By Sandra Gonzalez
September 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

Sam was in rough shape in the season finale of Supernatural and according to this just released promo, his situation is going to get worse before it gets better. In fact, it appears Death (Julian Richings) pays Sam (Jared Padalecki) a visit!

This news is not good. (Duh.) Especially considering exec producer Jeremy Carver has already teased that Dean (Jensen Ackles) will be keeping a secret from Sam that has to do with why Sam survives the trials.  Is Dean going to make some sort of deal to save Sam…again? Is Death’s appearance something they put in the promo to throw us off? Why is Dean punching Sam in what appears to be a dream or vision?

So many questions! Watch the promo for the new season, which kicks off Oct. 8 on the CW, below.