Warning!!!! If you haven't seen the latest episode of "Supernatural" and the preview for next episode (January 28th!), do not read this! There is going to be plot-based speculation and discussion! You've been officially warned!
Well, that was all kinds of awesome! Death, please drop by the show anytime you like because when you come around, it's pure gold for the viewers. So, unfortunately, we now all have until January 28th (sob!) to speculate about where the show is headed next. But let's start off with the biggest development of the evening, and that was...
Welcome back, Sam's soul
Sam got his soul back! As much as I have enjoyed this whole soulless Sam experiment, and I have enjoyed it very much, I'm pleased that Sam got his soul back. I'm looking forward to seeing Sam and Dean move forward as a team again, both of them with souls, and hopefully working on rebuilding their relationship. Of course, I'm sure there will be bumps and much man-angst along the way, but this is a positive step, and I'm pleased it happened. Not so pleased that we have to wait until the end of January to find out the repercussions of this re-souling, but it was still welcome nonetheless. Speaking of repercussions...
Just Another Brick
This wall idea is very intriguing. Sam's going to have an itchy mental barrier keeping his memories of Hell away from him. But I don't think it's going to stay whole the entire season. I think what's going to happen is small cracks are going to form, maybe even a bit of crumbling, and Sam is going to start remembering some things. I give him four episodes before something happens to jar loose some memories, and then things will start getting heavy again. Maybe Death will have to come back and do some wall repairs. Honestly, though, I hope the wall works because Sam was down there for over a year, with two badass angels kicking his soul, and I wonder how long it takes to start twisting a soul into a demon. Does it accelerate if the people torturing it are more powerful? Because what if Sam's soul is now part demon and the wall is the only thing blocking him from that?
The Natural Order (is stupid)
Death's lesson to Dean here was that even though he and his brother have escaped him on numerous occasions, those actions have consequences. And even if you outpace him for a while you can't outrun Death forever. Sooner or later, your time is gonna come, and that's just how it is. Death absolutely knew that Dean wouldn't last a day, but that wasn't really the point. He wanted Dean to see things from the other side, and I think Dean really did learn something from the experience. And maybe, just maybe, it will make him think twice about cheating Death again. Think finding out that his non-deaths have caused such a mess will give him even more guilt about whose lives were ruined because he didn't die? I'm leaning toward yes on that.
But the really interesting thing about that part, to me, was the whole "where does Death get his list from" idea. Who does decide when it's a person's time to die? Natural order of things seems so arbitrary. Which is probably part of the point, really, isn't it? Still, it was an extremely interesting point, one to ponder a while. There's probably not a very good answer to that question, is there?
Extra Crispy Wings
Man, one person you probably don't want to owe one is Balthazar. It's going to be nothing but trouble when that debt comes due. I hope we see more of him in the second half of the season, though, because he's very deliciously slimy, isn't he? Like a snake in the grass, that one. I'm hoping we get to see more of Cass' battle with Raphael, and Balthazar can certainly play a role in that. Plus, he isn't exactly fond of the Winchesters, mostly because they bruised his ego, and that is one large ego.
It was about darn time someone mentioned Adam, wasn't it? That was really starting to become a sticking point for me. Of course Dean was going to choose Sam over Adam, but at least there was recognition that Adam was down there, too. Now I just hope that either Michael has shielded him or he's gone somehow or Lucifer and Michael realized he was just a pawn and have more or less left him alone because I don't want him left behind down there. I don't. I didn't want Sam left behind, and I don't want Adam left behind.
Could Death BE Any More Cryptic?
When he called Dean an intrepid detective, I couldn't help but think, "Death, don't feed Dean's Batman complex!" But what the heck is he talking about with the digging and the souls and the importance and Dean will know when the time is right? I really don't know, but I'm guessing it has something to do with Purgatory and the war in Heaven. Vague, I know. What do you guys think? Perhaps my brain has shut down for the evening, but I'm kind of stumped on this. It's looking like a setup for the second half of the season for sure, though.
The Preview for 6.12
"Save yourself for the next new episodes?" I see what you did there, CW.
Okay, that's it for me, I think. Is everyone happy Sam got his soul back? Isn't 7 weeks just way too long to find out what's going to happen? More importantly, what awesome contraption will Bobby build in his house next? Also, I just want to say here that I've enjoyed our speculations about the first half of the season very much, so thanks for posting some great theories and for letting me have a place to indulge in my own speculating. I'm looking forward to resuming these conversations in the second half of the season!