Ever since the apocalypse story line in seasons 4 and 5, I’ve hoped and, quite fittingly, prayed that this show would eventually get back around to one of the things it does best: using religion to tell its story. And one could make the argument that this season uses it more than any other, considering the official introduction of God. Regardless, this week’s episode was yet another reminder of why those stories work so well for this show. Because if this show specializes in family drama, there’s no better family drama than that of God, his sister, and all of his children.
We start right where we left off last week, with Sam and Dean meeting Chuck in the middle of the road. And when Chuck snaps his fingers and transports them all back to the bunker, the Winchesters get their second sign that Chuck is more than a prophet. (The first sign was the amulet, obviously.)
But knowing that he’d have to convince the brothers, God brought along a bit of back-up: Kevin Tran!!! And because Kevin is the best, the Winchesters have no choice but to trust him when he says that Chuck is the real deal. And to prove it, God decides that Kevin deserves an upgrade, and with the move of a finger, he sends Kevin…to heaven? We’re not really sure, but as Dean so eloquently puts it, “Holy crap.” Yes, Dean. Quite literally, you have once again found yourself in Holy crap.
After Sam gets a bit of fanboy babbling out of his way, it’s Dean who brings the real talk to God. As great as it is that he’s back, Dean wants to know why he stayed away for so long while wars were waged in his name. “I was real hands-on for ages,” Chuck explains. But when his creation refused to evolve, he realized he needed to step away and “let my baby find its way.” And from his perspective, he thinks things did get better.
But when Dean accuses him of trying to justify his decision to abandon his children, God reminds him who’s boss: “I know you had a complicated upbringing Dean, but don’t confuse me with your dad.” Wow, John Winchester felt that one in his grave.
Elsewhere, as the Darkness tortures Lucifer to no avail — he refuses to cry out for God’s help — Chuck informs the guys that she has warded herself against him, which means he can’t find her. Only the Winchesters can. And that means Chuck is going to go take a shower because we can’t have God smelling bad, can we?
But when Sam and Dean ask about the fact that Lucifer helped put Amara away the last time, God quickly informs them that he does not need Lucifer’s help. Oh, and by the way, thanks a lot, Winchesters, for freeing Lucifer from his cage!
Well, to be fair, Lucifer probably isn’t too happy he’s “free” right now either. As Amara takes a brief break from torturing him, she realizes that something has changed. Appearing to Dean, she realizes that her brother has surfaced. She asks Dean to tell her if he crosses paths with God before she uses Cassifer’s debilitating state as motivation. And it sort of works.
The next day, after Dean and Sam have a very important discussion about how Chuck/God is a truly terrible roommate — and how Sam always wanted to ask God about ears? — Dean tells his brother about his visions. But that conversation is quickly derailed when Chuck enters the room in Dean’s robe and then Sam notifies them all about another one of Amara’s fogs killing thousands of people in a town in Oklahoma. As to why God didn’t save the day, he explains that his sister is baiting him, which means he can’t always respond. (In other words, they need to find her now.)
With that, Sam and Dean are off to meet the sole survivor of the fog.
On the road, Dean gets a call from “Scribe,” a.k.a. Metatron, who knows they’ve met Chuck. He asks to meet up later, after Sam and Dean meet Donatello (named after the Renaissance sculptor, not the ninja turtle). It seems Donatello is the newest prophet. If Amara’s fog is her God power, it could’ve triggered the transition. It could also be their way to finding her. (Although finding her doesn’t seem to be a problem when she appears to Dean in a vision and asks to meet…alone.)
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