Supernatural's new producer explains how S8 'resets' the series

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Coming into its eighth year, some might say The CW's demon-hunting series Supernatural is getting a bit long in the tooth. New showrunner Jeremy Carver is inclined to agree, but he says he has a plan to fix that—a semi-reboot of the series this season.

Carver, who was with the show during its strong early run but left to work on Syfy's Being Human a few years ago, said he wants to get back to the more straightforward tales that worked so well in seasons past.

While catching up on the recent seventh season, Carver told TV Line he felt the show got too buried in its own mythology. So he wants to let loose of some of that weight next year:

"The one thing that struck me [while] watching Season 7 was I felt like the show got a little bit buried under its mythology. It became a little hard to tell exactly what was going on at times. The longtime fans all deserve intricate plot, but it felt a little burdensome ... Resetting our mythology was one idea that I tried to bring into [the show]."

To do it, Carver said we'll be meeting a more mature set of Winchester brothers next year, as their seven years of adventures continue to mold them:

"Part of this season is realizing they didn't just spend several years together; they really matured in different ways. It's one thing to get in a car with your brother in year one, but eight years later, you've both matured and grown. You're both changing and trying to find out who you are. There's a lot of that type of exploration for these guys this year."
What do you think? Did you like the recent Leviathan crusade of season seven, or do you prefer the demon hunting of years past?

(Via TV Line)