'Supernatural' Season 8 brings vampires back into the mix: 6 things to know

Vampires have been a presence on "Supernatural" since the first season -- a couple of years before the "Twilight" craze began, thank you very much. Back in Season 6, "Supernatural" did an episode that parodied the current romantic vampire mythology, propagated by shows like "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" as well as the film series.In Season 8, vampires are back in a big way. Dean (Jensen Ackles) will return from Purgatory with a new, uh, acquaintance. Benny, played by guest star Ty Olsson, is a very old vampire who creates an extremely volatile situation for Dean, who owes him a significant debt after their escape from Limbo. The fifth episode of Season 8, which is called "Blood Brother," will bring more vamps into the mix. In it, we'll meet another "age-old vampire of unspeakable evil" -- whose dark, horrifying nature and ancient anger is hidden by his youthful, innocent appearance. With fan favorites Ben...


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