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Supernatural Pre-season Prep: A Season 7 Refresher, Plus Our Wishlist for Season 8


A shot from this week's Season 8 premiere, "We Need to Talk About Kevin."


Oh my gosh, you guys, are you ready for WINCHESTER WEDNESDAYS? Have you successfully recovered from last season’s emotional trauma? Or have you completely blocked it from your memory?

If you took the latter approach to coping, you’re in luck, because I’m a TV masochist and when the going gets tough, I just stare longingly at Jared Padalecki’s luscious, just-begging-for-a-L’Oreal-commercial locks and carry on (my wayward son?). Join me now for this quick-and-dirty refresher on some of the most awesome and important events that transpired last season with the Brothers Winchester and their AWOL angel.

It’s going to be okay. We can get through this together. Probably.


Kneel Before Zod...um...GOD

“Meet the New Boss” (Season 7, Episode 1)

Season 6 left us in the middle of a stand-off between Dean, Bobby, and a supercharged—and super crazy—Castiel. “Meet the New Boss” picked up right where we left off, with Castiel opting not to smite his old allies because he was a benevolent God and all that. Armed with the power of Purgatory, Castiel set off on a campaign to smite corrupt religious leaders and with both Sam and the Impala out of commission, Dean was totally down with staying out of Castiel’s way. With his vessel burning out and the souls he sucked down gaining more and more influence over his actions, Castiel eventually went back to the Winchesters for help. Of course, that didn’t end well.


I Love Luci

“Hello Cruel World” (Season 7, Episode 2)

So, Mark Pellegrino is awesome. I know, I know, this is old news. He’s rocked the hell (literally) out of the Lucifer role since Season 5, but Sam’s return necessitated the addition of a new angle for everyone’s favorite Prince of Darkness (other than Ozzy). We now fondly refer to him as “Hallucifer,” Sam’s subconscious souvenir from his time served in Lucifer’s cage. With Death’s handy-dandy memory-blocking wall in ruins and Castiel unable to repair the damage, what with being “dead” and all, Sam and Hallucifer spent some real quality time together. It was creepy. It was sad. It was awesome. Dean eventually managed to snap his brother out of his reverie, but we all knew it was just a matter of time before Luci popped back in for some terrible fun.


A Cuppa Jo

“Defending Your Life” (Season 7, Episode 4)

Alona Tal resumed her role as dearly departed hunter Jo Harvelle when Dean’s chronic guilt trip took a turn for the worst—wasting your brother’s childhood friend behind his back will do that. In Dearborn, Michigan, the Egyptian god Osiris put Dean on trial for his guilty feelings and ex-Stanford pre-law student Sam stepped up to be his council. Osiris summoned Jo’s ghost and grilled her about the details of her Season 5 death, hoping she would blame Dean (who already certainly blamed himself). She refused, but let’s face it, Dean Winchester’s massive guilt is legendary and it wasn’t much of a surprise when Osiris found him guilty anyway. Sentenced to death by Jo’s hand, Dean faced his execution—an explosion clearly meant to mirror Jo’s own demise—with the sort of horrifying willingness that usually gets you a Prozac prescription. Or in Dean’s case, a cherry pie and two bottles of Old Crow.


Invasion of the Buffy Veterans

“Shut Up, Dr. Phil” (Season 7, Episode 5)

James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame guest-starred as a pair of centuries-old witches taking out their marital strife on a whole town. From the chick who got fried by a salon hair dryer to the dude boiled to death in his hot tub and the porta-potty nail gun accident, the carnage left in their wake was some first-rate gore—like, “My Bloody Valentine” levels of gruesome. I have to admit, though, the part that made me gag the hardest was the bleeding cupcakes. Some amatuer couples counseling by Dean and Sam of all people saved the Starks’ union and since the snarky witches ultimately made a quick getaway from their would-be slayers, I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll see them again someday.


Psycho Road Trip

“Slash Fiction” (Season 7, Episode 6)

Two sets of Winchesters? Oh boy, that sounds like naughty fanfic. After swiping some hair from the shower drain of the last motel our boys stayed in (eww), the Leviathans flexed their shapeshifting muscles and began a smear campaign to ruin the real Winchesters' already crummy reputation. Retracing their old hunts, the Fakechesters left a trail of dead bodies and incriminating evidence leading right back to the real Sam and Dean—who once again found themselves on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. While Bobby and Sheriff Mills managed to unlock the secret of borax, finally finding SOMETHING that could injure the seemingly indestructible Leviathans, the damage was done and Dean was forced to put the instantly recognizable Impala in storage. Man, NOBODY puts Baby in the corner! Though it was still a ton of fun to watch Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki act like total douchebags for an entire episode, right?


Bobby’s Swan Song

“Death’s Door” (Season 7, Episode 10)

One of the finest episodes in the entirety of Supernatural’s run. Hands down. After taking a bullet to the head at the end of the previous episode, a comatose Bobby Singer dodged a reaper by hiding in his own memories, fighting to keep them as they faded out one by one. We visited the night Bobby was forced to kill his demon-possessed wife, as well as the night he accidentally killed his own father after the abusive alcoholic went after his mother. Again. His reaper used the unhappy memories as leverage to encourage Bobby to accept his death, but for every awful moment in his life, Bobby countered with something good, like playing catch with a pre-teen Dean Winchester. Coming out of his coma just long enough to give Sam and Dean a clue as to the Leviathans’ plan, Bobby retreated to the last memory in his arsenal: a random, boring movie night at his house where Sam and Dean, his boys, argued over whether or not liquorice was gross. Then that too faded away. We were used to seeing the crotchety side of Bobby, but “Death’s Door” gave Jim Beaver the opportunity to show us the softer side of the character that we always suspected was there as well. So does anyone want to join me in pretending that entire awful ghost storyline never happened?


The Chicago Way

“Time After Time After Time” (Season 7, Episode 12)

A hunt for a time lord (no, not the awesome kind) flung Dean back to 1944, where he teamed up with Eliot Ness of The Untouchables, to hunt Chronos and somehow get back to the 21st century. Battling outdated slang and a 60-year separation from his brother, Dean channeled Back to the Future III to coordinate with Sam and save the day... and he did it all in a FABULOUS suit. Dean traded his leather and sawed-off for a trench coat and a tommygun and it was kind of the best thing ever.


“If it bleeds, you can kill it.”

“Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” (Season 7, Episode 14)

I had my doubts when I first read that episode title, but “Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie” provided some welcome levity after “Slice Girls” took whatever modest happyplace Dean had managed to find while working with his idol, Eliot Ness, and stomping all over it. Or maybe stabbing it would be a more appropriate visual? Ugh. Sam was forced to face his well-documented fear of clowns (seriously, bro? You spend how long in a cage with Lucifer and CLOWNS are still an issue?) but Dean got to eat awful pizza and terrorize kids in an arcade. And who can forget, at long last, our first official Supernatural unicorn sighting—with rainbows shooting out of its butt and everything.


I (Still) Love Luci

“Repo Man” (Season 7, Episode 15)

He’s baaaaaaack. The fifteenth episode of any season of Supernatural tends to be the point where things get dark, and the case of the formerly possessed mailman who REALLY liked being possessed was very much that episode. While it had been implied all season long that Sam was SO not okay, even armed with his various coping mechanisms, Hallucifer finally made his grand reappearance, pontificating in Sam’s ear at all hours while Sam resolutely ignored him. However, when Dean went missing during their search for Creepy Jeffrey, Sam gave into his imaginary frenemy because, well, Hallucifer was oddly helpful. Unfortunately, that helpfulness ended once Dean was safe and sound and Sam wanted to take a nap. Hallucifer didn’t have an “off” switch.


Castiel Strikes Back

“The Born-Again Identity” (Season 7, Episode 17)

Sam’s inability to keep dealing with Hallucifer landed him in a psych hospital and Dean struck out to find a solution. Following one of Bobby’s old contacts, that solution turned out to be Castiel. His apparent death at the hands of the Leviathan left him an amnesiac, shacked up with a pretty wife and going by the name Emmanuel, unaware that his mysterious healing abilities were the byproduct of being an angel. On the run from Meg (HI MEG!) and her fellow demons, Dean and Castiel reached Sam’s hospital, where Castiel remembered his real identity, but still couldn’t rebuild the wall in Sam’s mind. So he “shifted” the effects and took Sam’s hallucinations on himself. Or something. My own thoughts regarding Castiel’s decision still lie somewhere around “boo” and “hiss,” but at least Nurse Meg was priceless.


What Happens at Comic-Con STAYS at Comic-Con

“The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” (Season 7, Episode 20)

It could have been awful. It really could have. Need I remind you of Supernatural’s in-universe fangirl, Becky Larson, and all of the problematic aspects of her character during Season 7 in particular? I approached Felicia Day’s geek extraordinaire, Charlie Bradbury, with a healthy dose of apprehension, expecting another Becky. So I ended up pleasantly surprised when she turned out to be awesome instead. A computer wiz employed at the Leviathan stronghold, Richard Roman Enterprises, Charlie didn’t want to jeopardize her job or her life to give Dean and Sam the in that they needed, but changed her mind after learning what a monster her boss literally was. From her on-the-fly flirting lessons with Dean to her concession that her Princess-Leia-straddling-a-twenty-sided-die tattoo was the result of getting drunk at Comic-Con, Charlie was everything Becky could have been if Becky wasn’t a horrible caricature. And she lived! Does that mean we get to see her again? Please?


Purgatory Part 2

“Survival of the Fittest” (Season 7, Episode 23)

Everybody showed up for the final smackdown, including a slightly loony Castiel, his demon keeper Meg, honor student/prophet Kevin Tran, our old pal the Alpha Vampire, and Crowley, the King of Hell. While their combined efforts managed to defeat Dick Roman—apparently—Crowley stayed true to form and kidnapped Kevin for his own plans and may or may not have had a hand in stranding Dean and Castiel in Purgatory following Dick’s explosive death. Oh Crowley, I’ve missed you being the head dick in charge. Kisses!


Whew! And there we have it, everything you need to know (and a few things you probably don't) heading into Season 8, which kicks off this Wednesday at 9pm on The C-Dubs. Here’s my Season 8 wish list:

– Less emo-Dean, more awesome-Dean. Let me repeat that: LESS EMO-DEAN, MORE AWESOME DEAN.

– Hallucifer. Always.

– Someone to take a Tide pen to Castiel’s trenchcoat. I bet that thing smells like pond water. It makes my skin crawl just looking at it.

– Mr. Fizzles.

– Frank. I know, I KNOW it was beyond heavily implied that he became Leviathan chow, but we didn’t SEE him get eaten and it’s Frank, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he escaped, decided “screw those Winchesters,” and hid in a bunker in Antarctica for the rest of the season.

– Amy’s angry orphan from “The Girl Next Door.” Even though this point may conflict with the aforementioned LESS EMO-DEAN, you can’t just let him run off into the night vowing revenge and then never show him again. You just can’t.


What’s on YOUR wish list for Supernatural Season 8?

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My wishlist would be a little like this:



- More AWESOME & BADASS Dean

- Less depressed Dean

- Bring back Jo, Ellen, John, Bobby, Gabriel, Ash and Balthazar

- More Garth and Kevin

- Less arrogant Sam

- For Sam to get a frickin' haircut! I mean it's really distracting!

- More compelling serialized episodes

- No more leviathans



And most of all, THEY NEED TO BRING BACK ADAM! I really feel sorry for him, he's been in Hell longer than Sam and Dean's trips to the Pit combined!!!
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Or in Dean's case, a cherry pie and two bottles of Old Crow. I drink Old Crow!



I want more Awesomeness, good music, high stakes, Godly battles, funny episodes, etc.....
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Please MORE suspenseful drama; more stories like "The Grudge" a little less like "Scooby Doo;" A STRICT VISION AND CONSISTENCY WITHIN THE PLOTS AND STORYLINE IS A MUST! I want sexy, I want fear, I was kick-ass-and-take-names, I want sleaze, and I want my old players back in the game. BTW...I agree no more Leviathans...disappointing and mediocre with exception to the acting skills of the head honcho. I hope this season is full of spice and excitement.
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The only plus side to the leviathans story was the way James Patrick Stuart played Dick Roman. He was fantastic.
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Oh and definitely no leviathans. Lamest baddies ever
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I don't know if I still want to keep watching and would like what most seem to want (Eric Kripke back, a more cohesive season, an actual end date). I already took it off my dvr schedule and now I don't know if that was a mistake or a solution.
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Wish List



- Definitely more Hallucifer, or really, Lucifer in any form. Just have Mark Pellegrino around always. He could play other characters, I don't care.



- More demons. The fact that Crowley seems to be the big baddie for the season makes me hope this will be true. Lots of Meg and Crowley all around.



- Is this the last season? I don't know I'm not up to date on those kinds of things, but if so, I want to see lots of old characters come back, like Gabriel, I want to see him again. Adam too, kid's probably MESSED UP, and I'd like to see exactly how.



- Just lots more general kick assery and bad assness; the boys being boys.
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After a lousy 6th season and a hideous 7th season, I hope that my former favourite show gets a second wind with the new showrunner (Sera Gamble you won't be missed!). However, my expectations remain low, at least until tonight.
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My thoughts exactly. I really hope I can like this show again, it would be a shame to stop watching it after "wasting" seven years to it already.
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I agree kepa55. I've stopped before and came back to it but have yet to be as satisfied as in earlier seasons. I want to feel afraid to sleep in the dark after watching or at least excited about where the shows going...
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My wishlist:

Eric Kripke

Adam wrapped up. Oh, and Frank and Chuck while we are at it.

The Impala. No substitute.

More back to basics episodes. Less gay leviathan stories. I get there has to be a story arc, but not every episode. It was tired.

I'm excited.

Seriously, Kripke, please?
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My wishlist

-This being the final season. (It's not)

-It managing to tie stuff together like season 1-5 did. (It won't.)

-John Winchester. (Won't happen, ever.)

-Managing to make threatening villains. (Impossible, seeing as these guys have fought the devil, died a bunch of times, and yet here we are.)

-Comedic episodes that aren't solely "meta". (The only comedic episode I've read about happening is a meta episode, if I remember correctly)

Here we go, another mediocre season.
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After the promo, this one looks like it's gonna much better than the previous season.
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My wishlist



-Leave Sam alone stop having him fight himself every season.



- ADAM, ADAM, ADAM



-Do something with Castiel stop having him run around like a lost puppy give him some higher purpose or just kill him.



- Give us some insight on Chuck, where is he?



-Please no Leviathans I don't wanna see them at all let them FADE.



- Less stand-alones and More plot centered episodes or at-least a good mix.



-Um....... more females that aren't possessed I guess?
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Please, no more Lucifer. He's gone, story over. It's just stunt-casting to keep bringing him back, and he was a very boring Lucifer anyways (once Ray Wise portrayed him on Reaper the bar was set impossibly high for everyone else). Like the Star Gate writers were jealous of the Battlestar Galactica writers and tried to imitate them with an "adult" sfi-fi show (that bombed and killed the franchise), Supernatural's writers seem to have tried to copy The Vampire Diaries several times now - for instance, leaving an episode off with a cliff-hanger (ambulance going to the same hospital leviathans were at), two main storylines in the same season for the first time ever (hunt for Eve and then the twist with Castiel), killing a character, etc. Sadly, it really hasn't worked in most instances and they need to get back to being Supernatural because they just can't do VD's fast-paced stories.



I wish they could wipe the slate clean and give us a new story but the cliffhanger(s) from the last season mean we're stuck with post-Leviathan nonsense, the 500th incidence of Dean or Sam trapped somewhere, etc. I think they need more than a new showrunner - they need to shake up the writing team and bring in a fresh set of writers with new ideas. They're just constantly rehashing the same stories now - Dean worried about Sam, Dean stuck somewhere, one brother being upset because the other brother lied to them or didn't tell them something, etc. It's also almost devolved into torture porn - in fact, the just-replaced showrunner really DID write torture porn books! The show has become the most depressing thing on television.



It needs to lighten up, shake things up, not be afraid to give us new characters and places (with no more Kripke around to kill them all off when he doesn't like them, like he did with the bar). It needs to become more FUN again... in fact, the one thing they should bring back are the Ghost Facers, who were funny enough to have their own spinoff show (which Kripke did unsuccessfully pitch).



This used to be my favorite show in the world, I watched every ep multiple times including watching it all over again in the summer so that I didn't have a week without Supernatural for over 5 years, etc. Now it's just burnt out. If they can't bring new life, levity and adventure back into it then they need to start moving the story towards a satisfying conclusion, which is what they should have done with season 5 - in some way they find a way to stop the source of all monsters and then they finally get a happily ever after.
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Err.... I'm confused. Since when ending an episode on a cliff-hanger or having more than one storyline or killing off a character a unique TVD thing?

And tell me, how did Stargate copy BGS, if Stargate is a much older show? And what exactly was supposedly copied?
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My guess is he was talking about Stargate Universe, not SG-1. But for any true Stargate fans, SG Universe doesn't even exist. Atlantis was tolerable and it had Richard Dean Anderson in a few episodes and Amanda Tapping for a full season. I for one didn't even attempt to watch Universe and I gave up on Battlestar Galactica midway through the pilot.
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Actually I had a hard time getting started with BGS, too. But then I made it through the first episodes and loved every single one after that and it still remains one of the greatest tv shows I've ever seen in my life.
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Wishlist you say...



Adam.



Just...ADAM. Seriously, he's in a box with a pair of angry archangels and has been for two seasons now and its getting ridiculous. I would love for Michael to have kept to some kind of covenant or whatever so that Adam has to stay in the condition he was when he became a vessel, hence, uh, less damage and crazy and such. In theory.



I mean, don't get me wrong, Crazy!Sam was great but there's hundred-years-with-Luci crazy and then there's upwards-of-two-hundred-years-in-a-box-with-the-universe's-two-most-vicious-prize-dickbags crazy, and that is the kind of crazy that is going to result in a psychopath. And I really don't want the boys to be faced with the need to kill off yet another family member. Seriously.
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The fact that both Sam and Dean appear to be totally okay with Adam staying in Hell is an ongoing problem I have with their current selves. I mean, I know it looks hopeless and it was hard enough to get Sam out, but at least TRY, you guys.
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Less Cas, no more Felicia Day and back to basics storytelling. The trailer for season eight DOES look good, but it also looks like more sweeping save the whole world and everyone in it plots. It's not bad to go big, but look what happened with the Leviathans... Big imploded and made for the worst season since season six. The writers need to stay away from big and get back to the quality, horror movie episodes that once made this show great.



Also... Jesus, Jared, it's called a haircut. You look like a damn hippy.
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Ha ha! Hippies need love too!
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More kick ass take names kind of stuff. I think the core of the show is ok. They just need to get their season's mythology solid. I don't think the last two seasons has been that solid. The most memorable episodes last season and the season before had nothing to do with the overall story arc. So if the mythology of the overall arc is solid it will be a good season. If it isn't, it won't be.



However, things that I want. I want Sam to have to have a buzz cut. I know, the girls like hi hair and all. But cut it all off and give it it's own show. Be done with it. Also, Dean needs to stop being so damn mopey. I know his life is tough. But soldier on man.
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My Wishlist



- kill Kevin off please
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My wish list:

-A little less camp and more horror. I love the light-hearted episodes in moderation but the tone of the show has changed. So hopefully they can get back to the horror and less campy humor.

-I agree, less emo-Dean. I know it is a central aspect of his personality but he used to hide it better.

-A sure goal for the season's story arc. The show worked better when they were a clear goal.

-More kick-ass-ness.

-Maybe wrap up some old lingering storylines. There have been a number of characters that have promised to come back for revenge or otherwise, I'd love to see their stories revisited.
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Ah, my wishlist. It's pretty self-indulgent:



~Respect the baggage. Remember these boys have lifetimes of complicated issues. Don't forget selective parts of their pasts just to simplify show writing.



~Bring back the scary! We haven't had a truly creepy MotW since ... um ... I forget.



~Dean meets Amy in Purgatory. \0/!



~Sam doesn't get marginalized or act in ways very un-Sam-like. (From some of the spoilers I've heard, I'm just kinda perplexed.)



~Yes, more Frank! And while we're at it, more Jody too! Frank and Jody would be crazy-funny together.



~ALL THE DEMONS, ALL THE TIME. (And maybe Sammy has just a drop of demon blood left in 'im? Pleeease?)



Okay, better stop. I could go on and on and on. And on.
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RESPECT THE BAGGAGE. Yes. My new motto.
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I would love a lengthy deconstruction of "Season 7, Time For a Wedding!" please MaryAnn!
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I would love to pretend that "Season 7, Time for a Wedding!" never happened, but we can't all get what we want.



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Fore me, season 7 was very even with too many sub-par episodes. Hopefully season 8 will see the series return to form. I would love for the writers to resolve the issue of Adam, Sam and Dean's brother they seemed to have forgotten about. At the very least let Adam be reunited with his mom in the afterlife! Also, I would love for the Winchesters to finally meet "God."
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Oh man, I have been itching for an Adam resolution since forever.
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I want to see them lose to the next big villain and make the whole earth post-apocalyptic, coz why not? They've already won against everything, time to go down a new path.
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YES.
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I miss it when they did more like urban legend type, monster of the week type things didn't seem to get a lot of that this time out.... I mean I understand that they have to have an overall story arch to the season, completely get that but I was a little let down with the levi one.... I mean maybe it would have been cool (or atleast somewhat scary) if we would have got to see what they looked like in their true forms and not just the big mouths....



I am hoping for more Crowley this season as well as more Meg seriously she cracks me up

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I think we could have definitely used more Crowley in Season 7-- there was so much potential to play with that rivalry with Dick. Meg and Crowley have a fun dynamic too. I'd love to see more of it.
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