Episode 11×23 AKA “The Darkness Is Here?”
Well, the hellatus is over and Darkness is unleashed on the Earth in the form of a woman. Sam has hair glorious enough to rival season 8; Dean has a weird not-quite-consensual relationship with the Big Bad; Castiel was possessed by Lucifer, and God came back from vacation. I’m guessing the Winchesters won’t be getting sunshine and puppies anytime soon…Warning there be spoilers ahead.
The end of season 11 of Supernatural wraps up the era of Jeremy Carver, who is departing the show, and signals the Time of Dabb, who is stepping up as showrunner for season 12. Because of this, it is unsurprising that “Alpha and Omega” neatly finishes some of the larger story arcs from the past few seasons, namely, Dean’s Mark of Cain arc.
It is only in the final episode of the season that the “darkness” that Amara has been promising finally appears, and it is because God is dying. And so is the sun. Dean decides that the end of the world is as good a time as any to drink a liquor store. And also to tell Castiel he’s important to the Winchesters, and he’s family (it’s about friggin time).
Of course, having Castiel back means that the Winchester Anti-Darkness Squad is down an archangel, and that’s firepower that they desperately need. Now that the sun is burning out, the Darkness is a problem that cannot be avoided, and Chuck reluctantly agrees that Amara must be destroyed. But how do you kill the most evil being in the universe? The solution, they find, is to build a bomb out of human souls and put it inside of Dean, because he is the only one who can get close enough to her.
We interrupt this recap to bring you a WTF Moment sponsored by Continuity, What’s That? Inc. because why the hell did they bring up The Hand of God if they weren’t going to actually have one of the Winchesters use it.
In predictable fashion, Dean gruffly shoulders the responsibility of a one-way trip to Amara’s secret hideout, and the most touching moments of the episode are when Dean says goodbye to Sam, Cas, and the others while standing near his mother’s grave. Even after 11 seasons and multiple deaths, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki still bring raw grief to these kinds of scenes and ouch those were my feels.
When Dean finds Amara, he doesn’t find a wrathful primordial evil, but rather, a lonely sister who feels rejected by her brother, her only family. Her revenge isn’t fulfilling, and with Dean’s help, she is able to reconnect with Chuck and restore balance to the universe.
Meanwhile Sam, who is certain that the rejuvenated sun is a sign of Dean’s death, returns to the bunker with Cas. As soon as they enter, however, Cas is banished by a Woman of Letters, who we’ve seen glimpses of throughout the episode. She tells Sam that she’s been instructed to bring him in, and wow does this remind me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Watcher’s Council. I can’t wait to see how this works out. Or, you know, not, since British WoL shoots Sam and all.
Season 11 ends with Dean stumbling around, lost, until he encounters a very much alive Mary Winchester.
What’s In Store For Season 12?
The arrival of Sam and Dean’s mother brings up interesting possibilities for the twelfth season of the series. Is Mary’s resurrection permanent, or is it just a chance for closure for the boys? When Amara brought back Mary, did anyone else come back? Will season 12 be one giant crossover with iZombie?
Speaking of crossovers, while it’s possible that Lucy ran off to L.A. to fight crime, there’s a bigger chancer that our favorite megalomaniac will return sometime next season to outsnark the Winchesters and cause a little mayhem. But will he be the big bad of season 12? It’s unlikely after he and his Dad sat and worked out some of their family drama. Ironically, I think that, for the Winchesters, the Devil has been downgraded to “slightly more annoying than a housefly.” And by “housefly” I mean “angry spirit.”
International Men of Letters
“Alpha and Omega” hinted at a new antagonist for next season, and it may be the only one that the Winchesters don’t know how to defeat: bureaucracy. An international organisation that specializes in the supernatural? And probably has a few old white men in power, who probably have a sinister agenda?
Someone call Buffy; she’s dealt with this before.
Until next time,
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