Warning!!!! If you haven’t seen the latest episode of “Supernatural” and the preview for next week, do not read this! There is going to be plot-based speculation about Sam’s actions and possible motivations behind them. You’ve been officially warned!
First of all, I want to pass out high-fives to everyone who participated in the last speculation discussion. That was awesome, guys! There were so many great and thought-provoking theories flying around, and everyone was very respectful and accommodating and wonderful. And before I get into my updated theory on what’s happening, I want to say that so many of you posted amazing things that I just can’t reference you all. Also, I didn’t get a chance to go through every one of them because I just didn’t have time. So if the theories or ideas I’m going to talk about in a bit were in your posts, too, congratulations! You get extra bonus points! Anyway, on to the theories!
What We Learned Tonight (in “You Can’t Handle the Truth” and the preview for next week’s episode)
There were some major developments on the Mysterious Sam Behavior front, weren’t there? First and foremost, Castiel confirmed that Sam is not Lucifer. Check and mate. That was great, getting that out of the way. So now we know definitively that Sam is not Lucifer. Of course, this clip was released early in the week as a teaser, so we already kind of knew that. Still, it was nice to have that confirmed and not dragged out.
Moving on, what we learned from Sam himself is that he can’t feel anything. Let’s all take a moment to process that, because it was pretty major. He. Cannot. Feel. Anything. That’s horrible. What’s more, he realizes that his lack of feeling has turned him into something so very un-Sam. He knows the things he’s been doing are wrong, but he just doesn’t care because he literally can’t. I can’t even imagine what that would be like, going through life and not feeling any emotion toward anything. And while he did try to rationalize his actions, which is a very Sam thing to do, he also admitted that he needed help. Now, I’m not sure if that was something he was just saying because he thought Dean needed to hear it or if he meant it. Time will tell.
And in the preview for next week, we had confirmation that Sam has no soul. Which, holy crap! I’m pretty surprised they confirmed that in the preview, but whatever. Now we know for sure what’s going on with Sam. I totally got Jossed because I had this whole article in my head, ready for speculation, and now the preview screwed me! I know, I know poor Arde, boo-hoo. I’ll call myself the wambulance and be done with it. Anyway, now it’s time to speculate about who has Sam’s soul!
Here is the preview for those of you outside the US.
Balthazar Has It (Maybe, but I doubt it)
In “The Third Man,” we were introduced to rogue angel Balthazar. Following the Cass blueprint, he broke out of heaven, stole it’s weapons, and set up shop on Earth. He’s been enjoying himself very much. Oh, and he’s buying human souls. Why? Because they’re the only thing of value, as he sees it. But I don’t really think he has Sam’s soul. First of all, how would he have gained access? Sam was in Hell, and I don’t think Balthazar would have gone down there to retrieve Sam’s soul. So while it is a possibility, I really don’t think this is the case. I think it’s the other option.
Crowley Has It
This is where I’m putting my money. I think Crowley has Sam’s soul. Now, I have no idea as to the particulars about how he actually obtained it. Maybe Sam sold it to get out of Hell, effective immediately. Maybe Sam made a deal and didn’t read the fine print, something like “I will sell my soul to you if you put me back on earth alive,” but he neglected to put in a clause about keeping his soul in his body. So Sam got sent to earth but his soul stayed behind. I’m not really sure how it went down, but somehow or another, Crowley got ahold of Sam’s soul. It makes the most sense to me.
As the new king of Hell, Crowley certainly had the opportunity to find Sam. He’s proven himself to be extremely resourceful and conniving and tricky, so I fully expect he could have found a way, a loophole somewhere to bust Sam out of that cage.
If Crowley does hold Sam’s soul, there are a number of problems and interesting situations this creates. Samuel said in the season premiere that whatever busted Sam out also brought him back. Assuming he’s telling the truth, does that mean Crowley brought Samuel back to life? Is that who Samuel is working for? If it is, then that means Crowley has something to do with all the alphas being taken. Maybe he’s trying to build up a monster army to do his dirty work on earth while the demons just sit back safe and sound in Hell and don’t have to worry about getting trapped or killed or exorcised. He did say he was trying to show demons a new way and was disappointed by their lack of vision.
Another problem is that Crowley has his bones back. They don’t have much to use as leverage against him right now, or at least not much that I can see. “A deal’s a deal,” Sam said. That’s beginning to look more and more ominous now, isn’t it? Perhaps that was a subtle reminder to Crowley to hold up his end of a deal they made.
I just had a troubling thought: what if Crowley has been running a long con on everyone? He wanted Lucifer out of the way so he could be king of Hell, not because he thought Lucifer would turn on demons next. He helped the boys get the horsemen rings so he could have Lucifer trapped in Sam and double trapped in a cage in Hell. He wanted Sam down there so he could make some sort of deal and send Sam back topside to fulfill some purpose we haven’t seen yet. He brought Samuel back to keep Sam occupied and away from Dean, who would notice right away how wrong Sam was and would ruin his plans, and to help him capture alphas. Crowley, you evil bastard!
If any of this is true, I expect Crowley is going to be the big bad of the season, which will be delightful because Mark Sheppard is awesomesauce. Man, I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
Okay, that was a lot of speculating. I’m going to turn it over to you guys now. What do you think? Am I crazy or right on the money?