Supernatural "Blood Brother" Review: Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Vampirate's Life for Me

Supernatural S08E05: “Blood Brother”

For the last few weeks, I’ve put a lot of stock in Dean’s vampire BFF, Benny, ultimately being a baddie—but now that we’ve learned his side of the story, I’m not so sure. I’m still holding out hope; I mean, it took Ruby two full seasons to reveal her villainous intentions, but at this point in the season, I don’t think my hope has as much to do with Benny’s character as it does with my desire to simply be right.

We also got a taste of Sam’s Summer (fine, YEAR) of Love and it wasn’t as barf-inducing as I thought it would be. I was hoping Amelia would end up being as damaged as Sam because it was the only conceivable way that I could buy his whole lovestruck picket fence thing and I wasn’t disappointed. She had no one. He had no one. She called him out on being a creepy weirdo and he understood that yes, he was a creepy weirdo. It was a match made in... well... not Heaven. You understand, I’m sure.

We even got some Castiel action a la Purgatory flashback, Dean and Benny bromance, and the always ruggedly handsome (even when covered in monster juice) Wilderness Action Dean stabbing things. I was half-expecting a signed card to arrive on my doorstep via dragon saying something like, “Please enjoy this awesome smorgasbord featuring (we hope) something for everyone. Happy Halloween! Love, Supernatural.”

However, Castiel’s plight threw up a red flag with me. I could very well be missing something, but my logic alarms are buzzing and I need someone to shut them off. Okay. So, Dean could hop through the magic Purgatory portal because he’s human and Purgatory isn’t for humans. Benny could hitch a ride because he USED to be human. Castiel, however, could not, because angels are icky.

Is Castiel’s vessel—Jimmy—not, in fact, human? Even if, say, something in Castiel’s angel DNA turned the meatsuit full choirboy, wouldn’t he still fall under the “used to be human” clause? If it’s a matter of souls, then perhaps we should make the nuts and bolts of Purgatory’s functionality more clear. In Purgatory, Benny was a formerly human, vampire soul. We know for a fact that his body was on Earth because we saw Dean put him back inside it during the Season 8 premiere.

Dean and Castiel, however, were sucked into Purgatory body and all. So, until we’re told otherwise, I’m assuming that they’re running around the Pacific Northwest, I mean, PURGATORY, in their meatsuits. By my calculations, that means the human thing should extend to Castiel. Unless what Supernatural is saying is that, upon jumping into the magical person portal, Castiel’s grace/soul/whatever he’s working with these days would be yanked out of his vessel and stuck behind in Purgatory, leaving Dean with what is essentially a corpse upon return to Earth. That is a totally fine argument. I just need it to be made clear on the show because I’m anal retentive and I tend to overthink these things.

Speaking of anal-retentive, I appreciated Castiel’s question of, “If you murder a monster in Monster Heaven, where does it go?” because it let me know that the writers are aware of that weird little hole in the mythology and now I can sit around all season assuming they will eventually fill it.

Go ahead and think on the Castiel Conundrum and get back to me. I’m here all week. In the meantime, we can talk about how Benny decided to go all Kill Bill on his maker and despite taking out a few old vampire-pirate (“Vampirate!”) pals, pretty much got his ass handed to him. He called Dean for a speedy AB-negative Snack Pack delivery and Dean was quick to bail on his and Sam’s fruitless quest for the Tran family. In Dean’s defense, they were kind of stranded at a dead end, and like he said, the room was paid up... which left plenty of time for Sam to get his geek on. Or flashback. Whatever. Every single time he got distracted by some random noise, my sadistic little heart fluttered in hopes of a Hallucifer sighting, but no, it really was just a squeaky fan.

Squeaky fans, rattling air conditioners, malfunctioning ice machines—if it’s broken, Sammy’ll fix it. Motel handyman seemed kind of like a sad fate for a dude who earned a full ride to Stanford University, but it made sense considering how Sam has evolved since leaving school. I’m getting the vibe that he didn’t so much walk away from the hunting life this time around as he got sucked away and that vibe goes a long way toward making me hate the “normal life” storyline a lot less. So uh, thanks for that, writers. All is not forgiven, but I appreciate the effort.

If there was any obvious weak spot to “Blood Brother” I would have to lay it on Benny’s backstory, though not because it was unappreciated or uninteresting. It was just a lot of exposition delivered in a mind-numbing monologue. We’re very flashback-happy this season, why not just throw in some Pirate Benny action instead of having Ty Olsson yammer at us for five straight minutes?

While Sam stalked-not-stalked Amelia from the tacky hotel room of the week, Dean delivered Benny’s go-go juice and joined his revenge quest against his maker because if there’s one thing Dean Winchester can appreciate, it’s revenge. Once upon a time, Benny was a happy-go-lucky vampire pirate, just sailing around the ocean attacking yachts and eating rich people—but surely there was more to (after)life than that, right? Unfortunately, Benny’s maker, a self-proclaimed god among his fledglings, didn’t appreciate Benny asking those sorts of questions and he REALLY didn’t like it when Benny ditched the vampirate gig to strike up a romance with a human chick named Andrea. Humans are so gross. But Andrea was like, super hot. Solution? Ship Benny off to Purgatory and turn Andrea into a vampire herself. Everybody was happy!

Except the maker, because Benny eventually got his act together and killed him.

And Andrea, because Dean totally shanked her right before she betrayed Benny.

And Benny, because he seemed to be having some sort of monster midlife crisis.

OH, and Sam, because discovering that Dean’s new friend is a portal-hopping vampire from Purgatory led to classic bitchface action.

The sad part is that I could actually see Benny and Sam getting along pretty well if Sam could just get over the vampire thing. It’s not like they haven’t been pals with “vegetarian” vampires before. Eleanor, anyone? With that in mind, and the added bonus flashback of Benny actually saving Castiel in Purgatory when he totally didn’t have to, I’m sold on Benny’s “goodness” for now. Emphasis on “for now.”



Case Notes


– “Concerned. Not stalking. Concerned.” Oh Sam, you so creepy. Also, Supernatural, where “Nice stitches” basically translates to “I love you” in Winchester-speak.

– “What friends? All of your friends are DEAD, Dean!” It’s funny because it’s true.

Supernatural Gettin’ All Philosophical: Amelia argued that she totally moved into town by moving into the skeezy motel Sam also happened to be staying in (actually, that seems kind of suspicious when put to paper) but Sam claimed that “A motel is not part of anywhere.” Someone’s been reading his Beat literature during the off-season.

– Amelia: demon plant or legit ladyfriend?

Supernatural Gettin’ All Philosophical (Again. In the SAME EPISODE.): So Benny is like that vampire who wants to be a real boy again and so delighted to be out of Purgatory that the world itself just blows his freaking MIND, man. IS THIS REAL LIFE? Yeah, man. It’s real life stop eating all the special brownies and save some for the rest of us!

– What are your Castiel theories? Let's hear 'em!

– How long until Sam cuts Benny’s head off?

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Does anyone else think that Sam's flashbacks look like a bad CW pilot?
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I love Supernatural, but somehow this season is not doing it for me...till now the only episode i liked was with the prohet and his mom...she was cool....beside that, it is getting a bit lenghty...



This episode focused on Benny and Amelia...and they are for me, both boring...

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I really liked this episode. I like Benny, but not sure if he is trustworthy. He is a Vampire after all. I don't like all the flashbacks of Sam and Amelia. She's BORING!! I do like episodes that focus heavily on Sam and Dean and them hunting monsters, demons, or whatever!
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Actually, after things had time to settled down in my head, I realised the many reasons for the detailing of Benny's backstory:

1) to show the deep rapport he has with Dean (though that was shown incredibly effectively by that single freeze-frame of Dean touching Benny's shoulder in the Purgatory)

2) to tie Benny's story to a case similar to Sam's, where they both 'lost' the girls they loved

3) To link Dean killing Benny's girl to Dean killing Amy, and the difference in reaction that Benny had (quiet, complete acceptance) v/s Sam had (walking away in disgust) to a similar rationale by Dean, that a monster that will kill again must be killed.

4) To show Dean's exasperation with Sam's judgmental attitude, and that he now actually feels more comfortable and 'himself' with Benny (and not just his post-Purgatory persona, his overall temperament), rather than with Sam, a realisation which Dean will probably fight more strongly the more it becomes apparent

5) To show that Benny is currently a 'good guy' and cement Dean's faith in him in real non-Purgatory world as well



So I now think that the backstory was more about showing the disparity b/w Sam & Dean now (and earlier) than showing what Benny's life was like back then. Cas was never in Sam's place, but Benny is, and I think, now, that this episode did great to shove open the door open in Dean's head and heart where Sam resides, and push Benny in just a little more.
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this episode really wanst that good to me....it felt kinda boring with benny's back story. I exspected more from benny when they made him come off all mysterious in the first few epsisodes of the season. .........I miss Bobby
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Interestingly, Benny kept calling his maker "the old man". I think this was a wink to Ty Olsson's time on Battlestar Galactica. "The Old Man" is what they called Adama.
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I loved how Ty's character called his maker The Old Man.
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Did we really need Sam putting his hand on his gun? I mean I know he's a hunter but if a monster is friends with Dean and with Dean. Wtf are you going to do just kill it no questions asked, come on with the unnecessary drama.
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Seriously, why did he do that, when Dean was introducing them - duh! And Sam's sulking face at the end :)
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I thought this episode was absolutely awesome! Best episode of the season yet. I approve of Benny and I also like Amelia. Cut her some slack.
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Oh, and totally off topic to this week's episode......another major plot point from previous seasons I wish they'd wrap up or at least acknowledge is still out there.....Sam and Dean's half brother who wound up being Michael's vessel for Armageddon against Lucifer......presumably he's still in the cage with Michael and Lucifer getting soul-raped eternally just like Sam was. How are the brothers okay with that to the point they never mentioned it and it apparently doesn't bother them even IF they know for sure there's nothing they can do for him? Seems they would've at least asked Cas or somebody to help them research how to get him out of the cage.
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Oh they NEED to get Adam out of the cage! It's been bugging me ever since the start of Season 6.
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for your first post there dad didnt die in hell he escaped hell when the gates opened at the end of season 2 so he just got tortured for 100 years( 10 months) then escaped

for your second post they would have no problem getting adam out of the cage because cas pulled sam out no problem and i dont think they would soul rape adam they have no reason to be pissed at him like they did with sam
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Helps pass the time.
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I'm glad I'm not the only anal-retentive nerd who's been wondering about the metaphysics of the various afterlives we've seen on the show. Most recently, Purgatory.....apparently you can die there.....what happens to you then? Zachariah the angel even chased the brothers around Heaven a few seasons ago, and all parties claimed they could be killed there. Except that....they're....already....dead.....*so confused* In hell I was thinking you can't die, they just torture you forever, but then I remembered the demons said Papa Winchester withstood torture for 100 years and didn't break. They didn't say what happened to him after that but I kind of assume they killed him. In hell. However that works. Except that according to Death, souls are eternal and stronger than we can even imagine. Yeah, I really wish the writers would iron all that stuff out.
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Why are we all forgetting that Cas already left Purgatory once, when he had all that power. And he brought Leviathans with him, just like Dean brought Benny with him. Now that proves that Cas can leave Purgatory whenever he wants, without hopping in Dean's body (which would have been perfect vessel for him and a really funny sequence of dialog). So he will come back, he just needs to gather enough juice or may be dean needs to perform some kind of ceremony like what dragons did for 'Mother'.



And I loved the line "All your friends are DEAD(or undead whichever you prefer)"
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Maybe the deal is that Cas was only able to go to Purgatory and collect Leviathans inside himself because he had already ingested all those human souls from heaven's stockpile (if I'm remembering correctly). Also he had been collecting Heaven Weapons that season, so maybe he was just a really powerful dude when he pillaged Purgatory the first time, and he's not nearly as powerful now and thus unable to let himself out.
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I'll start with my Cas/purgatory theory...the reason why we as humans should only trust angels so far is that they were created first, but God wanted something, well, better, and he created humans and gave them part of himself as their independent souls and, more than that, he gave them free will. Even though Cas wears Jimmy's body, Jimmy is dead and the body has no remnants of what is real humanity left in it, not just the soul, but the free will. I don't know exactly what the vampire theory is on Supernatural (just so many theories) but it is sort of more like a disease...like Dean didn't die as he was transforming two years ago. So, there is something like a soul still in Benny, but nothing in Cas.



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Then, there is always Garth :)
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I really miss Castiel, I want him back!!!!!



Also, a practical question: if Dean's body was in Purgatory for a whole year, WHAT DID HE EAT??????? ;-)

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He ate his beard, that's why it's MIA... ;)
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I really enjoyed this episode!! I'm really tired to listening to people complain about this amazing show, it has provided me with years of entertainment and i'll always stick to it no matter what!!

The episode though was awesome, even sams flashbacks were good and i really laughed at cass and benny, sam and dean bickering!!
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its not that uncommon

they did this on buffy and xena, Waaay to many times
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Wait...in Season 2 Episode 3 'Bloodlust', Ty Olsson played a vampire called Eli. I'm not sure what the connection is there (if any), but it seems a little odd to use the same actor for different characters on the same show? And especially as 'Benny' was supposed to be in purgatory the whole time.
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Ditto on character recycling happening a lot. They did it in season 2 and 4 with Keegan Connor Tracey. She played Karen Giles in season 2 ep 07 The Usual Suspects, and the a completly different character in season 4, ep 18 the Monster at the end of this Book. Apparently Vancouver is the place to go if you need an acting gig!

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Wow, very interesting... This is:



a) super laziness by casting.

b) an insult to our memories & intelligence.

c) a crazy twist in the works.



I'm hoping for choice c.
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Benny is probably Eli's twin brother, who is using Dean for now, before he tries to kill him to avenge his brother's death. Or he simply is Eli himself, who Dean conveniently forgot about. Why would he be pretending he's someone else then?

Ow, my brain hurts. Or the CW has a extremely short list of guest actors they choose from. The same guy was on Arrow a few weeks ago.
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Yeah the CW tends to recycle its actors a lot, I just don't understand why they would do it on the same show for no reason. It has to have some connection because surely the creators would have known people would pick up on it. I'm guessing you're right, avenging his twin brother is the only plausible explanation for this seeing as Benny has been in purgatory for at least at couple of decades judging by the clothes he wears and couldn't possibly be Eli. But that seems like a very weak/unnecessary plot line to me...why bring up something from 6 seasons ago?

Great, now I can't fully enjoy the show because this will irk me until it's (hopefully) explained.
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Loved this episode! I enjoyed the brothers' bickering, it reminded me of how carefree and easgoing they were with each other in the early seasons. Also liked the further exploration of Benny's character. I'm starting to really like him and hope that he hangs around awhile because the brothers need more allies like him.
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HandySam, Vampirates, Sam naming his dog 'dog', so much good in this episode! I think that maybe Sam will end up killing Benny, but I also just have this feeling that he's gonna do something to betray Dean and Dean will be the one to kill him. I dunno! But I do know that I don't want Benny to go just yet. This episode was great, and it made me see how awesome he actually is! Still not that crazy about Amelia either. I feel like she tried to make Sam normal, but you just can't take the hunter out of a Winchester.

Can't wait for the brother fights next week *so many feelings*
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Sam's bitch faces at the end were awesome! More bitchfaces!
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Sam will not cut Benny's head off.
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Hey man, I can dream.
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It's funny seeing Sam trying to pull a Troy Barnes. As if it's believable. The guy can't fix anything to save his life.
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Really hoping we'll get to see more banter between Benny and Castiel, even if only in flashbacks.
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i think dean killed cass.
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I think Dick Roman has Cas. Leviathans go to Purgatory when they die.
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I wish you could explain further.
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I agree Benny talking and talking and talking made me leave the room. My fav was the purgatory scenes. From the fighting to talking to the leviathans epic presentation...very nice. Overall I like Benny but I found his background fairly boring except for the Vampirates. Sam's storyline is still up in the air. I hate that the girl starts out being bitchy. Do guys really find that attractive. I'm hoping her backstory explains the fact that she is nasty upon meeting Sam. Dog...so cute!
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I thought this was a great episode. I know that a lot of comments have attacked Sam's flashbacks for being dull/chick flicky; but hey, I just see it as one big joke. Do you remember in the first episode where they both had flashbacks? Dean had a flashback about being in Purgatory and how violent and dangerous it was, and then soon after Sam had one about rushing into the vet with the dog he'd run into. That was priceless. I think the real value of Sam's flashbacks (other than comedic value) are their obvious clash with Dean's. Dean has been in Purgatory killing monsters right and left, while Sam has been doing stupid "normal" things like having a birthday cake with candles. Other than that time Sam lost his soul, there has always been conflict between the two brothers in that Dean has always been a hunter and brought Sam back into the family business, while Sam did have a normal life when the show started, and he's always missed that to some degree. This Season's differing flashbacks are just bringing this tension to the surface.

I have a very simple theory about killing monsters in Purgatory: they cease to exist. Here's why: the show has long put forth the idea that living creatures have a physical body and a soul; the two are separate. When the body dies the soul is sent to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. Good people go to Heaven, monsters go to Purgatory (they have souls too), and bad people go to Hell. Obviously it's not that black and white because it has long been established in the series that demons make deals with people to take their souls, so presumably even if those people never did anything morally wrong their souls would go to Hell. Still though, in general when the body dies the soul goes to the afterlife. But never in the show, or in pretty much all major religions/visions of the afterlife, has it been stated or put for that souls have souls of their own. So when Dean kills a monster in Purgatory, he is killing his/her/(and let's be honest)its soul. And since (unless the writers of the show dispute this) that soul does not have a soul, that monster ceases to exist.

This theory makes the most sense, since multitudes of beings have ceased to exist on this show. Whenever an angel dies, Castiel and the other angels tear up because they have lost a brother/sister. Their sense of loss would only make sense if that angel had ceased to exist. If they had simply died and gone to Heaven...they could just pop up and see that angel whenever they wanted. There's also that scene last season where an angel told Castiel that there were so few of them left. Certainly that angel did not mean "left on Earth or left in Heaven." If whenever angels "die" they simply pop over to Hell, or even Purgatory, then the remaining angels would surely mount a rescue mission or at the bare minimum acknowledge the fact that they existed in some way.

Stepping away from angels: Dean and Sam first started eliminating demons by exorcising them back to Hell. This was always a temporary solution, as the demons would say that they would find some way to claw themselves back up to the land of the living. Meg, for instance, has made good on that threat. However, with the use of the knife and the colt, the Winchesters have actually killed demons. This is evidenced by the fact that the yellow eyes demon is most certainly dead. He is not in Hell. He is dead. The implication is that he has ceased to exist. Unless there are other afterlives that are extremely cut off from our universe, Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory, and these afterlives are where dead angels, demons, and monsters killed in Purgatory go, these creatures simply cease to exist.

Finally, I do have a theory about this whole Castiel being left behind business. I don't think that him being left behind in Purgatory is the last we'll see of him. I also think it would be rather pointless if when they got to the portal the reason Cas was left behind was simply that he's not allowed to go through there. No, Dean feels a certain amount of guilt for leaving Cas behind. This probably means that he somehow made a choice to leave him behind. If Cas simply couldn't go through, then Cas would insist that Dead leave, and there wouldn't be that shot of Cas screaming as they left. One idea I had, but not one that I ultimately would stand behind, is that Cas will somehow power this portal, which is why he has to stay behind. So far, the only thing I'm pretty sure about is that Cas could somehow have gotten out of Purgatory, but something Dean did made him stay behind.
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Also, Cas may not have 'powered' the portal, but just provided a necessary distraction..
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Great post!!
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you know it's because i read those reviwes that i'm starting to think that Supernatural is getting worse. come on i think the last positive reviwe was "The French Mistake". so i'm going to stop reading the reviwes and start to enjoy the best show ever!!!
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I just...don't like Amelia. And I probably won't ever like her because in my head, Dean and Sam (despite how much he denies this) are hunters through and through. Remember when Zachariah put Dean and Sam into normal lives without hunter memories. The lesson that they learned from that experience is that no matter what, they'll always find their way back to hunting. I just can't see Sam as a domesticated boy friend. It doesn't fit his character.



As for Cas, SPOILER SPOILER I read in a future episode synopsis that Cas gets out of Purgatory without any memory of how he did it. Sooooo, I'm guessing that there will be some higher power in the coming episodes. And as all higher powers go, we won't know which side it's on until it's too late.



I liked Benny's back story as a Vampirate and as Cas' savior in Purgatory. It really changed me from an AntiBenny to a ProBenny fan. But was it just me or was Benny's accent so thick at times that it was hard to understand him. Maybe this is just coming from a North Californian...but dang, I had to rewind a couple times to hear him properly through the Southern drawl.
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Is it possible to assume that maybe God pulled Cas out of Purgatory?
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Maybe. Is Chuck ever going to make a reappearance?
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Oh I really hope so. I miss him.
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I love Dean don't get me wrong here but it seem like he has different rules for Sam and him. Like that fact that he keeps bring up how Sam stopped hunting and got a girl. Didn't he do the same thing when he thought Sam was stuck in that cage with Micheal and Lucifer. He had a normal life for awhile. Why couldn't Sam?? Also that fact that all monsters are bad monster. According to Dean and that's why he killed Sam's friend Sara. (well i think her name was Sara). But now it's okay for Dean to have BBF vampire buddy. I guess that's the main thing really bugging me this season. I don't know I might be overreacting.



I guess Purgatory makes a man really change and forget about his past. It also seems to have the affect of Dean having a little bit of a soft spot for them.
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He does, the only one I have a real problem with is that Dean went and lived a normal life for the time he thought Sam was in Hell (and yes, apparently Sam was only there for like two months, but still). I don't have a problem with Dean having better judgment in people so as to trust his trust in monsters or angels or whatever more than Sam (um...Ruby? and who else has Sam actually tried to make friends with independent of Dean? he and Cas really only tolerate each other).
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Yeah, its been really bothering me as well. Dean gives Sam a hard time about settling down and quitting Hunting even though he did the exact same thing. And he keeps doing it ALL the time. You think he finally let it drop only to bring it up again out of nowhere. I just wish he would finally get over it.
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The reason Dean killed Amy Pond (I'm not joking, her name is actually Amy Pond) is because she was actually killing people and eating her brains. In her defense, she picked criminals, but still it wasn't like Dexter and they were all murders. Just low-lifes. Benny, on the other hand, has been feeding exclusively on donated blood (presumably from blood banks), so he hasn't actually killed anyone. Thank is why Dean doesn't kill him. All that aside, I totally agree with you about Dean being a hypocrite and being mad at Sam for wanting a normal life, which is exactly what he had at the beginning of last season.
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Ah but to be fair, dean did look for a way to bring Sam back. And contrary to dean, who actually saw Sam get sucked into a big hole, dean just disappeared and Sam took crowleys word as gold that dean was gone. I think Sam's decision to go and live "normal" wouldn't bother me if they had mentioned that Sam did too before packing it in. I mean I think about all those voice messages of Kevin and frankly, if I had been dean hearing that, I would be pissed too.
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That's a great point. I forgot about the messages. With Kevin still in the picture, Sam still had responsibilities. When Sam was sucked into that vortex, he and Dean had just saved the world and stopped the Apocalypse. So yeah, no one should blame Dean for quitting after that one. That would be like if a secret service agent saved the President ten times in one day and then decided to take a day off the next day. No one would say no.
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Man, I still think it's a bit early to start believing in Supernatural BUT, How awesome is Benny? Great Character! And I thought it was a really great episodes, specially after the last suckfest.
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Castiel theory h in fact made it after Dean thinking he Sacrificed himself for their escape. Cas is living his life as any prisoner escapee would do...
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Sam's Year of Love was as barf-inducing as I feared. And I really didn't like Amelia calling him a creepy weirdo. It wasn't banter, it was mean-spirited. That's twice now she's really cut into him.



Does anyone else remember the "No Chick Flick Moments" rule back from the pilot? Because apparently Jeremy Carver has forgotten it. He's chick-flicking all over the place, between Sam and Amelia, Benny and Andrea, and Brian, Michael and Kate last week.



The Purgatory flashbacks were the stuff I love, but I need more than just a few cool flashbacks sandwiched between chick flick moments.
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I agree with you. episode was great, just too much Amelia atm and too much focus on how in "love" Sam and Amelia are.

Yeah flashback can only do so much. I loved it in first 2 episodes,but now I am getting a bit annoyed by it. Not the flashback itself,but just how it is thrown into episode. What was good idea on paper and worked for few episodes, but too much of it and ruins it.
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Well Jimmy of course was human, but I think he's dead and has been since the first time Castiel got blown up by an Archangel. It was God who brought him back both times, and I think Jimmy's soul is in Heaven. Castiel is not nor has he ever been human, "Jimmy" has always just been a meatsuit, even when he first served as Castiel's vessel. So Castiel is angelic by nature so I can't go through, but Dean can because he is human in nature and Benny can because he once was human in nature. BAM. Problem solved.
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I know a lot happened in the episode. But was it boring to anyone else? It was crazy boring.



Benny is an odd character. He would be a good big bad. But I just don't see it. I don't really see his character as anything really. Now had they split the stories and did a year with Dean and a year with Sam. That would have been something and Benny could have a prominent role and we wouldn't have to deal with so many flashbacks. But they did so we have to live with Benny as a mopey Vampire that doesn't drink people and had a girlfriend who was turned and became something he couldn't love and Dean chopped her head off. It was kind of fun. But I wanted Dean in on the killing of the head vampire. If only for a line like "Um, dude, You're not a vampire god, sorry to burst your bubble, but I have met him and you ain't him". Having Benny go at that alone required a caring for Benny that no one could have because we know so little about him and his past and his connection with Dean.



Purgatory; My guess is the dead respawn somewhere in purgatory. Like a FPS multiplayer game. As for the portal. Castiel should have been able to get through. He is inside a human. Plus if he left the body, wouldn't he just go right to heaven. Or if he revealed his real vestige, wouldn't he be able to you know blind everyone and make them go deaf and be 1000 ft tall or whatever the angels really look like. And How is it that he couldn't latch on to Dean for a ride. That seems plausible. Either way, I don't see their logic in making it questionable as to whether he can or can not get out. By the way now that I think of it. What has happened to all of the angels that have been killed over the years. How awesome would it be if they ended up in purgatory.

Amelia is not a plant. I think she is just a Veterinarian that lives in a motel and drinks a lot. She needs to be brought back into the show. I am indifferent about her character right now, mostly because there isn't really anything on her right now. Unless she wants Sam to chop his hair off. And if that is the case, she needs more screen time.

Overall the episode left me wanting. It wasn't a strong episode and all it ended with is Sam with his WTF hypocritical look on his hippy haired headed face.



Amelia should have him chop his hair off. If she is critical of his clothes. She has to be critical that he has the hair of a girl.



Oh and next episode, Sam and Dean are going to have a fight. Because that hasn't happened 10 times already. yay
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I too found it kinda boring, especially the really really long Benny backstory. I mean, I genuinely liked the guy till this episode when he morphed into Stefan Salvatore minus the diaries.



I also found the acting in the starting scene b/w Dean & Sam very forced and awkward, too loud and weird as if they were talking for the benefit of the occupants of the next room.



On the (literally) brighter side, I found Amelia more likeable in this ep, specifically in the second scene on the sofa. The first chat about the stalker-plumber thing was again, like school-play unnatural.



But the Purgatory scenes ROCKED. Especially the first flashback, when Dean was driving, with the freeze-frames. Mega-cool. And yes, LOVE Wilderness Action Dean *whew*
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You're not alone on finding the episode boring. I feel as though I like a lot of aspects of the episode, but it was also almost putting me to sleep. I had to play around on my laptop while watching =(
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I didn't want to say "boring" but I did feel like there was so much exposition happening for EVERYONE that it was more "giant info dump" than story. But since I've been complaining about the lack of info all season long, it would have been a dick move to start griping about too MUCH info.



Your Purgatory sounds a lot like my Purgatory.



When I was watching the promo, my co-pilot, who is new to Supernatural, was like "Oooooh Dean's gonna shoot Sam!" and I was like, "No. He's not. Trust me."



I don't mind Sam and Dean seeming to have switched philosophies, but it should have been a gradual change, not "OK, despite his hippie hair Sam is now all about killin' all the dead things and Dean is suddenly capable of seeing more than black and white in a given situation because... BECAUSE."
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