This episode, written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner, begins with a grown up Amara confronting a courtyard preacher. She turns water to blood. She brings lightning to strike the followers.
They contact Crowley about getting in the cage. He resists at first but when they tell him that Amara is God’s sister he changes his mind, in part. There is a way to get to Lucifer but he needs the Book of the Damned and someone to read it.
We find Amara in a random church, looking for God, literally. The priest says he’s available in the book and hands her a Bible. She is not impressed, let’s say.
Crowley captures his mother. The Winchesters seek her help. She laughs it off at first but they convince her, especially when she thinks she can see her version of the Beatles, who happens to be the Dark Prince, Lucifer.
In a warehouse somewhere, the angels meet to figure out rebellion.
But back at the church, Amara is gorging on church souls before yelling for her brother to get his ass down on Earth.
Dean investigates the church murders as Sam monitors a chained Rowena. Dean starts to feel funny and we see that Amara is near. She takes him to a field so they are alone, it seems. Back in the dungeon, Rowena is frustrated at being locked up and bickers with Sam. Finally she says she can get them to the cage and tells him to get Crowley. They’ll need supplies.
Back with Amara and Dean, we see them talking and discussing their connection and why Amara was exiled. She could do creation better. Amara and God have a tendentious relationship it appears. Dean tries to reason with her but she resists. Amara says she doesn’t want to kill God’s creation but she needs to see him so she’s using this to get his attention.
Rowena, Crowley, and Sam go to Limbo, where Crowley is hiding another cage that houses Lucifer. Rowena does the spell and the cage lights up. Lucifer appears, kind of like in the Shining.
Lucifer and Sam chat and Sam reveals that God is contacting him and told him to come to Lucifer to help combat the darkness. Meanwhile, Dean and Amara are debating existence. She does a kind of John Lennon move and says imagine the world without god, prayer, etc. She kisses him and he sees destruction. Dean turns and we see that he is going to stab her with his knife. When he does, the blade shatters. She can’t be killed that way.
Back in the cage, Lucifer says he can help but only if Sam lets him out and also Sam lets him in. Sam hesitates but says no, there has to be another way.
Back in the field, Amara tells Dean they are destined to be one. She is interrupted by avenging angels but they can’t kill her. She kills them and the sky opens up. She says that perhaps God is finally coming to answer her call. Dean watches as she gets swept up into a bright light and sucked into the sky.
The episode concludes with Lucifer’s cage losing the ward. Crowley and Rowena rush to the cage but it is too late. Sam is in the cage with Lucifer, who reveals that when the Darkness was released the cage was cracked and those visions were really Lucifer in Sam’s head. They are bunk buddies again.
Thoughts, Questions, Speculations:
1. Do you think it was the angels or god who swept Rowena up?
2. Do you believe Lucifer? I’m not sure I do.
3. What will kill Amara, if anything?
4. How do you feel about the connection between Amara and Dean?
5. Was Sam’s choice to go to hell without Dean a poor choice?
6. What does Rowena want? Why is she helping? Is she?
We have six weeks until a new episode. I hope everyone has a great holiday season! See you in January!
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