'Supernatural' season 8 promo: First look at Dean in Purgatory -- VIDEO

The first promo for Supernatural‘s new season left a slight Walking Dead taste in my mouth. That’s a good thing. Nay, a great thing.

As you’ll recall, Dean went poof at the end of last season and found himself stuck in Purgatory. This season finds the boys reuniting (d’awww!) and but the season will flashback to their year apart. And while we know that Sam spent his year getting to know a new lady friend, Dean’s time away was slightly more terrifying. (That zombie-style snarl from the monster attacking Dean? AWESOME.)

In the present day, as we learn from the first look, they are on a quest to close the gates of hell…forever. But don’t take that as a signal of the end of the show. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. New showrunner Jeremy Carver told EW earlier this summer that the boys’ quest this season would find them on a journey to obtain a “power source” (which we can now assume is this new tableau) that could set the show up for a bright future. “It’s something that will hopefully uncork knowledge about our Supernatural universe in this season and beyond,” he told EW. “We’re setting up things not just for this year but beyond.”

Check out the new promo below!

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‘Supernatural’: Behind the scenes of season 8
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