The final season of Supernatural opened with a bang. But some of those moments left a bigger impact than others.
Supernatural Season 15 has finally arrived and we are both happy and sad about that. With so many questions after the Season 14 finale, we’ve really been anxious to see what the writers and show folk have in store for us to bring this epic story of brotherhood to a close.
Beware of spoilers from here forward.
As expected, the Season 15 premiere began with our friends in the cemetery where we saw them last, all Hell broken loose, literally. We wondered how they would handle this and we got to find out. But as the show moved on, we started to see some very unexpected action right away. Let’s see what else left a mark on us from “Back and to the Future.”
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Well, Jack is back… sort of. When we heard his little voice, it became clear that we were in for some kind of weird situation. My first thought was that Billie had struck some deal with Jack to send him back since we saw them together in the Supernatural Season 14 finale.
But very quickly, we learned that Jack’s body was actually just being inhabited by Belphegor. What will that mean for the team and for Jack’s body in the long run? We will have to see. But we do know that this Belphegor fella did some magic to get the spirits out of the way long enough for the team to escape the crypt. That was useful.
Castiel has been both resentful of this possession, as well as suspicious, and I have to say he and I are on the same page with that. From what we’ve learned about the lore surrounding Belphegor, I think we’re in for a lot more information and trickery as the episodes move forward.
4. Everyone’s back
At one point, Dean and Sam come across the first recognizable ghost activity on the episode. As they are fleeing the cemetery, they find what appears to be a “woman in white” crime scene. It doesn’t take them too long to put two and two together to ask themselves if this could be their own woman in white.
Dean pointed out they had banished their woman in white to Hell many years ago, as we remember from the very first episode of Supernatural. That’s when it occurred to them that since Hell was basically open now, she could be back, and so could everyone else they ever banished to its depths.
This came with a much greater concern and realization. Had everything they had done all these years been for nothing? All that work undone now with the threats real and present again? Now what was to become of the world and of them? The plot was getting thicker now and they had to come up with a plan. Giant salt circle, anyone?
3. A convenient spell
Castiel thought it was super convenient that this demon in his baby Jack’s body knew just what to do to trap these ghosts while they took a little time to make a plan. I mean, where are the Ghostfacers when you need them, right?
According to Demon!Jack, this theoretical “mile-wide salt circle” would act as a holdover while they try to figure a way to close the rift. When the Jack demon did the spell, he spoke some Latin that may have indicated he could exert power over the souls.
As it turned out, it was actually super easy and the supplies were just as conveniently located along the way. One of those items was a human heart which conveniently turned up when one of the ghost killed the sheriff of the town they were clearing to act as a prison for the escaped souls.
As the barrier formed and spread across the town, Sam and Castiel found themselves able to run for the border of the protection spell. With a town citizen and her daughter in tow, they barely evaded the ghosts they had been in battle with, all of whom they had earlier fought and banished. Talk about running from the past, right?
2. One more apocalypse
Sam and Dean finally had a chance to slow it down and talk about what is happening. Once they had the ghost trapped in the nearby town of Harlan, Dean took a minute to throwback to their childhood. This would only be one of what I suspect will be countless references to the past on this last season of Supernatural.
As Dean examined Sam’s wound from the Chuck-made Equalizer, we can’t help but wonder if the festering yikes appearance it has will be doing the same work on Chuck somewhere in the multiverse. We already got a glimpse of some very wicked energy through Sam’s eyes when Castiel failed to heal Sam’s booboo back in the town.
After Dean used an old trick they had and tried to treat the immortal infiltration, they talked about what was to come. Sam had some choice words to say about how Chuck discards worlds and moves on to his new drafts, (where have we heard that before, hm?).
The brothers now believe that it’s them against every soul in Hell. “I like those odds,” said Dean. Besides, as Sam put it, what’s one more apocalypse?
1. The beginning and the end
Supernatural is known for its ability to twist the story. This final season is going to be no exception, clearly. Not only have we already got a suspect demon helping the broken team but they are facing the problem of re-exterminating every soul in Hell, possibly on their own.
We wondered after the finale if the gates of Heaven opened up as well, and that question remains unanswered so far. But I do think we may finally have the chance to encounter “Hell’s most savage,” The Shedim that Asmodeus almost freed with Jack’s help. If every gate in Hell opened, including the cage, perhaps the Shedim are also wandering around somewhere. Maybe closer than we think.
In the end of “Back and to the Future,” we saw something that I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of. In fact, it already seems like an underlying given for the season, and I hope it’s so. The closing scene of this episode was the end of Sam and Dean’s conversation about having this one last apocalypse.
By the time it happened, I saw it coming and knew it was the perfect thing to do because I was saying it with them. As we glimpse up at the Winchester brothers from the POV of the trunk of Baby, only one thing could be said.
In the final instant, a flashback. From now to the first episode ever aired, they changed in front of our eyes, same positions as when it all began. “We’ve got work to do,” they said as they close the trunk to start this one, last adventure. Team free will, let’s do this.
What are your favorites from this first episode of the final season of Supernatural? Do you think they have it all figured out or that we will still have surprises in store? Let us know in the comments below!
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