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A Supernatural Blog - Season 6 Episode 10


"To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust." - John Kennedy

"No legacy is so rich as honesty." - William Shakespeare

"No revenge is more honourable than the one not taken." - Danish Proverb

Sorry these last two blogs are so late. Between the holidays and being busy doing other things, I just got woefully behind. Hoping to catch up before the new episodes begin again. Hope everyone's holidays were wonderful and happy new year to all. Here's to a great new year of episodes that will answer as well as pose (inevitable after all) questions about the fates of our beloved brothers.

I enjoyed this episode. I have to admit to a prejudice where Meg is concerned though. Nothing against Rachel Minor, but Meg will always be Nicki Aycox to me so I missed her as well as wished that she had been around to reprise Meg. However, I loved that the character got to reoccur again. Supernatural is great when it comes to its "regulars" whether it's a character or an actor playing a reoccurring character. The show writers understand that we fans pay attention and also become just as attached to our villains as we do our beloved heroes. They make it easy to do.

And speaking of favorite villains, loved that this episode starts with a mano a mano between Crowley and his shapeshifter doppelgänger. Mark Sheppard is a personal favorite both as an actor and as Crowley. His accent and the lines he utters throughout the episode, but particularly in this first exchange are hilarious! It made him becoming a villainous casualty a sad good bye. I'll miss him being this driving force towards the acquisition of Purgatory. His demise also ends that thread so does that mean there's a new King of Hell? Maybe Meg will take over? After all, she is Azazel's little girl. Crowley's pursuit of the alphas now ends which leaves their missions free to come to fruition, waiting on some kind of signal to unleash their building numbers onto humankind and who will be giving that signal exactly? I'll miss Crowley and Mark Sheppard.

“Iridium: rarer than Hell. It would’ve been cheaper to drop a castle on you.”

A hilarious exchange.

Of course, what I loved most about this episode was Dean. His continued evolution into someone who has learned from his mistakes and disappointments lecturing Samuel about making deals to resurrect loved ones. I reveled in him scolding Samuel about the Winchester family legacy:

“I’m asking you to learn from our mistakes. Doing this? This is how the bad guy gets us every time. It’s our Achilles’ heel. Apparently it runs in the family.”

I loved watching Dean's compassion here, truly understanding Samuel's feelings despite Samuel's declaration that Dean couldn't understand because he had learned to live without Mary, but we know that Dean understands all too well the sacrifice and the price for wanting what Samuel wants, Mary back alive, for needing someone back so badly that any price was worth getting that person back and Dean has paid dearly for making that choice so he's more than qualified to speak about how illl-advised the decision is. One can't help, but wonder though how much Dean has really learned, that Dean still harbors a blindness when it comes to Sam because of his pursuit of getting Sam his soul back, thinking it's the only way to get "his" Sam back, ignoring the advice of Cas, once again subjugating Sam's feelings about it as well as his instinct for survival.

"I'm not sure retrieving Sam's soul is wise."

"Wait. What? Why?

"I want him to survive."

"Who are you talking about?"

"Sam's soul has been locked in the cage with Michael and Lucifer for more than a year and they have nothing to do but take their frustrations out on him, do you understand? If we try to force that mutilated thing down Sam's gullet we have no idea what will happen. It could be catastrophic ."

"You mean he'd die."

"I mean if he doesn't. Paralysis, insanity, psychic pain so profound that he's locked inside himself for the rest of his life."

Dean also continues to feel doubt about Sam's conviction that he really wants his soul back which Sam confirms at the end of the episode. Sam insists that he does in the beginning, using his participation as Crowley's "alpha" big game hunter as proof, but we know it's half-hearted at best and when he hears Cas and Crowley both say that it isn't a great idea because his soul would be too damaged having been at the hands of Michael and Lucifer for a year, his instinct for survival becomes even more keen:

“When angels and demons agree on something, call me nuts, I pay attention.”

In a way, I can't blame Sam, but I also see the side of Sam that reacts in ways counter to the Sam we know and love and it hurts to see. One could argue that sometimes you can't stay the same person you were years ago, but it's one thing to grow up, it's another when you've become soulless. That can't be a good thing to be yet in supreme fashion, Supernatural makes you wonder, makes you question whether having a damaged soul is better than being without one. Seems like we're going to find out.

I did enjoy Sam's command over Meg. It was both cool yet scary. He seemed cold like a demon would act and yet watching Sam read Meg so well played like an advantage that I was glad was there. He was also clever about using his blood to draw a devil's trap even if it was a little creepy at first since I thought that he was drinking his blood to get strength or something, reminding us of how close to a demon transformation he was in Season 4.

Sidenote: I have to be honest, I loved that I was right about Samuel's motivation. It was about Mary as I suspected, but it was hardly a surprise or a leap to learn that. It's what a father would want for his child however misguided. Case in point John Winchester. I loved how Dean pointed out how present John Winchester was for his family and how discriminatory Samuel was being about his family. It was all about Mary. Still, I was with Dean all the way when he did something completely out of character for him and that was to defy family, to not choose to agree or follow Samuel blindly. You can see that Dean has learned his lesson and whether it was the right thing or not, time will tell, Dean threatened his grandfather for his betrayal:

“I’m the guy you never want to see again. Cuz I’ll make it out of here, trust me. And the next time you see me, I’ll be there to kill you.”

Yet, Samuel's words about Dean selling out his mother for Sam may not be that far from the truth, again, Dean's dogged pursuit of Sam's soul seemingly a blind pursuit of its own, his insistence to Cas that they would fix Sam if it turned out his soul was that damaged. That moment with Cas felt like the old desperate Dean again and I wondered what kind of price Dean would pay or more importantly what price Sam would pay for Dean's crusade that Sam needs to have his soul back? Will it be insanity? Will Dean lose Sam in a way that he could never imagine? Again, time will tell.

Still, Sam's words at the end of the episode shows a rebellion as well as a truth. When Dean tells Sam he doesn't mean it when he says he doesn't want his soul back, Sam says:

"No, I'm saying something you don't like."

And maybe that's a truth that Dean really doesn't want to hear.

I did enjoy this episode and as always, I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Thanks for reading. Appointment in Samarra next. Thanks for being patient.



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Here's the comment I couldn't leave earlier. :)

“I’m asking you to learn from our mistakes. Doing this? This is how the bad guy gets us every time. It’s our Achilles’ heel. Apparently it runs in the family.”

Lol, I loved that line too! And like you, I loved how Dean has changed and learned from his mistakes. I get the feeling that Dean's determined to get Sam back, but he's trying very hard not to repeat his mistakes completely. He seems to be thinking things out instead of blindly trying to find a way to get Sam back. And, with Sam's body there, I think he figures that he's halfway there already.

It was about Mary as I suspected, but it was hardly a surprise or a leap to learn that.

I had a feeling that it was about Mary too. She seems to be at the center of much of the mythology. I'm really curious about what they'll do with Samuel's character next. With Crowley gone, he's lost that chance to get Mary back, but will he try something else? There are other demons, other deals he could make... What would happen if he actually succeeded in getting Mary back? THAT would be a twist, lol!

Excellent blog as always! :)

-Laughter

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