U.S. actors Jensen Ackles (L) and Jared Padelecki of the show "Supernatural" arrive for The WB's All Star Party at the Cabana Club in Hollywood July 22, 2005 as part of the 2005 Television Critics Association Summer press tour. (Photo : Reuters)
The CW’s drama ‘Supernatural’ returns for its eighth season on Wednesday and will bring the evil-fighting Winchester brothers back together after spending a year in Purgatory. The first episode of the upcoming season, called “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” will find the brothers dealing with the year they've spent apart and a revelation by God’s prophet, Kevin.
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TV Line reported that the upcoming season will include flashbacks to the brothers’ time apart. Executive producer Jeremy Carver said the flashbacks will allow the show “to tell slightly different kind of stories,” including Sam’s relationship with Amelia and how Dean spent his time in Purgatory.
“Supernatural, I don’t think, spent a lot of time on relationship stories. It’s a really nice mechanism to do that without imposing that on the forward momentum of these other stories that we’re telling,” Carver told TV Line. It also let the show’s writers avoid venturing into Purgatory, a tall order considering fans’ expectations.
The Winchester will not be joyful, TV Line revealed. Carver told TV Line that the brothers will have a lot to deal with once they reunite, including why Sam didn’t go out looking for his brother.
Fellow executive producer Bob Singer told TV Line, “While Sam’s trying to be really forthcoming, saying, ‘My mindset is different,’ Dean is being really less than forthcoming.” Singer added, “The fact that he’s judgmental is probably not all that fair to Sam, given what Dean’s not saying.”
Fans will also get to enjoy characters other than the Winchester brothers, including Dean’s new friend Benny (Ty Olsson), a vampire from Purgatory, Cas (Misha Collins), the angel, and Kevin (Osric Chau), God’s prophet on Earth.
Carver revealed to TV Line that Benny’s “playing a very important part both in his physical presence and psychological presence.” The executive producer added, “The idea of Benny hangs over our brothers pretty heavily. He’s a guy who has a tremendous, tremendous bearing.”
As for Cas, fans can expect him to be a recurring face in the first couple of episodes. According to HuffPost TV, the angel is expected to be more like the old Cas and not the “mentally disturbed or power-mad Cas we saw infrequently in Season 7.
Fans will also see Kevin play a big role in the first two episodes of the season. Carver told TV Line, “We’ll learn more about how he personally feels about being a prophet…[and] the personal cost that it has for him.”
‘Supernatural’ season eight returns October 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
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