10/26/2012 04:30 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2012

'Supernatural' Season 8: First Look At Castiel's Return And Amanda Tapping's Guest Role (PHOTOS)

The secret is out -- and so is Castiel. After months of speculation, we finally know that Misha Collins' fan-favorite angel is getting out of Purgatory, and these newly released photos from "Supernatural" Season 8, Episode 7, entitled "A Little Slice of Kevin" (airing Nov. 14), give us our first glimpse of Castiel after he's been sprung from Monsterville and "Team Free Will" has reunited.

But if the pictures are any indication, Castiel is still a little worse for wear, since he seems to be struggling to stand in a number of the stills. Are his powers a little rusty, or is there something darker at work? When we last spoke to Collins, he revealed that although Castiel was definitely going to get out of Purgatory, "there’s going to be a question as to how and why."

Could that mystery relate to Amanda Tapping's Naomi, who also makes her debut in the episode and can be seen looking rather intimidating in these shots?

Dean (Jensen Ackles) certainly seems concerned for his angelic buddy in the photos, but Collins also pointed out that the elder Winchester "doesn’t know the whole story [about what happened to Castiel in Purgatory], and I think that he also feels some guilt about what happened. And Dean deals with guilt in a very childish manner."


The official episode summary for "A Little Slice of Kevin": Mrs. Tran (Lauren Tom) and Kevin (Osric Chau) work to concoct a demon bomb to use against Crowley (Mark Sheppard), and Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned when Castiel (Misha Collins) appears and tells them he escaped from Purgatory.

"Supernatural" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW. "A Little Slice of Kevin" airs November 14.

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