‘Supernatural’ Season 8 Adds Amanda Tapping as New Angel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am,

The CW’s hit paranormal adventure Supernatural will be rolling out the blood-stained red carpet for sci-fi royalty Amanda Tapping (Stargate, Sanctuary) who will have a major recurring role in season 8. Tapping will playing a mysterious new breed of angel named Naomi – who, according to Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver, “we’ve never seen before.”

Debuting in episode 7 of season 8, tentatively titled ‘A Little Slice of Kevin’ – Naomi appears to be a buttoned-up bureaucrat with a hard, no-nonsense demeanor – similar to Matt Damon’s character in The Good Shepherd. Despite her proficient manner, Naomi is far less put-together than she appears to be, as she works hard to hide her underused emotions.

Tapping has been a genre-favorite for years, most notably due to her portrayal of Colonel Samantha Carter in the Stargate television franchise, as well as the immortal Doctor Helen Magnus on Syfy network’s recently-cancelled Sanctuary.

Supernatural season 8 will see the not-so-sweet reunion of brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester, following Dean’s year-long stay in Purgatory. Breaking your way out of a demon-filled dimension isn’t easy, (despite Dean’s penchant for getting trapped in them), so he receives help from a less-than-ideal ally – a vampire named Benny, played by Battlestar Galactica alum, Ty Olsson. However, Benny’s assistance doesn’t come without a price: he will be returning to earth with Dean to further complicate the brothers’ already strained relationship.

Amanda Tapping on Supernatural 2 Supernatural Season 8 Adds Amanda Tapping as New Angel Ty Olsson as the problematic vampire Benny

Joining Tapping and Olsson this season is veteran actor Mike Farrell, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the iconic series M.A.S.H.  Farrell will star in episode 8 as “an aging mentalist with a slippery grasp on reality.” Not much is known about Farrell’s role on the series beyond that – especially whose side he’ll be on – but either way he’ll most likely end up causing problems for the Winchester boys.


Season 8 of Supernatural kicks off Wednesday, October 3 @ 9/8c on The CW.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Idk from the photos and the new showrunner having worked on Being Human Im hoping this recaptures the magic the first 5 seasons had.

  2. Angels werent exactly the characters I wanted more of….

  3. Wait I now read this properly, new breed of Angel? Interesting.

  4. With each bit and piece of information it appears that Season 8 is looking more and more promising (and has a true shot a recapturing the magic of the first 5 seasons). Hats off to the CW for bringing Mr. Carver on board. Have been wondering if Rachel Minor (Meg) will be back for Season 8 as I thought her storyline with Cas was interesting/humorous and would like to see it continued.

    • With all respect to Rachel Miner, but I’d only like to see her back if she has overcome the pains of her back injury. That she was under pain and medication really impaired her acting abilites and the way her character came across in Season 7. She was so much better in Season 5.

      • Agreed. I appreciate their loyalty to her, but she came off very non-interesting to me this last go-round.

    • Honestly, i hate her voice. And wouldnt mind her being gone. Shes (her characters)been around since season 1 and ive had enough demons.

      • Never, ever get enough demons. Especially the ones with inner conflicts, divided loyalties.

  5. I love it they’re adding a new angel (Naomi), since Amanda Tapping is a marvelous actress and I enjoy angels. However, I’m MORE interested in what is going to happen to the CURRENT angel Castiel. We’re still not even sure he’s getting out of Purgatory and I’m getting increasingly nervous about all the press concerning the vampire Benny and his relationship with Dean. More and more worried Benny is going to eventually replace Cas. If Dean winds up with a vampire as a BFF, it’s bye bye “Supernatural” for me. Frankly, I’m tired of the glut of vampires on TV and in the movies. If “Supernatural” turns into a vampire-heavy show, I’m tuning out.

    It will be interesting to see Mike Farrell in the show. I actually remember him more from the old science fiction movie “The Questor Tapes,” than “Mash.”

    • Actually Benny is going to be a villain or bad guy as season 8 goes on from what I gather is mentioned in the article

  6. Would rather have some UNIQUE monsters in the show, remember the Windego? Why not more like that? How about something we havent seen before in the show? Or, something we havent seen much of, to much Vampires, to much angels, to much ghosts…

    New, fresh, and interesting…

  7. Amanda Tapping annoys me. But as long as Jensen is there, I’m staying. Hope the plot is cool, but I’d watch him read the phone book. This writing team hasn’t let me down yet, though! :-)

  8. two and half weeks to go until the season premiere..excited to find out what has happened to sam and dean..

  9. Will we find out whatever has happened to God? He’s been an absent player while his angels run amok.

    • Assuming that Chuck Shurely was God, he just got bored after the apocalypse and didn’t give a damn anymore. He’s probably on some alien planet now, yanking the chains of Brrrrlp and Bob, the alien Sam and Dean equivalents. :D

  10. More angels? Great, just what the show needed, because they really haven’t ran the heaven/angel mythology into the ground in season 4-5-6-7.

  11. Amazing news! I love her! I can’t wait!

  12. I don’t believe Chuck was god. I would like some resoultion to this old storyline and then move on. I was told by Jim Michaels that we should be finding out how Cas survived the Leviathan. Who or what saved him?

  13. Big Supernatural Fan!!!But I don’t necessarily think they need to keep going. I’ve been saying for years that my favorite seasons are 1-3 and I really loved the finale on season 5. As much as I wanted the finale of season 5 to be the end of the series, I still watch the show for what it is and will until the end. So can’t wait until October 3!!

  14. This season of Supernatural should be amazing and I can’t wait to see what can happen. I have been a huge fan of the show since season 1 and I would like it to continue for as long as it can, like I tell all of my coworkers at DISH. I finally got them to start watching it recently, and they can’t wait for the new season to start as well. I think having a new show runner will really impact the show and story telling, which is why I plan on recording every episode this season with my Hopper, and I’ll still have room to record the rest of my shows. I can’t wait for October 3rd to finally be here; this could possibly be closer to the first few seasons instead!