Recap: Supernatural, Episode 6.20 – The Man Who Would Be King

Ellsworth—beard, flannel shirt, hunting vest, trucker hat and all—is talking on multiple blood phones (yes, blood phones) to multiple demons and then answers a real phone posing as an FBI agent who did, indeed, send some people to some location to do some thing. Meanwhile, two big demon thugs (one who totally reminded me of the Vin Diesel look-alike from Season 1’s Salvation) drag a body in and dump it at his desk.

Ellsworth: Not here, you freakin’ Yeti! Out back!

C.V.O.: These demons would lead the boys to Crowley and Crowley would tear their hearts out.

So, Cas kills the Yeti, then Ellsworth.

C.V.O.: I did it to protect the boys. Or myself. I don’t know anymore….

Y’know what I find interesting? Cas approaches so much of his motivation in this as a need to protect the boys—protect Dean, specifically. And he—they—don’t really need it. Not in the way Cas seems to be seeing it, anyway.

I see why he does it; I understand why. I sympathize why. Cas had to watch them give up everything—even their lives—for the sake of the world and live through so much pain and loneliness and get nothing in return. Nothing.

Even after stopping the apocalypse, Dean ended up with his brother in a hole and Sam’s soul spent a year in the Cage. So I totally get it.

But the thing I find interesting is that a demon is the only being that doesn’t appear to underestimate them. Underestimate Dean.

Back in Season 4, Sam teamed up with Ruby and traveled the path of addiction in what he claimed was an effort to protect Dean because he saw his brother as weak after being brought back from Hell. He saw himself as stronger—mainly because of the demon blood—and better able to do this thing. And the whole time, he was taking the wrong path. And if Dean had known earlier, if they’d attacked it together instead of Sam keeping it secret, they could have defeated Lilith instead of killing her—the outcome could have been different.

Bobby thought he was protecting Dean by not telling him that Sam was back—thinking (like Cas) that he needed to stay retired because the life of a hunter damn near destroyed him. But had Dean known that Sam was back earlier, he’d have recognized that there was something wrong with his brother and they’d have gotten Sam’s soul back much sooner.

And now Cas is traveling a road from which there may be no alternative route, no U-turn, no exit. And he’s doing it because he wanted to protect Dean, initially, and continued on it to protect both boys. But as Crowley ironically pointed out—they don’t need that kind of protection. Being kept in the dark, being kept out of it, that doesn’t protect them. They’ve always survived by being prepared, fighting it together.

I still think that Sam’s soul is going to be key to all of the struggle about the souls, but in addition to that, I see the writers as doing one thing really consistently this Season that was started long ago: Dean being the heartbeat of their story. His constant focus on doing what is right. Maybe not what the world deems right. Maybe not what is right for the greater good. Maybe right without any room for shades of gray. But right as he’s always defined it.

And when people aren’t protecting him and keeping him in the dark, he’s a force to be reckoned with and, man, he gets things done. He found and grabbed Sam before Lucifer rose. He returned Sam’s soul. And I still think he’s going to be able to save Cas somehow. Eventually. Maybe not in this Season, but I believe it.

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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