Supernatural: Soul Survivor. Something good is bound to happen sometime right?

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Wow. This episode was packed full of all kinds of awesome.

We start out with Sam starting the curing process with Dean and of course everything isn’t going smoothly. Both boys are in pain. Sam emotionally and Dean physically. Dean may be a demon now, but he still remembers all the buttons to push. We only get to see a bit of the pain that Dean and Sam are going through before we switch back to the angel story. Have I mentioned I’m tired of this story line? Well we have Hanna mooning over Castiel and Cas finally picking up on it and we have Cas admitting that Sam doesn’t know the extent of what is going on with his Grace. Anytime some one wants to stab Hanna with an angel blade I’m cool with it. Just sayin’.

OK now back to Sam and Dean. Dean makes a very impassioned speech (one of many during this process) about how Sam is really the monster out of the two of them. Cue flashback. We get to see Sam pushing sleazy mustached dude from last week into making a crossroads deal with a demon just so that he can capture one in order to try to find out where Dean is. You’d think big long legged Sam could have gotten to Lester before he kissed the demon, but who knows. Maybe Sam thought there’d be more explanations from the demon before the deal was made. Ummm yeah maybe that was it. Although was Dean is saying is obviously affecting Sam it’s not really slowing him down with the sanctified blood injections.

Switch to The King of Hell meting judgments down on Abaddon’s followers. We see the demons trying to manipulate Crowley into doing what they think he needs to do. We even see a sad flashback/rundown of all of Dean and Crowley’s fun times. A new demon tries to team up with Crowley and thinks that he will get in because of his love for ” the classic rock and roll.”  Yeah it doesn’t work out so well for him.  We do find out that the demons are watching Castiel on his trip and keeping tabs on his health. Which becomes important in a bit.

Speaking of Castiel. Well– let’s not. Just know more tension and awkwardness.

Sam looks to be cracking under the pressure of watching Dean suffer, but Castiel helps remind him that if the blood kills him instead of curing him that’s all for the best. Dean does appear to be in pain, but that’s not slowing down his painful speeches. “I chose the King of Hell over you,”  and “I went as far away from you as I could. Away from the whining and complaining.” Or my personal favorite, “Maybe it’s the fact that my mother would still be alive if it wasn’t for you. That your very existence sucked the life out of my life.” Was that a crack in his voice when he said that line? Seriously though I found this painful to watch. It was nice to see Sam stand strong while Dean did everything he could to tear him apart. Well mentally at least.

Crowley now sees one of his followers commit suicide (in an uncomfortable manner) in front of everyone just so he doesn’t have to follow Crowley. I think this is what pushes him to what happens next. What happens next you ask? Well now we see Castiel trying to let Hanna down easy. Unsuccessfully. And then– wait! Can it be? Is someone going to take my suggestion with the Angel Blade and Hanna? Crap. No. After an angel fight with the angel on the run Crowley shows up and kills the psycho before she can finish killing Hanna. Thankfully Crowley takes her Grace and forces Cas to accept it making him all better for a little while. Obviously he has plans for Cas– but maybe just to help Sam cure Dean so that Dean is no longer a threat to his empire (this all happens in a longer time frame, but like I said I’m tired of the Angel story line).

OK we knew we’d have to have a sappy scene with Sam exploring his feelings with Dean and they do it perfectly.  Sam runs into some old pictures of Dean happy and loving. I’m really glad they didn’t go into it too much with Sam second guessing himself. Instead it just serves as a reminder and that the boys do love each other and if this works it will be worth all the pain. A now resolute Sam goes back to finish the job and shockingly finds Dean gone.

We now get to see Dean on the prowl hunting Sam and Sam on the defensive. Sam grabs some fancy keys and goes to cut the power all to try to trap Dean in the electrical room to try to talk some sense into him.  The only hitch in that plan is that Dean doesn’t want to face the pain of being human again so instead tears the door down so that way he can go and kill Sam. After a brief struggle and a barely missed hammer to the head it looks like Sam’s only option is to kill Dean with the demon knife. Thankfully the newly energized Castiel comes to the rescue forcing Dean back into his bonds. After another injection of blood Dean is back. The only thing that surprises me is that they released him right after the holy water no longer had an effect on him. I might would have done another injection to make sure all the demon was all gone. That’s just me though.

Seeing Sam relaxing and happy is something that has been a long time coming. I don’t know that he’s been this comfortable since before the trials. We also get to see a touching scene between Castiel and Dean. Dean is trying to beat himself up about trying to kill Sam and Castiel isn’t having it. Yes it’s everything that we could want in a Cas/Dean scene.

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The very last scene of this episode shows a mystery lady with 2 dead bodies nailed to the ceiling above her. Yeah cause that’s normal. Speculation is that this person is someone from Crowley’s human past. Perhaps his witch mother? I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

This season so far (especially if you take out the Hanna story) is one of the best in a long time. I’m very excited to see what is to come. What did you think of Dean being cured?

Supernatural: Reichenbach. Dean’s a Demon. No really, Dean’s a Demon?

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Just from the episode name we know that something big is going to happen this go round. Reichenbach Falls is where Sherlock Holmes famously fell to his death (OK well he magically survived as we found out later on) in order to defeat his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty. I know you all knew that, but just in case I thought it was worth mentioning. So as I said we know something big is going to happen.

Last episode we left off with Sam tied up to a chair with psycho friend about to kill him and Dean driving off into the sunset (or moonlight? Whatever.) Obviously Sam isn’t going to die here or that would have made for a very short season and a very abrupt end to the show. We pick up where they left off with Dean still being a jerk and Sam a little worse for the wear.

Psycho tells his sad story about his dad being murdered by Dean.  I’m wondering if they will ever explain why he killed him. Dean in 2003 wasn’t so quick to just kill someone so he would really have had to have a reason. Was he a monster and the son hasn’t turned into one (yet)? Or was he a witch? Or has Dean killed so many people that this one didn’t really stick out?

Two notes on this: 1. Seriously how did this kid not know about monsters if his dad was so involved that Dean killed him? 2. Is this archive footage? Cause Dean looks spot on, not creepy CGI that’s trying to make someone look younger.

Switch to Castiel not able to heal himself and Hannah creepily healing him. Have I mentioned I don’t like Hannah? Maybe I just don’t like demons in general, but I don’t trust her. I’m not on the Destiel bandwagon, but don’t like Castiel having a love interest. The closest relationship I bought like that was him and Meg and he was insane during most of that. Cas talks to Sam (who has escaped conveniently) and hops in a car (with Hannah) to go help try to save Dean. Insert sappy conversation and Hannah acting all weird.

They wreck (because Cas keeps forgetting he’s human and needs sleep) and Hannah continues to be creepy. Really the only thing that saved it this week for me with Cas’ story line was this:

Seriously he was adorable with that little girl. I need him to ditch Hannah and Heaven and all that junk.

Dean accepts a deal with Crowley to kill a woman for him to fulfill a crossroads deal and of course nothing goes as planned. Dean realizes that the husband is the worst of the two and decides to kill him instead which lead to a confrontation with Crowley.  Words were exchanged, Crowley was made to look like a fool in front of his minions which we know is not going to lead to anything good.

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So I take Dean’s side in all of this, but this is the first death that we have witnessed of a human. Up to this point we’ve only seen him kill demons that Crowley has sent after him. Will this be important later?

Dean betraying Crowley was definitely important. Crowley goes straight to Sam and rats out Dean’s location. At this time Hannah also visits Heaven and a shady conversation with Metatron happens. Yeah I can’t bring myself to care about this story. I need Cas to at least be a healthy human and be back with the guys. Heaven can wait. Or not. Really just be done with.

Back to Demon Dean sitting at a piano. We see him playing around with the keys and I have seen a few suggestions that he’s playing “Hey, Jude” which is what his mom would sing to him as a lullaby if so that is beautiful, but it’s kind of a stretch with the amount of sound they provide for that scene. I’ll pretend that it’s 100% legit so I can feel some love for Dean since he’s been a dick most of this (read all of this) episode.

Pleasantries are exchanged between the boys and Sam reminds Dean that they know how to cure demons. Dean rudely turns him down and it looks to be gearing up for a fight. Sam makes his dramatic speech and Dean laughs at him. Yeah things are not going well.

Thankfully Psycho shows up to pick that fight with Dean and very stupidly thinks he can kill Dean. Epic fight ensues in which Dean humiliates Psycho boy (yes I know he has a name, but I still think he’s a sideline character). And then Dean does what Sam couldn’t: he convinces Psycho boy that monsters do exist.

So here’s the thing. Sam was Satan. He drained demons to make himself more powerful even though he knew that he was killing the hosts. Sam has always needed saving from himself and Dean has fought him to make it happen. Dean killing one slimy human doesn’t measure up to that in my book.

Don’t get me wrong. Dean is different as a demon. True he still would have slept with whoever he could have, gone to strip bars and killed demons every chance he got, but he would have done it with more charm. He’s quicker to give into all those urges that he would have fought. Still there are enough traces of humanity there that I don’t buy that he’s all demon.

I predict that Dean will go through withdrawals for the blade and until he comes to terms with that he won’t stop fighting Sam. Other notes: they are going to regret giving the blade to Crowley, Psycho boy is still going to cause trouble, but will probably get killed for his efforts, and Sam needs to step up his game.  He let psycho boy get the drop on him and he’s not willing to do what it will take to cure him right now. Get it together Sam.

And finally I’ll leave you with this horrible image.  I found it on Tumblr and have linked the source if you click the image. It was too beautiful not to share.

Those were simpler times when Dean had just been raised from the dead by the host of Heaven, not a bloodthirsty heartless demon. Ahhh.

Supernatural: Do you Believe in Miracles? But. . .Dean?!

Wow.  Just wow.  They didn’t pull any punches in this episode. I’ve drug my feet a bit writing this just because I know this episode is going to be hard to watch again. I’m not going to have this post be a blow by blow of what happened in the episode, but rather talk about the big stuff, then throw out theories and mostly wallow in some emotion.

We start out with Angry Dean being pulled off of Gadreel and then Sam and Cas lock him up in the dungeon to go help Gadreel. I think even Dean at this moment realizes that something is up (after all he’s not really the type to vomit in the corner).

One very serious thing before we move on: Can you read the above GIF set and not sing “Let it Go” in your head at the end of it? If you can– consider yourself lucky– and probably childless.

Back to the episode let me just say that the raw emotion that Jensen Ackles’ conveys in this episode is heartbreaking. From the beginning when he is enlisting Crowley’s help to kill Metatron to the end when he’s, well. . .let’s not talk about that yet.

I’ve expressed my love for Gadreel before and I’m really glad that he had an ending as a character that redeemed his actions against the boys and Kevin. I’ve never thought that Gadreel would have acted as he had if he had known the whole situation. I also bought that the panic he felt being caged again in prison would have pushed him to sacrifice himself to save Castiel. Oh, and I still think Hannah is messed up.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

You can finally rest, Gadreel.

Now to focus on the worst thing ever in the history of anything. Dean is dead. Dead and the Winchesters have run through their “Get out of Jail Free” cards pretty quickly. Oh and Sam? You wouldn’t save Dean if he died? How many times did you say that?

Yeah I don’t think that any of us bought that Sam would sit back and let Dean die if he was hurt. And this? This was when I started crying:

I’m proud of you boys too Dean. At this moment there was no throwing things in each other’s faces, no frustration, just the love that all us fans want to see between the boys. Just. Perfection.

After all of Sam’s declarations that when they die they should just die I found it interesting that he didn’t even hesitate before saying that they would find a spell and then after Dean had died he went straight away to summon Crowley. Does he plan on making a deal? Or does he think he can just demand that Crowley saves him since Dean killed Abaddon for him? I do know that he isn’t expecting what is actually happening.

So yeah. Dean is dead and Cas finds out about it from the douchiest douche ever.  Out of all the evil angels I’ve hated Metatron the worst. Zachariah and the others KNEW they were messed up, but did what they did anyway. Even when Cas was evil Cas I still loved him. Metatron should have known better, but was horrible in the Yellow King way, or that husband that beats his wife to teach her a lesson. I can only imagine what Cas is going through sitting there, thinking Dean is dead and having Metatron brag about killing him.

That’s why it made me so happy to see Castiel outwit Metatron. Metatron, who this whole story arc has thought he was smarter, more conniving and better prepared then everyone else, got screwed by his magic Angel CB, a device that he had made to control the Angels even more than he was. The fact that Cas was able to do this was a testament to everything he’s picked up from the boys over the years. Sometimes when you can’t overpower your enemy it’s best to outsmart them. I really wish that Cas had shoved that angel blade into his throat. OK maybe not. Maybe Cas doing the right thing will show all the other angels that he really is the best little angel ever. He definitely showed more control than I would have expected. After all this is Dean we are talking about. Yes, Metatron took his Grace away, but now he’s taken Dean away from him too.  All Destiel-ness aside Dean really is special to Cas.  He’s the human  thing that has been there for Cas no matter what.

Now back to the whole Dean issue.  He’s definitely dead.  I was hoping for a last minute Angel healing or some other type of miracle, but no dice on that front.  Well and then Crowley shows up. Crowley who has never been evil for the sake of being evil, but just manipulative for his own gain. We now see how long of a game he’s been playing with Dean. This bromance just got serious.  Cause this is what happened:

Evidently after you die after you get the Mark you become a demon.  Yeah that would have been an important detail to find out Dean before taking on this thing. Cause don’t you remember that turning into a demon is kinda your worst nightmare?

I wonder how Sam is going to react to this new development. After all Sam has been in a similar– if not quite so extreme position when he was addicted to demon blood and Dean reacted like this:

I hope that Sam handles this better. I hope that Sam has learned his lesson about helping Dean instead of fighting with him. Sam does like to pick fights and whine about Dean’s decisions though. I guess we’ll find out in October.

We also have another big thing that needs to be solved quickly. Cas is dying too. He needs to get his Grace back ASAP so he doesn’t burn out and die.

The things that I will stew on between now and October:

  1. How will Dean behave now that he’s a Demon? Will he fight it or is all his humanity automatically gone? Will he be a crazy bad demon since he was a hunter for so long and so will know all the tricks?
  2. Will Sam and Cas work together to try to cure Dean? After all they’ve established that you can cure a demon.
  3. How close is Cas to death? Where is his Grace now?
  4. Will Crowley regret pushing Dean into demonhood? What if Dean takes control of Hell? He is an overachiever after all.
  5. Will God ever step back in to take control of Heaven? After all they are once again without a leader which means yet another war for power.

October can’t come quick enough.