Which does not mean, however, that there’s nothing to worry about. Purgatory does not seem to have had a healthy effect on Dean Winchester: in the aforementioned promos, he appears to be manic, paranoid, and a little too uncomfortably like his self from the alternate 2014 storyline we saw in the fifth season. That, along with the fact that he got out of Purgatory by working with a vampire named Benny, who appears to have come between Dean and Castiel, is worrisome. Not to mention that the plan for this season is an attempt to close off the doors to Hell, which can’t come without a hefty price because, well, why make it easy for our heroes?
Nevertheless, amid all the angst and suffering that we’ve come to expect from this show, there are a few cheering things to look forward to, including the return of fan favorites Kevin Tran and Crowley. Carver and Edlund suggest that the upcoming season will be very Indiana Jones in style, as the characters hunt for the Word of God yet again. Sam Winchester gets a new love interest, while the newly cast Amanda Tapping will appear as Naomi, advertised as an entirely new kind of angel. Tapping is known for her work on the ever-popular Stargate, and seeing her join the cast of another cult show with an enthusiastic fandom is exciting. A magical seven days away from the premiere, one can hope that it all lives up to the excitement.