filling me with GLEE!! WOOT! What an ep! \o/
Where oh where do I start?!
Let's start with my favourite first...
1. SAMMYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh you magnificent, smart, brave, daring, clever, soulless, soulful, angsty, bloody BEAUTIFUL MAN!!
I was really anxious about the way they were going to deal with the wall coming down. But this? Going into Sam's mind to join each part of his psyche? Brilliant! And inspired! Love LOVED it. And Jared rocked it completely. It's kind of weird to me that as much as I hated having to watch soulless!Sam in the first 10 eps I absolutely LOVED seeing him again in this episode. Jared oozed power and charisma and control. WOOT! And in contrast... IN CONTRAST!... His pained, hell experienced, tortured Sam was totally believable and *guh*... amazing. And soulful, confused and amnesic Sam (they did AMENSIA!SAM \o/) was clever and resourceful. <333 (and WOW... Cas was the one to bring it all down...*dies*)
I don't think we've ever seen such a clear example of WHO SAM IS! \O/
But the ultimate for me? The moment I repeated the line out loud and clutched my heart? Sam saying "I'm not leaving my brother alone out there." WHAAAAAA!! Come on!! Surely Sam has now redeemed himself?! Surely Sam has PROVED his undying love for his brother?! This was NOT a selfish act. Allowing the memories of hell in to his mind shows us the lengths he is prepared to go to for Dean. It's no less then Dean would do for Sam.
BOYS!!!!! \o/ God! I LOVE them!
Ok. So there was other stuff. :D OF COURSE! *BG*
2. Wayward Son? NEVER gets old...<33
3. Love the mysterious, WTF! beginning... Sam on the run, trying to piece together what's going on. Meeting Robin... who we KNOW is more than she seems. And I loved that reveal. Soulless! Sam killed her.... just. DAMN! Then I kept thinking.. Where's Dean? He must be going out of his mind with Sam lost. Hee.. but of course...
4. ... HE'S HOLDING VIGIL OVER SAM!! *dies* Though... poor Dean. After what he just went through with losing Lisa and Ben. And now Sam! How much can that boy take?! Just like Sam's concern for Dean in the previous episode we now get to witness Dean's concern and heartbreak for Sam.
(and was I yelling at the screen "touch his head" when he left Sam??! Damn right!! It would have totally been acceptable *g*. )
5. Bobby. What a guy. He holds it together, does the research. He's a quiet achiever. I love him for that. <33 We also see him lose someone else he has loved. We are constantly being reminded that hunters cannot be close to anyone. Or if you are? Be prepared to lose them. (I love that they introduced Eleanor early on so they could use her now. Good thinking Show...)
6. Castiel! HOLY HELL!! I gotta say, they got me on this one. HA! God!Castiel made me squee just a bit! I just. Wow... they actually went there.
I have no idea what the fan reaction has been to Cas turning on Dean and Sam and being generally not very nice. I imagine
there might be some hurt, some disappointment even (?) but for me I loved the way this played out. I know how I felt when Sam was making his dubious decisions at the end of Season 4. Totally devastated! So I imagine that might be how some people are feeling over Castiel's turn. (?). But it's all part of the way they like to play these characters. Making these dubious decisions (see Dean 6.21). So now it's Castiel's turn. I wonder if part of S7 will be Cas reconciling with Sam and Dean somehow. NO idea... but I doubt they will leave it up in the air.
Apart from all that, I love the way Castiel played his side of the game. So clever really. He got what he wanted in the end. Yes, he wanted Dean's approval - he couldn't understand why a friend wouldn't support him. But he played
Crowley and Raphael and won in the end.
Ack! Power hungry, single minded, BAMF Cas! What a journey for a character who started out merely as an angel who pulled Dean out of hell.Things that made me go..... what?
Hee. Show wouldn't be Show if some things didn't hold together. I think the logistics of wiping Lisa and Ben's memories in 6.21 is one of the big ones in terms of implausibility but my big one in this ep is... how the hell is Jimmy's body managing to hold all those POWERFUL souls?? Sam had to drink gallons of demon blood to take on Lucifer. Jimmy has had Castiel in him for AGES.. and now.... thousands of souls?
Also... and this is minor really but still bugs me. How did Sam "sneak" up behind Castiel in order to stab him in the end? Without ANY of them seeing him?!... Just.. /o\(I know, I know it's filming stuff. But I would like some sort of plausible way Sam could have got in there unnoticed.
And a wee wee niggle. Dean saying that he had lost Sam (along with Lisa and Ben..). As though he really
had. I know he probably thought
he had but my heart pinged then because it felt like Dean had given up on the belief that Sam would be ok. I think I may have liked him to believe that Sam could fight what ever was going on in his brain. Or at least denied (for himself) that Sam was lost forever. I don't know. Maybe this was defeatist!Dean. It's all going to shit.. so why not Sam. *sadface*In summary...
Dean is awesome and amazing! He STANDS HIS GROUND! No matter what. No matter how painful it will be for him. He follows
what he believes. He doesn't make deals or work with demons (now). He desperately wanted to believe in Cas but just couldn't
. He knew what Cas was doing was wrong. (just like he did with Sam in S4). It hurts, but this boy can handle pain. *hearts him* (he's someone that would have spoken up during the McCarthy era, or during the Salem witch trials. Random comment I know.. but that's how I see Dean...total admiration.)
Sam is awesome and amazing. He faces the painful truths about himself, he makes selfless sacrifices (now), he has battled his so called destiny and WON! He has heart and soul (thank god!) and is ALL those things I mentioned above. *adores him to pieces*
Show is awesome and amazing. It constantly pushes the boundaries. It's (and I'm quoting from a coment on a previous thread) AUDACIOUS!
It made Cas a God for God's sake! (Um... Cas' sake?). It gave us soulless!Sam and domestic!Dean. It's given us brothers who would (and have!) died for each other. It gives us flawed characters, it's EPIC and give us MAN PAIN! What's not to love?!
And now we have to wait. :((( I am totally going to spoil myself going into S7. There is NO WAY I can last that long without a fix!!
Though I'm gonna need lots of fic to see me through me thinks...