Warning!!!! If you haven't seen the latest episode of "Supernatural" and the preview for next week, do not read this! There is going to be plot-based speculation and discussion! You've been officially warned!
Okay, so, not a whole ton happened this episode, but I still have a few things to talk about. So chime in if you have an opinion on any of the following.
The Crowley Situation
So what is up with Crowley? Can he just burn Sam like that because he owns Sam's soul? That's kind of strange, and I'm not sure I understand why that's happening. Of course, it's a very effective tool to use to make Dean fall in line. And I don't believe for one second that he will give Sam's soul back if they bring him and alpha. They need to get that written in blood and make it an unbreakable deal, no "Sub-A" clauses, or else he's going to find a way to worm out of it because he always does. But hostage situation is a very appropriate way of looking at this. I certainly was still thinking about it as some sort of deal, but we don't know for sure what it is.
Soulless Sam is Not a Better Hunter
Sam and Bobby both Sam is a better hunter now than he was before, but I call shenanigans on that. If Dean hadn't been there to temper him, Sam would have hauled off two innocent people before finally hitting on the right suspect. He even admitted to Dean at the end of the episode, crushingly, that he's killed innocent people in the line of duty. Sam is all shoot first and shoot questions later right now. And I'm sorry, but that is not a good hunter. That's a sloppy hunter. And wow, don't even get me started on the whole good cop/bad cop routine they were running on Lucky tonight. Sam was pretty cruel to that skinwalker. And I know he was a murderer and a perv and whatnot, but I was feeling bad for the guy during that interrogation. It was more like bad cop/worse cop, really.
Is Sam Finally Telling the Truth?
And now we come to the end of the episode and Sam's chat with Dean. At this point, I honestly don't know if Sam is telling the truth or not. He's been saying what he thinks people want to hear for months now, and he's been doing it to Dean for weeks, slowly letting out tidbits of truth. Maybe this was the real truth. But we, and Dean, have earned the right to be suspicious. So I'm hoping that he really does want to be the old Sam again. But the way he phrased it almost seemed like he didn't really want to go back but thought it might be for the best in the long run. Also, was it not freaky to hear Sam refer to himself in those terms, as the old Sam and the new Sam? Who else wants to know what he remembered about his old self that made him want to come back? I'm guessing it has something to do with Dean and all they've been through together, but it would have been nice to hear that. We get so few glimpses into Sam's head as it is! At the very least, maybe Sam dropping the act will help Dean separate this Sam from his brother because Dean wants his brother back so badly, and this just isn't him. Like Dean said, it looks like him and has his memories, but his moral compass is missing. He doesn't even have a moral sextant right now! The only thing that's keeping Sam from going off the rails right now is Dean, and I don't know how much longer they can keep going like this before Dean has finally had enough.
A Hard Truth
Alice brought up an excellent point in the CBox after the episode, so I'm going to include it here. Do you think Dean is going to have to face up to the fact that this could be Sam, that he's not going to get his soul back, that he won't ever be the brother Dean knew? What is Dean going to do then? I think he would part ways with him if that happened. He'd try to stay with him and keep Sam from hurting innocents for as long as he could, but I think it would just be too much in the end to see Sam this way. Dean would reach his breaking point somehow and would just leave. Maybe he'd try to go back to Lisa and Ben and make it work. Or maybe he'd go to Bobby's and hunt from there. But I just don't think he could stay with Sam indefinitely if he was going to be like this forever.
Okay, so what do you think? Anybody have any theories? And how ridiculous (in a good way) does next week's episode look?Faeries? Hee. Anything that makes Dean rant in the back of a squad car is good with me!