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Supernatural Season 7 Preview: Dean's Rocky Road, Sam's Lost Marbles, Castiel's Killer Spree

Can Cas get back from the dark side? Will Sam crumble under the memories of hell? And just what is going on with Dean? Plenty of questions surround Supernatural’s seventh season, but lucky for us — and you! — TVLine previewed Friday’s season premiere (The CW, 9/8c) and then grilled executive producers Sera Gamble and Bob Singer about what’s in store for the Winchesters and the new Big Bad (hint: read up on your bible).

DEAN’S DAY IN THE SUN | All you Dean lovers, rest assured that big bro will have plenty to do in the new season. “Dean is going to have lots of issues…that he’s going to have to deal with,” says Singer, promising a “rockier journey…of how he feels emotionally” than in the past. A “big turning point” will come in Episode 4, when the hunter stands trials before an Egyptian god “who weighs your heavy heart against a feather, and if your heart is heavier than the feather, he does you in,” previews Singer. “It’s all about carrying guilt. Not just, ‘Do I feel bad?’ But, “Do I feel guilty?'” All told, “Dean is in a different place than he’s been in previous seasons.” And as for his beloved Impala, which starts off the season in shambles, Singer assures: “It’ll be back. Like the show, [it] will not die.”

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SAM AND HIS MARBLES | Remember how the wall in Sam’s head came crashing down last season? The consequences won’t be pretty, and something that ugly can’t stay secret. “What’s happening with Sam isn’t anything he can hide for very long,” says Gamble. “It comes out pretty quickly that he is dealing with this awful wall-breaking situation, which escalates really, really dramatically in [Episode 2].” Everything that Sam’s dealing with will push him to the brink, so much so that in Episode 2, he is “facing that moment as a hunter where he’s been through so much, he might just be losing his marbles for good.” Despite their issues and secrets, Gamble maintains that “it’s really important to [Dean and Sam] to try and stay together.” After all, “They don’t have very many people, they’re clearly better working together, and they need each other in so many ways.”

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CORRUPTED CAS | Get ready for a new and terrifying Cas as the former angel goes on a killing spree, smiting those he believes “were doing stuff in the name of God that was corrupt or wrong,” says Gamble. But in Cas’ mind, what he’s doing is right. “Eric [Kripke] liked to say, ‘Every villain is the hero of his own story,’” shares Singer. Adds Gamble: “There are things he’s doing… that come from a really pure, old place for him – things that he has wished for a long time his dad would get his ass back here and do.” Cas is also out to stick it to his old pals who abandoned him. “Some of his actions in this episode are about proving them wrong,” says Gamble. “He digs himself in a bit deeper because of that.”

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THE LEVIATHANS ARE HERE! | The new Big Baddies in Dean and Sam’s rear-view mirror are older than man and angels. But did you know that the biblical beasts like to party? “That sense that they’re having fun and not here to hail fire and brimstone on the world and just be mustache-twirling evil is right,” says Gamble, adding, “They’re here to have a good time.” But she points out that they’re also “smarter,” so what’s their master plan? That remains unclear, but “they certainly don’t want to go home” to purgatory. “When you think about it, our place, Earth, is sort of this Eden – slightly corrupted, but full of possibilities,” she explains. “It seems like everybody wants to be here, and there’s a lot of directions we can take that.”

FACES NEW AND FAMILIAR | Don’t discount the resourceful Crowley just because he was banished by Cas. “Crowley is the ultimate, self-interested character,” explains Gamble. “He always finds a way to bend whatever is happening to his own best uses.” As the tides of power shift in the new season, “He figures out how to insert himself in the situation,” she continues. “There’s a reason he’s lived this long. … So as things evolve this season, we’ll see him try and adapt.” Dean and Sam, meanwhile, will have to rely on some new friends for help. For example, viewers will meet a difficult, off-the-grid acquaintance of Bobby’s who the boys are forced to seek help from when they “have to drop out of sight a bit more,” teases Gamble.

BEST OF THE REST | One of the boys will be time-traveling again — back to 1944! — but it won’t be via angel power this time. “It turns out a case that they were trying to solve back then is the same as a case that Sam and Dean are trying to solve now,” describes Gamble. Relatedly, one of the things on Gamble’s wish list, but not in this episode? Nazi zombies! Also look out for a new, symbolic title card. “It’s just monstery and disgusting and connects to purgatory,” says Gamble of the new image. “There’s a B-movie horror vibe to that of just grossness coming at you from your screen.”

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Dean | All you Dean lovers, rest assured big bro will have plenty to do in the new season. “Dean is going to have lots of issues…that he’s going to have to deal with,” says Singer, who calls this year a “rockier journey…of how he feels emotionally” than in the past. A “big turning point” will come for Dean in Episode 4, when the hunter stands trials with the Egyptian god, “who weighs your heavy heart against a feather, and if your heart is heavier than the feather, then he does you in,” previews Singer. “It’s all about carrying guilt. Not just, ‘Do I feel bad?’ But, “Do I feel guilty?’ … [Dean’s] in a different place than he’s been in previous seasons. And as for his beloved Impala, which starts off the season in shambles, Singer assures, “It’ll be back. Like the show, it’s the car that will not die.”

Sam | Remember how the wall in Sam’s head came crashing down last season? The consequences will carry over, and they won’t be pretty. And something that ugly can’t stay secret. “What’s happening with Sam isn’t anything he can hide for very long,” says Gamble. “It comes out pretty quickly that he is dealing with this awful wall breaking situation, which escalates really, really dramatically in [Episode 2].” All that Sam’s dealing with will push him to the brink, so much so that in Episode 2, Sam’s “facing that moment as a hunter where he’s been through so much, he might just be losing his marbles for good,” reveals Gamble. But despite their issues and secrets, Gamble maintains that “it’s really important to [Dean and Sam] to try and stay together.” She adds: “They don’t have very many people. They’re clearly better working together. And they need each other in so many ways.”

Cas | Get ready for a new and terrifying Cas as the former angel goes on a killing spree, smiting those he believes “were doing stuff in the name of God that was corrupt or wrong,” describes Gamble. But in Cas’ mind, what’s doing is the right thing. “Eric [Kripke] liked to say, ‘Every villain is the hero of his own story,’” says Singer. Adds Gamble: “There are things he’s doing in the episode that come from a really pure, old place for him – things that he has wished for a long time his dad would get his ass back here and do.” Cas is also out to stick it to his old friends who abandoned him. “Some of his actions in this episode are about proving them wrong,” says Gamble. “He digs himself in a bit deeper because of that.”

Leviathans | The new Big Baddies in Dean and Sam’s behinds is older than man and angels. You may have heard that the Winchester will be battling the biblical beasts, but did you know that they like to party? “That sense that they’re having fun and not they’re not here to hail fire and brimstone on the world and just be mustache-twirling evil [is] right,” says Gamble, adding, “They’re here to have a good time.” But she points out that they’re also “smarter,” so what’s their master plan? That remains unclear, but Gamble does reveal that “they certainly don’t want to go home” to purgatory. “When you think about it, our place, Earth, is sort of this Eden – slightly corrupted, but full of possibilities,” she explains. “It seems like everybody wants to be here. There’s a lot of directions we can take that.”

New and Familiar Faces | Don’t discount the resourceful Crowley yet just because he was banished by Cas. “Crowley is the ultimate, self-interested character,” explains Gamble. “He always finds a way to bend whatever is happening to his own best uses.” As the tides of power shift in the new season, “he figures out how to insert himself in the situation,” she continues. “There’s a reason he’s lived this long. … So as things evolve this season, we’ll see him try and adapt.” Dean and Sam, meanwhile, will have to rely on some new friends for help. Viewers meet a difficult, off-the-grid acquaintance of Bobby’s, who the boys are forced to seek help from when they”get squeezed in an upcoming episode and have to drop out of sight a bit more,” teases Gamble. And of course, there’s the guest spots from familiar faces – and Buffy vets – James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter, a casting coup that Gamble credits to the show’s very “saavy and creative” casting directors.