I'm going to post some speculation regarding the new season. Yes, my heart isn't as into this show as it once was, but I'm still around and some spoilers I have read about this season have me wondering a few things.
So I read not long ago that Jensen as Michael was going to be sticking around for quite some time. No specifics have been given but it's been said that it will be more than a few episodes.
Does this remind anyone else of Soulless Sam in season 6? I know there's no comparison between the way Dean is now Michael and how Sam came back without his soul, but I'm wondering if they're going a similar route as far as the time frame goes, at least. It was discovered in I think 6x07 that Sam had no soul. We didn't see him with his soul back until the middle of the season... 6x12?
I wouldn't be surprised if it took at least that long for Dean to be back (and I'm not going to speculate how that could happen, just looking at the big picture). I admit I'm not that crazy about it as it seems the show will be carved up into two different threads: 1. Michael!Dean and the Angels; and 2. Sam, Bobby, Jack, Castiel, Mary, and the rest of Hunters Inc. It would be nice for these threads to intertwine as often as possible, but given the fact they've had more than one thread running in a lot of the episodes and half the time they didn't seem to overlap (as far as I can remember anyway), I'm not very optimistic about it.
They also revealed that Impala is not going to be used while Dean is "not Dean." Hmm, are they going to bring back Sam's Charger from season 6 then? (said only half in jest)
That's about all I have. In all this talk about Michael being the main baddie of the season and that Dean won't be around for a while, it reminded me of season 6 and Soulless Sam. Back then we didn't really get to see "the real Sam" until mid-season, and it makes me wonder if a similar thing will be happening with Dean this year.