'Supernatural': Who are you, and what have you done with Sam Winchester?

supernatural-jared-601.jpgSeason 6 of "Supernatural" premiered tonight with a familiar monster playing by a new rulebook. In "Exile on Main Street", an encounter with a Djinn -- which fans will remember from season 2 -- reunites Dean ( Jensen Ackles) with his brother, Sam ( Jared Padalecki), who Dean has thought was dead for a year.

It's certainly been an interesting year for Dean. He admits that after Sam's death he was overcome by grief. "I drank too much, I had nightmares," he says. Now, he's holding down a job while living happily with his girlfriend Lisa and her son Ben, while heading out for the occasional beer or poker game with his new buddy Sid. It seems like he's living the normal life that Sam envisioned for him when he made Dean promise to quit hunting.

Speaking of Sam -- when he saves Dean from the Djinn, Sam seems uncharacteristically cavalier about the year he's spent without his brother. As Jared Padalecki teased this summer, Sam has a new attitude and a new outlook. Did he come back from the dead different... again?

Sam's cockier demeanor kind of freaks us out, but we're looking forward to finding out more about how his year on the road brought him to where he is now. Additionally, we do like Dean's domestic side. His time with Lisa has made for some interesting character development, and the opening montage was beautifully done.

His not-so-blissful ignorance could only last so long. Dean is shocked to discover that Sam is alive and has spent the year hunting with their mother's long-lost (and, in some cases, long-dead) family members. It doesn't seem as though the Campbells are entirely trustworthy, though.

We're interested to hear your thoughts on the premiere, Zappers. Sound off in the comments below! What are your thoughts on Dean's new family? Do you like Sam's new attitude? What are the Campbells up to? Why were these Djinns so different from the ones we met three years ago? Do you think Dean made the right decision to stay with Lisa? Are your Season 6 wishes coming true?

And where were those shirtless chin-ups?

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