Written by Shae
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This week on Supernatural, your feelings get played with and then brutally stabbed! Oh, wait, no, that's just nearly episode. No, but really, this episode had me in tears before the first commercial break. So, barring the potential spoilers, which are major, I'm going to give you this warning…turn away if you don't want to know what awesomeness occurred….now!
Still with me? Brilliant! Sometimes in this show, characters from previous episodes return. It's rare for a dead character to return, but this has also happened in the past seasons through other fun ways, because, you know, wibbly wobbly, Supernatural does what it wants! Well! since it happened, I've been in denial, and this weeks episode both gave me hope, and stabbed me violently in the heart leaving me in a puddle of tears for the rest of the episode. That's right, they brought back my ultimate favorite character, and beloved Archangel, Gabriel. The Trickster may have been fooling us, or he may actually just be a figment of our imagination. There's no way of knowing, sadly. The scene sets up with Metatron writing and talking to the audience, or at least I thought we were being addressed. The Winchester's are trying to help Castiel find the strange call that is leading Angels to particular spots, only to have them violently murdered by Gadreel. All on orders from Metatron, of course. If they won't join his cause, then they have to die. Seems like a completely legit reason to just murder the remaining angles.
In the midst of everything, Gabriel shows up to surprise not only Castiel, but me! He asks for Castiel's help in taking down Metatron. Turns out, the Trickster is ready to lead an army in defense of this controlling little writer. As it turns out though, the whole thing is a hallucination and Cas wakes up tied to a chair and gagged in front of Metatron himself. Was Gabriel real? Is he alive? According to Richard Speight Jr. and his Tweets, maybe! The actor certainly believes he is alive in the show, but sadly only time will tell. I'm hoping against hope that the Trickster is still around and will end up helping the Winchesters and their angel take down the evil Metatron! In the end, however, we're left thinking Gabriel was just a trick Metatron used on Castiel to get him to lead the rebellion. Why? Because Castiel is the enemy in Metatron's story. While Cas is busy being kidnapped, the Winchesters do a bit of that themselves and trap Gadreel. Dean nearly kills the angel, but doesn't at the last second. Once Metatron finds out, he offers them a trade, Castiel for Gadreel. The Winchesters agree, but set up a trap, only to find that Metatron has grown in power and is able to blow out holy fire, the only substance known to trap angels.
With Metatron goring stronger, the need to open Heaven back up to the angels grows more dire. But how can they face a near god-like angel while hunting to find and kill a Knight of Hell? To top it off, the Mark of Cane seems to be changing Dean…with so many unknown factors, and the hope of Gabriel's return gone, there seems to be little hope for the boys. Yet, they always manage to pull off saving the day.