It would appear, by the evidence of the first few episodes at least, that “Supernatural” is trying something new this season.  While the show has always employed a fine mixture of serialized and episodic storytelling, they’ve typically had the majority of episodes come to a definitive end.  This time, the episodes are flowing into each other more directly.  Maybe it’s a technique that is only going to be applicable until the Brothers Winchester find a way out of their current mess, but it’s quite an interesting way to start.

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