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Thursday, 12 October 2017 21:00

How the 'Supernatural' Premiere Sets Up a Different Season 13

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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Thursday's Supernatural season 13 premiere.]

Thirteen years in, Supernatural is changing up its formula.

The CW's longest-running series following demon-hunting brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) has always been known for its high-stakes, far-reaching adventures, whether it's killing monsters, getting stuck in battles between Heaven and Hell or literally saving God (Rob Benedict) and the world.

But the season 13 premiere pumped the brakes on the big action, instead focusing on the brothers' reactions to losing their mother Mary (Samantha Smith), their best friend/angel ally Castiel (Misha Collins) and demon frenemy Crowley (Mark Sheppard), all in one fell swoop. The end result was an hour that felt entirely unlike anything Supernatural has done before, with a feeling of profound loss and hopelessness permeating both the characters and the story, breathing new life into the old series.

As Sam and Dean tracked down Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer (Mark Pelligrino), while trying to repress their emotions, an overwhelming sense of sadness created a unique character study in what made each of the brothers so different. By the end of the hour, Dean lost all hope, breaking down and punching a wall until his knuckles bled as his prayers to God fell on deaf ears.

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