Fall TV Preview

New Supernatural Boss on Returning to the CW Series and 'Resetting' the Mythology

Supernatural Jared Padalecki Jensen AcklesNew Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver is coming back to the homestead with a mission: To make the Winchester brothers less complicated and more mature.

A fan-favorite writer from Seasons 3-5 — he was responsible for such memorable episodes as “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” “In the Beginning,” “Mystery Spot” and “Changing Channels” before leaving to executive produce Syfy’s Being Human — Carver says he had to do “a little bit of catching up” on Dean and Sam’s adventures once he decided to return to the CW series.

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“It was sort of like an ex-girlfriend; every now and then I’d check in,” Carver tells TVLine of the years he missed while working on Being Human.

Although Carver says he was “really, really impressed with the job [executive producers] Sera [Gamble] and Bob [Singer] did over the last two seasons,” he did notice something during his marathon viewing that he felt could be improved upon. “The one thing that struck me [while] watching Season 7 was I felt like the show got a little bit buried under its mythology,” he says of the year that found Dick Roman trying to start a Leviathan takeover of the human population. “It became a little hard to tell exactly what was going on at times. The longtime fans all deserve intricate plot, but it felt a little burdensome.”

Carver says that he hopes to grip viewers by starting Season 8 with something familiar “like a flashback that lifelong fans or early fans will hopefully appreciate the magnitude of, but new fans can also grasp onto.”

“Resetting our mythology was one idea that I tried to bring into [the show],” he adds.

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As for Dean and Sam, their time apart after the elder Winchester disappeared to purgatory, unbeknownst to his brother, will give way to more grown-up versions of the two. For one, Sam decides to take a stab at living a normal life and finds a little romance.

“Part of this season is realizing they didn’t just spend several years together; they really matured in different ways,” explains Carver. “It’s one thing to get in a car with your brother in year one, but eight years later, you’ve both matured and grown. You’re both changing and trying to find out who you are. There’s a lot of that type of exploration for these guys this year.”

Meanwhile, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke – who continues to consult at the CW series, but is spending the bulk of his time on the new NBC drama Revolution – says he has no doubt that the long-running, demon-hunting show is in good hands.

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“I love that Jeremy came back,” Kripke tells TVLine. “He learned the family business, went off, and now has come back to the family business – just like Sam! We’re thrilled to have him back. They’re obviously doing all the work, and I’m just cheering them on from the sidelines mostly as a very proud parent.”

Supernatural returns Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 9/8c.

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  1. Mike says:

    I hope Carver completes the hole Chuck / God story line….they introduced it then like a few other good story lines its was not continued with.

  2. JoseyGirl says:

    My few comments.
    Favorite Season 4
    Loved the episodes with Dean and Anna in the back of the Impala. Angels against each other and Alastair all in the same room. I did not like the relationship with Lisa and Ben. Seemed fake. I kinda liked Sam with Ruby of course that would be if she stay helpful and not the backstabber she was. That could have been an interesting storyline if she did something to prove she loved him. Demon Baby? Season 7. YUCK Hated the whole Dick Roman thing. Leviathans no thanks although I thought originally Cas was becoming one with the new power and it went another direction.

  3. HMasengale says:

    I look forward to season 8. I’m intrigued and interested in seeing what Mark Shepard meant when he said that season 8 should be renamed O’Crowley. Also, what Carver meant when he said about Purgatory making ‘strange bedfellows’ and specifically what he meant when he said at the ComicCon that their would be a search for a ‘power source.’ Could the power source be God? Jesus Christ? Castiel’s grace? Gabriel?

    My theory on Gabriel is that he tricked Lucifer (and everyone else) when he died, much like he tricked Sam and Dean during his first episode. I hold unto to the belief that the DVD that Gabriel gave Dean ‘to guard with your (his) life’ held the true version of Gabriel, The Arch Angel, and not the illusion of The dead Arch Angel with his wings blackened on the ground.

    Am I the only one that would like to see Mark Pellegrino return, perhaps as continued hallucinations (either Sam or Castiel), flashbacks to the cage, or I agree with what others have previously said about wanting flashbacks of the cage. It would be nice to see a scene of Michael and Lucifer bickering or fighting, or perhaps even working together to get out of the cage. After all, the last seal was broken, which would theoretically mean that the cage itself is broken or flawed. Two Arch Angels, I believe, could easily break it, if they could (or would) get along.

    Also, I’d love to see Missouri Mosley and Patrick The Warlock return, as well as an appearance or two from Ellen and Jo. I would absolutely be thrilled if Jeffery Dean Morgan would return, perhaps not as John Winchester in the ‘real verse,’ but perhaps in Purgatory (he’s no longer in Hell, and he wasn’t in Heaven when the boys went after those two hunters killed them). Or perhaps a controversial way for JDM to return would be as God’s vessel. JDM being His vessel would make since, because the vessels of His sons’ Michael and Lucifer are John Winchester’s sons.

    • MissAntagONist says:

      Thank you for your intelligent commentary and ideas in regards to what would be interesting to see the show explore. I agree with you and would be interested to see all of what you have mentioned occur on the show.

  4. debra says:

    have really enjoyed season 8 think jc is doin a pretty good job my only problem with the season is to many filler episode s if he struggling to get 23 episode s now how will he do with season 9 and possible 10 i love supernatural and will always watch till the finale ep but he need s to go all out now to make this series end as good as when it started.