upcoming episode takes place at a Chuck-E-Cheese type place. One of those birthday party pizza place, slash stop-bugging-your-parents-for-ten-minutes places. They pick up a case that takes place at Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie, and Sam has terrible childhood memories of this place. It's just full of clown imagery. If you thought that early episode when he was confronted by a few clowns at that carnival was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. It is about your worst nightmare. Childhood fears are kind of coming to life, and attacking people in this episode, so it was an opportunity for us to get really fantastical with what can attack people."
So how about a little romance to lighten things up for the boys? Not this season:
"There's no lasting love interests for them in Season 7. They don't have time, they're busy, and they are in no emotional state for any kind of conventional love interest."
Gamble then moves on to the topic of returning faces, most notably Castiel. She says that they are right now working on the script in which Misha Collins returns, but she will not confirm if he returns as Castiel. Frank will be back, as well as Garth, the nerdy hunter played by D.J. Qualls who drove Dean up the wall while Sam was lovesick with Becky.
What do you think of Gamble's writing of the show so far this season?