Outside, we suddenly see Sam staggering around the Impala. He looks weak, sick, and he suddenly get a flash of himself in Hell, burning. He gasps, grabs his head, then shakes it off. Now, we can probably assume that he woke up pretty much right after they left South Dakota – which is why he got there so quickly. And sure, we can say he stole a car, or took one from Bobby’s graveyard of cars. But I had to think…with those kinds of flashes, how the hell did he make it there?
He staggers around the broken Impala and we return to the building where Crowley and Raph are finishing the spell. Nothing happens. Dean is peering up from the floor, trying to get his breath.
Crowley: Hm. Maybe I said it wrong.
And from nowhere, Cas shows up, holding a blood-smeared jar.
Cas: You said it perfectly. All you needed what this.
Dean and Bobby slowly struggle to their feet. Dean is holding his left arm tight to his side. He’s looking at Cas, totally unsure what to think. Cas looks at him with this half-smile that at first I thought was akin to the wink Dean gave Sam in The Beautiful Room back in Season 5, but I realize in retrospect that it was less it’s all going to be okay and more I told you I got this.
Turns out Cas had the real blood and Crowley and Raph had been working with dog’s blood. Poor pooch. Raph tells Cas enough with the games and that’s when Crowley realizes that Cas’ jar is empty.
Crowley: How did your rite go? Better than ours, I’ll bet.
Showing just how well it went, Cas smiles slightly, looks down, then glows blindingly bright for a moment. When he goes back to normal, Dean’s watching him, waiting. Bobby is trying to watch everyone at once.
Cas: You can’t know what it’s like. They are all inside me. Millions on millions of souls.
Crowley: Sounds sexy.
Dean looks at Bobby with a confused expression. He’s still holding his side. His face is too blood-free for me, though – after being flipped in the car and thrown into that table, he should be a wreck. But, at least he’s not standing very straight and he’s breathing a bit shallow.
Seeing that things were not going to go well for him, Crowley says, “Exit stage Crowley,” and leaves. Cas looks almost mockingly at Raph.
Cas: What’s the matter Raphael? Someone clip your wings?
Raph: Castiel, please. You let the demon go? But not your own brother?
Cas: The demon I have plans for.
Dean swallows, hard. Cas snaps his fingers and Raphael explodes all over the wall. It’s…gross, actually. And terrifying. The angel sword Raph had been holding clatters to the ground. Right about this moment, I got a really bad feeling.
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