Supernatural Recap: “Book of the Damned”


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Episode 10×18 or “The One Where Charlie Meets Cas”

So far this season: Dean’s been cured from demonism; Crowley was his BFF; Cas was losing his grace until Crowley saved him; and Sam has done his best to reign in Dean’s homicidal tendencies. Claire Novak has also reappeared and swears she doesn’t need a father figure. Cain has confirmed that there is no cure for the Mark. And Crowley has a incredibly powerful sorceress for a mother? Spoilers ahead.


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Charlie’s back, and she’s bearing gifts. Sort of. We last saw Charlie in “There’s No Place Like Home” when she wrestled with her Dark Side. Literally.  The smart and research savvy friend of the Winchesters went on a worldwide jaunt to find the one book that might contain a cure for the Mark of Cain. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one who wants the book. She’s followed by the Steins–the supernatural version of the Corleone family–and wounded in the process. The Winchesters come to her rescue, and together Charlie and Sam try to decode the book (which is made of human skin and written in blood) while Dean has a run-in with the Steins that ends–you guessed it–in blood and the Book of the Damned supposedly going up in flames.

Meanwhile, Castiel’s patience is tried as he escorts a captive Metatron to the location of his remaining Grace.

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Robbie Thompson is officially my writing hero for including a scene in which Castiel punches the Scribe in the face. Twice. (We all wanted to do it too, Cas). After a (failed) attempt at bonding in a diner over waffles, Metatron leads Castiel to a library. Cas can sense his Grace, which is hidden in one of the books. Metatron attempts one last time to convince Castiel that they’re now bonded because of their time spent as humans.

Seriously, Metatron? You’ve been human for a half second.

Metatron tricks Castiel, almost kills him, and runs off with the Demon Tablet (oh, season 8, I’ve missed you). Cas gets his Grace back, and it’s beautiful. Seriously, I’ve got “Lazarus Rising” feels like whoa.


The episode ends with Charlie meeting Cas, and it’s everything I’ve ever hoped for. Oh and Sam? Gave the Book of the Damned to Rowena.

The Big Picture

I’ve been bitching for half a season about Sam’s lack of a subplot. Well, now that he’s in league with Rowena, I’ve got my wish. Subplot up the wazoo. However, I can’t help but think we’ve seen this before. Season 2: Dean barters his soul for Sam’s life. Season 9: Dean makes a deal with Gadreel for Sam’s life. It’s the same tune, just sung by a different character. It’s refreshing to see Sam recognise how much he needs Dean for his life to make sense, but seriously? Sam, nothing good is going to come of this. Nothing. 


Since I have no idea what may happen at the end of the tenth season, this is what I want to happen, based on nobody’s conjecture but my own.  I want Rowena to use the Book of the Damned to free Lucifer to get back at Crowley. This is plausible because the book can undo any curse, right? Well, I’d say the cage is a curse. And also, remember Adam?


I want Sam to make a deal with Lucifer, because it seems that devil’s bargains are a la mode right now. Lucy burns off the mark in exchange for Sam as a vessel. Lucy and Rowena team up, and Metatron spontaneously combusts. The Apocalypse begins anew. Chuck shows up to Dean and is like, “I’m God. This is the end of the world. You broke it; you fix it.” and then he gives Cas back his full, glorious, unbroken wings. Dean then has a mission to save Sam, and the world, with a fully recharged Cas by his side. And bam! We’re ready for season 11.

…and while I’m at it: season 11 ends with Cas sacrificing his angelicness to free Sam from Lucy and reunite the brothers. The show ends with an all-human TFW living out their days in the bunker, baking pies and drinking beers. Bam. The end. Show over. Everyone else go the f**k home.

Head canon accepted.

-The Collectress

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