Warning!!!!!! If you haven’t seen “Out With The Old” or the preview for next week’s episode, do not read any further! There will be spoilers!
I have to say, I definitely thought cursed objects was going to be the entire episode, and wow, was I wrong. That wrapped up in 20 minutes! Good pacing. But the cursed objects were just red herrings (like Communism!) because the real meat of the episode was Leviathan flavored. It was nice to have some development on that front. And development there was!
Also, after the episode and while writing this, I had some great conversations on Twitter with some friends, fellow WFB authors, and awesome “Supernatural” fans. Some of the things I’m going to talk about in this article came from conversations with them, so I’m going to issue a blanket thanks to all of you for your ideas and for your excellent speculating! Please consider this your blanket sourcing because it’s getting late, and I don’t feel like looking back through all our Tweets to find who said what first, so please don’t be mad at me! And my thanks for helping me speculate!
What Is Going On In Leviathan Land?
First and foremost, I’m kind of sad that Joyce is dead because she was fantastic. What a right witch, but boy was she ever fun. I was really hoping she’d be around more. George was fun, too, but Joyce was so over-the-top fun. Not sure what they did with him, though. Did they let him go? Sure, he helped them, but it seems to me he could have been a valuable asset.
And speaking of red herrings, this whole thing about Leviathans only being here for good, curing cancer and all that, has to be some sort of ploy, right? I mean, there’s no way they’re out to just help people. I don’t buy it. So why are they curing cancer? Is cancer is a plague to the Leviathans, so they want to cure it before it wipes them out? I think that’s possible. Make your food source more healthy and you become healthier, too.
And really, we’ve seen that the Leviathans kill people and are generally not nice, but what if that is only because they get impatient when people don’t do what they’re told? Joyce only killed people who didn’t sell their stores and pissed her off. She was trying to buy them off first. To the outside world, the Leviathans aren’t even recognizable right now. So what if they are trying to win over the hearts and minds of the people by doing good deeds so that Sam and Dean look like the bad guys for going against them?
I like the idea of the Leviathans trying to make themselves look like the good guys and discredit Sam and Dean that way. Clearly, they aren’t getting anywhere by just trying to kill them, so it’s time for some serious plan B action. I kind of wish, though, that if they were going that route, they had pulled a “Childhood’s End” and come in guns blazing. For those of you not familiar with the book “Childhood’s End,” I’ll give a little summary about the part I’m interested in. It’s a classic Sci-Fi novel written by Arthur C. Clarke, and in it these aliens stage a peaceful takeover of Earth, and they do all these good deeds and make lots of things better, but they hide at first and don’t let anyone see them until they’ve been on Earth for a long time. Then lots of other stuff happens, and I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll just stick with this analogy for now, but if you like Sci-Fi novels, check it out. It’s interesting. Anyway, I think it would have been excellent if the Leviathans had turned up and just started doing all these great things while also trying to take over the world, so it made Sam and Dean really look like fringe crazies. That could have been a very effective way of isolating them, as well.
The Sam Situation
Poor Sam. Poor, poor Sam. He’s really not doing well, is he? So here’s some depressing food for thought: what if Sam cracks so badly that he starts thinking he’s Lucifer? Or what if by talking to Lucifer and letting him in during “Repo Man,” he actually somehow opened the cage and let Lucifer out? And now Lucifer is just worming his way back, slowly taking over Sam until Sam becomes Lucifer? He already said yes once, so maybe he doesn’t need to give explicit permission again. Maybe all Lucifer needs is an opening, and now he’s got one. Sam only needed to give his consent to Lucifer once, and after that the bar is lower for Lucifer’s involvement. If Sam had known that this time a yes wasn’t needed, that this time all he needed was to acknowledge Lucifer’s presence, I wonder if he would have still let him in? Dean is Sam’s weakness, but Lucifer is the greater evil. But if Sam’s becoming Lucifer again, that would mean…
The Endverse Is Coming True
I saw the germ of this idea on Tumblr, so I can’t take credit for it, but let’s run with this and expand on it, shall we? Also, bear with me because this might get kind of crazy, but that’s half the fun! So, let’s compare the world in “The End” to what’s going on and what would happen if Sam starts becoming Lucifer. Croatoan=Cancer, Sam=Lucifer, Bobby=Dead, Cass=Human/Changed, End Of The World Scenario=Leviathans Causing End Of The World Scenario. The only wild card here is Dean because he hasn’t turned into a heartless killer yet, but if Sam keeps on heading down the path he’s on, maybe he will, too. And if Sam’s turning into Lucifer again, this brings us back to his two major points in “The End”; “we will always end up here,” and “I win, so I win.” Maybe Lucifer’s right and they will always end up in an apocalyptic scenario where Lucifer, i.e. Sam, and Michael, i.e. Dean, have to face off. Maybe they’ll keep running into apocalyptic scenarios until that showdown finally happens. I mean, so far they’ve had The Apocalypse, then part 2 with Raphael trying to start it again, then part 3 with Eve and Purgatory and that mess, and now they’ve got Leviathans on their hands. Sam and Dean were bred to be The Vessels, so until they actually have their showdown, the world or fate or destiny or whatever is going to keep throwing them into these situations. Everything seems to keep pointing back to Dean having to kill Sam, just like their father warned Dean about way back at the beginning of season 2. And here’s a theory about that, too: what if John said that because he was having a sense memory from when he was Michael all those years ago? He didn’t tell Dean he might have to kill Sam because he was afraid Sam would become a monster. He told Dean he might have to kill Sam because he knew Sam would become Lucifer one day. He felt what Michael felt about his brother, that he would have to kill him if he couldn’t save him. It’s an idea that’s been extremely central to the show, so is that where we’re heading? Is Dean going to have to kill Sam at the end of the series?
Phew, that was heavy. And it doesn’t look like things will be lightening up anytime soon because next week Sam’s in mortal peril, Meg’s back (!!!!), and oh, yeah, CAAAAAAAAAAAAAASS!!!!!!! Not that I’m excited for his return or anything.
Okay, time for you to weigh in! What do you think? What are the Leviathans up to? Is Sam going to become Lucifer again? Is “The End” coming true? Who wants to go watch “The End” now since I’ve been mentioning it so much?