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10.07 Ep reaction/review 
26th-Nov-2014 08:39 pm
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By gosh I enjoyed that. Like, really really enjoyed it. That surprises me to be honest because it was a heavy angel episode and they are not always a favourite of mine. Also, it didn't particularly feature much Sam and Dean. Only, it felt like it did because we got some more insight and some important moments.

What I love about Robert Berens' writing is the way he manages to give every character some depth. He's particularly good at writing secondary characters. He was given couple of important tasks in this episode - namely, write out Hannah and Cole. He also had to write in Rowena. I wouldn't have thought that was an easy task, but I think he succeeded. Sure, it felt like a lot (and it was!) but I thought each aspect of this episode felt "true" and wasn't rushed. It had action that was balanced with poignant moments.

The secondary characters

One of my favourite things was the way Hannah was handled (again, a huge surprise to me). When she was introduced as Cas's side kick this season I honestly thought she was going to end up dying - to give Castiel some extra angst (fridged in other words). I thought we'd have the love story and then a "tragic" ending. I am so happy it wasn't played this way. I LOVE LOVE that they FINALLY addressed the angel vessels and at the same time gave Hannah some added depth along the way. It was quite revealing that what Hannah was feeling was her vessel's emotions (I' don't think that's been fully explored that before?). I loved the way it became a slow reveal for Hannah and by the end she not only understood what it meant to be an angel, but it also what it meant to be human. She's done this better (and quicker) than Castiel.

It seems her "self" discovery has helped move Castiel forward. It's interesting that she mentioned that she'd learned from him, where actually, I think he's learnt more from her. Castiel can't learn that lesson too quickly otherwise what are they going to do with him? So it makes sense that he's still (somehow!) learning. We'll just have to go with it and know that finding a story arc for Cas can't be easy. If they are going to have him investigate his vessel (and family), I'm excited by that. Much more than all the angel politics crap. This has been one of the more interesting angel stories for me.

It's weird though that with an episode that (finally!) talks about vessels we see senseless vessel killings. I'm actually puzzled by this. I'm wondering if we are supposed to think that there are some actual demons - not demons in meatsuits? One minute vessels (and possessed people) are a concern, the next they are stabbed and nothing is said or even reflected on. I wish they'd sort that out. If we could believe that the demons (and even angels) killed are actually the real deal (and not possessed humans) then we'd be able to stop worrying about the body count. Sam mentions that Raul was actually Raul so maybe they're heading in that direction (?).

Cole was much better handled this time too (and better acted I felt). The scene between Cole and Dean was very powerful and both Jensen and Travis's performances were top notch (I swear this comes down to the director). I didn't think the reappearance of Cole was going to be dealt with as strongly as it was. I thought he would die and get some added angst for the brothers (what's happening show? Are you turning a new leaf??).

I enjoyed Rowena. She was a nice mix of nasty, smart and charming (deliberate reminder of Abbadon maybe?). Her being Crowley's mother wasn't the "surprise" I think it was suppose to be though. Maybe I just really don't care enough for that to have been a shock. Though it adds another layer to everything, so maybe there's something interesting there.

I would say that we are seeing those "personal" journeys that Carver mentioned we'd be seeing this season, only I fear that Berens is able to do that and not so much the other writers. We'll see.

Dean

Someone must have seen my recent moan about "missing" Dean. *g* I felt like I saw more of the old style Dean than I have for a while.

Dean on a dating app is a mix of hilarious and ridiculous. Dean could easily pick up someone if he wanted to. What I like about this approach is that maybe after his demon escapades he just doesn't want to take that approach at the moment. Also, maybe it's just too hard? He's also getting older, so I think we can throw that into the mix. We can fanon away all the reasons why someone as gorgeous as Dean would even need to put a call out to meet someone for a one night stand. The only thing that seemed a bit out of character was that he doesn't recognise the "talk" - he's been around women enough to be familiar with it I'm sure...*handwave* (or maybe he's just that hopeful). It's also a bit weird that Sam would be so knowledgable of it (especially after all his awkwardness last week). But the scene between then was fun and light so I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. It was purely to set up the case so whateves...

Poor Dean missing out on sex though. I was feeling frustrated for him! I can't believe how much I was hoping it was going to be the real deal for him. I knew it wouldn't be but, damn, a little bit of mutual pleasure would have been good for Dean.

I thought Dean's scene with Cole was excellent. It felt like the closest we've got yet to Dean recognising how far he's gone. I'd like to think he's not just referring to what he did as a demon. We even had straight out recognition of what Sam did for him by bringing him back. And (at last!) actual recognition that Sam loves him (as in Dean said he knows Sam loves him). I think that was as important for Sam to hear as much as it was for Dean to say. It wasn't overly sentimental either, so yay!

Dean stated he's too late to save. This is not new for Dean - feeling he's in too deep or not worthy of being ultimately saved, but Jensen delivered it such a way that gave it renewed meaning. Sure, it's pretty much back to the same old same old, but I liked the added hardness and not self pity. He brushed it off to Sam at the end but they both know it's how really he feels.

We also got to see Dean save Cole. It felt like old days, where they did their best to save "innocent" people from the lives they've had. We had a measured dose of "saving people" with the "hunting things" in this episode.

Sam

Will I ever lose my bitterness over the treatment of Sam over the last two seasons? Probably not, but as I've said before, I have to move on. Sam's love story, his failed trails and his forced possession have gone pretty much unexplored and I am more and more convinced that they never will be. Sam has been "reset" and we are now looking at the Sam that we possibly should have been looking at in the beginning of S8. So instead of looking for ANYTHING in Sam's story that could connect to the last 2 seasons, we (well, I) have to purely look at what they are doing with him now. It's almost as though he's been reborn. No good reason has been given for this rebirth (other than Dean dying and turning into a demon maybe?) so it just IS (personally, I think they just don't have a clue how to handle him or what to do with him now so it's easier to forget everything that's gone before).

I say all that because I can only talk about THIS season's Sam. So far we've only seen him driven to save Dean and I imagine that story line will continue for quite a while. It's what many have wanted to see (including me), so in that respect it's (probably) nice. He was prepared to shoot Cole to save Dean. He enjoyed good banter with his brother and together they worked pretty well. He was upset when Ellie couldn't "fight" the witch's spell and was generally competent throughout. He did get to hear his brother's words and we did get Sam's worried face at the end. I don't know what to make of all that to be honest. I think, much like Castiel, they don't really know what direction to take Sam in. At the moment he's the caring little brother and maybe that's got to be enough for now. Though I constantly see Sam's inner strength. The glowing moment was Sam telling Ellie to "fight it". It felt like a mirror to him telling Dean the same thing and to himself actually been through the same thing. It should be their life motto - "fight it!". I also liked that he got to talk to Cole - remind him he has a family who cares for him. Sam harbours no bitterness for what he did to him.


Overall

This could have been pretty disastrous considering the material Berens was working with. He was flamed on Twitter because of the promo and he remarked how upset he was by it. Fans are pretty sensitive creatures when it comes to - well, a lot of things really. Naked Hannah worked out fine - there were no consent issues which seemed to be a major concern for fans. Personally I love the way she enjoyed her human form. In the past Cas has been shown being comfortable naked so I liked the equality (and innocence), when seeing that in Hannah. He was accused of being a rape apologist and after the episode it's hard to think where that idea even came from. I appreciate fans' concerns but if any writer can be trusted I think Berens is one of the better ones.

I had hoped that consent might have been further explored in this episode, but I'm not sure that will ever be on the cards really. I'm thinking it's not really an issue for the Show (if it wasn't addressed last season I'd say we're too late for that now). So, I gotta let that one go as well.

I like the way Berens writes women and as with Alex Annie Alexis Anne they are seen as competent, vulnerable without being weak and capable.

The theme of home and family continues to dominate the season. Hannah and Cole both went home - back to people who love them. This ties into Sam telling Dean he was taking him home when he was a demon and now it feels like Cas is more homeless than he's ever been before.



After doing the cinematography post recently I was thrilled to see them give us another beautiful shot. I'll leave you with this glorious moment. The boys together but slightly a part. Sam following faithfully as Dean strides toward his destination. It's symbolic and sad. And beautiful.

10.07-alley-&-boys



Poll #1990323 10.07 reaction

I thought 10.07 was

Awesome! Loved it!
21(33.9%)
Pretty good. I enjoyed most of it.
28(45.2%)
Ok. Some parts I liked, some parts I didn't.
11(17.7%)
Meh. Not really my thing.
1(1.6%)
Nope. Didn't work for me at all.
1(1.6%)
Comments 
26th-Nov-2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I really liked this episode, too. In fact, I think that - so far - this has been the strongest season since Carver took over. I'm beginning to wonder if, in preparation for the 200th, the team sat down and binge watched the show from the beginning and finally learned what this show is actually about, but I still fear to be too optimistic.

Hannah, I must admit I never really warmed to her as a character, until tonight, that is. It seems ironic that I was just starting to like her . . . right before I started to love her, or at least love the conclusion to her story arc. Yes, I had the "about time!" moment too, but I've actually been hoping for a long time that we were supposed to assume Jimmy died when Lucifer killed Castiel, and that God brought the form back sans Jimmy, and Jimmy's soul went to heaven. Or at least, I hoped they'd let me alone to believe that. If poor Jimmy has been stuck inside Castiel all this time that really is pretty unforgivable. Btw, I'm I the last one to realize the actress who plyed Hannah appeared twice in season one?

Rowena's character turned out more interesting than I'd expected and I thought the actress did a great job at making her engaging. Not such a great job of the accent, though. What was that supposed to be? I thought maybe Irish but given her relationship to Crowley I guess it was Scottish. Why didn't they just get an actress who actually has a Scottish accent? And I don't suppose they're ever going to explain, if Crowley's Scottish, why his accent is North London :P

Is it just me . . . or is there a feeling that they're starting to tie up stuff in preparation for this possibly being the final season? It's not the first time a season has had that feeling, of course, but it seems like they might at least be allowing for the possibility. What do you think?

Btw, have I mentioned yet that I love the "Preludes" quotation on your profile?

Edited at 2014-11-26 01:21 pm (UTC)
26th-Nov-2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
the team sat down and binge watched the show from the beginning and finally learned what this show is actually about, but I still fear to be too optimistic..

I would love to think so! It does feel much stronger than S8 or S9 so far, but I've been burned before so I can't get toooo excited.

Hannah, I must admit I never really warmed to her as a character, until tonight, that is.

it's weird how that happens! It happened that way for Meg 2 for me. I had gone off her for a bit and then her final appearance really made me like her again. I didn't care for Hannah at all last season, but this season she's been really interesting. I love how strong she became in this episode. I'm glad she wasn't just there as a love interest - though I admit to enjoying that aspect of their story line.

Btw, I'm the last one to realize the actress who plyed Hannah appeared twice in season one?

I had heard that she appeared in S1. I also checked the Wiki and there were 4 actors in this episode that have been in previous eps. They get around!

I found Rowena's accent intriguing. I thought Irish at first also, then I remembered reading that she was from Scotland. There's history somewhere about Crowley being from Scotland originally. No idea why he doesn't have the accent. I think his son did? And oh wow - that's a family now. Crowley's son must appear again at some point.

Is it just me . . . or is there a feeling that they're starting to tie up stuff in preparation for this possibly being the final season?

From all the talk I think we have at least 2 more seasons. the CW boss is very keen for more SPN (and a spin off) so more to come I think! How on earth they'll keep finding stories I don't know.

Btw, have I mentioned yet that I love the "Preludes" quotation on your profile?

Oh yay, you recognise it. :) I thought it was most appropriate as I make vids and enjoy looking at the visuals of the show. I also adore T.S. Eliot's poems so yeah, seemed right.



26th-Nov-2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
I hovered between "loved" and "liked most of it" before going with the relief and happiness of "didn't have to find bits to justify continuing to watch" and clicked "loved."

I agree with each of your points, wholeheartedly. And again, felt relief at the resolution of each one. I had more or less convinced myself that Jimmy had died in Stull and Castiel had recreated his form because it was familiar and he'd grown to like it, but that Jimmy was in heaven. So yes, this development was a surprise. I have also come to like Hannah quite a lot, and was relieved to hear her acknowledge her vessel's point of view, and to acceed to her wishes. Incredibly relieved at Hannah not being fridged to enhance Castiel's experience.

I appreciated Dean's brief (but apparent) struggle with the MOC to "save" Cole, and his acknowledgement of people who love him having saved him. I think you're correct that show will never address or redress the things done to Sam in recent seasons, but they do seem to be on track writing him recognizably, now.

Rowena didn't bother me as much as I was expecting. I actually liked the actress and her accent. I will say that show's dedicated Judeo-Christian ethos and its treatment of "witches," and pagans in general (especially considering how frequently pagan lore is used to fight evil), has been personally troubling for me. So I was cringing a bit in anticipation of Rowena's storyline. But I think I'm good with the way it was handled. The reveal was actually a little delight--especially Crowley's expression.

The end shot, with him trailing (as you say, "faithfully") Dean away from camera struck my heart, a bit. But only because I want them side by side.

26th-Nov-2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if this actually confirms that Jimmy is dead because he's been unable to access Jimmy's feelings I think that's what we can take from this maybe? Cas has had to discover all these feelings for himself so it's taking a long time, whereas Hannah has been able to tap into Caroline's. It would be totally bizarre if Jimmy is still alive (and quite horrific for him).

I think you're correct that show will never address or redress the things done to Sam in recent seasons, but they do seem to be on track writing him recognizably, now.

He is more the Sam that we grew to know since the beginning. I've had no problem with them creating different situations for him, I just wish they'd let him have some reaction to them - but yeah, sadly long gone.

I actually loved Rowena's accent. Seeing the comments above she is actually Scottish (I didn't pick that), which is great. I really enjoyed her performance. She seems like she'll be a good match for Crowley.

The end was sad. The boys are much closer this season but that visual served as a reminder that not everything is rainbows and lollypops (not that they ever will be). Mostly, I love that the darkness they have to endure was mentioned. Poor boys. :(

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
26th-Nov-2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
i dont know what to grade this ep, im going to agree with your review. some ?s-with Dean's speech to Cole-Dean saying he was telling him what he wanted to hear to Sam? what does that mean? what he was saying to Cole, he was also saying it to Sam too the part about beyond saving? a little confused. i like Rowenda.

Edited at 2014-11-26 06:09 pm (UTC)
26th-Nov-2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Dean saw Sam's worry about Dean saying "It's too late for me to be saved" so brushed Sam off with "I was only saying what Cole needed to hear" to help make Sam feel better. But both Dean and Sam (and us) know that that is how Dean really feels. I think Dean was trying to convince Cole that he should go home - it's not too late for him to be saved where it is too late for Dean.

26th-Nov-2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
I totally thought about you when I saw that beautiful shot of the boys! The lighting really struck me. I wonder if the fact that they're walking into the light means something?!

I was pleasantly surprised by this episode. I really liked Hannah's exit, and Cole's was more powerful than I thought it might be. And I'm really enjoyed Rowena!





28th-Nov-2014 10:47 am (UTC)
Hey!

I love the lighting in that shot too. And I think we are able to read into shots all sorts of symbolism. I think the lighting would be mostly to enhance the feeling of the scene, but I love the way it "lights their way". We could see this as perhaps some sort of divine guidance - that maybe their road is dark but there's hope.

I really liked Hannah's exit, and Cole's was more powerful than I thought it might be.

Exactly! Great characterisations for secondary characters. :)
27th-Nov-2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Sam mentions that Raul was actually Raul so maybe they're heading in that direction (?).

I think that Sam just meant that Raul was actually dead, not just smoked out and sent back to hell. My guess is that the black "goo" is actually Raul's demon smoke. That Rowena had found a way to kill demons (with her magic). Demons still need a host.

One minute vessels (and possessed people) are a concern, the next they are stabbed and nothing is said or even reflected on

The difference is that when most "demons piggyback humans, they leave them rode hard and put up wet", as Ruby said back in season 3. They walk around like everything is fine, but once the demon leaves their body, they die. At the same time, it was a big concern of Sam's back in season 3 to save possessed people by exorcising them. I think in later years the show takes the approach of possessed people being damaged and beyond saving. The boys no longer attempt to find out if there's a chance the person inside might still be ok.

He was flamed on Twitter because of the promo and he remarked how upset he was by it. Fans are pretty sensitive creatures when it comes to - well, a lot of things really. Naked Hannah worked out fine - there were no consent issues which seemed to be a major concern for fans

I think most of the fans who flamed him on twitter weren't really concerned about the consent issues. They use it as a cover for the real issue... that they didn't want anything to get in the way of their ship (Destiel).
28th-Nov-2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
I think that Sam just meant that Raul was actually dead, not just smoked out and sent back to hell.

right! Got it. I agree.

I think in later years the show takes the approach of possessed people being damaged and beyond saving.

Yeah, I think this is how they are taking it too. I was thinking about this a while back and figured that if you are possessed by a demon it's basically a death sentence. The troubling thing is, is that it never used to be. They tried to saved possessed people, but now they kill them with glee. I'd love to see them kill demons out of mercy for the host - that why we can see the humanity in Sam and Dean, but also see that they re killing a "badie". I think it would be a nice angle to take. But yeah, I think we have to assume demon hosts are as good as dead anyway.

They use it as a cover for the real issue... that they didn't want anything to get in the way of their ship (Destiel).

Yeah, I think this was probably the underlying issue. Some fans were looking for any reason to hate on Cas/Hannah and from the promo it looked like they were going to have sex. It's a shame they didn't wait until actually seeing the episode before flaming the writer. I think moaning about what might potentially happen between fans is ok, but to attack the writer? So not cool.


27th-Nov-2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Cole and Dean (with Sam at the end) was the heart of this ep for me...Dean handing over his gun to Cole was a mix of bravado, his belief he'd done the right thing and could convince someone else of that, mixed with fatalism--gonna die anyway, will it be this gun--that felt like old-school Dean even while it referenced he's gone through the darkness. And Sam hearing Dean say his loved ones pulled him back was so needed, since the Winchesters can't ever talk directly to each other about the important stuff...

I really liked the twist of Hannah leaving her vessel, didn't expect that.

There was an awful lot of things happening in this ep, though. It was setting up lots of threads for the future, and I bet that watched with more episodes, it will feel more purposeful, less scattered.
28th-Nov-2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Cole and Dean (with Sam at the end) was the heart of this ep for me

Oh for me too. I thought it was so powerful. I'm glad Travis sold Cole's emotions during that scene. And I loved Dean trying to save him AND apologise for beating him up.

since the Winchesters can't ever talk directly to each other about the important stuff…

This is becoming a trait between them (or well, the show). It makes sense for the characters I think.

I really liked the twist of Hannah leaving her vessel, didn't expect that.

Such a wonderful development. One of my favourite angel outcomes.

It was setting up lots of threads for the future, and I bet that watched with more episodes, it will feel more purposeful, less scattered.

It's weird because for me it felt like it finalised a lot of threads - more like ending things rather than setting up new things. The only thing that felt new was Rowena and Crowley. Though it did start a new direction for Cas I suppose - but even that felt like a final chapter of some sorts and a new beginning for Cas.

I didn't feel we'd see any of those characters again - other than Rowena. The episode did squeeze a lot in but it felt pretty well balanced to me. I know there has been some criticism about it feeling a bit all over the place, which I accept - especially when trying to introduce Rowena and tie off Cole and Hannah's stories.

27th-Nov-2014 04:57 am (UTC)
I generally liked the episode as well. I like Rowena and I really liked Hannah. Finally we have an ethical angel in regard to her vessel. There was one thing that I noticed. During Dean's "It's to late for me to be saved speech" he went on to say he knew how it was going to end for him, with a blade or a gun. All I could think was "and then you get brought back by the Mark, and become an unkillable, possibly immortal demon again". Do you think they've forgotten that Crowley said The Mark wouldn't let go of Cain, or Dean? Is this the Carver era "canon, what canon" rearing its head again? Or does Sam not know that the Mark brought Dean back and, according to Crowley, will probably do it again?
28th-Nov-2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Finally we have an ethical angel in regard to her vessel.

Yay! Such a huge step forward in the angel dramas.

It's an interesting dilemma regarding Dean's "end'. I think it was more a broad stroke of "I can't be saved, after everything I've done" rather than being in reference to what would happen to him if he died right now.

I have to assume Dean knows it was the Mark that bought him back (Crowley mentioned something about him being the reason he's alive I think?), but I'm not sure Sam does. Though, I reckon he'd have made that connection. I'm pretty sure they both know the Mark has to go. The thing that's weird at the moment is that neither of them seem too bothered by it. As in, why isn't Sam - or Dean for that matter - investigating the mark? Maybe there's nothing to investigate? No leads. Surely Sam would be doing everything he can to figure out how to get rid of it. (just thinking all this now, so excuse the stream of conscious thinking there….)

27th-Nov-2014 06:35 am (UTC)
I really, really loved this episode. The way Berens handled the Hannah storyline regarding vessels was thoughtful and touching, and long overdue.

Just a side note on something you mentioned. When Sam talked about Raul being the actual Raul, he wasn't speaking about the meatsuit, he was talking about the black goo. When a demon leaves its host it smokes out but somehow Rowena trapped the demon Raul and liquified him which, instead of sending him back to hell, actually killed him.

I'm also incredibly happy that they're finally giving some direction to Cas's story because chasing down rogue angels was batshit boring. the whole journey to find Jimmy's family and maybe somehow try to make amends or give closure should be interesting. We know Jimmy is actually dead as that was addressed a long time ago, but the fact that his family don't know that is just horrific. It looks like the writers are going to address how the angels, who are supposedly the good guys, have had little to no regard about the humans they use and discard, or even kill while they're going about their mission. This could make for an incredible story if handled correctly, and if this episode is anything to go by, it's going to be. I only wish Berens was the main writer of the show so that we could get more from him. He really is the best writer on their team for the serious episodes.

Oh, and the whole Cole and Dean confrontation said so much for such a short part of the episode. Sam got to see that Dean does know how much Sam loves him and also how much he appreciated everything Sam did to save him, and Sam got to see how Dean feels about himself and his fate which gives them an opportunity to bond even more in the future. This season really is going to be centred on Sam saving Dean in every conceivable way. Regardless of any rough patches they are going to face, this season is about the boys, and their love conquering all. They really are back as a family even though things are far from perfect for them. I'm falling in love with the show all over again.

Edited at 2014-11-27 06:46 am (UTC)
28th-Nov-2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Hi!

he wasn't speaking about the meatsuit, he was talking about the black goo.

Yep! Got it. I'm slow on the uptake sometimes. /o\

Cas's story because chasing down rogue angels was batshit boring.

SO boring. Hopefully this will mean a new, more meaningful direction for Cas. I mean, I don't care an awful lot but if we have to what Cas's story unfold I really would love it to be interesting. Revisiting his vessel would be really interesting and I'm actually looking forward to that.

I only wish Berens was the main writer of the show so that we could get more from him. He really is the best writer on their team for the serious episodes.

Word! I actually thought he'd written more eps but he's only written three. He's a solid writer and I'd love to see him tackle more of the major eps (rather than the racist truck writers).

This season really is going to be centred on Sam saving Dean in every conceivable way.

It sure looks that way. I am excited by that, I just hope that they don't forget everything Sam has been through. Maybe just the fact the WE don't forget is enough. Sam sticks by Dean no matter what he does to him (and visa versa) - their love for each other is quite ridiculous really…

They really are back as a family even though things are far from perfect for them. I'm falling in love with the show all over again.

Me too and it scares me because…whaaaaa! I still don't trust them! But I'm hoping that will change. ;)




27th-Nov-2014 10:49 am (UTC)
Woman, get out of my head! This sums up almost exactly what I thought about the episode - the flow, the balance, the characterisation, the emotional content - I just loved it. And yes, that lovely shot with the silhouettes was wonderful eye candy.

I so agree about Sam - but I actually think they've struggled with Sam for a long time, since Season 6 really. I've noticed this season's Sam bears some similarities to Season 1 & 2 Sam - he seems to be falling back into the soft speech patterns of those early seasons sometimes, though he lacks that underlying fire, I think... It worries me for all the reasons you outline. I.e that it isn't deliberate, thought out characterisation but a woolliness in the writing...
28th-Nov-2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
Woman, get out of my head!

Haha! Snap!

but I actually think they've struggled with Sam for a long time, since Season 6 really.

Oh gosh yes. The defining moment for me was when Sam was "suddenly" cured from the hallucinations. He had this great post hell story going on and then…bam! done. Since then they've not known what to do with him. The Gadreel story line was looking like it would be awesome but it fizzled SO badly. Even the trials looked to be interesting and then…nope.

And I don't think it's any sort of favouritism of characters. I think they've dropped some of Dean's story lines also - namely purgatory and then making him force an angel in Sam. It feels like they're picking up the ball again. I'm actually beginning to feel for Dean again (and enjoying his storyline) and Sam might potentially be regaining his original character. Probably too early to know for sure, but I hope the rest of the season remains as solid as it has so far.

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