Sam and Dean Winchester: The Road so Far
The last season of Supernatural ended with a bang. Sam and Dean Winchester did it again: they’ve unleashed terror upon the world, and this time, everyone is terrified – both the guys up there and the ones in the pits of Hell. It’s really a bad one now, a primordial entity called the Darkness, unlike anything they’ve witnessed before. She existed before the universe, light, or even God was born. She was so powerful that God himself couldn’t defeat her with the help of the Archangels, so he had to lock her up, and the lock and key are, you guessed it, the Mark of Cain.
So naturally, with Dean removing it at the end of season 10, the Darkness is let loose out of her cage, and about to obliterate everything in her way (except maybe for the one who set her free?). And apparently, the Winchesters are the only ones who can defeat her, at least, according to the vision Sam had of John Winchester. But is there anything they can do? This is such a bigger fight than what they’ve previously been faced with, do they have what it takes to save the world yet again? Will they be forced to make unlikely alliances with somebody new, or perhaps… Someone from their past? The season is just in its beginning, so it’s too early to make such assumptions, but the episodes so far have given us hints at what is about to happen, and it’s going to be fun.
The eleventh season premiere expands upon the events from the previous season – Dean kills Death and thus the Mark is removed from his arm. This unlocks the place where God sealed away the Darkness, and she is released to freely roam the Earth and do with it what she pleases. Simultaneously, the episode focuses on Rowena, Castiel, and Crowley, and the drama going on there. The witch has cursed Castiel, rendering him completely rabid and unable to think properly, and compelled him to attack and ultimately kill her own son. Without any choice, the angel is forced to do that, stabbing Crowley repeatedly, thus fulfilling Rowena’s plan. She runs away with the Codex and the Book of the Damned while Castiel is left diseased, mad, lusting to kill, and he fleeing the scene. Crowley, however, is not dead, as expected. He manages to leave the vessel he was using and take over another, this time a female vessel. After engaging in a foursome and subsequently killing the participants of the orgy, he is restored to his previous body, and upon hearing what Sam and Dean Winchester have done, he dismisses it as a myth and scary bedtime story. Albeit, he is bound to change his opinion in the following episodes.
Back to Moose and Not Moose, the sky is shrouded in black smoke, which engulfs the car and the place around them. Sam wakes up in the Impala, and he finds Dean knocked out miles away. We see a flashback of Dean’s vision of the Darkness, now in the form of a woman, who tells him they are bound, and forever will be, and that they will never be able to harm one another. He is her savior, and that is her gratitude. She will always help him as he will her. Of course, as the Winchester tradition goes, Dean doesn’t confide in Sam and tell him every detail of the vision, and they get in the car to see what’s going on around them.
They encounter a policewoman, Jenna, who explains that everybody is running rampant and killing each other. It’s as if they contracted a disease of some sort (caused by the Darkness) that is spreading through their veins, urging them to be violent and, basically, rabid. They go to a hospital in search of medical supplies and happen upon a man with a child. The man explains to them how this disease is spread: through blood. He goes on to tell them that he has come down with it as well and urges them to take care of his daughter, whom he names Amara.
They split up; Sammy gets infected but is able to find a cure in holy fire; Dean and Jenna leave for her grandma’s place with the baby Amara, where they will be safe; but all to no avail. As it turns out, the Darkness has bonded with Amara, which Dean discovers upon seeing the Mark of Cain on her. As a series of unexplained occurrences happen (levitating objects, Amara’s unnatural precocity), Jenna’s grandmother, a devout Christian, invites an exorcist to cleanse the baby of the Devil. However, the exorcist happens to be Crowley, the King of Hell himself, who has recognized the ancient darkness and a possible ally in the child. He is certain of it when Amara/Darkness devours Jenna’s soul, causing her to mutilate her grandmother, which results in Crowley killing her. While Dean and Fergus are fighting, the baby grows into a girl and escapes the place, curious about the world she has been thrown into. Soon, she is approached by the same exorcist. Meeting her in a white van, Crowley lures her with candy, that is, souls to consume.
Meanwhile, after being tortured by his brothers, Castiel murders the angels still under the influence of the curse and seeks help from Sam and Dean Winchester, who find Rowena to lift the curse off him. He is left in a weakened state for a while but is able to help them in their hunt through the research of the necessary lore.
In Hell, Crowley continues pampering Amara, trying to win her over to his side, while she doesn’t seem that interested in anything but her food and growing stronger. He becomes wary of her, suspecting that things might not go according to his plan, as most of his staff has already been absorbed by the Darkness.
Although the last episode, Baby, is an instance of some happier moments and the brotherly relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester (and the car, naturally), there is still a pervasive feeling of inevitable confrontation and innumerable losses. Angels are having drinks with demons, monsters are gathering armies, and everybody senses that danger is looming. And Sam and Dean Winchester, as per usual, are in the midst of it. Will Lucifer, the Morning Star, and a former bearer of the Mark, provide aid? Or will God (cough, Chuck, cough) pay the Earth a visit and finish the job he started? Tune in to find out.