By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Supernatural. Also, this is my first thoughts post on Supernatural. If I have time, I’ll go back and give my thoughts on the first two episodes.
Sam, Dean, and Castiel
Castiel’s curse was lifted by Rowena last night. For the first time in a long time, the Winchesters and Castiel are all healthy and ready to fight. If history is any indication, that won’t last long, but it would be nice if it did. I love the show and the characters, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve liked Sam and Dean both at the same time. For once, no one is addicted to demon blood, or soulless, or so damaged that he needs life-support from an angel (Sam has taken the majority of the pain), or bearing the Mark of Cain. For the first time since season one, the guys don’t have a personal disaster looming over them, just world-wide annihilation from the Darkness. No big deal.
The Darkness and Crowley
I love it when Crowley realizes that he’s bitten off more than he can chew. You can’t really blame him for thinking the Darkness would be a natural ally. He’s the King of Hell and the Darkness is God’s biggest enemy, so of course Crowley wants this force on his side. There was just no way for Crowley to foresee Amara, the physical embodiment of the Darkness, turning into such a glutton for souls.
Speaking of Amara, I’m happy with the way the writers fleshed out her character. I have to admit, I was a little underwhelmed by the Darkness at first. In the premiere episode, it looked like it could end up being a recycled and renamed Croatoan virus. Then episode two happened and we got our first look at baby Amara and her power. Now we see what’s she’s growing into, and it’s terrifying, but it’s also intriguing. Amara isn’t talking like she’s pure evil. She sees the world and thinks it’s beautiful, and then wonders how God can screw it up. I like the possibility of Amara looking at God and the angels and thinking she can do better.
I thought Rowena was a bit annoying last season, but the writers have found the perfect intersection of evil and humor with her. The character works best when she’s not stuck in Hell with Crowley, so as long as she’s on Earth building her “mega coven” then she should be fine. Hopefully the writers will avoid the family drama until it’s time to kill Rowena for good.
Thanks for reading!