When it comes to Supernatural, the show has a clear pattern that involves one Winchester brother being in danger, while the other tries to save him – and every year, these roles swap. Last year was about Dean suffering the effects of the Mark of Cain, while Sam did whatever was in his power (and beyond) to save him. If the tradition holds true, then that means in season 11, it will be Sam's turn to be in danger once more.
Based on the first trailer for season 11, it’s hard to say exactly what Sam is in danger of, but it’s clear he’s far from safe – especially when you take into consideration the glimpses of dark veins creeping down his neck and what appears to be a fairly gnarly torture device attached to his face. Chances are, Sam is somehow placed in peril by the Darkness, since the word "dark" is mentioned quite a few times in the trailer (much to the apparent displeasure of Crowley), and because last season's finale ended with the brothers unwittingly unleashing the dark force upon the earth.
In addition to the trailer, The CW also presented a new poster on the show's Twitter account:
If you look closely, the blurs around the faces of Mark Sheppard, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins suggest the characters are in a state of pain or anger - which when paired with the moment of torture Sam was enduring in the trailer, offers some insight into just how dark this upcoming season may actually get.
It’s amazing to think that Supernatural is still going strong at season 11. The series is a rare breed of show where the concept of character has trumped the premise, despite utilizing the structure of a procedural. At its core the show isn’t a case-of-the-week series, but rather a thriving tale of family, trust, and loyalty.
At this point, The CW and Warner Bros. Television keep the show around because it makes a great deal of money through off-network syndication – which means the more episodes produced the better. And yet, even after 10 seasons, the series doesn't feel like it has become a “for the money” show; it still has stories to tell, even when we think it doesn’t. Some seasons may start slow, but somehow, the Winchester boys manage to make things exciting by the time the season finale rolls around.
Supernatural returns Wednesday, October 7th at 9/8c on The CW.
Source: The CW