Supernatural Season Premiere Review: Kiss Your Cass Goodbye

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Was that the season premiere? Or did that feel like the stakes, tensions, and awesomeness of a season finale?

Sure, "Meet the New Boss" picked right up where season six' ended. It even followed the typical guidelines of a premiere, dealing with the aftermath of the previous season, establishing a new foe, and setting up the Winchester brothers' new journey. Except the episode went one step further and spun everything on its head by completely eliminating the new "God" problem, and in turn, revealing a far more evil opponent.

Castiel vs. Death
Who saw that wild twist coming?

Misha Collins did a fantastic job portraying the new "God" as both intimidating and all powerful. It may have been similar to his regular Castiel routine, but he established a more commanding and somewhat ambitiously blinded presence through all of his smiting of angels and motivational speakers. It was very easy to believe Castiel would kill you if you crossed him.

His sense of power was truly felt during his verbal spar with Death. Both of those heavy hitters commanded the floor and evoked dominance without ever doing anything but talking. It made Sam, Dean, and Bobby become fantastically shadowed in the background. All they could do was watch. I even felt helpless for them during the situation.

But it was Castiel's transformation (death?) into the Leviathans that allowed Collins' acting to truly stand out. Not only did he get to smile, (manically, mind you), but he brought out a crazy, creepy, and nasty side that made me rethink my idea that the new "God" would be the worst thing the brothers would face.

It was so vibrant and devilishly upbeat that I'm sure Collins enjoyed getting to try something completely different and opposite of Castiel. As much as I enjoy the Castiel character, I'm rather interested to see Collins portray the Leviathan in all its anciently evil glory.

What are the Leviathans? Aside from an Alien-like ability to stretch out of your stomach and whisper in your head, the Leviathan is said to be a great sea monster. Surely, the show will find a unique way to explore and present this creature and taking over Castiel as a host, made for a great start.

Of course, Supernatural wouldn't be anything without Sam and Dean, and these two were once again trying to figure out a way to save the world. They really don't ever catch a break do they? It was nice seeing them not only working together, but falling into their niche roles. The two have grown and progressed through countless big events, but they still manage to hold onto their trademark characteristics.

Dean focused on fixing his beloved car, knocking back a few drinks, and dishing out some jokes? Check.

Sam acting concerned, determined, and forgetting to reveal his problems to Dean? Check.

What other way would you even want them to act?

That said, it looks like Sam is destined to lose his marbles and take the crazy train of confusion and hallucinations. Even Lucifer popping up and taunting Sam was a surprise. 

Is Lucifer real? Is he a hallucination? Is Sam actually still trapped in the cage? Oh, let the mind games begin.

Overall, it was a fantastic start to the season that already has the wheels of the show off to a speedy start. Glad to see that even with seven years under the belt, Supernatural remains fresh, exciting, and destined for big things.

* What comes next? Check out the official Supernatural promo for "Hello Cruel World" now.


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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


This was an awesome premiere. I have been a faithful Supernatural fan since the show began, but I can admit that my expectations were fairly low. But boy - did they surprise me! I expected Cas as God to play throughout the entire season so that was a huge surprise. And I liked where they are going with him. Mischa did a great job portraying all three characters. But I think my favorite moment was Crowely hiding out in a trailer with an In God We Trust bumper sticker. Priceless!


I absolutely love this episode. Misha Collins/Castiel has shown his range of acting skills. Please don't kill him off. He is so AMAZING! The others were eclipsed by him. Misha needs an Emmy added to his name. He probably needs a spin-off or headline his own show. Wow! I had really low expectations for this episode, but I am hooked again. It is definitely still my favorite show.


Absolutely AWESOME. I LOVED the interactions with Death, that actor is incredible! He and Castiel's back and forth was superb. Mischa Collins totally rocked this episode, can't wait to see where the season goes!


YES! YES! YES! Finally! After a, at times, painfully mediocre 6th season Supernatural they are back. This episode was amazing and really an awesome throwback to their earlier episodes. It was funny, scary and everything in between. It also displayed the acting talents everyone on this show actually has! Amazing start of a new season!


Ater a pretty mediocre 6th season (and that's putting it nicely), I thought this was a kick-ass way of coming back from that. The script was better, the episode was filled with twists and Misha Collins... Holy hell, my mind was blown. I thought it was truly amazing how he went from God!Castiel to Castiel, to Leviathan in just 5 minutes. I was so angry when I thought Cas was dead, so happy when he came back, and then when Misha rose up with that maniac smile on his feet, I was so excited! I love Castiel, and I'd love to see him again at some point in this season, but I think it's fantastic to see Misha in this new role. And at least it appears that he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Sam's story was really good too. I always wondered how they were gonna handle this, but I love that he seems to be losing track of what's real and what's not, and Lucifer messing with his mind does not make things any better either. I hope there'll be more story for Dean as well, but I think his main focus will be to get Cas back, which I like. Absolutely an amazing episode!


Thought this was a great ep and loved the twist at the end.
I love the character Cas I really do but when Misha Collins have been allowed to do something different he has always done such a great jo...whther it was Jimmy or God so I'm really looking foward to seeing how he takes on this new role.
Alos, I can't wait to see what happens with Sam and I would love it if Mark Pellegrino would contiune to pop up as the devil and continue to taunt him.
I imaagine that Dean is going to go through some stuff as well this season...because he always does...although after this episode I wouldn't like to guess what his arc might be because I just don;t know what to expect!


I liked supernatural until season 5. For me it ended with Sam sacrificing himself for Dean. Dean going to his normal life with Ben and Lisa. That's it. I don't care what people think.


Over-all a strong premiere. My only complaint is the lack of set-up for Dean's character arc for the season? Unless he has none. Which would make me very upset.


This was quite possibly the best season premiere that supernatural has ever done. It was better than season 4, and better than season 5. Jensen and Jared were great playing the Winchester brothers, and it's nice to see that the show is beginning to make the brothers more like how they used to be, Sam being concerned, dean looking up japenese porn and fixing the impala. Hell, Mark pelligrino made an appearence. But Misha OWNED this show. He went through three different character changes in 1 hour. The last 3 minutes of this show alone should make it impossible not to win the award. It was amazing


I really hope Casitel himself isn't dead. I mean, they did make the takeover of Jimmy appear as though Casitel died. However, it's only presumed. It must be confirmed!

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