Finally some concrete details have emerged concerning the Season 8 Premiere episode of Supernatural, "We Need to Talk About Kevin", which airs Wednesday October 3 at 9PM ET on TheCW. Mark your calendars, that's a new day for Supernatural. As you can surmise, the episode will feature the return of The Prophet Kevin (guest star Osric Chau). Kevin was captured by Crowley around the same time Dean and Castiel were warped to Purgatory. Obviously Dean escapes and seeks out his bro, Sam, but a year has passed since that fateful night.
See the pattern? Dean goes to hell, comes back. Sam goes into the box with Satan, comes back. Dean goes to Purgatory, comes back. Hopefully third time is a charm and we don't see Sam trapped in an alternate dimension at the end of Season 8, emerging a couple of decades later to find the part of Dean played by Clint Eastwood and his empty chair "Sammy".
Here's the official episode description courtesy of The CW:
"SAM AND DEAN ARE REUNITED AFTER A YEAR APART — Dean (Jensen Ackles) re-emerges from Purgatory, but he isn’t alone. He heads straight for Sam (Jared Padalecki), but the reunion isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. Sam drops everything to join his brother, but leaving the life he had grown to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. Dean and Sam look for Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) who has managed to escape Crowley’s (guest star Mark Sheppard) grasp, but things come to a head quickly when Kevin tells them what it is that Crowley wants. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver."
Besides the significant story details, note that the premiere is directed by longtime Supernatural Executive Producer, Director, and Writer Robert Singer, and written by new Show Runner Jeremy Carver, who takes the reins from Sera Gamble. Carver, for his part, has already made his presence known with his work on earlier episodes, and actually returned for the finale last year to rewrite Sera Gamble's ending. We may never know what she intended for Sam and Dean, but it probably had nothing to do with the rest of the season. Suffice to say, this writer thinks this change up is for the better.
Among the outstanding issues not touched upon here is the fate of Castiel, and Ghost Bobby. Although Bobby's fate is apparently in the rearview mirror as far as the Supernatural narrative is concerned, the actor who plays him, Jim Beaver, appeared at the ComicCon panel this year and was purposefully evasive when asked if he would return this season. All the more reason to keep watching.