Supernatural Season 14: Was [Spoiler] a little anticlimactic?

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Supernatural Season 14 finally brought us a particular villain and it was over before it even began. Was the handling a little anticlimactic?

Caution: There are spoilers from Supernatural Season 14, Episode 11 in this post.

The last we saw of Nick, he’d learned about a particular demon. That put him on a new path for revenge and Supernatural Season 14, Episode 11 promised us a look at that storyline. What we got was a little anticlimactic.

Don’t get me wrong, a drawn out villain is bad. But so is getting rid of a villain way too quickly. And that’s exactly what happened with Abraxas.

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Just as we got to know who he was — and was told that he was so powerful that Mary had to lock him up in an Enochian lockbox — he was gone. This was a villain that reminded me so much of Azazel and even Alastair. There was a craziness to him, as even a devil’s trap didn’t scare him. When he got out and use his powers against the Winchesters and Nick, it was immediately clear that he was inspired from early Supernatural.

And then he was killed. That death didn’t come in an interesting, jaw-dropping way, either. Nor did we see one of the Winchesters take him out. Nick just swooped him and stabbed him with an angel blade.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the show deal with a big, promising villain poorly. Just look at how Asmodeus was handled in Season 13. We got this promise of a major storyline, only to see him gone with no bang. Sure, it was a chance to see Gabriel overcome some of his trauma, but it was still a scratch-the-head moment.

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Abraxas has been the same. There was a chance that he could have become the next villain to really fear, the next King of Hell. And then nothing. All he offered was some answers for Nick and that was it.

Supernatural needs a major villain that isn’t Michael right now. Abraxas was a promise to pull the show back to its roots and make demons scary again. And yet, all this build-up has been for nothing.

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What did you think of the way Abraxas was handled? Did you get an old-school vibe from the demon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural Season 14 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.