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'Supernatural' premiere recap: 'Keep Calm and Carry On'

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Katie Yu/The CW


TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
The CW, WB
Scifi, Drama

Well, Supernatural fans. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to season freakin’ 12! Before we dig into the action of the premiere, let’s quickly recap where we left off so that you’re, hopefully, less confused than Mary Winchester is right now. Last season ended with God and Amara taking some time away to mend their relationship, but only after Amara resurrected Mary. And back at the bunker, Toni Bevell — from the British Men of Letters — blasted Cas away before shooting Sam.

All caught up? Great. Let’s get into it.

Season 12 kicks off with Mary right where we left her in season 11 (and in the same nightgown we last saw her in IN THE PILOT). Dean’s not convinced she’s real … until she nearly breaks his arm when he tries to touch her. Just like that, Dean knows it’s mom, and that means it’s his turn to try to rattle off everything he knows about his parents’ relationship in order to convince her that he’s her 4-year-old son … only, 33 years later.

About five fun facts into Dean’s speech, Mary realizes she’s standing in front of her son. And as the reality settles in for both of them, Dean looks at the woman he’s always dreamt of having in his life and simply says, “Hi, mom” as I burst into tears.

Dean explains how John died — sacrificing himself to save Dean — and he attempts to tell Mary about all the times they’ve met before. Long story short, Dean traveled back in time twice, and then there was that time he talked to ghost Mary. Yeah, she doesn’t remember any of that. Oh, and God has a sister. She’s the one who brought you back to life. Or as Dean puts it, “It’s a lot.” (I feel like that’s what I want to say to anyone when I’m explaining this show: “It’s a lot.”)

For now, Dean’s focused on getting mom home (and into some Winchester-approved clothing). Meeting them at the bunker is Castiel, who crash lands about three hours from Lebanon before stealing some poor guy’s truck. This angel means business, and I have to say, seeing him use the “touch the forehead” trick again made me way too happy. Cas is back!

But before we get to the Cas-Mary run-in, we catch up with Sam, who’s currently tied up in the back of an SUV. (Maybe he was too tall to fit in a trunk?) Toni has found a veterinarian that she pays $100,000 to fix Sam’s bullet wound. You know, the one she gave him. Then, she and her hitwoman friend chain Sam to a chair and introduce themselves.

It seems the British Men of Letters have been watching the Winchesters ever since the world almost ended the first time — so approximately when Lucifer was freed at the end of season 4. Apparently the “old man” didn’t see the point in the British chapter helping the Winchesters stop the apocalypse the first time around — I mean, it’s only the END OF THE WORLD, right? — but after everything happened with the Darkness, they’ve decided now’s the time to step in and change things. Or, as they put it, “help.”

Fun fact: Winchesters hate help and they don’t trust strangers. Sam tells Toni to give it her best shot, because, “I’ve been tortured by the devil himself so you, you’re just an accent in a pantsuit. What can you do to me?” The answer, it turns out, is freeze him to death with a very cold shower.

Back at the bunker, Mary proves she hasn’t lost her hunter senses when she and Dean spot a trail of blood, and she very smartly assesses the situation and declares, “That’s blood.” Wow, Mary. You still got it.

It doesn’t take long for Castiel to show up and bear hug Dean when he realizes that he’s still alive. (They all thought Dean blew himself up in order to save the world from Amara.) And with that hug, Dean is left to inform his mother that angels exist — wings, harp, and all. Well, maybe not harp.

Cas tells Dean about the woman in the bunker and Dean is able to use traffic cams to start the tracking process. Meanwhile, Mary still doesn’t understand anything that’s happening, which leads to this great interaction:

Mary: “Is that a computer?”

Castiel: “Yes. I don’t trust them.”

As much as I loved Cassifer, it’s so good to have Cas back.

NEXT: Toni reveals her goal


Dean, Cas, and Mary all head to the garage, where Mary is reunited with Baby, which of course was John’s car. For a moment, Dean enjoys some bonding with mom. It’s nice that they both love the car so much … at least until Dean catches Mary eyeing the backseat with a big grin on her face. I guess we know where Dean was conceived!

So as they hit the road to try and save Sam, Toni keeps busy telling the youngest Winchester how bad he is at his job. Apparently in Britain, every entry point is warded, so as soon as a monster enters, it’s less than an hour until it’s killed. The last monster-related death in Britain occurred in 1965. So yeah, they are better at their job.

As for what Toni’s doing in America, she claims she wants Sam to give her the names of fellow hunters. She needs to know the organizational hierarchy — um, there is none? — so that she can help “make America safe.” But when Sam doesn’t want to cooperate, they take a blowtorch to his foot.

Not surprisingly, Sam still won’t talk post-torture. But when Toni decides she doesn’t want to call in some “psychopath” that we’ll undoubtedly meet at some point this season, she instead injects Sam with a serum. If they can’t break his body, they’ll break his mind. (However, if they’ve really been watching the Winchesters all these years, she should know that they’ve had everything broken — mind, body, soul — and none of it will work.)

Back on the road, Mary tries to adjust to a world where children spend all their time looking at phones while Cas and Dean track down the veterinarian who got the bullet out of Sam’s leg. They use his phone to call Toni, which gives Dean an opportunity to do his best Liam Neeson impression as he tells her: “You have my brother. When I find you, and I will find you, if he is not in one piece, I will take you apart.”

But little does Dean know that Toni has a badass hitwoman on her team. How badass is she? Well, after she T-bones Baby — not cool — she uses some supernatural brass knuckles to take down both Dean and Cas (and she makes it look easy). Thankfully, Mary is there to take her out with an angel blade. Oh yeah, mom’s back.

Meanwhile, whatever Toni injected Sam with is giving him visions of everyone he loves dying: He’s remembering his mother’s death, Jessica’s death, Dean’s many deaths, and the list goes on. Unable to take it anymore, Sam punches a mirror and uses a broken shard to … slit his throat?!

At least that’s what he makes it look like. But when Toni comes rushing in, it turns out he only cut his hand. He then strangles Toni and tries to escape, but she uses her handy taser to keep him in the basement. Sam hasn’t found his way out yet (and the poor guy still thinks his brother’s dead).

The good news is that Mary, Dean, and Cas are on their way to Missouri to save him. As much as Mary hates that her boys are now a part of the life she ran from, Dean assures her that by “saving people and hunting things” they make the world a better place. And for now, that’s good enough for Mary.

The only other thing you need to know from this episode: Crowley is on the hunt for Lucifer, who’s currently jumping from vessel to vessel and leaving many bodies in his wake. Crowley hasn’t found him yet, but when he does, he intends to kill him.

Altogether, it was a strong premiere. Anytime Dean is trying to save Sam, the drama’s there, and this time around, we had mom to add another element to it. Plus, you just have to love having Cas back.

Episode Grade: B+