'Supernatural' Season 8 spoilers: Sam gets a love interest and more details

jared-padalecki-neck-spn.jpg "Supernatural" returns to The CW at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 -- and in just a few days, production will begin up in Vancouver. If you don't want to know what's in store, click away now!

This year, Jeremy Carver has taken the reigns as showrunner, and in his first move as the new boss, he's putting some romance in the mix. 

The "Supernatural" powers that be are currently casting Amelia -- Sam's ( Jared Padalecki) first recurring love interest since Ruby died in Season 4. Amelia is a doctor in her late 20s to early 30s, and when we first meet her, she's overwhelmed by a devastating tragedy. She'll appear in the third episode of the season -- directed by Jensen Ackles -- and she'll initially be very wary of Sam. She's described as "a brave, sweet, smart, sarcastic woman."

Ackles is currently up in Vancouver prepping to direct the episode, which will see Sam investigating grisly murders that seem to be related to the Occult. Of course, presuming that Dean is out of Purgatory by then, he'll also be involved. For Dean's sake, we hope he's back in time -- because this case also involves a stripper, and we all know how he feels about strippers.

Do you think there's a chance that a romance on this show might not end in devastation and tragedy? Drop a line in the comments below and weigh in.
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