We’re a month into the summer, and are still a long way away from getting some new episodes of Supernatural. To assuage the yearning, check out the second part of our Supernatural Series Recap. Five years reviewed, recapped, inspected and dissected for your enjoyment! First outlined was The Plan: Set-Up. Now read on for the second installment, The Plan: Unveiled.
The Plan: Unveiled
Season 5 is a fight. The whole damn time.
Lucifer rises and very soon after takes over a human vessel using the whole sympathy for the devil trick. He finds a man who is grieving the violent loss of his wife and child and uses that weakness to play up the if God loved you, why would He allow something like this to happen angle. He convinces the man, Nick, that he, Lucifer, has been misunderstood all these many years, and in a heart-sickeningly easy manipulation of fact, gains access to Nick’s body.
It’s not his chosen vessel, though. It’s not the vessel Lucifer was meant to have.
I am your density … I mean, your Destiny
Following the reveals in Season 5, the story doesn’t really begin with the Impala, as Chuck The Prophet-Who-Might-Be-God claimed in his finale narrative. It began with God (ironically enough) and his creation of the angels. Michael and Lucifer were angelic brothers. Lucifer, the Morning Star, the brightest and most beautiful of the Archangels, fell – reasons to be debated ad nauseam – and Hell and The Devil were created, as was a cosmic rift between Michael and Lucifer that echoed through humanity. Beginning with Cain and Abel – if this blood lineage is one of the plot devises you choose to buy into – the brotherly destiny travels though the millennia until Dean and Sam Winchester are born.
Early on in Season 5, as their bond of trust is still very sketchy (they even spend time apart with Sam thinking he’ll “quit hunting”) and both are still wounded from what transpired in the moments leading up to Lucifer’s rise from his cage in Hell, the brothers find out what all the fuss has been about: they are the predestined human vessels for the Archangels Michael and Lucifer. They are to be the human embodiment of the fight of Armageddon.
That is the reason for their parent’s pain and death. That is the reason for all they’ve been forced to survive.
Because they were protected (in Season 4) by Enochian symbols (or angel language) carved into their ribcage by Castiel, they can’t be tracked by angel or demon. They have to be found through alternative means. Lucifer visits Sam in a dream. Michael tells Dean via his father during a trip back in time. Sam, his fate having been sealed ten years before he was born, was to be Lucifer’s human vessel. The Special Kid powers, the demonic blood addiction, the ability to exorcise demons with his mind … it all added up to being the one human that could harness Lucifer without an early expiration date. Dean, the elder brother, the obedient soldier, was to be Michael’s vessel.
All of the there’s more to these two than meets the eye insinuations, all of the soul manipulation by demons (striking deals and killing loved ones) and angels (maneuvering moments to pair up John and Mary in the first place), all of the wearing down and wrenching apart of these two heroes over the last four Seasons was to set them up for this earth-shattering revelation that they receive separately, but end up fighting jointly.
They will have to give the angel’s permission to take over their bodies (angels, apparently, can’t just invade and displace a human spirit without permission as demons can), and once that is done, Michael and Lucifer will bring an end to the Apoclaypse with the battle of Armageddon, destroying most of the human population in their individual efforts for domination. The vessels will basically be destroyed – unless something special is done (as in the case of Michael’s temporary possession of John in 1978), when an angel leaves the human body, the human spirit is annihilated and only a shell remains.
Upon finding this out, Sam and Dean are, quite simply, Not Pleased. And as the human heroes we’ve come to know and love, they fight this seemingly inevitable destiny tooth and nail.
In an effort to convince Dean that saying “yes” to Michael’s possession is the only recourse to stopping the Apcolypse, the angels employ the nifty trick of fictional story telling (aka time travel) and beam Dean to 2014 showing him how the Croatoan virus was engaged and wiped out most of the human population and that Sam said “yes” to Lucifer in Detroit and is now walking around on Earth destroying people on a whim.
This plan totally backfires on the angels; the end result is not that Dean is convinced he needs to give in and say “yes.” It’s that he needs to find his brother, keep him close, and jointly bring the fight to the angels. Dean continues to fight the future and Sam continues to deny the Devil.
They endure the arrival of the Four Horsemen.
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