On this show, a miracle can be a dubious thing. Who knew the miracle in question would be Crowley’s? That’s more ominous than dubious.
Suzanne has been keeping up with the Winchester saga at Damsel Undistressed. Her reviews of the last three episodes of season 9 are well worth reading. Just a few comments on the previous two before I head into the season finale:
- King of the Damned (921): Were you as surprised at Abaddon’s demise as I was? I thought the Battle for Hell would continue up to the season finale. But it made sense to clean the slate for the Battle for Heaven, since that’s what this season’s overall arc has been. (Incidentally, in 18th century Scotland, Gavin MacLeod would more likely have been Presbyterian than Catholic. Just sayin’. I know this because I was raised Presbyterian. And still am, more or less.)
- Stairway to Heaven (922): What a great title; it almost made up for “Alex Annie Alexis Ann.” Almost. Suzanne’s insights and knowledge of pop culture references are so much better than mine, I really have nothing to add. Since that episode ended with Gadreel being sliced open with the First Blade, I thought perhaps Castiel would take his grace. But what did happen in the finale was better.
Supernatural finales tend to be epic, usually with a shocking twist at the very end. This was no exception.
The second half of the season has been devoted primarily to Dean. After years of Sam being the “special one,” it’s now Dean’s turn. The Mark of Cain and the First Blade have been game changers. Some might argue Dean’s new power isn’t fair, as its a manifestation of evil. But Dean has always been the darker Winchester. His supernatural “gift” makes him darker, more violent, more domineering; traits he’s always had. Now they’re magnified to a terrifying degree. Even Dean is terrified.
Suzanne chastises Sam for not hiding the First Blade in better place, but I say it wouldn’t have mattered. Dean and the Blade are connected. He’d have found it anywhere.
There have been some tense moments in the Winchesters’ relationship this season. Sam’s been angry that Dean didn’t let him die, tricking him into accepting an angel to heal him. He distanced himself from Dean, saying they could hunt together, but the brotherly bond was damaged. Now that Dean is showing signs of the Mark, Sam is genuinely worried. Their conversation outside the trailer shows the brothers at their best. Sam doesn’t argue with Dean. Instead, he agrees that Dean is their only chance at stopping Metatron. He may not like it, but he’s willing to give Dean the necessary latitude.
Gadreel redeems himself nicely. He never was evil per se, more mistaken and misunderstood. He reminds the angels that their true purpose is to protect humans, but they lost sight of that. Naomi said something similar in the season 8 finale. And then Gadreel sacrifices himself to free Castiel.
It’s Castiel who defeats Metatron by destroying the angel tablet and revealing Metatron’s true motives to the other angels. With Metatron imprisoned, Hannah asks Castiel to lead them, but Cass says he’s no leader, he just wants to be an angel. But Cass’s “stolen” grace is deteriorating. I’m glad this problem isn’t forgotten. It will likely play a part in next season 10’s story arcs.
When a series has been on as long as Supernatural, plenty of past material can come into play, which can be good or bad. In the case of “Do You Believe in Miracles?” the references are (mostly) poignant. Sam says he still sees his hands killing Kevin in his dreams, and I’m glad Kevin is not forgotten.
Yes, the Winchesters have died so often, it’s no longer cause for alarm. Yet Dean’s death was shocking. Just when Dean retrieves the First Blade and prepares for the strike, Metatron thrusts an angel blade straight through Dean’s hear. Right up to its hilt. And then twists it.
The scene of Dean dying in Sam’s arms was reminiscent of Sam’s death in season 2. But where Dean gave an impassioned speech before bartering with a demon, Sam’s anguish was quieter. Unlike his statement earlier in the season that he would have let Dean die, when it happened, wasn’t willing to let go. I agree with Suzanne, though. I don’t think Sam’s intention was to make a deal with Crowley (who, you may remember, used to be Chief Crossroads Demon), but rather to force Crowley to save Dean.
Little does Sam know that Crowley has been working his secret mojo with Dean all along, and the consequences are not good.