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 and discussion! You’ve been officially warned!
Boy, did that episode seem chock full of stuff or what? Yeah, that’s probably because it WAS chock full of stuff. Let’s start out with what I feel was the biggest development, and that’s…
I will admit that I did not see this one coming. I kind of can’t believe Cass torched Crowley’s bones and that Crowley is dead. I thought Crowley was going to be the big bad of the season and that the Winchesters were going to be fighting him all season long. But nope, out he goes in a blaze of glory. In episode 10. I guess following on the footsteps of last season’s fiery deaths in episode 10, we needed one this season. I don’t think Crowley himself thought Castiel would actually torch him, either, or he would have been bargaining his ass off and not being so smug. Because he was all about self-preservation. I’m going to miss him, but I’m also a big fan of this development because it’s really thrown a curve in the plot. I have NO IDEA where we’re headed, and I really kind of like it. It’s like being on a roller coaster in the dark. Ever ridden one of those? Man, is it fun. So count me in. I am totally on board with what’s going on right now.
What Does This Mean For Hell?
Now that Crowley is gone, who’s in charge of Hell? Are we going to get a civil war down there like we have in heaven? Maybe the Lucy Loyalists are going to fight the Crowley Rebels and we’ll end up with a huge mess on our hands. As Karen brought up in the Chat Box after the episode, are all the deals Crowley made null and void now or did he pass them off to someone else? I can’t see all those deals just getting vaporized now that Crowley’s gone, but his death does leave an interesting power vacuum. And he mentioned in “Weekend at Bobby’s” that not everyone was happy with the way he had been running things. I’m sure we’ll meet the new ruler of hell at some point.
Who Is The New Big Bad?
I thought it was Crowley, but now it’s not. So who is it? Maybe things will swing toward the war in heaven and Raphael and Balthazar will play bigger roles. This will be good because it means more excuses to get Castiel into the picture. But this season was supposed to be more about monsters, so maybe it still will. Presumably, Cass went back to that warehouse and killed all the monsters that were in there. Who knows what other alphas were in there and how many monsters were there. At the very least, the shapeshifter alpha is dead, which kind of sucks because that guy was a badass. So what if the monsters are really pissed about the way things have been going for them lately and put all these armies they’re building to use and really start running amok? Maybe it’s time for a little monster mash. The alphas storyline is really interesting to me, so I hope it doesn’t fall by the wayside.
Sam And His Soul Are Frenemies
Now, while it was hard to watch Sam walk away from his brother, I can’t blame him this time. Last episode, Dean made the case that having a soul was all about suffering. This week, Cass and Crowley and Meg all agreed that Sam’s soul is in a bad way after being locked in the cage for over a year. If all you hear is how bad it is to have a soul, why would you want yours back? This was really the first time I felt the whole “no, I don’t want it” was justified and made sense. But someone, preferably Dean, needs to show Sam that having a soul is not just suffering, that there are amazing things that come with it.
The Samuel Situation
Well, relations between the Campbells and Winchesters sure have gone south in a hurry. Not that Dean ever really felt comfortable with any of them, but he killed Christian tonight and threatened to kill Samuel. And at this point, I think it’s a distinct possibility that there is going to be a showdown between those two because they’re more alike than they realize. Samuel is desperate to get Mary back, and he thinks everyone around him should feel the same and do everything they can to help him. Dean is desperate to get Sam’s soul back and feels everyone around him should feel the same and do everything they can to help him. Iresistible force, meet immovable object. Of course, Dean didn’t sell Samuel out to a demon and put his life in jeopardy, so he’s got that going for him. But Samuel is going to be epically pissed when he finds out Crowley is dead and Sam and Dean were partly responsible for it. Because he felt Crowley could give him his daughter back, and that was more important to him than anything else. Still, he should really stay away because if Dean promises he’s going to kill you, he’s going to kill you. Just ask Zachariah.
The Preview For Next Week’s Episode
If you haven’t seen the preview for “Appointment in Samarra,” check out Sablegreen’s spoiler page. She’s got it posted there. I’ll wait. Okay, now that we’ve all seen it or know what the episode description is, I have to confess, I’m really excited about this episode. Death! Tessa! Bobby in peril! Off the reservation Sam! But something I’m rather nervous about is the following situation: what if while Dean is playing Death, Bobby actually dies and Dean has to make a choice to reap him and get Sam’s soul back or let Bobby live and Sam doesn’t get his soul? Oh, the angst! Not that I think Bobby is actually going to die, because he’s not. And we all know that while Dean would choose his brother over anyone, Sam’s life wouldn’t be at stake, so he obviously wouldn’t reap Bobby. But still, it’s a possibility, and it would be so intensely heartbreaking that I don’t want it to happen. Because if Sam did kill Bobby and force Dean to make that choice, how would they ever forgive him, even if they knew it wasn’t really Sam? It hurts so good!
That was a lot to digest. What do you guys think is in store for the rest of the season? Were you as shocked by Crowley’s death as I was? Do you hope to never see Sam walk away from Dean like that again?