Remember those good old days when the arch villain was only Lucifer himself, and the only calamitous event to be stopped was the end of the world? No big deal, the Winchesters got rid of the Devil, stopped the Apocalypse, and sent God and the angels to hell (metaphorically). Now it’s time for the heroes of Supernatural to tackle some serious business.
Last season (which went by the magical number seven and unfortunately happened to be all but magical), the serious business in question had to do with the Leviathans – monsters from Purgatory who hadn’t walked the earth since the dawn of time. In the finale, Dean and Castiel managed to destroy head Leviathan Dick Roman, but at the price of getting themselves stuck in Purgatory, while Sam was left all alone. Now, the eighth season is on its way to premiering on the CW on October 3rd…what can we expect?
With God running the show, good things, one hopes. Remember that season four episode where the boys meet Carver Edlund, the writer of the Supernatural books who turns out to actually be the Creator? Of course, at the time, the naming was rather inaccurate, as the God-like figure behind the show was still Kripke, the show creator and show runner. Now that season eight is upon us, the name as entirely accurate, for the brilliant duo of Jeremy Carver and Ben Edlund has taken over Supernatural this season.
Carver and Edlund are truly gods among writers. Edlund can be lauded for such brilliant and tragic episodes as “The Man Who Would be King,” while Carver also has a sprinkling of fair writing on his record, including the fifth season’s “Free to be You and Me.” Our favorite characters are in good hands…which is reassuring, as the tantalizing hints and promos have sent fans into a panicked frenzy of flails and analysis.
It all seems to come down to the question of what happened to Castiel. In the last shot of the seventh season, we see Castiel mysteriously disappear, leaving Dean alone in Purgatory. In a clip from the season premiere, we’re shown Dean once he gets out of Purgatory, telling Sam that “Cas didn’t make it.” While many fans fear that this bodes badly for their beloved angel, Misha Collins, who plays Castiel, confirms that the angel will be in the first few episodes. And it certainly seems time for Castiel’s character to do something besides die yet again – something he’s already pulled off a spectacular four times. Plus, the new gods running the show have also given reassurances that this time, it’s Dean’s turn to save Castiel, which seems to bode well.