Supernatural 12×09 Review: Three Winchesters and an Angel

The escape on Supernatural’s “First Blood” that seemed too good to be true, was just that, too good and too easy for our Winchesters. Billie popped up, tried to ruin everything, and Cas stepped up to save the day. If that wasn’t enough, the British Men of Letters were creeping about and acting like they weren’t the villains of this story.

Our family of Winchesters and Castiel, led a moving episode that showed a family growing and the surprising lengths they’re willing to go for each other (again). It seems that after 12 seasons this show hasn’t lost it’s edge or the reason why we love it so much.

Let’s dive right in!

Mary & Cas, the Mother/Son Duo I Never Knew I Wanted

Admittedly their start was a little rocky on “First Blood.” Cas was feeling loads of guilt for not going after Dean and Sam. And Mary was confused and angry that her boys were taken by a force she couldn’t conquer as a hunter.

An apology later, all was forgiven and they were trying to navigate their way around the loss of Dean and Sam the best way they could. What’s amazing about their relationship is that both of them love Dean and Sam so much, that they’re willing to work with someone brand new to them. In many ways, Mary and Cas were acting like they were family on “First Blood” because well…this is what happens in a family. You argue, sometimes yell, and then come back together because you love each other too much to let anything happen to these people.

Maybe “love” is too strong of a word for what’s going on between Mary and Cas but there’s definitely appreciation, respect, and caring between them. Knowing Dean and Sam hold a position of love in each other’s hearts, has made it easy for this relationship to blossom before our eyes.

This is what allowed Cas to do what he did next, which is kill Billie.

Cas Protects His Winchesters, Every Last One of Them

What Cas did wasn’t something done on impulse that he was going to regret later on. It was a deliberate action to protect the only family he’s ever known. The Winchesters have loved him, protected him, and done the impossible for him.

There was no way he was going to let Billie, aka supernatural being with a hard-on for bagging a Winchester, take away his family. The world needs Dean, Sam, and Mary. But more importantly, Cas needs the Winchesters.

The Winchesters have given Cas a reason to live and fight for what he believes in. Before he was just existing and doing things that were commanded of him. With the Winchesters he’s been able to explore happiness, fear, apathy, and what it means to live in a world full of so much darkness and light.

Cas will never go back to the kind of man/angel he was before and he’ll make damn sure that the people who changed his life continue to live theirs. No more sacrificing themselves for the other. Cas has put his foot down and emerged stronger for it.

The British Men of Letters Are the Real Villains of This Tale

For all the bragging and flaunting that the British Men of Letters do, they’re the real villain in all of this. They like to act like they stand on this moral high ground, void of any mistakes or errors in judgement. The British Men of Letters are the ones that need their ways corrected, not the Winchesters.

They’ve appeared in Dean and Sam’s lives like the second cousin, twice removed, that Team SPN never wanted. Their lily soft skin speaks of never actually putting in a days hard work to stop the things that go bump in the night. They delegate and ask for hunters trust, as if knowing about the supernatural and having connections, is enough.

The hunters of the United States may be “surly, suspicious, and don’t play well with others” but they are honorable men who put their money where their mouth is. They do the hard work when no else wants to and do not kill innocents who just so happened to stumble upon them.

We’re seeing a clash of hunter cultures emerge before our eyes. And it’s going to end only one way when the Winchesters realize the lengths that the British Men of Letters have gone to protect the supernatural. Bloody.

Favorite Scene from First Blood: Castiel’s Speech

“You know this world? This sad, doomed, little world, it needs you. It needs every last Winchester it can get. And I will not let you die. I won’t let any of you die. And I won’t let you sacrifice yourselves. You mean to much to me. To everything. Yeah, you made a deal. You made a stupid deal and I broke it. You’re welcome.”

Check out the trailer for next week’s episode of Supernatural titled “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” below!

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/9c on The CW.

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