Supernatural as a whole has given me a real complex when it comes to trust. I watch every episode with wary eyes; just waiting for the next person to screw over Cass or our beloved Winchesters. So when Gabriel showed up, a complete surprise to me by the way, I was more than a little suspicious. I’ve always enjoyed his character, and was happy to have him back, but I’ve certainly never trusted him. And sure enough, as the episode played on, something wasn’t right and I began to wonder whether Gabriel was even Gabriel. And even now I’m still wondering. So after that, I spent the entire episode on high alert, not even knowing what to believe anymore! Talk about trust issues.
It’s really troubling to me, the power that Metatron seems to have to alter reality. It really shouldn’t come as a shock since I think we all remember angels like Zacharia, Balthazar and even Cass doing similar things in the past. But to be honest, the thought never crossed my mind until the episode began. And that got me wondering why Metatron waited so long to interfere if he had the ability. And then that got me wondering if he did wait or if he has been secretly interfering the whole time. Ok, that seems like a stretch to me. But do you see what this show does to me?
But back to my more plausible point, why did Metatron wait so long to interfere? It doesn’t seem like he finds Sam and Dean to be much of a threat. He even plans to enjoy watching them fail. That’s a mistake too many other dead people have made in the past. Still, he seems to be laser-focused on Castiel at the moment. Did he only just realize that he could use Cass as a pawn? If he offers Cass a place in heaven and a never-ending angel battery in exchange for the lives of rebellious angels, he knows Cass will say no. But even though he said no, those angels are Castiel’s only chance to take on Metatron because they are the only ones willing to go against him. And Metatron seems to think they will all die regardless. And this way he doesn’t owe Cass anything when it’s all over. Like he said, it doesn’t matter how he gets to the ending as long as everyone plays their part. And it seems like Cass is doing just that.
My one hope right now is that Gadreel will come to his senses. He’s been uneasy with his arrangement with Metatron since it began and this episode had him begging Dean for death. It’s clear that things are weighing on him. So my hope is that he will decide he no longer wants to play his part in Metatron’s story. If he does it right, I think he has a real chance to shake things up for Metatron. But the question is whether or not he is brave enough to go up against him. What do you think?
On top of all these concerns, we also have the Mark of Cain to worry about. That thing is really taking its toll on Dean. The way he looked at himself in the mirror gave me chills. And not the good kind. There is real hatred brewing inside of him and I’m really worried about when he won’t be able to contain it anymore. I really thought he was going to kill Gadreel. I was even yelling “No, no, no!” at the screen. But only because we needed him to trade for Cass. Otherwise, I was on board with Dean killing him. He has done and said too many horrible things. But thankfully, Dean was able to stop himself. Whether or not he could do that again is another question. He seems to be falling deeper and deeper into whatever spell this mark has put on him. And I can’t see a way out of it yet.
Things are looking pretty grim, people. Not only is Metatron taking the fate of Heaven upon himself but the fate of Hell is up in the air as well as Crowley and Abaddon fight for power. Castiel has decided to step back into a leadership role which always makes me a little nervous. He’s in a different place than he has been in the past so I think he can handle it. At least I hope he can. But I am extremely worried about his stolen grace “burning out”. Then we’ve got Sam and Dean fighting to hold everything together as they take on Heaven and Hell again. How these boys get out of bed in the morning never ceases to amaze me.
All in all I really enjoyed this episode. The theme of what makes a good story and what makes a story work was an interesting one. This episode definitely warrants a few additional viewings. I still feel like I didn’t fully grasp all that it was trying to accomplish. What did you guys think of the episode? Did you catch on to any themes that I missed? Do you have any guesses about this last part of the season? Can you tell me if Gabriel is alive or not?!
As usual there were a lot of interesting moments and plenty of good lines to point out. Gabriel was particularly on his game in this one.
I love any reference to the fact that there is a Winchester gospel.
I always enjoy when they do a special title card for an episode.
Dean in the shower. That’s all I will say.
Was I the only one who was totally impressed that Cass can send a picture text?
“We got some off the grid items here but this ain’t Diagon Alley, man.” Harry Potter reference for the win!
Cass: “That’s inappropriate.” He knows he liked it.
Gabriel: “Look, I dropped, I hid, I finally watched 'Downton Abbey'.”
Gabriel: “Crowley and aba-douche duking it out? Good times.”
Gabriel: “I hate continuity errors”
Gadreel: “Your insides reek of shame and weakness.”
This guy is really pushing my buttons.
Loved the shout out to Sherlock Holmes!
I am kind of sad that Metatron gave Cass knowledge of every book, movie and TV series he’s consumed. I love when Cass doesn’t understand references!
Metatron: “You are not the hero in this masterpiece. You are the villain. I’m the hero.”
Gadreel: “The two of you against the world, right?”
Dean: “Damn straight!”
Gadreel: “You really think Sam would do anything for you?”
Dean: “Oh, I know he would.”
Gadreel: “I’ve been in your brother’s body, Dean. He would not trade his life for yours.”
Dean: “Well, thanks for the rerun, pal. Sam’s already told me all that crap. Hell, he’s told me worse.”
Gadreel: “He told you that he has always felt that way? That he thinks that you were just a scared little boy who’s afraid to be on his own because Daddy never loved him enough? And he’s right, isn’t he? Right to think that you’re a coward. A sad, clingy, needy…pathetic, bottom feeder who can’t even take care of himself. Who would rather drag everyone through the mud then be alone. Who would let everyone around him die.”
Even though Gadreel was purposely pushing Dean’s buttons I know Dean worries how much of what he said was true.
Metatron: “Am I hitting my mark?”
Metatron: “Did anyone bring s’mores? Holy fire always gives them a delightful, minty aftertaste.”
Cass: “What have you done?”
Dean: “It’s a means to an end.”
Cass: “Damn it, Dean.”
Cass: “Hey Sam, you keep an eye on him.”
I am so worried about this!
Metatron: “My job is to set up interesting characters and see where they lead me. The byproduct of having well-drawn characters is they may surprise you. But I know something they don’t; the ending. How I get there doesn’t matter as long as everybody plays their part.”