With that, Dean goes running down to the panic room—panicking Bobby in the process—and demands Bobby open the door, now! They stand in the doorway and as they watch, Death appears. Sam. Is. Flipping. Out. He can’t get loose from the ropes, can’t get away from Death and is telling the Horseman to get away from him, don’t touch him.
Death tells him that he’s going to put a wall in his head and that it may itch, but he must not scratch it because he guarantees Sam won’t like what happens. He pulls Sam’s soul from a bag and it’s brilliant and gleaming. I’d half expected it to be…gray…or something showing its damage.
Sam turns to look at Dean and is begging—literally begging—don’t do this, you don’t know what it’ll do…. Dean stares back at him and the pain in his eyes is heartbreaking. Death begins to put Sam’s soul in and Sam screams in pain—much like when Cas gave him the angel scan. Dean’s face tightens, his expression mirroring the sound Sam is making.
And we fade to black. I guess the answer to my episode title questions were yes and yes. Dean learned that he couldn’t cheat Death—only not in the way I was thinking. It wasn’t that he couldn’t cheat Death (meaning he was going to stay dead) but that Death would not be cheated (meaning, you deny me the girl, I take the nurse). And Sam? Well, he ended up with a soul after all.
So, what are we left with? Sam—our Sam—returned? But with a 75% solid wall in his mind holding back Hell? Will he retain the memories built up from HollowSam? Will he remember the time he stayed away from Dean, knowingly allowing his brother to think he was in Hell? Will he remember the innocents he killed? Oh, the thought of it—Hell wall or no—just makes my heart hurt for him.
And Dean, how will he be now with his brother out of Hell, but Hell kept at bay? He’s still left with no one to talk with about his own tour—he doesn’t want Sam to remember his time there because it would destroy him. And will he be able to compartmentalize the guilt of forcing the soul back into Sam, knowing the risk? What about all he went through to get the soul—dying, playing Death, seeing the consequences to his actions?
Meanwhile, there are still Alpha monsters running amuck, a Civil War in Heaven, Hell with no King, a rogue angel to whom Sam owes a favor (even if he didn’t get to follow through with the spell) and who really hates Dean, and Death’s cryptic “it’s about the souls…you’ll understand when you need to.” Not to mention Lisa and Ben out there living their normal life, their footprints still tracking across Dean’s heart.
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover in the next 11 episodes, folks. While I hate cliffhangers, I expected no less mid-season. And honestly? Season 2’s cliffy was a little worse for me. I think because I spent much of the first half of this season disconnected from Sam. This one didn’t settle me as much as it tripped my intrigue trigger a bit harder than it’s been tripped up to now.
For those of you who read these each week, I wanted to say a very sincere thank you. As someone recently pointed out to me, there are indeed a lot of fish in the sea and a good number of reviews/metas on this show for you to choose from. And they range from quick recaps to longer, thoughtful and often educational metas. I’ve been told by some that they enjoy this ‘stream of consciousness’ style and by others that they really don’t need to relive the episode, they just want my take on it so they can offer theirs.
No matter if you read 50 other reviews or just mine, or if you take in each word I put on paper or skim to hit on certain parts, I am glad you’re here. And I thank you for taking time to comment.
The next half of the season starts up on Friday, January 28th. Unfortunately for this ramble, that will be the first (and probably only) episode I’ll have to miss at first run. My husband and I are combining a our 10th wedding anniversary and my birthday and taking our first “grown up” trip away from our girl that weekend and I will be sans computer. He’s forcing a technology shut down for four days. *smiles*
So, I’ll watch the episode and post the ramble the following Tuesday the 1st. I hope I don’t lose you with that delay and that you’ll be back to read and share your thoughts.
Thanks again for reading, and have a happy hiatus everyone!
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