TV Guide has the scoop on what to expect for the first episode of season 8.
I’m going through Winchester withdrawal! What can you tease about my favorite demon-hunting siblings when Supernatural returns?— Tamara
ADAM: Dean will return from Purgatory (looking more tan than usual) to reunite with Sam (looking shaggier than usual), and both will be dealing with their own relationship issues. Despite their time apart, they’ll be forced to jump right back into action, as Season 8 kicks off with the deaths of six demons and two humans. Yes, one of the human casualties we know, and his or her death sets off this year’s season-long quest.
Citizen Sam: The taller Winchester sibling has gotten so domestic, he even owns a dog. “The jumping-off point for coming back to the show … was ‘you are truly alone,'” showrunner Jeremy Carver says. “We went into the idea of ‘What does that mean? And what kind of impact does that have on somebody?’ … Sam is keeping thoughts of this woman and this relationship to himself because it greatly informs where he is now at the beginning of the season. It represents essentially another way, another life.” And don’t worry, Supernatural fans: The dog really is a dog and not a demon or trapped soul in disguise.
Dangerous Dean: Director Bob Singer confirms that Dean is “more brutal” after his time in Purgatory. And while he’s thrilled to be back on Earth, enjoying the bounty of burger, fries, beer and pie, part of him is having a hard time adjusting to the mindset of a more regular life. “Dean as he came out of Purgatory [had] something of… a surprising reaction,” Carver says. “[There’s] this idea that it was ‘pure’ down there. I think one of the last things you might expect going to a place that is so horrible is that someone might have actually considered it somewhat of a happy experience. You have to ask yourself: Why do you think it’s happy? What is this thing inside of himself that he connected to, this primal side of himself? How will he deal with that topside?”
The problem with Benny: Last season, Dean got flak for killing Sam’s childhood friend. Sure, she was a brain-eating demon, but she was reformed and only backslid to feed her child. How can Dean reconcile his hardline attitude with letting Benny live, even if he did help him? “The idea of Benny hangs over our brothers pretty heavily, certainly as the year goes along,” Carver says. “He’s a really interesting wrinkle into our brothers’ relationship this year, how they deal with something like this.”
Where’s Castiel? Dean was stuck in Purgatory with the angel, but now that he’s back, where’s Castiel (Misha Collins)? “We’ll be telling that story of Purgatory [through flashbacks] pretty steadily through the first seven or eight episodes,” Carver says. “You’ll start to get a really good understanding what happened in Purgatory to Cas.”