Just as Supernatural does every year, this season has one overarching story line that is planted firmly in the beginning, sprinkled throughout most episodes, and then will finish things out (usually with a bang). And after taking a few weeks off from the Darkness and Lucifer and of it all, this episode saw a major return to the building battle. And, man, have I missed both Crowley and Cassifer.
We start in Saudi Arabia — because we can — where Crowley is working yet another deal. It seems a man who sold his soul 10 years ago is trying to save his life by providing Crowley with the very thing that could (hopefully) defeat Amara and/or Lucifer. That thing is a the Horn of Joshua, our latest Hand of God.
Crowley, being Crowley, takes the horn, kills the guy anyway, and then kills all his friends. He then heads back to the U.S., where he calls Sam and Dean and schedules a meeting. It seems Crowley’s having to keep a low profile nowadays, what with every demon alive trying to kill him.
Crowley’s proposition is simple: He will give Sam and Dean the Horn of Joshua if they help Crowley exorcise Lucifer from Cas and put him back in the cage. The problem? Opening the cage. Oh, and did Crowley mention that Rowena can’t help because she’s dead?
But spoiler: She’s not totally dead. Not only did some sort of spell that she had inside her revive her after Lucifer snapped her neck, but she’s been working to slowly heal Amara after the failed angel smiting. But Amara isn’t back at full power yet, and it’s a good thing because Lucifer is just starting his campaign up in heaven.
After snapping his fingers and killing one angel, he holds a meeting with a few others. And once again he makes his pitch as to why the angels should follow him. Lucifer, still unimpressed with God’s invention — you know, humanity — gives us this amazing line: “It’s not like he invented the Prius, which actually works.”
At the end of the day, the angels might not like Lucifer, and they might think he’s evil, but he’s the one who claims he can lock Amara away for good. In fact, if the angels are comfortable with it, he tells them, “You could call me God.” (Who else is having flashbacks to God-Cas?)
Still negotiating with Crowley, Dean says they have to kill Amara before they can put Lucifer back in the cage, mostly because Lucifer has to be the one to kill Amara. And yet, Dean does want to exorcise Cas before the big battle. Sam tries to convince him that this is what Cas wanted, but as Dean puts it, “Yeah, well there’s times I want to get slapped during sex by a girl wearing a Zorro mask. That don’t make it a good idea.” Hey, you can’t argue with that logic.
However, you also can’t argue with Crowley, who refuses to give up the horn until Lucifer is back in the cage.
And yet, everything is put on hold when Amara decides to test out her powers. All she seems to do is say “hear me,” and suddenly the world is shaking and there’s a dark cloud — similar to what happened when she first appeared in the season 10 finale — in heaven, blowing all the angels over.
Oddly, it’s good news for Lucifer, who now has a bunch of scared angels on his hands. As he tells them, his expertise will come in handy considering that’s only a taste of what’s to come. Or as he puts it, “Because God knows what’s next… Ouch.”
NEXT: Three men and a vessel…