The Supernatural-verse got a little bigger in this week’s episode, which picks up hours after the premiere. We have a new Reaper, more jerk angels (seriously, will Heaven ever run out of jerk angels), and a new final resting place for the Winchester boys after they die. Again.
First, let’s check in on Dean, who’s arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Jenna (the police officer from last week) and the newly orphaned Amara. Dean gets them settled at Jenna’s grandma’s house and hits the road.
But the baby — who, don’t forget, was born with the Mark of Cain — levitates a tub full of baby stuff to the floor and shoots the blocks into a wall to spell out FEED ME. It’s hell on the drywall, but I bet lots of new parents would be okay with that direct communication.
Jenna and Grandma both freak, though (drywall’s expensive!), and Grandma threatens to call a priest. Jenna begs her not to, and Grandma responds, “Well, who are we gonna call?”
And because Dean’s the coolest, we all know how he answers when Jenna rings him up. He u-turns his ghost-busting self right around only to find an exorcist in Grandma’s living room. And ha! It’s Crowley in a clerical collar! “Hello, my son,” Crowley purrs, explaining that he’s known Dean since he was a scrumptious young alter boy.
“Really, Father Crowley?” Dean growls when they’re alone.
“I’m sorry, Agent Pathetic-Has-Been-Rock-Star, did I offend your delicate sensibilities?” Crowley scoffs, explaining that he’s working the case of the mystery baby, just like Dean, thanks to a network of priests and nuns who tip him off to possessions. But when Dean approaches Amara, she stops crying. Mark calls to Mark, apparently, and Dean flashes back to the Darkness woman in the premiere telling him that they’re bound and will always help each other. He doesn’t look happy about this.
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Now, to check in with Sam. He’s still at ground zero for the Darkness zombies and determined to find a cure because he’s secretly contracted a nasty case of the black neck veins. At the hospital, he hears a woman singing “O Death” as the shadow of her hand caresses the fingers of one of the bodies in the hospital hallway. Turns out, she’s a Reaper.
Her name is Billie, and she’s there to deliver Sam a message: He and Dean are done dying and coming back again and again. The old Death thought it was funny, but the Winchesters killed him. So now there’s a new rule: What lives, dies. And an addendum to that rule is that when the Winchesters die, they don’t go to Heaven or Hell or even Purgatory. No, she says, they get tossed into the Empty.
“And nothing comes back from that,” she promises.
Worse, she tells Sam she can feel him dying (Feel him? Um, hello, can she not see the big snaking black neck veins?), and she wants to be the one to pitch him into the Empty herself.
Hearing this news, Sam heads to the hospital chapel and does something he hasn’t done in ages: He prays. He’s okay dying, but Dean deserves a real life. Honestly, these two, always trying to out-Gift of the Magi each other. Anyway, Sam asks for hope and help and a sign.
Dead silence follows this request until he’s hit with flashbacks of his time in hell, involving hooks around his eyes. “What does that mean?” he hollers. Maybe it’s time for him to see an optometrist?
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