I started watching the first episode of the new season with a nervous excitement. Especially given how, during the hiatus, I scoured the internet for spoilers and knowing, made me all the more nervous!
So the last season left us with a happy celestial reunion and a return gift – Mary Winchester. And of course, Sam being shot by Toni Bevell (Elizabeth Blackmore), British Men of Letters.
This episode was, according me, worth the wait! Although Sam still thinks Dean is dead, the episode was a great episode! The search for Sam was steady, with just the right dose of humour and emotional moments.
Honestly, I love Mary! When she first sees Dean and attacks him, is one of my favourite moments in the episode (and follows after is definitely an emotional reunion)
And of course, Mary’s, “Hey sweetheart, remember me?” to the Impala. Then, Dean realizes that John and Mary had some “fun” in the backseat of the car. It was quite a comical moment.
You simply don’t mess with Mamma Winchester, especially when you lie about not knowing of your son’s whereabouts!
I like the idea of Sam and Dean having a parent, especially Mary, who has for most part been absent from their lives.
Castiel, the ex-vessel of Lucifer
Throughout the episode, he seemed on the edge (well, who wouldn’t be after Lucifer lived in your body for days!) and a little out of form.
And his relief at seeing Dean was touching. Wait till Sam finds out that Dean is alive!
And his “jerk temperament” was hined at by Misha Collins during the hiatus. At some point in the season, Dean will obviously talk to Cas about it and I am wondering what will happen when Cas finally loses his restraint.
The British (Not. English.) Men of Letters
Well Toni Bevell seems like an interesting character, to say the least. She does not seem to have any bad intentions (although her means are quite questionable).
Bring on the hate if you will, but she does have a point about the primitive methods of the American hunters. It would be interesting to see them collaborate, to make America as safe as Britain because the Men of Letters’ meticulous planning and organisation. (This might even be a premise for the show to end… not that I want it to, but just a thought…) What she wants does not seem too unreasonable but she does not seem to understand that the end does not justify the means… means of torture, that is!
There is a rumour going around that Toni might be a love interest to Sam, but I highly doubt it, although there is a very minuscule possibility. Personally, that might be interesting. I say that there is possibility because during the hiatus, one of the producers said that through the season, Dean and Sam might not be on the same page about certain things, and the “certain things” could easily be Sam inclining to working with the Men of Letters because that fits his ideology of “research” and “planning”.
One thing is evident: this season is definitely about the Men of Letters because the title/logo has the MoL symbol in the background.
I was crying when he hugged his Mom and they sat down on a bench and talked. It has been evident that Dean had been really close to his mother through the previous seasons and when they finally met, I just couldn’t not cry.
I liked how the search for Sam was methodical and steady, and not unrealistically rushed. And now, Toni Bevell knows he’s alive and coming for Sam.
Though some say the Dean underreacted to his mother being alive, I think that that was extremely in character, given how he has never been quite expressive.
It broke my heart when Dean was giving out details to Mary about her life and when the MoL car hit theirs and Mary was unconscious, he was really scared… scared that he might have lost her too soon, again.
And next episode is going to be so promising! The brothers need to reunite soon because it is very odd watching an episode where they are not working together.
“Screw you!” said Sam “Sassy” Winchester, again and again and again.
For someone who was padlocked to a chair, Sam was quite confident. The sass was strong with this one.
This episode was one of Jared Padalecki’s best in the series. Being tortured, his reaction to it and also the borderline insane fury was very well depicted in the episode.
One thing I did not understand fully well was why he was resisting Toni (aside from being shot in the leg). She did seem to have a point and all she wanted were some answers. I do understand as to why he would not give away the other hunters, but otherwise, his resistance did not completely make sense to me.
Toni herself seems a little disturbed by both Sam’s resistance and condition. And that other woman Mary killed was really getting on my nerves (Hail, Mary!)
This episode also showed the full extent of Sam’s strength, including his wits when being partially drugged when he tricks Toni into believing that he is going to kill himself.
Crowley on the Hunt
There was Crowley in the episode as well, hunting for Lucifer, following the trail of bodies with their eyes burned out.
Lucifer seems to be supported by the demons of Hell, who have lost all respect for Crowley.
I would really like to see Mary and John communicate somehow, and have them discuss the aftermath of her death. And I really hope Chuck appears again!
And I can’t wait for Jody and Mary to meet!
I do know for sure that Mary is going to read John’s journal, which I cannot wait for! It is going to emotional for sure.
There was also speculation that Mary might have more to her past than we know about, and I cannot wait to see what that is and how it ties up to the plot (Won’t it be great if Toni and Mary know each other from before? Unlikely, but it would be interesting).
I loved this episode and am looking forward to what looks like a promising season.