Dean’s voice is heard talking about how their family fights monsters and how someday it would be nice if monsters were scared of them. THEN: Michael/Dean killing Lucifer, Michael taking over Dean, Michael enhancing the monsters, Jack getting sick and dying, Dark Kaia and the spear, the Empty and Cas’ deal, and Jack being alive again.
NOW: The cheerful holiday tune “Rocking around the Christmas Tree” plays as we see a wide view of Kansas City, MO at night. The lights of the city mingle with the added Christmas lights, creating a festive scene. From the wide angel, we zoom in to a close up of a richly decorated tree in an office building. Large red and gold balls lavishly fill its branches. Wrapping paper and other party detritus are scattered on the floor. But instead of laughter, screams come from another room; the litter on the floor isn’t just holiday leftovers but blood. A man in a suit and a green tie runs panicking into the room and slams a frantic finger into the elevator button. He’s desperate to get away, but before the elevator arrives, a man with long dark hair and a Santa hat appears next to him. His mouth enlarges with the emergence of werewolf fangs. Reaching out for the terrified businessman, the monster looks up to see mistletoe hanging above them. He leans in, then twists the man’s neck, killing him instantly. Entering an office, the werewolf approaches a tall, slim woman with an upswept hairdo; dark, professional clothes; and a confident, calmly superior air to her. She is standing in front of a huge window looking down at the lights of Kansas City. It’s Michael in a new vessel. The werewolf reports that they’ve killed everyone in the building and didn’t feed, but he does wonder why Michael is here. “I like the view,” the archangel replies simply.
Thank you for a stunning, emotionally captivating “Byzantium”. My recent "Threads" review of 14.05 “Nightmare Logic” praised your talent, as evidenced by the exceptional episodes you had written for Supernatural. “Byzantium” confirms your place on the list of the series’ best writers.
THEN: Lucifer steals Jack’s grace. Jack coughs and collapses. Lily Sunder in the early 1900s sees her daughter murdered and then takes on angels in her quest for revenge. She explains that each time she uses magic, a piece of her soul burns away. Rowena explains to the Winchesters and Castiel that it would need an archangel’s grace and some kind of magic to save Jack. All they can do is stay with him as he dies.
NOW: In the bunker, Dean stands grimly with his back to Jack’s bed. Sam sits near Jack’s side while Castiel stands nearby. Jack weakly but peacefully says, “Please don’t be sad. Maybe this is supposed to be.” Dean angrily says that that is crap. Cas puts reproof into his tone with just his name: “Dean.” Jack breaths into an oxygen mask. Dean, turning around, rapidly leaves the room; Castiel’s eyes follow him, dark with concern. In the hallway, Dean’s eyes are anguished, and he smashes his fist into the wall. Jack says, “Tell him it’s OK.” “Tell him yourself. He’ll be back,” responds Sam. “What happens next to someone like me?” Jack asks. Sam tries to smile, but his eyes are watery. “I don’t know,” he admits. “Then it’s going to be an adventure,” says Jack with a little smile as he settles down in the bed.
Emotionally touching and brutally disturbing. That’s a jolting juxtaposition to incorporate into one episode but Supernatural “Unhuman Nature” carried it off extremely well. The acting delivered by the entire Supernatural cast once again elevated the story to a captivating intensity.
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