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This week’s episode was all about family. We shook some skeletons out of God’s family closet, while smiling at the gentle bantering of our reunited brothers. Here’s what we learned.
This episode definitely emphasized Sam and Dean’s renewed efforts to be good brothers and good humans. At the beginning of the episode, Sam suggests performing an exorcism, an idea that hasn’t been thrown on the table in forever, and in the asylum he spends an inordinate amount of time trying to handcuff demons to protect their “meat suits.” Atleast, two out of three…
Crowley has, as predicted, totally lost control of Amara. She’s running loose on the streets, sucking souls out of humans and garnering all kinds of attention. By the end of the episode, Amara makes it clear that she is very much in control of her own life. She leaves Crowley in a crumpled emotional heap atop hell’s throne while she strolls the streets of America in euphoric bliss. As her eyes roll back in her head, all I could think of was the satisfaction I get from eating carbs at an all you can eat buffet.
The first relationship that was further explored was between Dean and Amara. One, Amara doesn’t like when Dean is threatened. She pinned Crowley to a wall and broke his arm telepathically when he even threatened bodily harm. Two, Dean cannot kill her. Every time he gets too close, his eyes glaze over and he just stares as if mesmerized. Only after she slammed Sam into a wall, did he even think to use the magical, demon-slaying knife in his hand. All for naught, because she very quickly dispatched him into unconsciousness.
Next, Metatron – who now spends his nights as a vigilante videographer as discovered by Castiel – dropped the mic when he revealed Amara’s true lineage. She’s God’s sister, folks. To create all life, God had to sacrifice his only blood relative. On a simplistic level, this is just setting up a revenge story. On another deeper level, it’s talking about two siblings with the power to create or destroy … depending on the the sacrifices they’re willing to make. I sense foreshadowing.
Even bigger than the revelation of Amara’s sibling rivalry is the fact that Sam is receiving visions from someone or somewhere. It first happened very briefly in the season premiere, but this week’s “message” was much more clear. It showed a cage caught in one of hell’s lightning storms, presumably the very same cage where Michael – in the form of a 3rd Winchester brother – and Lucifer are housed. It’s the very same cage where Sam is supposed to be per the ending of Season 5!