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Supernatural recap: The Prisoner

Charlie’s death sends Dean over the edge as Sam goes to great lengths to save his brother.

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Liane Hentscher/The CW


TV Show
Sci-fi, Drama
run date:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

Before we even talk about tonight’s episode, can I just say how very excited I am by the return of Death in next week’s finale?! Of the Four Horsemen, he is by far my favorite, and whatever is happening to make him return, I’m a fan of it. Okay, now that that’s off my chest, let’s talk about what just happened.

To sum things up quickly: This penultimate hour was emotional, it was stressful, and Dean killed all of the Stynes. Every last one of them. And guess what? It was pretty great.

We start things off at a college in Louisiana, where the youngest Styne is being picked on by the world’s most confusing bully. (Seriously, is that facial hair supposed to look cool?) Of course, Eli Styne—whose hair is taller than ever—doesn’t take kindly to bullies, so he brings the guy home for a good old game of Operation. Sadly, for the youngest Styne, it means the first time he’s forced to cut someone up. But happily, for Eldon, it means a new forearm. (You know, because he ripped his own off last week.) So basically, we’ve somehow managed to find a family even more messed up than the Winchesters.

Speaking of our beloved Winchesters, they’re currently giving Charlie the hunter’s funeral she deserves, burning her body on a pyre, just like they did for many before her (including their father). But when Sam tries to apologize to Charlie, Dean isn’t having it. And in the first gasp-worthy moment of the hour, Dean tells Sam, “I think it should be you up there and not her.” Seriously, how do I even respond to how heartbreaking this is?

As for what comes next, Sam promises to shut down his plan to decode the Book of the Damned, while Dean goes hunting for any and every Styne he can find.

By the time Sam returns to shut down his secret operation, Cas is ready and willing to help put an end to things by killing Rowena—to be fair, she did call him a fish. But when Sam gets Charlie’s email—the one she sent moments before she died and furthermore, died to send—he once again goes against his brother’s wishes. Thanks to Charlie, Rowena can now read the Book of the Damned … but will she?

Short answer: Not until Sam kills Crowley. With that, Sam sets out to murder the king of hell, but let’s just say that everyone has been underestimating Crowley as of late. Just because he’s been trying to be a better guy doesn’t mean that the devil we once met isn’t still in there. And when Sam uses Rowena’s hex bag against Crowley, Crowley is reminded of the person he really is. (And we are reminded of how powerful he really is.)

Pulling a devil’s trap bullet out of his back, Crowley’s eyes turn red as he burns up Rowena’s hex bag like it’s nothing. What would’ve killed a regular demon simply won’t work on Crowley, and now, as he spares Sam’s life, he sends a message to Rowena: He gave her a chance to walk away. And now, “she’ll never see me coming.” (You know things are bad when he calls his own mother a “ginger whore.”)

NEXT: Dean vs. Cas