WARNING!!! If you haven't seen "The Great Escapist" yet, read no further! There will be lots of spoilery discussion about what happened in this episode. So do yourself a favor and watch it before you head over here and talk about the episode.
I'm back from vacation! And I brought a nasty cold with me, ugh, so I apologize if this is a little rushed or doesn't make sense in places. Bear with me, I guess. I appreciate it!
Ben Edlund strikes again, huh? That was some episode. SO MUCH happened in 40-some odd minutes. Really good stuff. And now I'm dying to see how they resolve everything in 2 more episodes. Or maybe they won't on purpose! At any rate, I've got a theory of the week for you!
Theory Of The Week:
This is kind of in two parts. Part 1: What if the demon they cure is Adam? I want this to happen not because I think it's what they're actually going to do but because I want resolution of Adam's story, damn it! And I want him out of Hell. But think about it. He's been down there an awfully long time now. Maybe it's been long enough to turn him into a demon. Wouldn't it be great if they cure him and send him to heaven to be with his mom?
Part 2: This is what I actually think is going to happen, though. They're going to try and cure Crowley, but the TWIST will be that Crowley isn't actually a demon, so it won't work. They won't be able to close the gates of Hell in the finale. End scene, end season, continue in season 9. Because it would be the ultimate FU to Crowley to make him non-demon, if he is a demon, and forcing him to live on Earth as a nobody again. On the other hand, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be easier to "cure" a low-level demon that isn't very powerful instead of the King of Hell and all that.
And how do you think you cure a demon? My guess: you feed it angel grace. Burn out the demon from the inside. An angel made the first demon, so an angel unmakes a demon. Poetic, no? That's going to be Castiel's sacrifice in the finale. I don't think he'll have to give up all his grace, so he won't fall, but it will be enough to make him substantially weaker.
While you're thinking about those tidbits, let's bullet point the rest of the episode! I made a LOT of notes, so I'll trim some of the fat. But this may still be kind of long.
- "It's me. Now it's wet me."
- Kevin's right, though. What's the point of secret knock if they don't use it? Ah, because it's not the real Sam and Dean. I'm proud to say I got that one before they revealed it. Whoo!
- Scrubbing Kevin's short-term memory, eh? That sounds suspiciously like something Naomi would do.
- How did Crowley get to Kevin in the first place? That boat was super warded. And why didn't the Winchesters pay more attention to Kevin when he said Crowley was in his head? Weirder things have happened to them. I don't think they should have dismissed it so easily.
- Since when does Crowley have Stargates? Or he's been playing too much Portal.
- Awww, Kevin's taped message when he says he's dead. Noooo, that is sad. Also, Kevin, that was really smart of you to set up. Advanced Placement. Kevin, no, don't be sorry. NOOO, all of the Kevin feels.
- Dear Sam and Dean, maybe Kevin's not dead. And here's just a suggestion: if the last time you saw Kevin he was talking about Crowley and stuff, maybe go CHECK that he's dead? You know, just to be sure?
- Oh, Cass. He sits in a Biggerson's. That is really smart. I mean, that's really, really smart. Hey, they showed Pittsburgh! That's where I live!
- Stanford shoutout!!!!
- "You're not really supposed to say Indians."
- Naomi is SCARY when she gets righteous.
- Ooh, Cass has always been disobedient. I like the idea that Cass has always been on the edge of angel society, that he's kind of the thorn in their side because he questions things.
- "In the words of a good friend, "˜bite me.'"
- I thought they had never been to the Grand Canyon, though? Amusing farting donkey story aside, wasn't that something Dean said way back, that he wanted to go because they never had?
- When is the last time we had Native Americans in an episode? "Bugs?"
- Why does Crowley have an angel-killing Luger? Melted-down angel blade bullets. That is super smart.
- Crowley, you sneaky bastard. You have an angel on the payroll? Damn. What DOESN'T Crowley have? Growley. He doesn't have Growley anymore.
- NOOOOOOO, that is not cool, Crowley. You don't gutshot the pretty-boy angels!
- Whoa, Cass put the tablet inside himself. Cass is en pointe this episode! That was so smart.
- Also, Crowley, that was pretty good deductive reasoning, not gonna lie.
- Ooh, Sam, doesn't think he's clean ever since he was a kid. OUCH.
- Sam thinks the trials are purifying him. Called it! Whoo, I got one thing right for once!
- Dean's love of Henleys is fantastic. Never stop wearing those shirts, Dean.
- "What kind of angel are you? We're the friggin' Winchesters." Good point, Sam. Also, how amusing was it that he pulled a "don't you know who we are" thing?
- Holy shit, Cass, that was so badass. Digging a bullet out of his own body? And then shoving it into the other angel's eye??? BAMF!
- Kevin, ILU. He must have been in Advanced Placement Drama Club, too.
- I find it adorable that Metatron isn't an archangel in this universe. He was a secretary.
- God made plans for when he left, so I'm thinking he's not gonna show up again. He's watching from afar like this is some sort of science experiment.
- Kevin, I like it when you get saucy with Crowley.
- YES!!!!!!!!!!! Metatron, YESSSSS! That was a hell of a way to save Kevin.
- Wow, that is some heavy shit, Metatron. "Ask yourself what is it going to take to do this and what will the world be like when it's done."
- Kevin got the second half of the tablet. Kevin, you magnificent bastard.
- "To cure a demon." Third trial. Cure a demon. Yeah, what DOES that mean?
- "Well, we're headed somewhere. The end." Ominous, Sam. And reminiscent of a certain Lucifer line "We will always end up here." This time it's an ending of their own choosing, though.
- Do you think Cass tried to land in the Impala but missed because he's so hurt?