Recap: Supernatural Episode 11, Appointment in Samarra

Now, I knew they weren’t going to kill off half of our dynamic duo mid-way through the season, of course, but all of the what ifs went through my head none-the-less. Had Dean truly thought this through or had he just been so wrecked by the thought of never getting Sam’s soul back he’d just grabbed onto this one desperate hope? I mean, what if Death had kept him? What if he’d told Dean to take a hike? What if the Dean Winchester charm and all of the fates of the universe that seemed to be conspiring to put him through the wringer before deciding to work in his favor actually hadn’t worked this time?

Had Dean truly accepted that if this didn’t work, he would be dead and Sam would be out there in the world soulless? I just…wondered.

Dean Latinates a bit and Tessa The Reaper shows up behind him all, dude, what the hell? Relieved, Dean’s like, “What do you know, it worked.”

At first, Tessa’s just caught up in the inconvenience of being summoned, but then she focuses and says, “Why are you dead?”

Heh. That’s actually kinda funny. In a sick, twisted, Supernatural way.

Dean demands to see her boss. She’s like, he summons us, it’s not the other way around. Dean insists, she says no.

And then, Death shows up.

He’s just as cool as he was before, if that doesn’t sound too bizarre. Just this thin, angular, unassuming figure of a man with a soft, clipped accent who speaks with measured tones as if he has all the time in the world—which, if you think about it…he basically does. He’s subtly bad ass because he doesn’t have to do anything to frighten you. He simply has to exist. There is no defeating him, there is no escaping him. He is The End of all we know for sure and that is frightening.

Dean reacts to that a little differently this go-round. Last time he met Death, the world was on the line. This time? It’s Sam. And interestingly enough, Dean has more bravado until Death quietly reminds Dean who and what he is. Having already done this dance once and survived, Dean blusters his way through their exchanges with his usual don’t bullshit me tone that he usually reserves for angels that have pissed him off or demons he needs to use instead of kill. He’s alone and desperate and he hasn’t been able to stay dead so far, so there are moments when he acts as if he really has nothing to lose.

But there are also moments—several of them—when his eyes flinch and his face tightens and his breath skates across his teeth as he remembers who he’s talking to.

Dean tries to barter using Death’s Ring, but Death is unimpressed—and says he knows where Dean hid it, so don’t bother, really. That was a little creepy, how much Death really knew. How little Dean was able to hide from him.

Death: You have hubris, but no leverage.

Sitting down at the butcher’s bar one stool down from Death, Dean tells him that he wants Death to break into Lucifer’s cage. That Sam’s soul is trapped down there—along with their other brother, Adam.

At that, my eyebrows went up. Am I wrong in thinking this is the first time anyone—Cas, Bobby, Dean, Sam—has mentioned Adam being trapped in the Cage? Because it was a little surprising to hear Dean mention him.

Death: Dean, quit shuffling and deal.

That was a great line. I’m gonna have to use that one. *writes it down*

Dean wants Death to get the two souls out (of course), but Death plays his wild card—he makes Dean choose, Sam’s soul or Adam’s. Like there was really ever going to be a choice—Dean didn’t go through all of this for his brothers. He went through it for Sam. It’s always been Sam. But, though you and I and Death knew Dean would choose Sam, it was (as I see it) Death’s first subtle lesson to Dean (in this episode) what it was like to play him. Proving to Dean that he could choose who was to live and who was to die.

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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