8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Title We Need To Talk About Kevin
Episode # Season 8, Episode 1
First aired October 3, 2012
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Jeremy Carver
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2373078/
Monster Demons
Location(s) 110-mile Wilderness, Maine (where Dean returns from Purgatory)

Clayton, Louisiana (where Benny is buried)
Kermit, Texas (where Sam is living)
Whitefish, Montana (Rufus' Cabin)
Centreville, Michigan (where Channing goes to college)
Fairfield, Iowa (where Kevin sets up base in an abandoned church)

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A year has passed since Dean and Castiel killed Dick Roman, the head of the Leviathans, and then disappeared in a cloud of black goo, leaving Sam alone. Somewhere in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness, there is a flash of light and Dean emerges, covered in grime with a crude weapon in hand. He frightens two sleeping campers and demands to know where he is and the way to the nearest road. They point him in the right direction, and he takes one of their backpacks before fleeing.

Four days later, Dean has hitched a ride to Clayton, Louisiana, where he finds an old windmill. His left arm is bothering him, but he measures his steps from the windmill and starts to dig. He soon uncovers a skeleton, and he steps back to roll up his left sleeve, telling someone to "hang on." Once revealed, his arm is glowing red and bulging strangely. He cuts across the bulge and drips glowing liquid into the grave, chanting something in Latin. Once his arm is drained, he falls to his knees, exhausted.

As soon as the ritual is complete, a man appears behind Dean. He asks Dean what took him so long and Dean ignores him, asking if he's okay. The man answers in the affirmative, cracks his neck, and reveals vampiric fangs for a moment before asking Dean what they should do next. Apparently, the two have been together for a while and made it out of Purgatory together. They have resolved to go separate ways for now, however, and Dean tells him to keep his nose clean before hugging him.

Meanwhile, in Kermit, Texas, Sam is in a nice house packing a bag in the middle of the night. A woman and dog lay asleep on a bed nearby, and he pats the dog once before leaving quietly. The woman wakes and watches him go without saying anything. As Sam drives away from the house in the Impala, someone watches him from the shadows.




Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath plays during The Road So Far

Styx - Man In the Wilderness plays over the montage of Dean post-Purgatory


Dean: C'mon. let's do this.
Sam: I don't know whether to give you a hug or take a shower.
Sam: Dude, you're figging alive! What the hell happened?
Dean: I guess standing to close to exploding Dick sends your ass straight to Purgatory.
Sam: So Cas is dead? You saw him die?
Dean: I saw enough.
Dean: So you turned tail on the family business?
Sam: Nothing says family quite like the whole family being dead.
Dean: Did you look for me Sam?

Sam: ...
Dean: Good. No that's good. We always told each other not to look for each other. That's smart. Good for you. Of ocurse we always ignored that becasue of our deep abiding love for each other. But not this time, right Sammy?
Sam: I'm still the same guy.

Dean: Well bully for you. I'm not.
Dean: The rules are simple, Sam. You don't take a joint from a guy named Don and there's no dogs in the car!
Dean: It was bloody, messy. 31 flavours of bottom dwelling nasties. Hell most days felt like 360 degree combat. But there was something about being there...it felt pure.
Crowley (to Kevin): Now, remember. Feel like a winner. Be a winner.
Amelia: Maybe if you were such an upstanding guy you wouldn't have hit him in the first place?

Sam: Fine. I'll take him.

Amelia: There's my hero.
Crowley: Chin up, gentleman. I'm a professional.

Dean: This ain't over by a long shot, Crowley.

Crowley: Really, Dean, who writes your stuff? A marshmallow?
Channing: Kevin...what's going on?
Kevin: There is a demon in you and you're going to your safety school.

Trivia & References

The episode title is a reference to the book We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and later made into a movie. The book is based around a series of letters from a woman to her husband, about her concerns about their son Kevin who eventually commits mass murder at his high school.
This is the first episode to be written by Jeremy Carver since 5.18 Point Of No Return. Jeremy left Supernatural at the end of Season 5 to write and produced the US version of Being Human with wife Anna Fricke. It was announced on April 4, 2012 that Jeremy would return to Supernatural as co-showrunner with Bob Singer, to replace Sera Gamble who left Supernatural to develop her own series. source.
This was the 150th episode of Supernatural to air. However it was the 151st episode to shoot, as episode 3 for the season, again directed by Jensen, was shot first for the season.
Ty Olsson who plays Benny previously appeared as the vampire Eli in 2.03 Bloodlust
Sam: I guess something happened to me this year too. I don't hunt anymore.

Yeah and Sasha Grey's gone legit.
Sam: Huh.
Dean: What?
Sam: Nothing...she did a Soderbergh film...

Sasha Grey is famous hard core porn star. Her first non-porn feature was The Girlfriend Experience by removed director Steven Soderbergh in 2009.
The scene in which Dean stands transfixed in front of a vending machine, and two boys run past pretending to shoot each other, is a shout out to the final scenes in the movie The Hurt Locker, where a bomb disposal expert finds it hard to adjust to civilian life after coming home from Iraq. He finally admits to his family that "there is only one thing I love" and returns to the adrenaline charged life on the front lines.
Sam: You know, it get's better

Kevin: You know I'm not gay, right?

This is a reference to the campaign in support of LGBT Youth "It Gets Better." The campaign was created in response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school in September 2010.
Although unnamed in the episode the dog will be called Riot source.


A Winchester demonstrating that were not supernatural using Holy Water, Silver etc was also seen in 4.01 Lazarus Rising when Dean sees Bobby after returning from Hell and in 6.01 Exile On Main St when a soulless Sam reunites with Dean.
This is the sixth time we have seen the Winchesters hug. The others were seen in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two, 3.11 Mystery Spot, 4.01 Lazarus Rising, 6.01 Exile On Main St, and 6.12 Like A Virgin.
Aside from the Pilot, this is the first premiere episode not to feature Bobby Singer.
Sam and Dean stay at the Palm Motel.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts