Supernatural: Five Things About “We Need To Talk About Kevin” Supernatural: Five Things About “We Need To Talk About Kevin”
Advance review of the premiere for Supernatural Season 8 Supernatural: Five Things About “We Need To Talk About Kevin”

The Season 8 premiere of Supernatural airs Wednesday night, October 3 on The CW — but the more pressing question about it is… is it any good?

The answer is “yes.” Moreso, it’ll be a perfect companion for Arrow in a one-two punch of tough guys kicking @$$. One could even go so far as to say that Oliver Queen’s experiences marooned on an island are similar to the times Dean has down in Purgatory.

Without spoiling too much, here are a few tidbits:

Remember that preview clip? That comes very, very early on in the episode, so we don’t have to wait a long time for Sam and Dean to be reunited.

Sam breaks one of the great rules of the Impala. Sam has restored and fixed the Impala, but there is one thing he does in the car during Dean’s absence that he gets a particular lecture for.

The dialogue is witty. Jeremy Carver returns to the series as showrunner this time, and he throws in some great one-liners, not just coming from Dean. The mixture between seriousness and light really works.

Allies in Purgatory. Dean meets a new ally in Purgatory named Benny who is quite an interesting individual. Benny offers Dean an alliance — but is he to be trusted? Castiel, on the other hand, goes unseen.

The focus is on the brothers. While characters like Kevin do factor into the events, Sam and Dean — and their brotherly relationship — are front and center. We learn why Sam left hunting behind, and we see Dean’s reaction to that.

All in all, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” looks like a return to form for the show. Although the experiences of Sam and Dean affect their current behavior, it seems like something that they will grow past, whereas past plotlines like “soulless Sam” seemed to go on a little bit longer than needed. There is an arc, and a journey, but also an opportunity for hope. I think this is going to be a good season.

Season 8 of Supernatural premieres Wednesday night at 9PM (ET) on The CW. See some of KSiteTV’s other Supernatural content and be sure to come by our Supernatural forum! Images from the episode be found below:

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Supernatural – “We Need To Talk About Kevin” – Image SN802a_0001 -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Credit: Ed Araquel/The CW -- 2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

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KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.