Okay Supernatural fans, after five long, grueling months, last night we got our first episode of season 13. We’re going to review what we learned from last night’s season premiere and what we have look forward to in the future. So, naturally, spoiler alert from here on.
A quick over view on what happened on the season finale last May: the whole gang, Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and his brother, Sam (Jared Padalecki), are forced to save the world. Again. This time it isn’t against demons or an apocalyptic showdown between heaven and hell, this time they’re racing against the clock to find the woman carrying Lucifer’s child which will mean sure destruction of the world. The boys’ angel friend Castiel (Misha Collins) has split ways with them and instead joined forces with the woman carrying Lucifer’s baby, the deadly Nephlim (half angel, half human) that is supposed to be evil. The boys battle out Lucifer over control of his unborn child. The season finale was especially hard hitting because not only did we get one major death of a fan favorite, but we got several. Rowena (Ruth Connell), Crowley (Mark Sheppard), and of course everyone’s favorite angel, Castiel. Fans were left with a cliff hanger and had to wait anxiously until it’s October set premiere. Last night was the night.
The season premiere picks up right where it left off in the season 12 finale. Dean crouching over Castiel’s dead body in mourning while Sam is inside with the Nephlim, Jack (Alex Calvert). Despite being only hours old, Jack is the full size of a grown man. It’s clear to the audience that Jack is unaware of the events that led up to his birth and that he is generally confused, especially when he mistakenly calls Sam his father. Dean then comes in ready to kill Jack, but Jack is seen to have powers beyond anyone’s control.
The next several minutes consist of the boys tracking down Jack to a local police station where the sheriff had taken the confused boy in for questioning. We learn that there’s angels after Jack and Jack has powers that kick in only when he gets scared in a situation, powers that he cannot control. We also learn from one of the angels that Jack has unbelievable powers and that’s why they’re after him. Well, they’re after him for his powers and the fact that his father is Lucifer, but mainly for the powers.
We didn’t get a typical case episode with the boys looking into something unnatural going on in a local small town, instead we get an hour full of emotions. Yep. As predicted, Dean takes his friend’s death pretty hard. As everyone can recall, Castiel raised Dean up from perdition and over the years they share a more profound bond, often looking out and saving one another. Dean immediately goes to kill Jack, even though Castiel died basically protecting him, Dean is convinced it’s all Jack’s fault. He has to have someone to blame even though it was Lucifer who killed Castiel. Dean couldn’t even bring himself to speak the words that Cas is dead. Ackles has a remarkable monologue towards the last few minutes of the show. As always, Ackles’ acting and monologue was a hard hitter. Honestly, the man is such a great actor. Ackles makes you feel all the sorts of emotions you don’t expect to feel in an hour TV show.
Sam, on the other hand, is trying to pick up the pieces and remind Dean they have bigger things to worry about at the moment. He is definitely the glue that holds together all the emotions. Padalecki, as always, also had a successful night with acting. His acting is probably the relief the audience needs from the emotions Ackles raises. Sam is clearly the only one in their right mind right now on the show and Padalecki preforms effortlessly into the role he’s carried on his shoulders for over a decade.
The episode closes with the emotional funeral scene of Cas that the boys are giving him. Everyone’s taking it hard, feelings are all over the place. Once again, incredible acting on all of the parts, even show newbie, Calvert. The last scene is with the boys’ mother, Mary (Samantha Smith), stuck in the other dimension with Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) and the two in an all out fight teasing fans before ending the show on that note.
We’ve already been teased with Cas’ return in the near future thanks to Padalecki and pretty much everyone else spoiling it for fans. We just don’t know how he’s going to return. I’m sure the boys will figure things out soon enough. Another fan favorite character, Kevin (Osric Chau), is confirmed to be appearing in the new season. Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) who was previously killed off back in season 7, but has appeared in every single season either by spirit or human form, was also seen in the alternate reality dimension. With Bobby being dead, it’s a reasonable to assume that Kevin will also come back in the alternate reality dimension as Bobby did.
This season seems like one of the most promising ones. The boys have a lot of things to cope with and figure out in the future such as recovering from Cas’ death, learning more about Jack’s powers, and trying to deal with the alternate reality dimension. This season truly seems exciting and I can’t wait to watch all the drama unfold over the course of the season.
Tune into the CW at 7:00 on Thursday nights to watch the next episodes of Supernatural.