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.

Supernatural: Stairway to Heaven. Yep, Dean is totally insane.

I’m not going to call this a recap so much as a list of all the bad signs that were thrown our way in this episode.

Let me just start with Dean saying he’s not tired after just 2 hours of rest.  Does that sound familiar?  Say, when Sam was souless and didn’t sleep?  Or when he was being hounded by Lucifer ?(Am I the only one that misses Lucifer?  He was great. Well in the Joffery Lannister sense of the word, “great.”) All I’m saying is that sleeplessness has never boded well for these boys.

Second thing is Gadreel questioning Metatron’s actions.  This isn’t so much bad for the boys as much as just a sign that not all is great in Team Metatron. Now that we know that Metatron’s “plan” to influence the other angels was to blow up the leader of this other group and blame it on Castiel the exchange between him and Gadreel is obviously manipulative.

Thirdly I found it a bad sign that Dean and Sam made so much progress tracking down the angel that was the suspected mole. The angels are somewhat idiotic, but should know how to track someone down.  This just very publicly led to embarrassment for Cas which wasn’t so helpful for his cause. Planting seeds of doubt for Metatron’s later accusations (so are there even more angel’s in Cas’s army working for Metatron by undermining Cas’s authority?)

Now we’ve moved on to Dean’s anger.  I don’t think anyone believed that Dean walked off and left the First Blade in the bunker. Cas seems to know something a little more about the Mark and the First Blade then we do. We are getting longer and longer glimpses at the amount of power and anger that Dean has bottled up inside him these days and it ain’t pretty,

I think Tessa’s death/suicide shocked Dean a little bit though. Tessa reminded him of a time in his life that was both painful and special to him.  He met Tessa when he was dying (the first time) and when his family was finally moving in the right direction (until suddenly it wasn’t). I had hope for a minute that this would snap Dean out of it, but then. . . nope. The look on his face was disturbing right after he killed her.  He definitely got something out of it and it looks like we’ll learn more about that next week.

I really really liked Tessa’s character so I’m sad to see her killed off in this way.  Also Reapers weren’t straight up angels were they?  I can kinda buy that they were affected by the spell since Heaven is closed now, but I wish that they would have addressed this a little.

 

Now Cas is set up perfectly for his fall. Metatron tells enough of the truth to make all the lies about Cas seem legit, he’s asked to kill Dean (which we know would never happen), and he’s been framed for some really heinous acts. Brown headed angel seems super shady to me. She seems to support Cas throughout the episode, but she’s the first one to suggest killing someone to prove his innocence.  That just seems counter-intuitive. To the point that I think she was Metatron’s plant all along.

Which brings us to the most perfect moment of the show.  Yes Castiel. Yes, the three of you will be enough.  Of course they’ve had Bobby helping them in the past, but I’m sure they’ll figure it out this time around. The three of them are the only ones they can trust so that’s the safest bet anyway.

Oh yeah– about just the three of them.  So Dean is seriously having control issues when it comes to who he should try to kill or not.  Maybe Gadreel wasn’t who he needed to cut at that moment.  Of course he also saw Gadreel’s murder of Kevin as his own fault so he justifiably has anger issues concerning Gadreel. The anger and the craziness on Dean’s face here is intense.

A few loose ends:

Dean’s declaration that he is now running a dictatorship also doesn’t bode well for his storyline at the moment.  He needs to have a talk with Rick about how that works out.

Will Castiel be the one to save Dean after all?  I’ve thought it was going to be Sam this whole time, but maybe it will be Cas.

I’ve questioned the whole Mark of Cain thing and how it will affect Sam since the beginning.  We see in the previews Sam getting between Dean and someone he’s trying to kill which could potentially be bad news for Sam. I guess we’ll find out soon.

 

Well next week is it!  The season finale is quickly approaching which hopefully means we will get some answers then as well.