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Supernatural Spoilers: A Choice for Sam

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On January 16, Supernatural Season 8 will resume with "Torn and Frayed."

What can fans look forward to on the opening installment of 2013? The CW has released an official episode synopsis that teases trouble for one angel and a major decision that must be made by one hunter.

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Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) tells Castiel that Crowley is holding an angel captive and Castiel must rescue him before Crowley finds out their secrets. Castiel turns to Dean for help. 

Meanwhile, Sam meets with Amelia who asks him to make a choice: stay with her or leave and never contact her again.

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This season is about helping the relationships in the show (and by extension, that of Sam and Dean)to grow, mature, and become more healthy. Because as much as I love having the boys be around each other all the time and feel like all they have is each other, if you really think about it that's not what makes a good relationship. They need to hear each other, have lives and relationships outside of each other, and feel comfortable enough in their bond that they can branch out and not depend on each other for absolutely everything all the time. I still want them to be together and solve cases, but I just want them to also be their own persons while doing it.

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I just wanted to be a voice of reason here. I'm a Sam and Dean fan, I always will be. I care deeply about them as characters and what they mean to each other. The show will always be about the brothers, as far as I'm concerned. They've had tension this season, but in my opinion it's about them finding their way back to each other. Sam and Dean will always be the heart of the show. I'm proud to be a brother fan, to the end.

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I honestly cannot wait for 8x10, I've really missed tuning in every Wednesday to see what's in store for the boys this time. Though to be fair, I am horrifically terrified for Cas from the trailer back on 8x09, I know it's going to be handled well, I just hate see Cas so frightened. But as others mentioned, he's going to Dean for help, which really makes me happy and only shows to further the positive steps their relationship has taken this season. I'm just beyond happy with how Carver and the whole team has been developing them in season gr8, and I love that they're trying to work out their issues and above all are finally *communicating*. It's just too bad Cas won't be sticking around for more eps this season, I love it when all the boys are together best: Sam, Dean, *and* Cas.
And on Sam, I personally just adore Amelia and I would really love to see them together more and maybe get a chance at being happy together. But I also can't really see Sammy leaving the life entirely *just* yet. Eventually? Yes, but not so soon, so I do hope this episode plays out well for him. Because above all I just want him to be happy and I honestly believe Amelia could make him happy.
And finally I just adore that Carver is really trying to mature the relationship between the brothers and have them work out their trust issues. Because although we all love to romanticize their beautiful relationship, they do have some serious stuff to sort through.

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I can't wait for January 16th! I'm worried for Cas, but at least he's going to do the right thing and ask Dean for help this time. Castiel is one of the main characters, no matter if he's in every episode or not, and team free will should stick together.
The Sam and Amelia plot is also very interesting, and since Amelia makes Sam happy, I wish for her to survive and possibly become Sam's endgame. As for Dean and Castiel's relationship, I love the way it's being developed. Regardless of whether it's on a road to romance or not, I'm incredibly happy that they've grown so close. All individual characters have gotten development, which is also something that I have been glad to notice.
I very much appreciate the way Carver has brought Dean and Sam's trust issues to the surface, because now they can finally start fixing them. Character development and wonderful plot all around, season gr8!

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Gosh I can't wait for this episode! Lots of character development all around and some dramatics too :)
I can't wait for it to wrench my heart in two as per usual :D
And on the subject of ships: Ship all the ships! Ship everyone with everyone! Multiship! Polyship! Ship characters who never met! Ship characters who are dead forever!
Just don't
fricking
gripe
at others
for their ship.
Can't wait for the episode! :DDD

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but in regards to Amelia. She has been said as being a lost soul. So maybe her poor attitude has something to do with her backstory. But until her attitude gets fixed and she doesn't treat Sam right. Jess will always be Sam's girl. I won't like Amelia until a character trait gets changed or we get insight in to why she is the way she is. I am still holding out for Carver.

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Just thought of something. I am not worried. This episode 10 which was filmed months ago. They are just about to film episode 15, and Dean and Sam and still together. Which I am glad with. I think the show is more special when Dean and sam are together, the chemistry of theirs is what I am drawn too. I don't think Amelia is gone for good right now. I am guessing she is in episode 14 because the actress was still in Van or tweeted about being in Van. I think if there was chemistry between her and Sam and they connected then I would like her. But almost every scene she is with Sam is kind of very rude and just vile to him. Can't wait to see what Carver will bring to Sam and Dean's journey next.

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I wish is was January 16 already.... I really want to know what will happen to Castiel. I'm worried about him, since we know we won't see him again until episode... 16 maybe?
I really hope that, if Amelia really gives Sam an ultimatum, it won't be because writers are looking for a way to get rid of her. (I think Sam will have a few episode until he has to give his final answer. And I want him to be completely honest with her, I want him to tell him about being a hunter, about his parents, the angels, Lucifer... If she's his endgame, she needs to know to support him, just like he'll support her.)
So far I really like the season. I really enjoy the extended cast and the storylines. I'm sad the Purgatory flashbacks are over, but I'm looking forward what will happen with the new relationships the brothers made in the present and the conflicts ahead. Plus, I want to know what Naomi is really up to, and what will Crowley do.
Season gr8 will probably become my favorite.

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@El
I am just a bit disappointed how some people in this fandom somehow forget what this show is about. Sure the show is always about the Winchesters but it is also about their surroundings. There are other people helping the brothers to deal with their problems, helping them through each difficult situations. Without them, the show would have no layers and no in depth meaning.
I read through the comment section and see hate concerning about Cas which I find it very hard to understand. Castiel is a character that is customize for Dean, he enhances Dean's character development in a good way, he makes Dean has more layer, allowing us to see a different facet of Dean. And season 8 is doing a great job here, we see how Dean trying so hard to fix the problems, seeing him changes himself into a better person with open hearts, not afraid to show emotions, a whole new Dean. And same thing goes to Cas, he changes by asking for help. Their relationship is developing as we speak, and since how Dean reacts to Cas in this season, it is impossible to get rid of Cas now.

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Thank you so much!

Supernatural Quotes

You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture's been tortured with torture like the torture you'll be tortured with.

Crowley

Castiel: It's very complex. If the pizza man truly loves this babysitter, why does he keep slapping her rear? Perhaps she has done something wrong.
Dean: Are you watching porn? Why?
Castiel: It was there.
Dean: You don't watch porn in a room full of dudes. And you don't talk about it. Just turn it off. Well now he's got a boner.

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