Summary: This episode was written by Ross-Lemming and Buckner and picks up where the last episode before hiatus left – in the aftermath of Dean’s “massacre.”
The show breaks out into three major narratives. One narrative follows Dean’s continued violent behavior and his interaction with Metatron, whom Castiel proposes can help with the mark. Castiel calls in favors and brings Metatron to the bunker. The brothers interrogate him and he reveals that the key to undoing the mark’s influence is getting the first blade.
That storythread melds with the second major narrative, which is centered around Crowley and Rowena. Rowena is manipulating Crowley through hex bags and other magic in some power play – we don’t know to what end yet. She even casts a spell to track Crowley when he meets with the Winchesters and overhears (in a cool special effect) the Winchesters request the blade and Crowley reveal its location – with his bones in Guam. Rowena convinces the Hell Butler to retrieve it and when Crowley returns, she kills the butler and claims he was fomenting revolution in Hell and she confronted him. Of course, Crowley believes her it seems because he had a dream (courtesy of her hidden hex bag) that foretold the Hell Butler’s betrayal.
The other narrative is focused on Castiel and his concern for Claire, who has run away. She joins a few drifters and relates her tale of father woe. The would be serial killers suggest killing Dean. She complies.
Back at the bunker, Dean goes and interrogates Metatron on his own. The ensuing confrontation involves Metatron trying to provoke Dean with all the bad things he’s done. He basically says that in order for Dean to get the rest of the steps to cure the mark, he has to pay prices. Dean, of course, does not buy this and the interrogation devolves into a torture session which is finally stopped by Castiel and Sam. Castiel is angry that Dean has caused him to break the promises he made to get Metatron there. Metatron taunts Dean as Castiel leads the other angel away.
Sam and Dean talk about the mark and Sam suggests that Cain lived with the mark and so could Dean – perhaps it is Dean who part of the powerful force that can stop the mark. At this point in the conversation, a call interrupts them. It is Claire, who asks Dean to meet her.
Dean goes alone to meet Claire. The two would be serial killers try to jump him but he takes their weapons and is about to kill them when Claire yells stop. He stops and instead brings the axe he is carrying down on the wooden bench.
The final scene takes us to Castiel finding Claire walking. They have a brief, affectionate exchange before Castiel drives away, watching the walking Claire in his rear view mirror.
Do you think the self management will work for the mark? Is Sam right?
Do you believe Metatron really knows what to do about the mark, given his history of trickery and lying?
What is Rowena’s game here? Is Crowley being manipulated or does he know?
What do you think will happen with Claire?
So what are your thoughts, reactions, feelings? Leave them here!