“There ain’t no me if there ain’t no you!”
Never, since “I wish I knew how to quit you!” has there been a more heart-rending declaration than Dean’s plea to Sam on Tuesday’s Supernatural premiere. Because that’s what it always comes down to on this show: the love between two brothers and the lengths they are willing to go to for each other.
Sam Winchester was at death’s door in last night’s “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.” Been there, done that, right? Having the Winchesters confront their mortality is old hat for Supernatural, but this time was different. This time Sam was ready to walk into the light and leave it all behind, no regrets. He even made Death promise that if he died, the junk-food loving reaper would make it so no one could bring him back. That’s a pretty big deal in the context of this show, considering the Winchester boys tend to bounce back from death like it’s their own personal cosmic trampoline.
Dean happened to overhear Sam’s ultimate death wish, though, and he wasn’t having it. Proving again that he’ll do anything to keep his brother alive, Dean did the Winchester equivalent of ripping up Sam’s DNR and let an angel named Ezekiel (Canada’s own Tahmoh Penikett) possess him, all so he could heal Sam from the inside out. A day later, Sam woke up with no memory of fighting for his life, or hanging out in limbo with metaphoric versions of Bobby and Dean. All he remembered was stumbling out of the church, after an intense session with the King of Hell, and watching angels fall from the sky. I could tell from the guilty look on Dean’s face that this secret wasn’t going to sit well with him for long, but I guess he did what he had to do.
In the meantime, the boys had more important things to worry about, like a certain ex-angel. Castiel was having a pretty rough time of his newly-minted mortality, what with the loss of his angel mojo and having some pretty pissed-off angels hot on his trail. Cas may have lost his juice, but they sure hadn’t, and they were bent on destroying anyone who got between them and the guy they blamed for getting them kicked out of Heaven.
As Sam said, there’s work to do. Once more unto the breach.
Here’s why I’m looking forward to the rest of Season 9:
- Ezekiel’s multi-episode story arc! Let me declare my bias right now: I’ve been a big fan of Tahmoh Penikett since his days as Helo on Battlestar Galactica, and I’m excited to see how he’ll do on Winchester turf.
- Castiel has ditched his signature trench coat! Yay! I’m sorry guys, but I’m really sick of that thing after, what, six seasons? Yeah, it’s time. And hopefully this means more shirtless scenes like the one in the laundromat, wink, wink, nudge, nudge! But besides that, Castiel is human now and it’s a whole new ball game, for him and for the brothers who have relied on his angel powers for so long.
- Crowley’s in the trunk of the Impala and I’m pretty sure he’s at least partly cured of demonism. The King of Hell has always been a delight, but what will he be like when he’s been unseated and half-humanized?
- Secrets, secrets! The minute Ezekiel suggested keeping his possession of Sam a secret, I was thinking, “Don’t do it, Dean!” This never ends well. Never. I thought the boys had learned by now not to keep secrets from each other, but I guess not. Still, it should make for a dramatic Winchester slugfest around midseason when the truth comes out.
Supernatural airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CHCH and The CW.
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