The official press release
“The Devil in the Details” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)The original trailer
LUCIFER MAKES SAM AN OFFER — Now that he has Sam (Jared Padalecki) in the cage with him, Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) offers Sam a way out but it comes with a steep price. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) look into the angel smiting that could have killed Amara (guest star Emily Swallow). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1110).
The extended trailer
The Producer's Preview
The new sneak peek
TVLine has this tidbit for episode 10.
The show’s return this Wednesday features the first scene between all five of its major players — Dean, Sam, Castiel, Crowley and Rowena — and it falls under the category of “strange bedfellows,” says Carver. “Everyone has an axe to grind as we move into the second half [of the season]… Fans should expect shifting allegiances, alliances and some fairly shocking turns right from the jump.”
And the promotional photos
So Sam is stuck in The Cage with Lucifer, who wants him to say yes to being a vessel again. Dean and Cas find out about Sam and go to help rescue him and both end up in The Cage. We have a Christmas vision? hallucination? with Crowley, Rowena and Lucifer. Dean wants Amara's body, if she is dead. Are you excited about the show's return? Will Sam say yes to Lucifer, or hold out? Will Dean and Cas rescue Sam? Will Sam help rescue himself or be a Samsel in distress? What has happened with Amara? Share your thoughts in the comments or in the discussion thread for episode 10 .
I just know I'll be disappointed some way, but I have faith the episode will be a right good one!
But it does result in Sam's storyline being unendingly depressing IMO.
Sam and Cas previously have been possessed by external forces. And maybe Dean and Cas (could be) possessed by the mark / darkness combo, but again the show has spent the last 9 episodes entirely ignoring the idea that the mark was powerful in itself and regardless it never directly had an effect on Sam.
Technically Sam has been possessed by a super strong entity that wanted to destroy the world (Lucifer), Cas has been the same by the Leviathans. All three of them have been dead numerous times. What applies to Sam and Dean that doesn't apply to Cas until now?
I don't know, I guess it is just another retcon? I can definitely predict that if Cas ends up 'gone' for some reason there will be blame to be laid at somebody's feet ...
Sam and Dean have a soul and Cas doesn't? He's the only one with a grace, maybe? I don't know. I still question whether Cas has a soul. When Metatron turned him human, he had a soul, so does he still have it or not? lol. But other than that, I'm not sure what other distinction I can make between the three men. You raise some interesting points and questions. I like the way you think. :)
I'm hoping it tastes just like chicken!
I was not hoping that Sam would agree to being possessed by Lucifer. That would be a mistake and a retread, as you say. But I really wished that Sam would emerge with at least some small victory over Lucifer (other than just surviving), when it seems like because Sam pursued this avenue, he will now be largely responsible for freeing Lucifer (also a retread!) Moreover, I was hoping that the issue of Sam's faith would be ongoing, because it has been a rich and amazing story line for him. However, Carver's statement that going forward Sam becomes more of a realist in this regard than an optimist has totally deflated my hopes on that point. Finally, the one plot that has always belonged solely to Sam was Lucifer- he is apparently the only special friend Sam will ever be allowed to have!:) (although there's always Sully) Yet now it appears that this story will probably go to Cas. Hey, the guy needed a story, but couldn't they give him one of his own? I hope that you are right, and that the first half of the season wasn't just a weird fluke, but I found a lot of unsettling indications in the preview. Anyway, what time should I show up at your house with the scotch? Actually the scotch would be for you- it doesn't go well with crow, which is hopefully what's on the menu tonight! ;)
I did not read that; I see what you mean. I was on the same page with you in regard to Sam. I guess maybe our fears after the last ep are true: "If all we are left with is Sam being manipulated by and locked in the cage with Lucifer then the story is a mere, tedious redundant reliving of past horror and it destroys Sam's carefully and strongly built character development and growth this season of strength, facing fear, faith, accepting his path of hunter, and his personal meaning of being a hero". If proven true by the episodes then it does feel like a slap in the face to Sam and the viewer. I hate being strung along.
Plus there is a whole load of "splaining" to do- like how did Lucifer resurrect the image of young Dad and how was that supposed to lure Sam to the cage and how did Lucifer invade Sam's dreams. It also means no Gabriel!!!!! Okay, now I am getting depressed. And no Scotch in the house!!!!!!