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!
I’m not even sure where to begin with this week’s episode. I feel like I need a few days and a rewatch to really process what’s going on, the implications of everything. But screw it! Friday nights post-episode are for wild, unthought-out speculation! So here we go.
Ding Dong, the King is…Not Dead
Well, Crowley’s alive. I was pretty shocked when they killed him off so early in the season, and it turns out he wasn’t dead after all. Well played, show. Well played. Which means that Cass and Crowley faked his death and that Cass has been lying by omission since then. And as the last scene confirmed, they are working together, and have been for some time, it seems, if Crowley can be believed. “How many times do I have to clean up your messes” sounds an awful lot like a long-term partnership. When and under what circumstances did they team up? I’m guessing we’ll get an answer to this next week because that is a conversation I’d like to hear. Oh, and is this the “dirty little secret” Rachel was referring to? I’m guessing yes. Teaming up with the king of Hell certainly would put a damper on their angelic relationship, I think.
And speaking of Crowley, we learned tonight that he’s not just after Purgatory’s real estate. He wants the monster souls. Cass also wants souls for his civil war. Maybe they’re working together to find purgatory so they can both harvest these souls and use them for their individual purposes. If Cass was willing to create 50,000 souls out of nothing in an attempt to get souls, maybe he is willing to work with Crowley to get monster souls.
One of my favorite things about this episode (and there were a lot of things to like. Jefferson Starships, anyone?) is the way Eve stated her case. And yes, turning into Mary was a dick move, and so was the whole “release the kid hounds” move, but honestly, I thought she ended up being pretty rational, all things considered. At least, I completely understood her motivations. The whole natural order, my kids turn some of you, you kill some of them was interesting. She was fine with that. But then Crowley started messing things up, and she acted. Now, I’m not saying the Winchesters should have taken her deal, but I was extremely intrigued by the offer. Of course, who’s to say she wouldn’t have just double-crossed them anyway, but still. Now I wonder if she’s really Dead dead or just “damn, now I need to find some more dragons and have them get me a new vessel” dead.
Who Really Brought Sam Back?
Now, this is something I really hope we get an answer to next week. Crowley has been trying to take credit for bringing Sam back, right? But what if it was really Cass? What if he went and got Sam back but couldn’t/didn’t realize he didn’t get Sam’s soul, too. And then he was so ashamed of the fact that he tried to get Sam back and couldn’t that he didn’t answer Sam’s prayers, didn’t say anything, didn’t want anyone to know because he felt guilty. Because Sam’s soul was really still locked up in the cage, and it really was dangerous to try and put him back together, and Cass felt horrible about being the reason behind that. But if he did bring Sam back, why doesn’t Sam have a handprint on him? Because you would think he would notice and mention it, if he had one. It’s not like you can just hide a giant burned-in handprint. Maybe you have to be resurrected with your soul in place for that to happen, like it’s a grace/soul transfer thing? Maybe that’s why Cass and Dean have a “more profound bond.”
If Cass and Crowley are working together, what does Balthazar know, when did he know it, what does he think about it, and what is his role in that alliance? Surely he must know, right? Cass is not a good liar, not really. I have a hard time believing he could pull off a deception of Balthazar for that long.
Ben Edlund, Please Do Not Kill Me Next Week
I am simultaneously looking forward to and dreading next week’s episode. I think it’s going to be a real corker, a “On the Head of a Pin” style emotion-fest. It’s probably no secret around here that I adore Castiel, so I’m just hoping that he’s not really going dark side, that whatever he’s done, he’s done with the best intentions and just lost his way. Which would pretty much make him a Winchester, wouldn’t it? I mean, he did learn everything he knows about making decisions from them.
Okay, I think that’s all I’ve got. What did we all think about the episode? I personally loved it and really liked all the twists and turns and how the plot strings of the season are really starting to come together. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out!