Fly by reaction 'cause I'm still holidaying and I'm weirdly exhausted (in a good way *g*)
I fucking LOVED that! It was intense and epic and so damn satisfying. There was some awesome brother stuff (god Dean watching "Sam" suffering and that conversation at the end), awesome Dean angst (there's lots to be said here, but I'm too tired atm - but wow, deep stuff), awesome kickass Sam (I love you Sam. Just so you know), and I'm even gonna say awesome Cas stuff (really love this version of Cas. One of my favourite moments was his look of utter despair when watching Sam and Dean at the end. He feels so much for them both...). So thrilled to see Tahmoh back as Gadreel. Crowley and Abaddon facing off was cool (though how did Crowley disappear? Can demons do that?).
Gadreel had his chance to be "good" (and I really thought they were heading down that path), but he blew it and he and Metatron are clearly the big (big) bads this season.
I'm sure there were holes and problems and issues etc. etc. but at the moment I'm just so happy to have Sam free of Gad. I loved that it was messy (seriously?! Sam had an angel AND demon inside him.?! He's one hell of a vessel!), and I actually loved where they ended it - rather mysterious with Sam's "that's not the problem"....
Welcome back show!!! \o/
What did ya think? I have no idea what the reactions are like yet. Am I alone in this?