“Just My Imagination” — (9:01:59-10:01:59 p.m. ET)The official CW promo
RICHARD SPEIGHT, JR. DIRECTS; NATE TORRENCE GUEST STARS —
Sam (Jared Padalecki) is shocked when his childhood imaginary friend Sully (guest star Nate Torrence) makes an unexpected appearance. Sam can’t understand why he’d see Sully now but what’s even more surprising is that Dean (Jensen Ackles) can see him, too. Flashbacks reveal young Sam’s friendship with Sully and why he needed him. Richard Speight, Jr. directed the episode written by Jenny Klein (#1108). Original airdate 12/2/2015.
The CHCH promo
The sneak peek
NEW! Supernatural - Inside: Just My Imagination
NEW! TVLine article.
In what should be a treat for longtime fans, the hour promises to deliver some significant insights into Sammy’s upbringing, like “why Sully mattered to him [and] why Sam needed an imaginary friend” at the time, Speight, Jr. previews, adding that viewers will discover “what was going on in the family dynamic that was making a young boy lean away from existing family.”
and the promotional photos
EW has just posted Supernatural: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki talk Sam's imaginary friend filling a Castiel-like role . Among the tidbits we learn
So while Dean adjusts to having Sam’s friend around, the good news is that Sully’s presence is going to give fans a glimpse into a side of Sam they might not have seen before. “It also provides a glimpse into Sam’s past and into Sam’s childhood and provides a Castiel for Sam almost,” Padalecki said. “Because we get to see a side of Dean when he’s with Cas that we don’t really get to see with Sam because Sam and Cas don’t have the relationship. But Sam and his childhood friend do have that relationship, so we get to see a cool part of Sam and see Sam admit to things that he’s not hiding from his brother but he just wouldn’t burden his brother with. So it’s really cool and I hope [Nate Torrence] comes back.”
West coast viewers will definitely be getting a special treat!
East coast viewers MAY get a tiny treat as well.
So, we get a look at Sam's childhood through new eyes when we meet his imaginary friend Sully. Unfortunately someone or something is killing imaginary friends and Sully needs help. It seems that Dean is not happy about Sully, at least at first. What do you think we will learn about Sam's childhood? What can he tell Sully that he doesn't want to burden Dean with? What is killing imaginary friends? Richard Speight, Jr. is directing this episode. Are you looking forward to seeing him in this new role?
OH NO! Sam really believes he may have to go back to the Cage! Carver says this will be bittersweet and touching. I hope the writing is up to it. It will take a little getting used to to see a new young Sam. Their casting for the young versions of Sam and Dean has been good, so far, so I'm expecting him to do a good job. What do you think now that you have seen the Producer's Preview? Tell us in the comments or in the discussion thread for episode 8.