My Supernatural fannishness had sort of waned in recent weeks. I don’t think it was because the episodes where bad. They weren’t. Perhaps it was I didn’t like where Sammy the story was going. Then, when I saw a preview of Sam sucking demon blood I was really not looking forward to this episode.
But wow. Just. Wow. Lots of questions answered.
- Why the crossroads demon told Sam they had the Winchesters exactly where they wanted them. Why they wanted Dean in hell. Why they wanted Sammy suffering in this world. Dean to begin the apocalypse (like the guy doesn’t have enough issues already), and Sam to begin his descent into… being addicted to demon blood?
- What Sam and Ruby have been doing when they slip away in Ruby’s ugly yellow car. For all his whining of “I have demon blood in me, Dean!” Sam doesn’t seem to mind getting more of it. So this is how he’s becoming more powerful.
- Ruby does have ulterior motives! She wants Sam dependent on her, and it looks like she’s getting her way. As to what she wants to do with Sam, I don’t know, but I doubt it’s anything good. Bitch.
- Why Dean was “rescued” by the angels. Interesting that the angels were trying to get to him before he jumped off the rack, but he was too well hidden. Those damn minions of hell!
But you know what I loved? Sam’s whole-hearted concern for Dean. He knows Dean’s not as strong as he used to be (not sure how that has been shown, other than Dean’s tearful confessions), but I’ll take Sam’s word for it. After all, it was said with concern and love.
Say what you will about Sam’s powers, Sam rescued Dean when the Castiel couldn’t. Heck, he even rescued Castiel. And his fury at Castiel for putting Dean in the beat to a bloody pulp—”Miracle! Now!“—was heartening. Of course, Castiel didn’t give Dean a miracle. Oh no. Instead he lays more guilt on the guy. What an “angel.”