The Supernatural season 11 episode titled “Beyond the Mat” tried to paint a picture about wrestling and its high entertainment value to a young Sam and Dean.
Oddly enough, none of my focus landed on that aspect because this tale was so much more. It was about choosing to be a better person and deciding on what’s right even though it’s hard. Knowing that the devil himself is parading around in Cas’ body changes everything based on this concept. Crowley is going to do what is right even though it grates his nerves. And Sam and Dean will do what’s right even though Cas chose this road to destroy Amara.
Let’s talk about it!
The Good: Rescuing Cas
Castiel chose to let Luci (Lucifer) inside of himself in the hopes that he’d destroy Amara. And while Luci is certainly looking for a weapon, he’s taken control over Hell all over again.
He has started trouble and will not stop until he’s in control. Amara won’t be his last stop and the Winchesters know it. Well Dean does. Sam took a little longer to realize that Cas was naive in his choice. He put his faith in someone who has never kept a bargain without double crossing someone. Hell, he spent a couple minutes boasting about it to Crowley. He’s not giving up Cas’ body when the time comes.
So Dean and Sam have decided that they’re going to get their family back, even if it’s by force. The Winchesters have grown and learned so much about the world since Luci’s imprisonment. He might see them as the weak boys he twisted into knots all those years ago but that’s not what they are. They are men who have accepted that this is their life, their world, and it’s full of people that are more than willing to help them.
Luci won’t know what hit him.
The Bad: Hellhounds
If you blinked you might have missed this moment. After Gunner killed the demon, a hellhound came to collect his soul. For a second Dean hesitated. He knows what it feels like to be dragged off with no hope of ever coming back. They might not have gone in-depth with it but Sam knew how much it hurt him. That’s why he kept an eye on Dean and asked him if he was alright. Sure they’ve got bigger worries, aka Amara and Luci skipping about causing trouble, but this is a part of Dean. Always will be. He can’t brush aside this pain at the reminder of his past. Instead he’ll have to endure it until he can sit back, sift through it, and breath for once in his life.
Sad thing is that time will most likely never come. Dean will either keep on enduring things in his life until they eventually collapse on him or get major therapy when their hunter journey ends. Let’s hope it’s the latter.
The Ugly: Crowley vs Luci
Luci has turned Crowley into his lap dog. He’s tried to stomp out every bit of dissension in the man who took over Hell. Somehow it didn’t die and the former King of Hell bested him (even in that horrible outfit). Luci, this mastermind and leader for eons, was tricked by a man who traded his soul for a couple extra inches on his… pecker. Food for thought there.
Even using the people who hated Crowley with a fiery passion didn’t help. Crowley killed one of his ex-minions, banged up Luci, and somehow ended up hurt, weak, and invisible. The plot thickens! What happened to him? Did he touch something on his way down? Did the hand of God zap his powers away? Or did it take more than his powers, his demon-hood? Either way Luci couldn’t see him and he was safe.
Next step is to go for help, the Winchesters. If he’s out of power, human, with a stockade of weapons to use against Luci and Amara, they’ll take him in. They’ll give him a chance, if only to survive.
Supernatural airs Wednesdays @ 9/8c on The CW.