How in the World Could Supernatural End Well?

Happy Supernatural Day, SPN Family! All week I’ll be talking about the show, extending Supernatural Day into an entire week of saving people, hunting things, and the family business.

If you aren’t caught up on the show, be warned that there will be spoilers in this post, so read on at your own risk! 

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If you checked out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly–the one that has Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and the Impala on the cover–you might have seen the big news they shared about the 300th episode of the show. Namely, that they think 300 episodes, should the show make it that far, would be a great place for Supernatural to end.

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Okay, I know talking about the end of Supernatural does kinda suck, but at the same time I really like that they’re looking at an end game to the show. For such a long-running show, I’m sure there is a great temptation (at least on the part of the network) to let Supernatural run its course until the viewership has utterly abandoned it. So I’m glad that Jared and Jensen, at the very least, are looking at a way to end the show well. If you’ll recall back at Denver Comic Con this year, Jeffrey Dean Morgan even mentioned in his panel how he’d love to return for the final episode of Supernatural (especially if Jensen directed). If the 200th episode is any indication, Supernatural knows how to celebrate big milestones well.

But how could they end the show on a note that fans could be okay with? After all, I’d hate to see Supernatural go out in a manner similar to How I Met Your Mother, with most of the fandom frustrated with–and straight up rejecting–the ending. Even worse, the season five finale–the original series ending that the show’s creator, Eric Kripke imagined–was kind of a solid series ending. So what could the show do to end the show well since episode 300 will take us into season 14, several season past the originally planned 5?

Leave the Boys in a Believable Situation

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Except, you know, for the times you literally kill Death.

I’ll be honest, I’d love to see the show end with Sam as a Man of Letters (maybe, anyway, I’ve got my doubts about that whole group lately), Dean happy and with a family (I’ll just say it, I liked him with his little family with Lisa), and Castiel either safe in heaven or hanging out in the bunker with Sam and Dean. But honestly, I’m not sure if that’s the most believable choice. After all, Sam and Dean always talk about things will end bloody for them, and every attempt they’ve made at a normal life has failed. So while I DON’T want one of them to die and the other to live, it might make more sense for the show to end with both of their deaths, and with them up in heaven–then they could hopefully hang out with Cas, Charlie, Kevin, John, and (potentially) Mary there. I feel like that is the closest to a happy ending that they could get. However, one of the things I loved about the ending to season 5 was that there were so many open-ended stories. Would Sam ever reunite with Dean? Would Dean hunt again? What would Castiel do now that the apocalypse had been averted? What was the deal with Chuck disappearing after he wrote “the end”? There were so many ways for us to speculate on what came next for everyone. While an open-ended finale like that could be cool, I do wonder if, after 300 episodes, we should get some sort of finality with the boys. I’m not sure, but for as much as I want the boys to live happy, “apple pie” lives, I think I’d feel a bit cheated if the show ended with them magically finding a way to live that life. I want as happy of an ending as we can get, but I want to believe it. After all, if we’ve all put in 300 episodes, I’d hope we could find a solid place for the show to land.

Don’t Force Any Romances On Them

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I’ll be honest, my favorite part of the Amelia relationship was Sam getting to finally have a puppy.

I’m okay with the boys having romantic relationships, but I want them to make sense. I don’t want to see them paired up with someone simply to give the finale of the show gravitas or to introduce a woman into the story to inspire the Winchesters to action or create conflict. They’ve had some really great relationships introduced on the show, with Lisa (I know a lot of the fandom hates her, but I don’t know why), Jo, Jess, Madison, and Cassie. However, most of those women ultimately died or their relationship crashed and burned. The women the Winchesters date are often times plot devices rather than actual people. So if they want to end the story with the boys in a relationship, great, but for it to be a solid ending, it needs to make sense, be a healthy relationship, and portray the boys’ partners as actual people.

Answer Some Lingering Questions Definitively

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Where are you, Adam?!?

Like I said before, I’m cool with leaving some loose ends. It lets us as the audience speculate and draw our own conclusions about what really happens once the cameras stop rolling. That’s awesome, and I’m for that. But for some of those lingering, nagging questions, like what actually happened to Adam and where is John Winchester, I’d like to finally get a straight answer. I’m probably alone on this, but I’d really like to know if Meg is in purgatory or if she was “redeemed” enough to go to heaven. I’d like to think she’s in heaven, but I always liked that crazy demon. I also am pretty sure Meg would hate heaven, but that’s another issue entirely…

Give a Final Nod to the Metasodes

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The fact that Supernatural can pull off having Supernatural on Supernatural in several different mediums from books to the show itself to a musical is a crazy feat. This show is incredibly self-aware, and the metasodes and meta-jokes are some of my favorite things that they do on this show. While I don’t think making the 300th a metasode like the “Fan Fiction” is the right call, I’d like to see the show give that part of the story one final send off.

Leave the Show Where it Began: Family

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I still ship Ellen and Bobby, I’ll admit it…

Family is the anchor to this show. It’s what keeps us tuning in, even when the stories get a little too crazy (like being able to incapacitate the oldest, strongest monster of all with cleaning supplies, for instance). Regardless of what happens when the Supernatural story finally ends, as long as it keeps the story rooted in the importance of family, it will do the show justice. It’s what made the end of season 5 so good. It left us with that wistfulness of Sam coming back from hell, but not wanting to take Dean away from his “normal” life, and Dean trying to make life work with Lisa and Ben because he promised Sam he’d try. The show’s “family don’t end with blood” through line is what gives it heart, and it’s what makes the show more than a campy monster hunting show. While I do hope the 300th episode gives us more straight answers on where Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley all end up, as long as they remember that this is a story about the family business, the ending will feel right.

What would you need to see in a final episode for it to feel “right”? What do you hope they avoid? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

Welcome to Supernatural Week and the Season 12 Teaser

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On September 13, 2005, Supernatural first hit televisions. It’s been over a decade since the pilot episode aired, and to celebrate the show’s unusually long life the 13th has been officially deemed “Supernatural Day”. Well, the thing is, I didn’t feel like allowing one day for Supernatural appreciation was right. So here at Distracted Blogger, we’re going to be celebrating Supernatural Week.  I’ll be talking about the new season, the bomb Jared and Jensen dropped in the EW article (I won’t spoil that in this post), Always Keep Fighting, and more. I have been re-watching the entire season this hellatus, so I can’t wait to talk about All the Supernatural Things with you this week!

So let’s start this week off right with a first look at what’s in store for us in season 12. Take a peek. Season 11 spoilers ahead, obviously:

You guys, I have really mixed feelings about the UK branch of the Men of Letters. Sure, Sam and Dean have created (accidentally or not) quite a lot of problems for people on earth, but I feel like capturing Sam and torturing him is kind of an extreme reaction. It also feels like far too brutish a reaction for a group of people known for being chronically stuck between the pages of the book while they save the elbow grease for hunters. I really loved the idea of Sam becoming a full-time Man of Letters, but seeing some of the people that would be his UK colleagues has got me wondering if that’s a good idea.

Also: MARY WINCHESTER, YOU GUYS! I am so incredibly excited to see Mary back in action, and back in pants. I’m a bit worried about Sam and Dean spending actual, real time with their mom since she’s become this ethereal, perfect creature in their minds. Seeing a real woman with real flaws could be really hard for the boys, and put a rift in their relationship that doesn’t need to be there. We don’t know if Mary’s return is something that will stick, so I’d hate for her to be sent back through the veil (or worse, for her to be killed again) and the boys have this John-style relationship with her. Of course, things won’t just be hard for the boys. We know that Mary never wanted her children to be hunters, so it will have to be heartbreaking and infuriating for Mary to see her boys living the exact kind of life that she never, ever wanted for them. If the boys let slip too much about their childhood, you know Mary is going to be absolutely furious with John.

What do you think of the teaser? What are you most excited about in season 12? What do you hope to see this season? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

5 Things I Want In Season 11 of Supernatural

Supernatural is coming back into our lives TONIGHT, and I simply cannot wait. However, the last couple of seasons have presented us with a very unique set of challenges…

Before I continue, let me just say that there will be some spoilers ahead. So if you’re not fully caught up on Supernatural, read past the title card gif at your own risk.

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…it’s been a while since Sam and Dean’s relationship was the lovable bromance that we all know so well. After Sam nearly died from completing The Trials, and spent a good chunk of the season possessed by Gadreel PLUS Dean’s transformation after getting The Mark and, you know, dying, our boys haven’t been our boys in some time.

Judging from the new season’s trailer, it looks like this season is gonna be crazy, and after seeing the first look at tonight’s premiere, it seems like the season is gonna start off at a crazy pace IMMEDIATELY–which I’m all for. While I have some big questions that I hope get answered in the premiere–like what The Darkness is, for one–there are some other things I’d really love to see this season. Here are my top 5 in my Season 11 wishlist:

More Of Claire Novak, Sheriff Donna, and Sheriff Jody

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Really, I just want a spin-off about Sheriff Jody, Sheriff Donna, Claire Novak, Krissy Chambers, and Jody’s new, adopted daughter. However, until that dream becomes a relity, I hope we get to see more of these awesome women this season. Claire especially. Her relationship with Dean is one of my faves, and now that Charlie is dead, Dean has an opening for another little sister–not that anyone can replace Charlie, but his relationship with Claire does remind me a bit of his relationship with Charlie. Oh hey, since I’ve mentioned Charlie, might I also say:

Bring Back Our Faves!!!

I’m looking at you, Kevin Tran,  Charlie Bradbury, Gabriel, Bobby Singer, Jo Harvelle, Meg, Ash, and maybe even a check-in from good ol’ John Winchester. While I’d be happy to just see Kevin, Charlie, and Gabe again, I’d love it if we’d see more of our dearly departed faves. Especially now that Death is, awkwardly, dead, I feel like it’s more of a possibility than ever. Plus, we know Osric Chau is on board…


…so I feel like this should be greenlit like, yesterday. And hey, speaking of John Winchester…

Can We Get An Update on Where the Hell John Winchester Is?

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We know that, after the gate to hell was opened, John escaped, protected his boys, and then he sort of…vanished. We also know that he’s noticeably absent from heaven, and Dean didn’t run into him in Purgatory either. So where is John, exactly? Obviously, it’d be awesome to get Jeffrey Dean Morgan (though I do love Matt Cohen’s John Winchester) back on the show, but ever since he died in the Supernatural-verse and finished haunting Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, his career has kind of taken off. So a big problem of bringing Old John back onto the show is Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s schedule. BUT even if they can’t get the actor back, I’d love to hear a word or two about John’s whereabouts. And maybe something about Adam’s fate too, while we’re at it.

More Ghostfacers!

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The last time we saw our favorite ghost hunters, their relationship was ruined in season 9 thanks to Ed’s invention of the monster Thinman–it was also the least subtle parallel to Sam and Dean’s relationship which was fracturing thanks to Dean’s lies to Sam about Gadreel. I love, love, LOVE the Ghostfacers, and it makes me so sad to think that we’ll not only never see Harry and Ed again, but that we’ll never actually know if the two make up. So I would LOVE to see an episode with those two again. They are hysterical alongside Sam and Dean, and I just really want the Ghostfacers to get back together again–even if it’s only to be buddies, not ghost hunters.

The Boy Are Friends Again

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I’m really over Sam and Dean not being friends anymore. After the giant rift between the two of them because of the whole Gadreel thing, then Dean slowly descending into what would become Demon!Dean (I still hate the name “Deanmon“), the even worst post-Demon!Dean Dean, and Dean blaming Sam for Charlie’s death, it’s been a LONG time since Sam and Dean were pranking each other in diners. I really miss that, and I hope we get more of their friendship this season. I’ve heard through the grapevine that this should happen, and I so hope it’s true.

First Look at the Supernatural Premiere!!!

Supernatural premieres next week, friends!!!

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It’s time to get excited–and probably a tad bit concerned–about what the HECK is going on now that the Darkness has been released. To help get you into the fall premiere spirit, take a peek at this first look into season 11. Enjoy!

Got any initial theories? Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to catch the Supernatural season 11 premiere on Wednesday, October 7, 9/8c on the CW! 

Everyday Cosplay: Rowena

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Supernatural, but lately I’ve also become obsessed with the newest cast member of the show, Ruth Connell, who plays the amazing Rowena, witch extraordinaire and Crowley’s mother. Rowena is awesome, and even though she’s a bit evil, I kind of love her.

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I’m fully obsessed with her attitude and her killer Scottish accent–seriously, I could listen to her say “Fergus” all day. Look at this gif:

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…you can actually see her accent–she’s also got some amazing style. While I can’t give myself her gorgeous head of long, thick, curly red hair, I knew that I had to try to channel a bit of her sassy, Scottish style into an everyday cosplay look. Of course, she’s got a knack for wearing fabulous gowns, so I included two dresses in this one, just because it’s isn’t truly Rowena without a few fabulous dress options.

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Are you as obsessed with Rowena and her style as I am? What do you think of her story arc this season on Supernatural? Let me know in the comments! 

Supernatural’s 200th Episode “Fanfiction” Airs Tonight

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Can you believe Supernatural has been around for 200 episodes? It’s been about a decade of saving people and hunting things, and tonight the boys will embark on their most challenging issue yet: the musical (ish) episode.

I’m not going to be able to watch “Fan Fiction” live because I’ve got ballet and Nutcracker rehearsal, but for all of you who are watching live and are on Twitter, be sure to follow Jensen Ackles’ Twitter and Misha Collins’ Twitter. They’ll both be live-tweeting during the show. According to a tweet from Misha, Jared Padalecki will be on an airplane during the episode, so he won’t be able to live-tweet. Though it’s worth checking his Twitter since you might get some classic Padalecki airline complaints, which always fun to watch unfold.

Will you be watching tonight? Are you excited about “Fan Fiction”, or do you think the episode will be stupid? Let me know in the comments! Happy hunting, Supernatural Family!

Supernatural Recap: Soul Survivor

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Be sure to check out my recap of last week’s episode, “Reichenbach“, and as always, for those not caught up on Supernatural: spoiler alert.

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This week’s episode of Supernatural had Jensen Ackles returning to his role as director, and he did an amazing job! Let’s talk about the episode.

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Supernatural — “Soul Survivor” — Image SN1001b_0177 — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Erica Carroll as Hannah– Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

At the start of the episode, Cas’ grace was all but spent, leaving Cas moments away from death. Despite Cas’ waning health, he and Hannah spend a great portion of the episode travelling cross-country to help Sam cure…*sigh* Deanmon.

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I promise I’ll never call him that again…. Anyway…

This isn’t great because Adina (Remember Adina and Daniel? The two hippie angels from the first episode? Cas and Hannah killed Daniel?) has been tracking Cas and Hannah, and she decides to beat Cas to death while Hannah watches. Not nice. Luckily Crowley is able to swoop in and save the day (not often you get to say that, eh?) killing Adina, taking her grace, and giving it to Castiel.

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Though this isn’t a permanent fix, it does sort of “restart” Cas’ clock. It also quells my worry, at least for this week, that Hannah will die so Cas can use her grace.

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Sam and Dean are back in the bunker, and Sam is working on curing Dean the same way he nearly cured Crowley.

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The only problem is, curing Dean is proving to be far more challenging than Sam thought. Not only is Demon Dean playing some hardcore emotional games with Sam, it also seems like the cure is killing Dean rather than fixing him. With Sam so worried he might be killing his brother, Sam doesn’t think about what happens when Dean’s blood has a higher human-to-demon ratio. Hint: it means Dean can escape the devil’s traps Sam has used to trap him, and allowing Dean to wander around the bunker, hunting down Sam with a hammer.

scary deanSam also comes thisclose to killing Dean with the demon bade after Dean tries to bash Sam’s brains out with his hammer.

doitThankfully, before Sam has to make the choice to either keep running from Dean or kill him, Cas appears, and performs an actual attack hug.

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Sam is able to get Dean back into the dungeon, and he finishes the cure.

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Dean Winchester is saved.

So much for the “year” of the Deanmon Demon Dean, amirite? I have to admit, after last week’s episode, I’m glad we have regular Dean back. Last season was incredibly brutal with Sam and Dean being at odds with one another after the whole Gadreel thing, and then with Dean growing darker and darker as The Mark took over, seeing Dean really embrace the demony darkness these past episodes as Sam tried desperately to rescue him while Cas died quietly in the corner?

feelingsStill, it did feel like a rather quick wrap-up of Dean’s stint as a demon. While I’m sure we’ll unpack more of Dean’s time as a demon/Sam’s time making questionable choices while hunting Dean, and there is still the issue of ridding Dean of the Mark of Cain, the Demon Dean story arc is largely over. Just like that.

In fact, this episode kinda moved us right along from Demon Dean with the episode’s big WTF moment where we met a red-headed woman–Was I the only one who thought it was Abaddon?–who apparently has a thing for hanging dead men from her ceiling.  That’s literally all we know about her at this point, so I’m interested to see what she has in store for us.

It also seems we’ll be getting sort of a palate cleanser from all the dark, heavy, twisty stuff with a good, old-fashioned werewolfy MOTW episode in next week’s “Paper Moon”. Judging by this picture…

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…it looks like next week will bring the return of werewolf Kate from one of my favorite episodes (though it gets a bad rap from some fans), “Bitten“.

It makes sense that next week will be relatively light because the episode after “Paper Moon”– that The CW says will not be airing until November 11–is the big, 200th, musical-ish episode, “Fan Fiction”.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still an episode between now and “Fan Fiction”. You can see the preview for next week’s episode, “Paper Moon”, below, and be sure to let me know what you thought of “Soul Survivor” in the comments!

Supernatural Recap: Reichenbach

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If you haven’t checked out my recap of last week’s episode, head over here. And if you’re not caught up with Supernatural, this is your official spoiler alert.

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 I’m gonna break this up into two sections. The Cas, Hannah, and Metatron section, and the Dean, Crowley, and Sam section.

Let’s start with Cas and Co:

Cas was in bad shape during the season premiere, and he’s only doing worse this week. While Cas seems pretty content to just let himself waste away, Hannah isn’t cool with him dying. So she pays a visit to heaven-jail and tries to get any remaining bits of Cas’ grace from Metatron. It doesn’t go too well, to say the least.

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Metatron is willing (or at least he says he’s willing) to hand over what remains of Cas’ grace in exchange for his freedom. Hannah is willing to make that trade, but Cas walks in and stops her. He also does a bit of smack talking about how, though he may be dying, his happy place is resting in the knowledge that Metatron is rotting away in heaven-jail. Metatron does some smack talking back about how he’ll get out and kill everyone. You know, pretty standard. Ultimately, Cas is still dying, Metatron is still locked up, and Hannah is still trying to figure out a way to save Cas.

Unexpected favorite thing of this episode? Hannah. This is the first episode where I’ve started to actually care about her. We’re starting to see a bit more of her personality apart from being a soldier, and we also get to see her genuine care and concern for Castiel. More importantly, we’re seeing some of that angel awkwardness we haven’t really experienced since we were first introduced to Cas.

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I love this show, but I also know what it does to female characters that I love. I mean…

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…and also…

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…and lest we forget…

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I could go on, but you get the idea. I have a real sinking feeling that Hannah is going to die and give Cas her grace. I mean, I don’t want Cas to die, but I’m really hoping that we don’t have to pick between Cas and Hannah. Her character has some real potential, and I’d love to see where it takes us. We’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks. I’m pulling for ya, Hannah!

Let’s move on to Crowley, Sam, and Dean: 

Demon Dean was kinda intriguing in episode one, I’ll admit it. Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t as freaked out by Demon Dean in the premiere as I thought I’d be. He didn’t seem insanely different from Dean, just a lot more lecherous and a lot more violent.

That definitely changed in Reichenbach. Holy crap.

First off, he flashed the demon eyes a lot more this episode.

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He defied the King of Hell (who had been helping Dean feed the Mark, remember) in front of two other demons, simultaneously hitting Crowley right in the bestie-feels:

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When Sam finally found Dean and promised to help him, Dean responded by saying:

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Then he threatened Sam again after Sam captured Dean, and tried to take him back to the Bunker:

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And, most horrifyingly of all, when Sam mentioned how messy the Impala was, Dean actually said:

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Just a car?!?

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Yeah, okay, I’m officially freaked out by Demon Dean. Major props to Jensen Ackles for his amazing portrayal of Demon Dean. Namely, his ability to find a way to make Dean’s usually endearing smile and snark inherently dark and terrifying:

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For me, the big question of the episode is what is truly left of Dean? He spends the entire episode violently pushing everyone away from him, threatening the one person he literally sold his soul to protect, neglecting the Impala, and acting like a complete pig (That scene of him at the strip club? Yeah, not a fan of that).

At the same time, there are still glimpses of Dean. I didn’t notice this, and will have to go back and re-watch to verify, but word on the interwebz is when Dean sat down at the piano, he was playing “Hey Jude”–which is huge if it’s true since “Hey Jude” is the song his mom would sing to him as a kid instead of a lullaby. And even though Dean wasn’t thrilled to see Sam turn up…

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…he was pretty quick to beat the snot out of Cole, the guy who had kidnapped and threatened to kill Sam in the last episode.

While it could just be defiance, it’s also worth mentioning Crowley commissioning Dean to kill a cheating wife after her husband made a crossroads deal to have her killed. Dean decides to kill the husband instead because Dean thought the husband was a creep–which he was, by the way.

While these are only brief moments, and they’re still rather dark, it makes me wonder how much of Dean is really still there. Dean’s always been riddled with guilt and feelings of worthlessness, so it’s possible that maybe Dean is embracing the Mark because he thinks he deserves it. However, he’s lucid enough to push those he cares about away from him so he doesn’t hurt them.

I might be grasping at straws here, but Demon Dean is kind of killing my soul, guys. Sadly, after checking out the trailer for next week’s episode, “Soul Survivor”, it looks like things are gonna have to get worse before they get better.

Check out the trailer for “Soul Survivor” below, and leave your thoughts about “Reichenbach” in the comments!

Supernatural Recap: Black

We’ve been waiting for this all summer, Supernatural family. Finally, finally the hellatus is over!

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SPNIf you want to see a synopsis of the episode, I’ve got it for you here, but the long and short of this episode’s story line was: WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH DEAN?!?

One of my big questions going into this season was whether or not Sam knew what happened to Dean. Last we saw, Sam had laid Dean in his bed and gone off to summon Crowley. Apparently, once Crowley “midwifes” Dean back to life, as Crowley put it, Crowley and Dean just…leave. Of course Dean leaves a note. He may be a demon, but he wasn’t raised in a barn, amirite?

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(Let’s just move on quickly from the fact that even though he’s Demon Dean, he still refers to Sam as Sammy…)

Sam spends the majority of the episode trying to track down Dean. He knows Dean is alive, and after seeing a surveillance tape of Dean beating the crap out of someone, Sam also notices that his big brother’s eyes are a bit more…black and demony than when they last spoke. Though he had heard Dean was a demon, I don’t think Sam actually fully believed it until the moment he saw Dean’s eyes change on tape. The more he learns about what is really happening with Dean, the less hope Sam has of ever getting his brother back. Of course, nearly insurmountable odds and a snowball’s chance has never stopped a Winchester, and it certainly isn’t stopping Sam now–even though things look bleak.

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Sam ends up being captured by someone who is also searching for Dean, only this guy clearly intends to kill Dean, and he intends to use Sam as bait.

Meanwhile Cas, who was more than willing to help Sam track down Dean but is more of a liability to Sam rather than a help due to his waning grace, is still searching for a grace solution while attempting to help Sam–badly. Though they don’t get too deep into it, we’re clued into the fact that the last time Sam and Cas tried to find Dean, a demon was able to hurt Sam. This is, of course, meant to explain why Sam’s arm is in a cast since Jared Padalecki had a real shoulder injury that required a sling. BUT STILL, Cas is dying, guys. It’s not a good thing.

The angels have managed to re-open heaven, but there are still a few rebellious angels who are trying to stay on earth. Cas and Hannah spend the episode trying to track down a couple of “heaven deserters” with the hopes that they can figure out a way to get Cas a grace recharge.

And then we have Dean and Crowley, living the high life, chronicling what Crowley calls the Misadventures of Crowley and Squirrel. Of course, Crowley has always had a bit of a soft spot for Dean…

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…and now that they are both demon-ish, it seems like they are closer than ever. I was fine with Crowley and Squirrel until this moment happened:

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notokay2Which, if you’re not sure why this is simply NOT OKAY, let me remind you of this:

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While Crowley and Dean are living it up in a crappy dive bar in the middle of nowhere, Dean drinking himself silly, singing bad karaoke, and boinking the local bartenders, we also learn something interesting about Dean’s “condition”. We knew he wasn’t technically possessed when Crowley brought Dean back, but it seems that Dean’s also not fully demon either. As long as Dean can continue sating the Mark of Cain–which Crowley does for Dean by regularly sending demons to attack Dean–Dean won’t become a full demon.

So while Dean is certainly a lot more harsh, violent, and startlingly awful to the bartender he was seeing, there are still glimpses of Dean left. Namely, when Dean is informed Sam was captured as a way to bring Dean in. Sure, Demon Dean reacts a bit differently than normal Dean would have by not immediately rushing into a giant trap simply to trail to pull a ridiculous hail Mary to save his brother (the Winchester signature move), and he even says any bind Sam is in by chasing after Dean is Sam’s fault since Dean explicitly told Sam to let him go. However, it is pretty clear that even as Demon Dean, he does not take kindly to people messing with Sammy.

deanmonAt this point, there’s not a lot to say. This episode was mainly laying groundwork–and there was a lot of groundwork needed after a season finale like we had in season 9. We know a bit more about Dean’s condition, and that Crowley and Squirrel are causing trouble together like true besties. We know that Sam is hellbent (pun intended, sorry) on finding and saving Dean, and we know Cas is in big trouble if he doesn’t get some grace fast.

One thing we didn’t get to really see yet was black-eyed Dean, and I think that was done intentionally. By not showing a close up of Dean’s eyes turning completely black, the writers showed us that Dean isn’t 100% gone. It also plays into what Crowley told Sam at the beginning of the episode, that Dean isn’t possessed and any “demons” in Dean are 100% his.

The “monster inside me” is clearly a theme that is going to play out all season, as several promos for season 10 showed Dean asking Sam who the real monster was between the two of them. Sam is going to do some questionable stuff to find Dean, and we got a brief taste of it when we saw Sam interrogating a demon at the start of the episode.

All in all, this episode was great. It laid a great foundation for the rest of the season, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for us, especially with the Demon Dean story arc. How about you? What did you think of the premiere? Let me know in the comments!

The Year of the Deanmon

Warning: If you’re not caught up on Supernatural, and you care about spoilers, stop reading IMMEDIATELY. 

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I’ve been talking a LOT about season 10 of Supernatural. If you’ve missed it, you can check out my posts on the musical episode, the season 10 promo poster and fan-made posters, and the “Road So Far“. This is gonna be a big year for our favorite hunters. We haven’t really ended a season on such an edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger since Sam accidentally started the apocalypse.

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Well, after a ton of teasers, we’ve finally seen the official trailer for season 10. In short? It looks like Demon Dean,or “Deanmon”, which is what the CW is trying to make happen…

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…is going to be a BIG handful, and Sam is going to cause a lot of destruction trying to fix Dean.

One of the most interesting things I took from the trailer is the talk of what Demon De–I mean “Deanmon”

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–really is. We all know Dean still has his anti-possession tattoo, and we even see it in the trailer. Of course, nothing really possessed Dean after Metatron stabbed him. He was just sort of ushered by Crowley over to the dark side.

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Though we only got snippets, obviously, there is a part in the trailer where it is mentioned that whatever has created Demon Dean has spawned from his own demons, which we know he has a TON of. It will be really interesting to learn the origin of what exactly has created “Deanmon”.

dean eye rollThe other piece of this–that wasn’t addressed in the trailer–is after Cain transferred The Mark to Dean, Dean promised Cain he’d kill him after right after killing Abaddon. As far as we know, Dean hasn’t made good on his promise to Cain. I’m hopeful this means we’ll see some more of Cain this season, and maybe he’ll be able to shed some light on what really happened to my favorite hunter other than, you know, the obvious:

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I’ve got the trailer below for your viewing pleasure. I’d love to hear what you think about season 10 in the comments!