What’s Happening This Year on “Supernatural?”

Warning: Possible SPOILERS ahead for Supernatural!  Read at your own risk!

As Supernatural heads into its eighth season, fans are wondering just how last year’s cliffhanger will be resolved.

Actor Jensen Aickles knows, but he wasn’t telling anyone at this weekend’s Supernatural ComicCon panel.  Aickles says that while Dean is in purgatory, it’s more like “diet Hell” and that while “Dean can’t stick down there,” he also can’t reveal how he comes back.

However, don’t expect Dean to languish there too long.

“His return from Purgatory is going to happen quite quickly,” consulting producer Ben Edlund said. “And then the story of Purgatory and what happened in Purgatory is going to be something we track for a good, long time.”

But in escaping, Dean will find a “significant” amount of time has passed since the end of season seven. New producer Jeffrey Carver added that not only will the experience change Dean but it also changes Sam for the upcoming season.

“When they were separated at the end of last season, it had a profound effect on each one of them. The relationships that they’ve made in their time off from each other will carry forward and will be very, very important in each one of their lives. They’re going to have to come to terms … with the new relationships,” Carver said.

These new relationships include Sam’s new love interest, a veterinarian named Amelia (Liane Balaban), who Sam meets after he accidentally hits a dog. “She’s also just gone through a loss, so I think Sam and her have that to hold each other together. They’re kindred spirits so to speak,” Jared Padalecki said. “I know we’re going to see a lot of their relationship. … When the season starts, they’re taking a break, but I think she’s going to come back.”

Actors Jim Beaver and Misha Collins were also part of the panel and while Collins did say we’ll see Castiel again in season eight, Beaver was playing his cards closer to the vest on whether or not Bobby will be back in the upcoming season.

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