Jim Beaver Returns To ‘Justified’

The costar of "Supernatural" books a new gig, throwing the fate of Bobby Singer in doubt.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In the midseason finale of "Supernatural," Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) fought for his life after being shot in the head. As his memories faded away one by one and his body began to fail him, Bobby was given the choice to either stay behind and face his unknown fate or move on to the afterlife.

And while the resolution to that cliffhanger is still a month away, it appears that Bobby's portrayer is joining another show.

TVLine is reporting that Beaver will reprise his role as Shelby in the third season of "Justified" for at least a single episode, with as many as seven episodes total. According to Beaver, the episode count hasn't been decided yet, but it will be more than just a guest appearance.

In the second season of "Justified," Shelby was the manager of a mine that was robbed by Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) against his will. When the other robbers conspired to kill Boyd and Shelby, Boyd made sure that the robbers blew themselves up instead… earning the gratitude of Shelby as well as his silence about Boyd's presence during the robbery.

Prior to "Supernatural," Beaver was best known for his turn as Whitney Ellsworth on "Deadwood," in addition to numerous appearances on TV series like "Harper's Island, "Law & Order: Los Angeles," "Psych," "Crossing Jordan," "Big Love," "Breaking Bad" and "Lie to Me."

While Beaver's extended gig on "Justified" certainly suggests a bad ending for Bobby Singer, Beaver's absence could also be explained as Bobby needing time to recover from an incredibly serious injury.

"Supernatural" will resume its seventh season in early January 2012, with the third season of "Justified" set to premiere late that month.

Do you think Bobby Singer will survive? What do you think about Jim Beaver's return to "Justified"? Share your thoughts in the comments below!