In Supernatural 15.08, “Our Father Who Aren’t in Heaven,” Sam once again had to bravely face the massive trauma he suffered in The Cage. Though he never faltered, you could tell... it must have been hard on him.
Monster Mythology Evolution: Reapers
Reapers have been present in Supernatural almost from the word go. In the now classic episode “Faith”, we were introduced to a stoic and classic image of a reaper, harnessed by a woman playing with life and death. Her efforts backfired but only after it saved Dean, thankfully. Since then, we’ve come to learn a lot about reapers, understand the hierarchy of reapers as angels and even met Death – and his replacement.
It would be simple to say that a reaper is a symbol of death and leave it at that, but as we understand more of the reaper mythology within Supernatural and the evolution of these creatures ("monsters" seems harsh), it is more apt to say they are harbingers of transition - ends and beginnings. In Tarot, when the Death card appears, the reaper signifies a change, often a new way of thinking or a self-awareness to be reached. In some depictions, the reaper is stepping over a prone body of royalty – no force is powerful enough to thwart change being the implication. This is usually what the appearance of the reaper has meant on Supernatural, in a round about way.
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