Recap: Supernatural – Episode 7.21, Reading is Fundamental

Outside somewhere (but not close enough to the cabin that the boys hear), a semi-truck pulls up and the demon truckers from earlier get out. Meg steps out in the light to meet them. They want her first, not really interested in the Winchesters, but then she tells them she has Cas. Wants to take him to Crowley. She asks who all they told so she knows how she has to break up the take. They haven’t told anyone. She’s like, awesome and kills them both with the Demon Killing Knife, then walks away.

I’m guessing she set that up so that she didn’t kill them in broad daylight – and to see who else knew where she and the boys were. But I’m surprised they agreed to meet her if it was her they were after in the first place.

She sneaks back into the cabin, but is immediately stuck in a Devil’s Trap. The boys and Cas are standing there, waiting for her. Dean demands the knife from her. She does some fast talking, saying she just took out two of Crowley’s men.

Meg: I figured one thing out about this world. You find a cause and you save it. Give yourself over to it and it orders your life.

Her current cause = bringing down Crowley.

Dean: Crowley ain’t the problem this year.

Hee.

Meg: Crowley’s always the problem. He’s just waiting for the right moment to strike.

I’d actually like that, to be honest. Let’s bring him back, get the demons involved, and take out the Levi’s so we can get back to things like demons and ghosts and vampires and werewolves.

Meg: I know what I’m supposed to do, and it isn’t screw with Sam and Dean or lose the only angel who will go to bat for me.

Dean rolls his eyes. Cas smiles. Sam’s been watching her with a somewhat puzzled expression and moves forward – without anyone stopping him – to release her from the Devil’s Trap.

Cas: This is good. Harmony, communication. Now our only problem is Hester.

That’s when he decides to tell them that by killing the demons, Meg’s created a pretty big beacon to them. Before they can do much more than say “we need more angel protection,” the front door is sucked off of the cabin and Hester and her henchmen show up, furious that they took the prophet. Cas is like, “Sorry?”

Hester: You have fallen in every way possible.

She sends the dark-haired guy – Anias – after the prophet and he zaps out and back, holding onto Kevin, who is holding on to the tablets. She says that the keeper goes to the desert tonight.

Dean: Back off! We’re actually trying to clean up one of your angel’s messes. You know that.

I liked that he didn’t call Cas out specifically.

Cas: He’s right. An angel brought the Leviathans into this world. And they begged him and begged him not to do it.

Dean shoots an unreadable look at Cas as he’s speaking.

Dean (to Hester): Just give us some time. We’ll take care of your prophet.

Hester (her fury fully focused on Dean): Why should we give you anything? After everything you have taken from us?

Cas is rocking a bit – looking like Rainman when he gets upset. I was getting really worried for him for a moment while simultaneously incensed that Hester could accuse Dean of taking anything from them after everything he’s been through.

Hester: The very touch of you corrupts. When Cas first laid a hand on you in Hell, he was lost.

At first I thought she meant that Cas didn’t know where he was…like grabbing Dean in Hell was accidental. But then I realized she meant that Cas was lost to them. The moment he saved Dean, he started to fall, to change, to rebel. He became connected to Dean and through Dean, the human way of feeling and thinking and reacting and the strength of that bled through his angelic aloofness and changed him. Made him real. And in Hester’s eyes…corrupted him.

Hester (advancing on Dean, causing Dean to take a step back): And for that you’re going to pay.

Cas steps in front of her, distracting her and forcing her with his motion to turn and put her back to Dean.

Cas: Please. They are the ones we were put here to protect.

Hester: No, Castiel!

She hits him – hard – and Sam and Dean move forward instinctively to stop her but her henchman stand in front of them, hands raised. Hester, meanwhile, is whaling on Cas, making him bleed, while she yells, “No more promises! No more new God!”

She raises her angel-killing sword and Anias tries to stop her – because there’s so few of them left – and she knocks him away.

Hester (to Cas): You wanted free will? Now I’m making the choices.

Just before she lowers the sword, she’s stabbed through from the back, dying in a burst of bright, white light. Guess nobody was watching the demon.

Case, face bloody, gazes up at Meg in wonder. Meg looks down at him and there’s a brief flash of unidentifiable emotion. Then she shrugs.

Meg: What? Someone had to.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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