Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on what to expect for the first episode of Season 8.
Let’s talk about Dean…
As we know, at the end of last season Dean and Cas get sent to Purgatory. But now that Dean is out, “what happened there has changed his outlook and his perspective on things,” says Ackles. “These guys are always kind of at war with the evils of the world, but he got a heavy, heavy dose of it down there. He was surrounded by the things that he kills when he’s topside. It was almost a concentrated version of what he’s used to.” The result? A warrior that doesn’t know how to shut down now that he’s back on Earth. “He’s a solider that just got back from war. It’s going to take him a little while to adjust to the lack of threat, and the lack of combat,” Ackles says.
You won’t see Cas for a bit, but luckily, Misha Collins was on set when EW stopped by (whew!) and filled us in. “Cas comes back. I think we’re seeing a Cas that’s actually kind of closer to the Cas in Seasons 4 and 5,” he says. “[He] has regained a bit of his innocence and all of his sanity. His screws are not nearly as loose as they were last year.” More info to come after fans see more of his story unfold this season…(In other words: Keep a close eye on Spoiler Room.)
Benny is a new character who will have a connection with Dean. They spent time in Purgatory together, and Ackles describes their “odd” relationship one Dean never would have imagined having before going to Purgatory — because Benny is not human. “He’s been at war with this guy,” he says. “On paper, it’s not the kind of character Dean would allow to live, much less team up with. But Benny really earned his stripes with Dean. He earned his trust, which is really difficult not only for Dean to understand, but even more difficult for Sam to understand when Dean comes back.”