THEN: Swan Song – Episode 22
Death made a deal with Dean in which he would give him the fourth and final Horseman ring on the grounds that Sam would surrender to Lucifer. The final Horseman was growing weary of being under Lucifer’s control, and Dean agreed after a stare down of Deathly proportions.
So, we watched Sam say yes to Lucifer, a heart clenching moment in Supernatural history. But secret plans and meat suits didn’t stop Lucifer from taking control completely, freezing Sam out as he prepared to unleash Hell on Earth.
We started to see Sam fighting back and when Michael, using Dean and Sam’s half brother Adam as his vessel, and Lucifer met, it was an all out battle of epic proportions. Castiel became Angel meatshake after Molotov cocktailing Michael in an effort to give Dean a last minute chance to get through to Sam. Lucifer also broke Bobby’s neck, killing him instantly.
Lucifer beat Dean to pulp (damn him) and at the last minute (hurrah!), Sam took control and pulled Michael into Hell. We watched in disbelief as the ground swallowed the two brothers and left no trace that they’d ever been there. Dean, broken and bleeding was healed by Castiel after he was brought back to life by the Big Man Upstairs who had been strangely absent throughout the battle of Heaven and Hell. Dad finally came through for his son. Heartwarming, eh?
Not knowing where to go, Dean headed for Lisa’s after Sam had previously begged him to live an ordinary ‘apple pie’ life and not to anything to bring him back. We watched a devastated Dean trying to adjust to life without his brother, unaware Sam was watching him from outside Lisa’s house. We, the viewer, were unaware whether Sam was truly back, or Lucifer had won out in the battle.
NOW: Exile on Main Street – Episode One
A year later, we see Dean as a family man, something Sam had always knew Dean wanted. However, the gaping hole also known as Sam in Dean’s life was visibly missing. We watch as he interacts in his daily life, accompanied by flashes of his former alongside his younger brother.
From the construction yard, cutting wood, to staking vampires, it’s clear that Dean’s life is no longer the same. From his domestic situation with Lisa and Ben to his old, beat up truck, Dean lives an ordinary life, as Sam wished for him.
But signs of supernatural incidents are everywhere to Dean. From a hotel construction site to his own home, Dean becomes increasingly paranoid for his and his families safety. We see his many efforts to keep them safe in the form of a devil’s trap painted under a doormat by the front door and a bottle of holy water and salt underneath the bed in which he sleeps.
It becomes clear that Dean is just seeing demons where only daylight remains. He meets a friend, Sid, for a drink and we see a flash of the new Dean, less womanizing and more monogamous, much to my personal disappointment. I’m a Dean fan, what can I say?
From then on out, strange things start happening to Dean. He sees strange things all over town and decides to investigate to comical proportions in which he finds a scared Yorkshire terrier to be his only lead.
Possums kill, Sid. – That’s all I’m saying.
Things become increasingly weird when Dean returns home. Lisa finds him alone in the garage trying to remain inconspicuous after gather tools for a hunt. He asks her to trust his ‘spidey sense’ and take Ben to the movies and into safety, so he can give the area one last scout around. She agrees and takes Ben with her.
It’s then we see the most shocking person of all. After five seasons, our old friend Yellow Eyes is back! (Did anyone cheer a little? No? Just me then!) Dean can hardly believe that the person who destroyed his father is back and as Yellow Eyes tries to drum it into Dean that he can’t avoid his past, he passes out. But not before…WE SEE SAM!
A thousand sighs of relief can be heard universally as we see everyone’s favorite Demon-blood-sucking-Lucifer-Vesseled little brother back with a vengeance! Sam proves to Dean he’s human after consuming salt laden holy water and slashing his arm to reveal red, human blood. An emotional reunion is had by the brothers and we cheer for Dean at getting his beloved brother back. And maybe cry. Whatever.
However, something is not quite right. I’m not talking about the crazy demon hunting family, but the back-from-the-dead Grandfather, Samuel. Something just screams suspicious about this one from the off and left me shouting at my screen. Do not trust him, Dean!
It turns out Dean had been poisoned by a Djinn, a creature that uses the persons worse fears, which is where the hallucination of Yellow Eyes came from. The bad news? There is a pack of Djinn and they must be stopped. Realizing that the Djinn are after the brothers, Dean slips back into hunter mode easily and after taking Lisa and Ben to Bobby’s (Welcome back, Mr. Singer!), he takes off with his family to defeat the Djinn. Before they can be stopped, Dean’s friend, Sid and his family are killed.
Dean is cornered and poisoned by the Djinn, causing horrific hallucinations in which Lisa is killed by Yellow Eyes and Ben is seen to be drinking his blood. Just in time and saving the day, Sam and his grandfather defeat the Djinn, but not before Sam’s grandfather is seen capturing one of them.
Finally we see Dean and Sam alone. Sam asks Dean to resume a life of hunting with him and their ‘family’. Dean can’t bring himself to leave Lisa and Ben, knowing they’ll be at risk now because Sam is back and hunting again. What does this mean for the brothers? We see Dean offer Sam his beloved Impala. Sam turns him down, having got his own wheels. Where did he get that sweet ride, that’s what we want to know! The brothers appear to go their separate ways.
So what’s going on with Samuel? Can we trust him? I think not! Something seems off with Sam too, but in our blindsided happiness at his presence, we'll over look it....for a while. But, we can only watch this season unfold with baited breath! Sam and (hopefully soon) Dean are back on form, kicking demon ass and taking names! Welcome back Supernatural, I missed you!