Season 6 Episode 20

The Man Who Would Be King

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 06, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

As Castiel contemplates the details of the civil war in Heaven, and his history with Raphael, Bobby and the Winchesters begin to realize the angel is being less than truthful with them.

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  • Why do you do this to me??

    Castiel is my second favorite character right next to Dean, yet they had to screw him up. The whole episode was rather boring and it felt like more of a push for information then the enjoyable supernatural we all know and love. I pray they don't mess up any more characters like they destroyed Castiel.
  • Worst episode so far

    I'm kind of surprised to find so many fans apparently enjoyed this one. I haven't been one to criticise this season - for the most part I've enjoyed it. But this episode was dreadfully boring. There was the occasional interesting moment - mostly from Dean as he realised he'd been betrayed - as he sees it. And I liked the moment Cass slipped and Dean's face as that registered. But, strangely, Misha Collins seemed unable to carry the episode on his own. Which is very odd as he's been such a good actor in this series till now. I have no idea why he seemed so off here, but he simply wasn't convincing to me.moreless
  • Loved it, loved it all the way!

    What an amazing episode! Intelligent with some unusual scenes and some brilliant, brilliant acting! I admit that apart from Jensen Ackles, my favourite actors on the show are Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard and having the two of them having so much screen time together (in what at points was like a duel with the deadpan dialogues they're both so great at) was plain awesome. The scene when Crowley showed Castiel hell, was one of the most intelligent ones I've ever seen on any show. If I actually believed in hell, the way it was shown here would be one possibility for me to imagine what it would be like. No fire, no screams of the tormented, but a long line of people queuing senselessly, waiting for something that never comes. That had a pretty quirky feel to it and Sheppard's dry comments made it even more interesting to watch. The idea of having individual heavens for every single soul was really beautiful and beautifully done with the autistic man's heaven Castiel loved so much.

    Poor Dean, again he's been betrayed by someone he's put his trust into and that might be another wound to his heart and soul that might not mend that easily. Poor Cas, I really feel sorry for him as well. He's made an awful lot of poor choices (even though you might give him the benefit of having made them for what he believed to be the greater good) and by that (for now at least) he's lost the friendship of the humans he cares for the most. I think that it is rather bold, but really interesting by that, to show the angel, Castiel is going up against that arrogant and vicious, far away from the clichée of a harp playing, halo wearer in a white robe. Sure, Castiel has been really self-righteous as well, he's been lying and cheating and he's been pretty ruthless along the line, but he's realized that he's made mistakes and that he might have gone too far and in the end of the day that makes him some kind of human and provides the hope, that he might find a way to turn around and set things right.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of Supernatural.

    I absolutely loved this episode. It was nice to see Supernatural from Castiel's perspective. I've felt so bad for him this entire season. The boys have been so cruel to him, treating him like a servant, and then getting angry when he doesn't arrive on time or he doesn't have any useful information. In the meantime, he's been fighting a war in heaven, against a foe that he cannot hope to win against (by himself).

    The scene in Dean's backyard is such a great scene. Part of me wanted for him to ask Dean for help, to avoid getting involved with Crowley. But honestly, how could Dean have helped him? It was either Crowley or death.

    The episode truly reveals who Cas is: a tragic protagonist slowly morphing into a frightening antagonist. He's caught between doing the right thing (which will result in his death and the death of everyone he cares about) or betray his friends and win the war. I sympathize with him. It's truly a difficult choice and sadly, neither one would end well.moreless
  • Disappointingly slow

    For an episode of Supernatural it was pretty boring or slow depending on your view point.

    There wasnt really that much to tell about the episode just Castiel giving his version of the war in heaven and the brothers and Bobby realising that he hadnt been truthly in all events involving Crawley.

    Personally I thought the highlight of the episode was when Castiel came calling on Crawley while he was dissecting one of Eves creations.

    Hoping that the season final is a ripper with plenty of action and classic one liners.

    I understand the CW signed Supernatural early for another season being such a blockbuster show they had no other choice.moreless
Sonya Salomaa

Sonya Salomaa


Guest Star

Sandy Robson

Sandy Robson


Guest Star

John Tench

John Tench


Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Bobby Singer

Recurring Role

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Castiel: You know, I've been here for a very long time. And I remember many things. I remember being at a shoreline. Watching a little gray fish heave itself up on the beach, and an older brother saying, "Don't' step on that fish, Castiel. Big plans for that fish." I remember the Tower of Babel, all 37' feet of it. Which I suppose was impressive at the time. And when it fell, they howled divine wrath. But come on., dried dung can only be stacked so high. I remember Cain and Abel. David and Goliath, Sodom and Gomorrah. And of course, I remember the most remarkable event-remarkable because it never came to pass. It was averted by two boys, an old drunk, and a fallen angel. The grand story. And we ripped up the ending, and the rules, and destiny, leaving nothing but freedom and choice. Which is all well and good, except... well, what if I've made the wrong choice? How am I supposed to know? I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you my story. Let me tell you everything.

    • Crowley: (torturing a vampire) Chocula here feels every tickle.
      Castiel: What is that good for?
      Crowley: Apart from the obvious erotic value, you got me.

    • Castiel: Don't worry about them.
      Crowley: Don't worry about... what, like Lucifer didn't worry? Or Michael, or Lilith, or Alistair, or Azazel didn't worry? Am I the only game piece on the board who doesn't underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!?

    • Bobby: Gotta tell you, Redd, for a filthy lower-than-snake-spit hellspawn, you seemed to turn yourself into a damned fine hunter. I don't know whether to kill you or kiss you.

    • Sam: Look, Dean, he's our friend, too, okay? And I'd die for him, I would. But... I'm praying we're wrong here.
      Bobby: But if we ain't, if there's a snowball of a snowball's chance here, that means we're dealing with a Superman who's gone dark side. Which means we gotta be cautious, we gotta be smart, and maybe stock up on some kryptonite.
      Dean: (to Sam) This makes you Lois Lane.

    • Castiel: After supposedly saving Sam, I finally returned to Heaven. Of course, there isn't one Heaven. Each soul generates its own Paradise. I favor the eternal Tuesday afternoon of an autistic man who died in a bathtub in 1953.

    • Rachel: What does God want?
      Castiel: God wants you to have freedom.
      Rachel: What does he want us to do with it?
      Castiel: (thinking) if I knew then what I know now, I might have said, "It's simple. Freedom is a length of rope. God wants you to hang yourself with it."

    • Castiel: Those first weeks back in Heaven were surprisingly difficult. Explaining freedom to angels is a bit like teaching poetry to fish.

    • Castiel: Whose Heaven is this?
      Raphael: Ken Lay's. I'm borrowing it.
      Castiel: I still question his admittance here.
      Raphael: He's devout. Trumps everything.

    • Raphael: You'll kneel before me and pledge allegiance to the flag, all right?
      Castiel: And what flag is that?
      Raphael: Me, Castiel. Allegiance to me.
      Castiel: Are you joking?
      Raphael: Do I look like I'm joking?
      Castiel: You never look like you're joking.

    • Castiel: Raphael, no. The Apocalypse doesn't have to be fought.
      Raphael: Of course it does. It's God's will.
      Castiel: How can you say that?
      Raphael: 'Cause it's what I want.

    • Crowley: It all comes down to the souls in the end, doesn't it?
      Castiel: What in the hell are you talking about?
      Crowley: I'm talking about Raphael's head on a pike, I'm talking about happy endings for all of us, with all possible entendres intended. Come on. Just a chat.
      Castiel: I have no interest in talking with you.
      Crowley: Why not? I'm very interesting.

    • Castiel: Where are we?
      Crowley: You don't recognize it, do you? It's Hades. New and improved. Did it myself.
      Castiel: This is Hell?
      Crowley: Yeah. See, problem with the old place was, most of the residents were masochists already. A lot of, "Thank you, sir, can I have another hot spike up the jackson?" But just look at them. No one likes waiting in line.
      Castiel: What happens when they reach the front?
      Crowley: Nothing. They go right back to the end again. That's efficiency.

    • Crowley: What are you planning to do about Raphael?
      Castiel: What can I do, besides submit or die?
      Crowley: "Submit or die"? What are you, French?

    • Castiel: Raphael will kill us all. He'll turn the world into a graveyard. I had no choice.
      Dean: No, you had a choice. You just made the wrong one.

    • Crowley: It's always your friends, isn't it, in the end? We try to change, we try and improve ourselves. It's always our friends that got to claw into our sides and hold us back. You know what I see here? The new God, the new Devil, working together.
      Castiel: Enough. You stop talking and get out of my sight.
      Crowley: Well, glad I came. You're welcome, by the way. You know the difference between you and me? I know what I am. What are you, Castiel? What exactly are you willing to do?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title:
      Referencing the 1888 short story by Rudyard Kipling, about two British adventurers who make their way to the region of Kafiristan and convince the locals that they are gods. It was adapted into a movie in 1975.

    • Crowley: Chocula feels every tickle here.
      Referencing Count Chocula cereal by General Mills, and the cereal's mascot. Originally voiced by Larry Kenney, Chocula is a brown-tinged vampire who hawks the virtues of his chocolate-flavored sugar cereal and marshmallow bits, and competes with Franken Berry and Boo Berry to get kids to eat his cereal instead of the others.

    • Dean: He is the Balki Bartokomus of Heaven.
      Referencing the ABC TV series Perfect Strangers, and one of the lead characters, Balki (Bronson Pinchot). Balki hails from the Greek-like fictional island of Mypos. He immigrates to the U.S. and moves in with his cousin Larry. The character is known for his childlike naivete.

    • Bobby: We can twist again all the way to next summer.

      Referencing the 1961 hit song Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker, a line from which is, "Come on, let's twist again like we did last summer."

    • Dean: You think, Kojak?
      Referencing the bald New York police detective, Theo Kojak, played by actor Telly Savalas in the TV series of the same name. The Greek detective is best known for his habit of sucking on lollipops to fight the urge to smoke, and his catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?" The show had a short-lived revival/remake in 2005.

    • Crowley: Tell him what he's won, Vanna.
      Referencing Vanna White, the smiling blonde woman who served as the reegular hostess for Wheel of Fortune from 1982 to 1991. Besides gesturing to the wheel to indicate what letters were spun, cohost Pat Kajak would invite Vanna to tell the winning contestant what he won.