Though it started out as The X-Files meets The Hardy Boys meets One Tree Hill, after five seasons and one masterful story after another, Supernatural has become one of the best shows on television. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s bizarre and creative, and for some reason you’re probably still not watching it.
Despite the end of a five-season-long storyline and the departure of creator Eric Kripke as showrunner—for, perchance, a Sandman series on HBO?—the show is returning for its sixth season with Sara Gamble, veteran Supernatural writer, at the helm. Now, just in time for the premiere of season 6 on Friday, the CW has released several video clips to whet your Sam & Dean appetite.
Whereas prior seasons operated more as action-adventure mini-movies that dabbled in horror, the new previews seem to indicate that Season Six will be darker, grittier, and more melancholy.
After Sam’s death at the end of last season and the world’s near brush with the apocalypse, Dean started a new life with a new job and a new family. With the return of Sam—how? why?—the brothers’ long dead grandfather, and the yellow-eyed demon from the first two seasons, it appears as though Dean’s perfect little life is coming to an untimely end.
Check out the season 6 Supernatural clips below:
According to Gamble, as a result of the events in last year’s finale, Heaven and Hell are in disarray and all manner of monsters have been unleashed upon Earth—which might help explain the reappearance of the yellow-eyed demon. Therefore, the new season will be more akin to early seasons in terms of format, with a lot of one-and-done episodes at the beginning and a more open-ended storyline throughout.
Now, don’t get me wrong—moving Supernatural isn’t a bad idea. Thursdays are busy enough with great shows and Supernatural has never topped the ratings. But Fridays? Fridays are where your favorite show goes to die. Why not Tuesdays? Or Wednesdays? Or Sundays, even? Come on, CW. Don’t kill Supernatural the way you killed Veronica Mars, please.
Supernatural Season 6 premieres Friday, Sept. 24, at 8/9C.