Supernatural is excellent at the big, gasp-worthy twist. But the show also uses it sparingly. Last year, it was the reveal that there was such a thing called the Darkness, which God battled long before He created the world. And in tonight’s episode, we got the second part of that twist, which might be even more gasp-worthy than the first: The Darkness is God’s sister!!!
I love the way this show puts its spin on things, and this is the perfect example of that. It takes the age-old story of creation and flips it upside down: In order to create the world, God had to betray and sacrifice his only kin — his sister. I didn’t think it was possible for me to get more excited about this story line, but suddenly, I am.
Let’s get into it shall we?
We kick things off with Amara finding her latest victim — a teenage girl — whose soul helps turn her into a late-teen herself. If I had to guess, I’d put her around high school age? Eh, who’s really counting?
But, like most teens, Amara comes home to an angry father, who’s waiting up for her. Amara tries to use the classic “I’m a growing girl; I need to eat” excuse, but Crowley follows it with the equally classic parental response: “You’re grounded.” Then, things go from less “classic parenting” to more “demon parenting” when he throws her against the wall and informs her that he’s stronger than her…for now at least.
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Meanwhile, the Winchesters are trying and failing to follow the trail of Amara’s soulless victims. In fact, they’re doing such a poor job that Sam decides it’s time that Dean call Cas and make that angel friend of theirs useful again. Because despite what I might argue, watching Jenny Jones — the Jerry Springer of Supernatural — is not a life. (Although can we talk about how even when Cas is at his worst, he’s still wearing a button-down? It’s just untucked this time.)
Dean informs Castiel that he has passed the point of “socially acceptable binge-watching” and needs to get some fresh air. Only, when Cas tries to leave the bunker, he gets flashes of his time under Rowena’s spell. He just can’t shake it, but it’s probably a good thing because when he goes back to watch some news, he catches Metatron on camera!
So with Cas off finally being helpful, Dean and Sam discover that Len — the star of last week’s episode — has turned up dead. Why? Oh, because Crowley is having his demons track down Amara’s victims and kill them. And that’s something that Sam and Dean realize when they trap one of Crowley’s own.
That then leads to Sam and Dean figuring out that Crowley is keeping Amara on Earth and not in Hell, which gives us this magical exchange:
Sam: “Wouldn’t it be smarter to keep her in Hell?”
Dean: “Yeah, but then he’d have to spend more time there, and he hates that place.”
Sam: “Oh right. Keep forgetting about you and Crowley’s summer of love.”
I don’t know what’s better: the fact that Crowley hates Hell or Sam saying “summer of love.”
Within minutes, the brothers have discovered the asylum — which looks a lot like a church/castle on the inside if you ask me — where Amara is staying. And off they go.
NEXT: Dean comes face-to-face with Amara