At the press roundtables, we got roughly six or seven minutes with each of the panelists and hear their take on the upcoming season 8. Out of everyone, Jensen seemed to be spilling the most information. We had talked to him third, right after hearing Mark Sheppard and Misha Collins just offer cute teases with no information (don't get me wrong, they were still fun to chat with).
I'll issues a spoiler warning now! First is the video, and below is a summary for those that don't have Youtube friendly access at work (cough me cough).
His first words: “I feel like I didn’t answer a thing, probably because we don’t know anything.”
The episode he’s directing, which will be episode three or four, is a standalone. It’s going to be a flashback episode on what Sam was doing while Dean was away.
There are going to be some new characters introduced. “There’s going to be a character that gets Dean out. Because “I need you and you need me. Separated we can’t get out but together we can get out.” Obviously that character, he doesn’t go away right away and Dean is indebted to him and of course he’s not a good guy. That is a character that gets introduced in the first episode.” It is a guy, but he won’t give the name.
“Because maybe there’s things that Dean hidden (he) doesn’t want to tell Sam that happened Purgatory, much like his experience in Hell when the floodgates that opened up that one time and he explained what it was like in Hell.”
Why did Dean have such a hard time forgiving Cas when he forgave Sam for such a similar betrayal. Jensen had an easier answer for that. “I think the easy answer is Blood. I think the easy answer is family.” “I think the short answer is it is his brother. There might be grudges held between them but at the end of the day, that’s the closest that he has to a companion and he has had for many years.”
He also thinks that Castiel being an angel makes it harder for Dean to relate, just like it’s hard for Dean to relate to a monster. “His brother is flesh and blood, it’s tangible.”
He gave some good information on the mythology coming up. “We’re dealing with some Mayan Gods. A deal was made back in the Mayan days and it’s proving to affect a few different people in modern day. They are removing people’s organs to use for themselves and use for some sacrifices. Of course Dean doesn’t like that, so he rallies Sam. Sam is more focused on getting Kevin back. Dean is like, look fine, great, but we haven’t found him, we can’t ignore this because this is what we do. So they go off and try to save some people.