Check out our review of the premiere: ‘House’ Season 8 Premiere Review & Discussion

With a little over a month before House season 8 is set to premiere, Fox released the first promo from the highly-anticipated upcoming season (well, not so highly anticipated to some) showing everyone’s favorite diagnostician dealing with his new-found life behind bars.

When we last left the famed physician in the House season 7 finale, his break up with Cuddy and a return to Vicodin elicited a malevolent side of House that had yet to appear in the many years the series has been on the air. With a full tank of gas and generous application of the gas pedal, House decided to drive his car through Cuddy’s living room.

As the final shot of the season finale revealed House relaxing on an unknown beach, it appeared that the cane wielding MD had skirted the authorities once again. Jumping ahead 12 months – which is what the season premiere is set to do – we find House serving out a prison sentence for his ill-attempt at expressing his feelings to Cuddy through the use of a vehicular crash.

From the quick glimpses of House’s prison life that’s revealed in the promo (see below), it appears that everyone’s favorite master manipulator may have met his match. Even though the promo is only 20 seconds long, two separate altercations are revealed – and House is at the receiving end of both (including a stint in solitary confinement).

You can view the promo below:

While it’s generally accepted that the House season 7 finale, like much of that season, wasn’t exactly up to par with what one expects from a series with such a wonderful track record, it’s hard to deny the fact that the House season 8 premiere looks good – really good.

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Even though House (as a series) typically doesn’t fare well outside of the familiar settings that commonly grace each episode, the inclusion of a prison environment – and all the altercations that can possibly occur – presents an interesting premise.

Since one can appropriately assume that the producers are attempting to lift themselves out of the proverbial hole that they dug themselves in with awkwardly executed episodes, ridiculous storylines, and the unfortunate loss of Lisa Edelstein as Cuddy, it’s going to take more than a patient of the week and an order of Interferon to turn things around. And, from the looks of it, this opening prison plotline just might do it.

Of course, even if the season premiere does look good (remember, the House season 7 premiere was also great), a flurry of questions still arise regarding House’s ability (and the logic behind it) to return to Princeton-Plainsboro after being released from prison, how the writers are going to explain the loss of Edelstein, and what direction the series is looking to take with this upcoming season.

Naturally, all of those questions will have to wait to be answered until the series premieres this October. For all the fans wondering whether or not they should give the series another chance, one can easily say that the promo is a sign of good things to come. Hopefully.

House season 8 premieres October 3 on Fox

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