Every great story has an underwhelming moment, chapter, or episode. Hell, I’ve read entire books that were the low point in the overall story. That is what this feels like to me with the Amara/God season long story arc we’ve been watching. There were a few great moments, but not enough to make this episode make any sense to me, or to make me feel that we learned anything that needed an entire episode dedicated to it.
We pick up immediately where we left off, in the middle of the street of the small town Chuck saved from his justifiably pissed off sister. He wants to go somewhere where they can talk more quietly, and before Dean can say “Fuck this” (well, I guess he can’t ever say that, so maybe before Dean can say “Dammit, Chuck!”) they are back in the bunker. Cool trick, bro. The Winchesters and us viewers are surprised to see Kevin standing right behind Chuck (YAY!!!) to say that they can trust that Chuck is legit. To prove that, and to resolve a dangling storyline, Chuck sends Kevin up to Heaven. I hope he got to say goodbye to Mama Tran, otherwise even if I were God I would not want to be on her bad side.
Once Kevin goes to the Advance Placement in the sky, things get real in the bunker. Sam fanboys hardcore at Chuck and is an adorable puppy, but that is soon forgotten when Dean addresses Chuck. Now, Dean and Sam Winchester have had a rough fucking life. Rougher than losing their mom at a young age and having an absent father. Rougher than living a nomadic life. So it would be understandable for Dean to rail against God for the hand he was dealt. For a life so filled with loss and heartbreak that it’s hard for him to get out of bed some days. But he doesn’t. Dean’s beef with God is on behalf of the billions of people throughout history who have suffered and prayed. The people who have lived, killed, and died in His name. Dean’s frustration that God didn’t answer them or seem to care really has nothing to do with Dean personally, or even on behalf of Sam and his struggles. It’s entirely to do with the innocent people God ‘let’ suffer.
There was a lot of talk about this scene and the choice Jensen Ackles made. It was written that Dean yells and rants and is angry, but the quiet despondency, the silent tears falling was much more powerful in what is easily the best scene of this episode. Chuck’s responses about being “really hands on” in the beginning, and that being too involved is also a problem, rang hollow in the face of ya know… the entire planet’s suffering. He also warns Dean to not “confuse me with [his] dad” which, ouch man. Chuck also isn’t too happy with the boys for springing Lucifer, if He could trust the guy, He wouldn’t have had that fancy cage made.
Speaking of ouch, Lucifer is all trussed up and lookin’ rough as Hell (hehe) while Amara tortures him, waiting for God to show Himself. Hun, you’ve been at this shit for weeks, maybe it’s time to come up with a new plan? Lucifer gets a dig in though, telling Amara that she may beat God, but she could never be Him. This pisses Amara off, so she puts him to sleep, then makes a call to her “wish he was” boyfriend by honing in on Dean through Cas’s vessel. She appears to Dean and says basically “Yo, I know my brother is topside, and if you see him, tell him I’m beating up his favorite son, who ya know, just HAPPENS to be in your bestie’s bod! Come find me!! Everything I’m doing is totally His fault, too, by the way!” Never Mind that Amara has WARDED HERSELF AGAINST GOD SPECIFICALLY. Sigh. I miss the fog.
Ahhh, I don’t need to miss it much longer, though, because we see it rollin’ into town, killing all people and cats in it’s wake. Well, not all people. One dude is left standing. And he’s a prophet… even though the angels and Crowley had no idea this dude existed back when Crowley rounded up all the future prophets after Kevin, but hey, who needs continuity, amiright?
One thing to note if hosting God, he’s a rude ass houseguest. Chuck likes to sleep in, take long showers and sing old folk songs loudly. Dean wants none of it and has no problem telling Him to “cool it.” When He learns about that whole town dying, Chuck is SUPER helpful by telling the boys to find Amara. Thanks, Chuck!
Dean and Sam head off to pick up the sole survivor while Metatron drowns his sorrows in a rundown bar. He sees Dean and Sam with Chuck on the local news about the near-disaster in Hope Springs and gives them a call, saying they have to talk. Soon. And in person. They agree to meet later and meet up with Donatello (named after the artist, not the ninja turtle), the lone survivor, former Atheist, and new prophet of the Lord. Dude is freaking out, and who can blame him? His brain suddenly and inexplicably exploded with knowledge. After getting the Prophet-ing And You 101: Cliffsnotes Version from Dean and Sam, they head on back to bunker, but not before Dean gets another message from Amara, who also needs to see him. Soon. And alone. All the Heavenly beings are thirsty for D(ean Winchester). And really who isn’t?
Back at the bunker, Chuck has made himself comfy in nothing but a tshirt, boxers, and Dean’s robe while kicking back watching curling and eating lo mein. What else could He do after going through “more porn than He has ever seen in one sitting?” Donatello gets pretty excited to meet God, even if he was an Atheist until about ten minutes ago. Chuck is cool with that. He believes in Himself, and that’s all ya really need, right?
The boys head off to meet Metatron, who tells them that Chuck isn’t going to fight the Darkness; He’s going to surrender to her in an act of self sacrifice on the hope that it will save all creation. Obviously no one is down with this plan. Dean then confronts Chuck while hanging out at a playground watching kids play. Like ya do. God has faith in humanity, should His plan fail. People like Dean and Sam will step up and save them. Chuck tells Dean that He saved him because he is “the firewall between light and darkness.” He was the Righteous Man.. Dean’s reaction is the same now as it was then: It’s too big. He can’t do it. It’s too much. But God disagrees. And so do I.
After he circles for hours and sends hundreds of emoji texts, Metatron is finally allowed in the bunker. He is back to being a douchebag, and I all of my discomfort with my life choices after sympathizing with him last week melt away. Hating him and being annoyed with him is my safe space here. The group comes up with a plan to save Lucifer from Amara. Dean will distract Amara while Sam, Donatello, and Metatron save Lucifer. Thankfully they have that handy plot device, err… Prophet who knows where she’s keeping him!
Dean meets with Amara, who is basically written as a several-millennia-old crazy chick with a crush, and is told that he’s “destined” to become one with her. Like, right now. There are some good things in this scene between them. The best is that Dean is able to tell her in person, that he is not cool with not being in control of himself when he’s around her. This is important, because her whole jam is that she and Dean are going to be together whether that’s what he wants or not. Literally, she wants to absorb him. So possessive. Needless to say, Amara is not happy that Dean’s head is elsewhere during their talk (another important thing. He is supposed to be entirely focused on and drawn to Amara, but he isn’t). She figures that it’s because he’s two-timing her with another deity and gets pissed.
Meanwhile, “Larry, Curly, and Moe” go to save Lucifer who, while maybe short on patience is long on sass. Bless. I love Misha as Lucifer, as you may know. Things don’t go according to plan, because well, it’s the Winchesters, and when would that ever happen? Lucifer is grounded right now. He can’t zap them out. Looks like they have to go the old fashioned way and drive. Donatello feels Amara coming, and Metatron says he’ll stay behind to buy them more time. They leave just as Amara shows up. Meatron tries a little trick to hurt her and fails. Pleads for the universe, and is quickly destroyed by The Darkness. RIP Metatron, you didn’t suck there for a few episodes.
Once she’s done with him, she hops onto the road where Sam & Co. are driving and tries to destroy them, too. But she’s pissed and wants to take her time killing them, I can only assume. One interesting thing she says here is “You aren’t even worth sparing!” and she seems to be saying it to Lucifer/Cas. It’s a strange thing to say since I wasn’t aware she intended to spare anyone, but it stuck in my mind as something to hold onto. Before she can kill them, though, they end up in the bunker again, Chuck having answered at least one prayer that day. What follows is an awkward family reunion between Lucifer and God. I’m really hoping we can see one between Cas and God, too, because I’m sure the nerd angel has questions. Then they send Donatello home because I guess no one in Heaven or Hell cares much about Prophets anymore? And Dean tells Sam that Amara wants Dean to “complete her.” Literally.
BAMF of the Week: Dean Fucking Winchester. Dude may not have been kicking ass physically this week, but he DID stand toe-to-toe with two deities and stood his ground. Jensen Ackles, you beautiful, heartbreaking man. You were the fucking highlight for me in an otherwise clunky, uneven episode.
What did you think of last week’s episode? Am I being too harsh? Too generous?? Let me know your thoughts!