With the new Supernatural season just a few weeks away, the CW has released new promotional stills from the season premiere, “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

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The shots, which were released via the official Supernatural Facebook page, showcase a few interesting scenarios, including the brothers standing on a balcony to a church they later break into, and teenage prophet Kevin Tran riding in the backseat of the Impala. Conspicuous in his absence in these shots is Castiel, who, in the season 7 finale, ended up in Purgatory with Dean.

We reported earlier on the synopsis for the season premiere:

SAM AND DEAN ARE REUNITED AFTER A YEAR APART — Dean (Jensen Ackles) re-emerges from Purgatory, but he isn’t alone. He heads straight for Sam (Jared Padalecki), but the reunion isn’t exactly what he thought it would be. Sam drops everything to join his brother, but leaving the life he had grown to enjoy turns out to be harder than he imagined. Dean and Sam look for Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) who has managed to escape Crowley’s (guest star Mark Sheppard) grasp, but things come to a head quickly when Kevin tells them what it is that Crowley wants. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver (#802).

UPDATE: The CW uploaded even more photos to the gallery! In this batch we notably see Sam and Dean picking the lock of a church door and our first shot of Crowley!

Need more Supernatural season 8?

The recent promo tells us that season 8 will start up a year after the season 7 finale as Dean returns from Purgatory and reunites with Sam. Together, the brothers will be working with the teenage prophet Kevin Tran to close the gates of Hell permanently. However, the king of Hell, Crowley, and his demonic minions aren’t going to make it easy for the brothers.

Supernatural season 8 premieres on The CW on Wednesday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

What do you think of the new promo shots? Are they making you more excited for the new season?