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Supernatural

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October 11, 2018 at 09:00 PM EDT

We made it, #SPNFamily! Season 14 is here, and Sam has a beard, and Michael has a newsboy cap, and Bobby is bonding with Jack. What more could you want?! I know, I know. You could want Dean, but until we have him back, let’s dive into what just happened in that premiere…

The season opens on Sam (and his beard) driving the Impala alone, a shot that’s symbolic enough before Sam turns the radio off. He’s alone, and he misses his brother. That much is clear.

Cut to his brother — who’s currently still acting as Michael’s vessel — paying a visit to a praying man. Michael doesn’t exactly answer the guy’s prayer as much as pose a question. For three weeks now Michael has been traveling the world asking all kinds of people one question: “What do you want?” But no one seems to know. Either that or like this guy, they lie. When the man claims he wants “peace and love,” Michael calls him out on past actions that say otherwise. Ultimately, Michael decides this guy is lost, and like everyone else he’s come across, “not worth saving.” As for what Michael wants, he knows his answer: “A better world.”

Back at the bunker, Sam returns home — he was in Atlanta where a woman falsely claimed she saw an angel — to all kinds of action. Now that the bunker is full of Apocalypse World hunters, there are people everywhere. One guy is getting a wound patched up, and another is showing Mary how you can make a bullet to hurt just about any monster. When Mary catches up with Sam, we get an update on where some key players are: Ketch is in London and Castiel is in Detroit. As for Jack, he’s in the bunker’s workout room where Bobby is trying to teach him how to box. It’s … not going well. (Jack does not like boxing as much as he likes nougat, y’all.)

Things aren’t going to great for Cas, either. We catch up with him in Detroit where he’s meeting with a demon named Kip in the hopes that the demons know something about Dean’s whereabouts. But considering they didn’t even seem to know that Dean was missing, it’s clear they’re not going to be a major help. And when Cas realizes he’s walked into a trap — the entire bar is full of demons — things take a turn for the worse.

But before we get into that, let’s catch up with Sister Jo, who has left behind her amazing pink blazer but not her ways: She’s still healing people for money. And that’s where Michael finds her. He asks her the same question he’s been asking everyone — what does she want? — and when she makes a crack about Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, Michael calls her out. He knows about her because Dean knew about her, and he knows that what she really wants is to belong. She wants a home and family. “It’s very, very human of you,” Michael tells her. “And so, so disappointing.” With that, Michael decides that angels aren’t worth saving either. (Next: A surprising return)

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Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.
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