WARNING!!!!!! If you haven't seen tonight's episode of "Supernatural," read no further! There will be plot discussion and spoilers and other things you won't want to read unless you have seen the episode. Consider yourself warned! If you're still here, let's do this!
Well, that was a much better beginning to the season than last year, I think. I was dubious that all the Cass developments would play out in the first two episodes like the powers that be have said, but I'm not so dubious about that anymore. If last season was one of noir-ish twists and turns and never really knowing who the enemy is, this season is the complete opposite. It looks like we've established our big bad right off the bat! But I'm getting ahead of myself. First off, Cass!
The Three Castiel-teers
Before I say anything about Cass in this episode, Misha Collins killed it tonight, didn't he? He had three different versions of Castiel to play, and he nailed each of them. That was amazing to watch. Bravo, Misha. Also, please don't go. *sniffles* Engage tissue.
I really thought God!Cass was going to make the Winchesters bend to his will, but nope, he let them off the hook. Bobby was funny about it, though, because really, if God tells you to knee, you kneel. And if someone asks you if you're a god, Ray, you say yes! Instead, God!Cass went around righting what he thought were egregious wrongs. The fake Westboro Baptist Church bit was inspired. See, God really doesn't care about sexual preference. Appplause all around. I loved that part. And the stained glass Cass was pretty excellent, too, as was the witness who caught the vapors over sexy god. Ha. Of course, all that smiting ended up creating a big body count, as Sam pointed out. And when the souls, especially the Leviathan, proved to be too much to control, the smiting wasn't so righteous. But Cass remembered himself and asked for help before it was too late to try and fix things. I wish he would have given back the souls earlier before Leviathan gained control, but it was good to see Cass come to his senses and realize what he had done.
Regular old Cass wasn't around for long, but man, it was nice to see our regular old nerd angel, if only for a little while. I had to laugh at the gross understatement "I really overreached" because yeah, he really did. But he was so earnest when he said he was going to find a way to redeem himself to Dean. And I believe him. I don't think it was just trying to warn him and Bobby about what was happening with Leviathan, either. I think that line right there is going to open the door for Cass to come back and really, fully redeem himself somehow. I'm guessing the mid-season finale is when he'll show up again, and Cass will have his redemption arc in the second half of the season. At least, I'm crossing my fingers that this happens because I'm extremely fond of Castiel and I really don't want to see him go.
This version was straight-out creepy. Did anyone else get a Trickster-steroids-vibe from the Leviathan? You really get the sense that this creature is straight-up chaotic neutral and has no rules whatsoever. Even Lucifer had standards and a moral code, of sorts, that dictated his behavior. I really don't get that sense with Leviathan. No matter how evil, if your enemy has some set of rules they play by, you can at least predict how they will react to a situation. This isn't going to be the case this year with this bad guy. I thinnk Leviathan is going to be the most capricious bad guy yet, and that's why it (they?) will be so dangerous. You just never know what they're going to do.
The Wall Situation
I am really interested to see where Sam's situation is going from here. He's hallucinating Lucifer telling him that the rest of the world is a hallucination. I think?! Fascinating setup, and I know it will get fleshed out more in the coming weeks, but I really did not see that one coming. I like it! Wow, is that going to mess with Sam's head. I'm guessing he's going to start seeing Lucifer more and more, and it's really going to start driving him a bit insane. Dangerous on a hunt, too, not knowing what's real and what's not real. Seriously, I like this setup. I was a little leery at first about how Sam's wall was going to be handled, but I'm totally on board with this. And I get that Sam wanted to let Dean have a breather and not tell him about the hallucinations, but really, hasn't he learned his lesson by now? No matter how many times Dean says he just wants things to be normal and okay for once, he ALWAYS would rather be told when they stop being okay. He hates finding out that someone was keeping information from him. Hates it! Sam, do you know your brother at all? I know you're trying to protect him, but you're only making it worse.
Poor Dean. He watches his best friend turn into an righteous god, his brother is a mess, Death is mad at him, his car's wrecked, and the only thing he can actually fix is the car. How many times can he lose the people he cares about and not just break? I know Dean considers Cass to be part of the family and a brother and all that, but I actually think it's even more important that Cass was Dean's friend. I mean, Dean doesn't have friends. He has his brother, his father figure, and right now that's it. How many friends has Dean actually had in his lifetime that he could count on? Not many. How many of them are still alive right now? None. That's just brutal. When you live a life where you don't have many friends, and you suddenly have a best friend for three years who's had your back, to suddenly lose that person is a crushing blow. Of course Dean is going to try and brush it off and act like he's fine, but of course he's not going to be fine. At all. And on top of that, now he's got Sam's hallucinations to deal with, he feels betrayed that Sam didn't tell him about them to begin with, oh, and by the way, Leviathan!
Dean and Cass
I'm just gonna say that after everything those two went through at the end of last season and throughout this episode, that even though they were mad at each other and Dean felt incredibly betrayed, in the end, they were there for each other. Cass was sorry, Dean finally actually heard it, and I choked up a bit when Dean said the line about angels not needing to breathe, like maybe, just maybe Cass would be okay.
Odds and Ends
I'm not sure I 100% bought Dean's complete lack of the will to try again with Cass. I know he'd been dealt a lot of harsh blows, and I can see him having a couple "I'm done" moments because he has done that in the past, but he always comes around in the end and tries again. I just think maybe, since he told Cass he was family, Dean would have been the one to last-resort pray because he always ends up being there for family. They could have had Sam talk him into it because Sam's good at talking Dean into things.
How hard was it watching Cass call Sam and Dean pets and ants and saying he had no nostalgia for Dean anymore? That was rough. And equally hard was hearing Dean tell Death to kill Cass. I think even Cass was surprised by that one. Maybe that's when it started sinking in just how far over the edge he'd gone, seeing how far he pushed Dean.
Death, once again, is awesome. What a character he is. And for the record, fried pickles in any form are delicious. Good choice, Dean.
Bobby got some great one-liners tonight, didn't he? As usual, excellent work by Jim Beaver. I loved him calling Death "your honor." Classic! And if anyone had a God gun, it would be Bobby.
Welcome back, Crowley! The trailer hw lived in was pretty funny, but I have to say that I love "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" as a song for Crowley. He's always trying to walk his way out of stuff.
Whew, a lot happened in this episode! The pacing was intense! But that's all I've got for now. Who else is with me that Cass is coming back in the mid-season finale? He better! I refuse to believe that they're just going to kill him off like that and have that be the end of it. What do you think Leviathan will do now that it's got control over Cass' body?