These boys don’t know how to let go do they? OK let me rephrase: Dean doesn’t know how to let go of Sam. Season 1 their dad sells his soul to save Dean and leaves Dean wracked with guilt. Then in season 2 Dean sells his soul to bring Sam back from the dead and then they spend a bunch of time trying to fix that. Oh wait, then his whole “getting dragged to hell” thing caused even more issues. Yet, while Dean was in Hell and during “Mystery Spot” were the only times that Sam really worked to get Dean back. My theory? It hurts too much. Or perhaps Sam has decided it hurts others too much.
As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Dean’s visit to hell caused the Apocalypse and Sam’s visit to Hell caused him to be a soulless jerk for over a year. Now his Gadreel possession has cost Kevin Tran his life. (From the view of the writers though, Kevin had to die in order to get Crowley back out there. There is no way that Kevin would have agreed to letting Crowley go). I will say that the desire to stay alive has cost the world and both the boys so much and if I was Sam I’d be questioning this as well. (Now don’t get me wrong– I love this show and don’t want the boys to die, but I can see why they would want to die).
OK getting back to this episode though Kevin is dead, Dean is left to deal with the guilt and clean up the mess. Then of course make some more mess with a very manly display of anger. The interactions between Dean and Cas this episode are pretty great though. It’s nice to see them back together not (really) keeping secrets from each other and working towards a goal.
Cas supports Dean even though really Dean did screw a bunch of crap up. Usually we see Dean in this position. After all Cas tried to become God and then screwed up even worse by trying to make amends for all the wrong he did. Which made his comments to Dean mean that much more meaningful.
Dean didn’t really buy it, but it was at least enough to get him working towards a goal again. Which brings us back to Gadreel.
Part of me feels sorry for Gadreel. He is getting played hardcore by Metatron. I can’t help but think that if Metatron hadn’t come along and fed him a bunch of crap that Gadreel really would have healed Sam and then moved along. My hope? That Gadreel will realize how full of it Metatron is and will take him out. That would slightly make up for what he has done to Dean, Sam and Kevin. Slightly. Just a tiny bit.
Surely he has to be second guessing his choices. I predict that killing his friend will eat away at him and this will start him on the road to take down Metatron. After all who can forget this face?
Moving on. I loooooove, love, love Crowley as the good bad guy and it looks like we are going to see even more of this. On a side note I think this show does an amazing job with the image of the demon and angel possessions. This moment was pretty cool to watch:
and also this line:
Look at Dean, trying so hard to make it right, yet still get his way. I never had a doubt that as soon as Sam realized what was going on that he would be able to kick Gadreel out. I wonder if now that he’s not possessed if he will be able to shed light on Gadreel’s real personality and if he will remember what Metatron did and said to control him. The boys break ups never lasts too long so I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
I will also be judging how Sam handles what Dean did and what Dean said when he left him. Dean would have gotten angry, stormed off, and then gone and found Sam again and done whatever it took to make sure that he was OK. Will Sam walk away and leave Dean to his depression? They are obviously back together by the next episode, but I wonder who initiated that contact.
Now to address the Crowley/Abaddon dynamic. All I will say is Crowley will crush her and I will enjoy watching every second. Anyone that says otherwise is selling something.
I also enjoyed this graphic:
This season is such a huge improvement over season 8 that it makes me super excited to see what is coming next and I can’t even express how excited I am to see that Tahmoh Penikett looks like he is going to be back for a while. I loved him on Dollhouse (and Smallville) and am excited to see what he brings to Gadreel. I know we are going to be introduced to Cain (as in Cain and Able) this season AND they are planning a spin off around episode 20 (which makes me half excited and half apprehensive). I think we are going to keep seeing this season get better and things are always better when Crowley is helping them out.
Is it Tuesday yet?