Here's a nice speculative article from elle2 for all of you that love to speculate but not be too spoiled. So enjoy and everyone can judge on Thursday if she's right or not. Speculation is fun!
100th Episode: Spoilers, Speculation and Darn itâ€¦Iâ€™m right by Elle2
100th Episode: Spoilers, Speculation and Darn itâ€¦Iâ€™m right by Elle2
So hereâ€™s the thing, last night (Friday, April 9th) I wrote the rough draft of this article. After going to bed, my mind continued to churn and I realized that I was missing the core of what the angels had in mind. So, I jotted down a note, roughed out the reasoning and went to sleep. This morning (Saturday, April 10th) while running errands and driving a whole bunch of miles to the FedEx place to pick up a very expensive piece of equipment that is on loan to me while my usual expensive piece of equipment gets sent off for some servicing and cleaning I figured out all the ins and outs and decided to finish up this article and send it off to Alice.
So, here I am at my notebook opening up the file and Iâ€™ve got my desktop on and I look at the spoilertv site and see photos for the upcoming 100th episode. As I allow myself to indulge in those and any webclips the CW offers and whatever media notices they put forth I click on the photos and immediately realize that my late night epiphany was right. (Thatâ€™s so a first for me regarding this show!) Not only am I right but daggone because Iâ€™m right it throws my article right out the window.
So, now Iâ€™m stuck with being right but the fun of the article was in the speculation. But what the heck, Iâ€™ll let you in on my speculation, although now cut down smaller, and then Iâ€™ll ramble a bit on some observations Iâ€™ve got on the Sam and Dean of late (which by the way I think the characterization for both of late has been especially awesome and in some cases about darn time! -- but I never lost faith in you, Mr. Kripke.)
Before I get into the rest of the writing I will advise youâ€¦if you avoid photos, media releases and clips, you should avoid this article as perhaps this is a big revelation and you donâ€™t want to spoil yourself. Donâ€™t worry, the article will still be available after the 100th episode airs. If you donâ€™t care about minor or major plot spoilers or big reveals, then keep right on reading.
While youâ€™re deciding whether or not to take the plunge, take a quick looksie at two photos of my beloved Jobe. The first is when he was eight weeks old last September and this is on the morning of his first day in his new home. Be prepared for the awwwwwâ€¦
Now this second photo is from yesterday (April 9th). He is now nine months old and while he can still turn on the charm and cause the awwwww moments, he is so much more now than just awwww. Heâ€™s so smart and funny and goofy that he amuses and amazes me daily. Socks and tissues remain his favorite items to steal (and usually the used of both â€“ eww!) Munchkin the kitty still has him under control, when he has a chance to turn on his angry face and raise a paw, otherwise heâ€™s squished and fuming. Both like to snuggle on the bed with me, so much so that when I decided to replace my aging and uncomfortable mattress I chose a queen â€˜cause Jobe is still growing and already 80 pounds. My last was 80 pounds full grown and Jobe has much more growing to do.
I could go on about Jobe and Munchkin but Iâ€™ll refrain, after all youâ€™re here for some Supernatural loving; by now youâ€™ve decided either to avoid or read on so no more warnings. Iâ€™ll dive right in.
The futon critic advises us that a â€˜familiar face returnsâ€™ in the 100th episode and Ausiello takes it a half step further by adding that this is someone we thought was dead and gone forever.
I immediately crossed off five without even trying, Ash and Pamela â€˜cause we just saw them in Dark Side of the Moon; Chuck, The Trickster/Gabriel and the demon Crowley quickly followed because all three have been â€˜spoiledâ€™ as returning, The Trickster/Gabriel will be in episode 19 and the demon Crowley will be in episode 20. As for Chuck, not sure which episode he returns but itâ€™s rumored he will be without superfan Becky.
So, who remained on my possible list -- thatâ€™s the list I started this article with on Friday?
Most hoped for: Call me ever hopeful but Jeffrey Dean Morgan/John Winchester remains my hands down favorite and most hoped for returning actor/character. John Winchester, itâ€™s been too long and there is too much still to be said. The writers have done an excellent job keeping the character of John Winchester elemental to the show so that even while heâ€™s not physically present he is still â€˜presentâ€™ in a very real sense. But the chance to see Jeffrey, Jared and Jensen together again â€“ and this time with some real interaction not just the nonverbal bits we got in All Hell Breaks Loose II â€“ is too good to pass up.
Bottom line: While my heart hopes and hopes and hopes this familiar face returns one day, the lack of buzz tells me that at this time I need to cross Jeffrey Dean Morgan a/k/a John Winchester off the list. (Sob â€“ I need a hankie.)
Who do I least want to see? Genevieve Cortese/Ruby. I never thought Ruby was anything but bad and while I enjoyed the character very much in Season 3 (as well as Katie Cassidy in the role) in Season 4 the casting was so wrong that each time the character appeared I got jolted out of the scene and it was distracting. The bigger part of this is that I now firmly believe that Rubyâ€™s story has been fully told, I see no reason for this character to return.
Bottom line: While Iâ€™m sure Jared would enjoy the fun of working with his now wife (congrats!) I truly hope Genevieve Cortese a/k/a Ruby do not appear againâ€¦ever.
So who falls in the middle in no particular order? Quite a few.
Angels: Anna and Uriel â€“ from the angelic side of things are possibilities but I really donâ€™t think so as both charactersâ€™ stories appear to be concluded thus there is really no reason for them to reappear.
Iâ€™ll discuss Anna first, her story started off quite intriguingly (IKWYDLS) then the character became a bit whiny. The fact that she ended up sacrificing herself for the greater good in (HAH) helped a bit but the character by then was already below what I saw and liked at first. Her journey took an interesting turn in OTHOAP, who exactly are her contacts that allowed her to keep her body and I liked that she changed her tune on God so that she was advising Cas on his course of action and then killing off Uriel for the turncoat he turned out to be. Her appearance in The Rapture was meaningless except for the exposition on where Cas was but then she reappeared in WTLB and is captured and whisked away and weâ€™re left to wonder for over half a season what happened.
The end of Annaâ€™s storyline (with a very cool effect) in The Song Remains the Same was jolting and uneven, at best; Anna is now a weapon for â€˜the other sideâ€™ with no purpose other than to murder Sam. The last time we saw her she was almost protective of him as she accused Cas for his part in letting Sam out of the panic room. While Annaâ€™s story was uneven and at times appeared stuck together from a variety of sources Iâ€™m pretty certain that Michael officially dealt with her in The Song Remains the Same.
Now, as for Uriel, his storyline was much more coherent and even and while I believe his story ended in OTHOAP fully, I wouldnâ€™t mind seeing him again but it makes little sense for him to be the familiar face showing up in episode 100. I do like the bringing of him back in The Song Remains the Same and giving us a glimpse of the earlier Uriel but to see him now when his rogue ways and journey of deceit and trickery was so well done from beginning to end isnâ€™t much of a sell for me.
Bottom line: I cross off any returning angels from my list.
Demons: There are two that could return, and I wouldnâ€™t mind either one.
Alastair is a possibility and Iâ€™d take either actor as both were excellent, although it was Christopher Heyerdahlâ€™s Alastair who had the most interaction with Dean so, if Dean is to hallucinate or spend some time contemplating how it all got to this point and works to exorcise his inner demons, Iâ€™d give the nod to Heyerdahlâ€™s Alastair and that would be delicious.
Azazel is another demon I speculate could be the â€˜familiar faceâ€™ and that would be pretty awesomeâ€¦if Fredrick Lehne/Lane were the actor. I have no reason to believe this is the familiar face other than â€˜dead and gone foreverâ€™ is a criteria he fits.
Bottom line: I cross off any demons from the â€˜familiar faceâ€™ list. While both are awesome characters neither seem to fit in the current spot of the story at this point. Sure itâ€™s possible Dean could beat himself further with Alastair picking at his brain but SPN has already â€˜been there/done thatâ€™ with Sam in WTLB as well as with Dean in the conscious realm of OTHOAP, so I donâ€™t see that happening. Azazel has taunted Dean numerous times, Devilâ€™s Trap, All Hell Breaks Loose II and In The Beginning, there just isnâ€™t a reason for him to do it again; what would be added?
My last two possibilities â€“ at the first writing of this article:
Ellen and Jo Harvelle. Both are familiar faces, both are dead and thought gone forever, so both fit the criteria. Both could return if Dean is contemplating his failures and his future and his course of action. Both could come back and slap him around for failing to kill Lucifer (this of course would be how Dean would perceive things, not reality â€“ after all, he didnâ€™t miss.) Ellen could come and tell Dean not to give up, go down fighting. Jo could come back and say the same things.
Bottom line: Iâ€™m torn here, I really am. After what we learned in 99 Problems, Jo is not, nor was she ever the love of Deanâ€™s life. Iâ€™m not surprised, despite the touching scene between the two of them in AAH and my thoughts on her and Deanâ€™s looks as sort of â€˜what ifâ€™ possibilities; in the end, I like the idea of Dean with Lisa better than Jo. There really isnâ€™t much of a reason to bring back Jo unless itâ€™s for Dean to heap more agony on himself, if for no other reason than that I give Jo a possibility of returning.
Ellen, well, I suppose thereâ€™s a bit more of a reason to return her â€“ mostly because sheâ€™s just such a freaking awesome character â€“ but I still canâ€™t conceive of the reasoning to put her in the storyline other than what I put in above regarding Jo, so Ellen also gets a possibility of returning.
So, as I went to bed Friday night those were my thoughtsâ€¦and then it hit me who the â€˜familiar faceâ€™ was and all of a sudden so many pieces clicked into place. Sure, for those of you who got it weeks ago Iâ€™m a dolt; Iâ€™m okay with that. Iâ€™m happy I got it at least. It wonâ€™t spoil the episode for me one bit â€˜cause no one does the emotions better than Jensen and Jared and when it comes down to it, I liked Jake Abel as Adam Winchester.
When I jotted the note and rough outline of the reasons last night it made so much sense, especially all the bits about bloodline and how it was supposed to be John at first. Of course it also opens up a series of questions as well â€“ questions that hopefully will be answered on Thursday.
Why did Cupid have to work so hard to make sure John and Mary were together if Adam is a possible vessel? Is that because it was known from the beginning that a â€˜backupâ€™ would be needed in case Dean said no? It can turn your head but from the beginning of time the end of time has been known so Adam was a possibility before Sam and Dean were even on earth â€“ my head hurts. Hmm, perhaps weâ€™ll learn that on Thursday.
If Adam is a possible vessel is that because Michael has to have a Winchester to inhabit and not just Dean? Thatâ€™s a possibility, weâ€™ve already seen in The Song Remains the Same that Michael can inhabit John; also Lucifer is currently not in his â€˜trueâ€™ vessel, so it violates nothing of what weâ€™ve already learned.
What about the one who breaks the first seal is the only one who can stop it? Was that not fully explained â€“ i.e. thereâ€™s more to that prophecy than weâ€™ve heard thus far? I really hope thereâ€™s a plausible loophole or the power of the ending of OTHOAP has been broken.
Is Adam really a possible vessel for Michael or just another power play by Zachariah to get what he wants?
I donâ€™t know. I know where I plan to be on Thursday night though to find out.
As for Thursday nightâ€™s episode I have some observations regarding the three clips that have been released.
First, love the motel room is number 100!!!! Excellent!
Second, the consistent theme of all three clips is Dean being shown the consequences of his actions in near real time, something Sam has never had.
I know there are some out there who are upset (yes, donâ€™t be shocked) that Sam is somehow still apologizing for having a mind, an independent urge to be his own person, or as one person put it â€˜to be self-actualizedâ€™ and they donâ€™t like that Sam is being beaten up again by the writers. I, of course, see it differently. Sam never apologized for leaving, not for Stamford, not in Hunted. Sure heâ€™s said heâ€™s going to do better, try to earn Deanâ€™s trust back, sure he came back in Scarecrowâ€¦but heâ€™s never said Iâ€™m sorry, I was wrong. AND â€“ Dean never explained just why he was so devastated.
In The Pilot all Dean said was that for two years heâ€™d never called Sam or bothered him. He never explained how much it hurt. In Hunted Dean never told Sam how scared he was that something had happened to him and it wasnâ€™t until Dark Side of the Moon that Dean, by now so fractured, let on to the pain and fear of what those times had been like for him. Sam never apologized to Dean for that pain because heâ€™d never realized that heâ€™d hurt him.
â€œHey, man, communication is a two-way street.â€ Good point. Dean, you should have long ago told Sam how much you feared and hurt when Sam ran away at 16 or so years of age and lived in a trailer with a dog. Now that Sam knows â€“ and knowledge is power â€“ he can make adjustments and I love that weâ€™re given a scene in the upcoming Point of No Return that Sam can show what heâ€™s learned. Plus thereâ€™s a shout out to the fight in WTLB â€“ excellent.
I also love that Bobby continues to amaze with his emotions this season and gives Dean immediate insight into the pain heâ€™s enduring because of Deanâ€™s actions. Dean needs the strength of Bobbyâ€™s love and anger to put him on the right path, as well as the very real reminder that Bobby listened and remembered and gained strength from Dean at the end of The Curious Case of Dean Winchester.
Finally thereâ€™s Cas, he too is giving Dean immediate feedback on the pain and loss in Casâ€™ life because of Deanâ€™s current actions. Cas is awesome when heâ€™s angry and then the softening and compassion (that we first saw way back in In The Beginning) as he sees how broken Dean is and he relaxes his fist and finds a better way to subdue Dean; awesome. Iâ€™ve watched that clip already a dozen times â€“ and Misha is getting much better with his fighting.
Point of No Return isnâ€™t even here yet and already Iâ€™ve got a bunch of questions to ponder and fab scenes to anticipate once theyâ€™re threaded into the proper sequence and the acting will once again blow us away.
Bring on number 100 â€“ itâ€™s well-deserved and looks to be a fabulous experience.
Thanks for reading.