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by Tierney BrickerWed., Oct. 3, 2012 7:00 PM PDT
It's good to have the Winchester brothers back.
Supernatural returned for its eighth season tonight with "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which picked up a year after Dean (Jensen Ackles) landed in purgatory and Sam (Jared Padalecki) was left all lone.
Cue 365 days later, a hardened Dean is out of purgatory, and he didn't escape alone, and Sam has given up hunting and found himself a nice girlfriend. But when Kevin (Osric Chau) the prophet needs help, they hit the road and pick up their new season-long mission in the process.
Here, executive producers Jeremy Carver and Bob Singer spill what's next for Sam and Dean and what to expect from the rest of the season.
While it seems like Dean was piling on Sam in the premiere for not looking for him and giving up the life, don't expect it to stay that way. "What happens is that these brothers start to discover more about what they've done in their past year and might those tables turn in terms of who has to answer for what," Carver teases. "I think everybody will get their licks in. No one is going to be a beaten dog for too long."
Of course, Sam spent the last year with his new girlfriend Amelia (Liane Balaban), someone he doesn't share too much information about with his brother. "It represents something to him, it represents essentially another way, another life, and that's very much where he is coming into this season right now," Singer says. "So, it's something he'd rather to keep to himself than share."
While we saw how they met (she was the vet who saved the dog Sam hit, which he later takes home with him), expect flashbacks to share more about the relationship. While Singer says there won't be flashbacks in every episode, Carver says they will factor heavily into the first 13 episodes of the season.
As for Benny (Ty Olsson), Dean's vampire buddy he left purgatory and seems to have developed a close friendship with, expect him to eventually cause a rift between the brothers.
"I think you'll see Benny playing a pretty important part in his physical presence and I guess his psychological presence. The idea of Benny I think hangs over our brothers pretty heavily, certainly as the year goes along," Carver explains. "So he's a guy who has a tremendous bearing and he's really working out wonderfully. A really complex character and…has a really interesting wrinkle into our brothers' relationship this year and how we deal with something like this."
Of course, the premiere didn't show us how Dean and Benny went from reluctant allies to friends who call each other "brother," but Carver promises that the flashbacks will fill in the blanks. "I think the intriguing question hopefully the premiere asks you see this warmness, but when they meet, you see this reserve and general distrust. How did they get from that to that embrace? And that's what the flashbacks are telling us. So everything you're saying is all part of the stew of purgatory.
One of the most intriguing part of the premiere for us was Dean describing his time in purgatory as "pure."
"I think that one of the last things that you might expect going to a place that's so horrible [is] that someone might have actually considered it something of a happy experience," Carver says. "I think you have to ask yourself why you think it's happening and what is this thing inside of himself that he connected to, this primal side of himself. I think a lot of that is that we use Benny as sort of that thing that is represented of Dean in purgatory."
Finally, the brothers' new mission was revealed by Kevin to be a way to close the gates of hell forever, banishing all demons from Earth. Carver says this will be a "season-long arc," but hints that it could extend beyond season eight. "The questions that come up in this quest and the series of reveals and the series of discoveries are meant be under-paintings for questions, secrets and things that will be explored in future seasons." Singer adds, "Jeremy's hell-bent on multiple seasons." To this we say: Hell yeah.
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"Supernatural" has been given a chance over the years by The CW to grow and build an audience, and any fan has to be rather grateful for that. Why? It's now giving the executive producers an opportunity to show off more of their creative side than they would have otherwise probably been allowed.
So for one example of this that is certainly interesting, we turn to the photo to the left, which is our first shot of the episode entitled "Bitten" that will air a week from Wednesday. This episode is actually not really going to be about Sam and Dean Winchester, as they are just small players in a story being told by some college students that are investigating some crazy animal attacks in their town. The photo to the left is from the installment, and it shows the most-welcome and rather dapper side to the brothers.
In case you are looking for even more of a formal description here, executive producer Bob Singer had the following to say in a new interview with Zap2It:
"You're living in this found footage, the boys bracketed on either side, in the opening and at the very end … But for 95 percent of the show, you're living in this found footage. [The Winchesters] are in it unknowingly, so it's crazy. It's a really good episode, very compelling, and has great guest stars. It deals with college kids."
While this means that we are really not going to see any of Dean in purgatory for the week, sometimes it is also nice to watch an episode that really works as a work on its own. These sort of installments can occasionally be the best of a series if done correctly, and hopefully this will be something that we see here since "found footage" typically has its lovers as well as those who hate it.
Are you interested in seeing how this hour plays out? If you want to watch a new promo for Wednesday night's episode, all you have to do is visit the story over at the link here.
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Here's some scoop on Supernatural from Entertainment Weekly's Sandra Gonzalez's The Spoiler Room column, which was posted on 10/15/12.
Sandra, thanks for your Supernatural recaps! Any scoop on the Winchester boys or their trench coat-wearing Angel pal? — Emily
The Winchesters definitely experienced a set back when it came to tracking down the word of God, which, as you know, is going to help them padlock the gates of hell for-ev-er. Luckily, we know that they will have another pair of hands in the fight when Cas re-enters the human realm. (Yes, when.) But as Misha Collins teases, Cas's involvement could put him in major danger. "I think that that's sort of the pivotal object of the season, that's what everyone is after from every realm," he says. "Cas is definitely involved in that process and caught in the crossfire."
Supernatural returns with episode 803, 'Heartache,' on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 9pm on The CW. Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki, and Jensen Ackles.
In episode 803, 'Heartache,' Sam and Dean investigate a string of unusual murders where the victims were all recipients of organs from the same donor. The killer is captured, but things become even more complicated when the brothers find their killer in a trance mumbling an ancient prayer.
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