Supernatural has gone on midseason break, but not before leaving us with a few intense twists in the plot.
Before I get into all of this, beware that this post contains heavy spoilers from the Supernatural Season 15 fall finale. If you haven’t seen “Our Father who aren’t in Heaven” yet, you may want to click over to our recap first.
Season 15 continues to thrill us, and even though we’re nearly halfway through this final season, we now have a lot more to unpack than we thought. While we knew we were finally going to see an old character returning to the screen, we got a little more than we bargained for.
Photos showed us that one person was going to be part of the story, but it couldn’t tell us how that would be playing out, and it was a bit of a surprise. But that wasn’t all, there was a mega shocker twist in Episode 8, for which Supernatural gave basically no warning.
This is not the usual for our beloved genius story writers. Even on social media, we saw no real signs that this was to come. In fact, we even saw the classic thank you’s and “it’s been so lovely to be here” posts that usually come with a genuine adios from Supernatural.
I was more than happy to have been tricked in this way. And the rest of this episode was nothing to shake a stick at. Lots of info and drama packed into one short episode, leaving us hanging through the holiday season while Supernatural is on break.
Check out the promo trailer below, and then let’s dig into the best moments of this episode of Supernatural!
5. Divine Bluetooth
I was pretty pleased to see Donatello back in the action, but he didn’t seem to share my sentiment. And who could blame him? The last time he was needed to do divine workings, he totally went mad. He has also been tortured, spent time as a vegetable, and eaten way more than a healthy amount of fried chicken.
But seeing him in front of the demon tablet again was a sight to behold. I did think it was so coincidental that the tablet offered side notes they had never noticed before. Luckily, Metatron left those very specific references to Michael being the one who knew the exact information they were after.
And what better segway to get them back into the Adam and Michael storyline than that? Obviously we all knew Michael was going to play a part again. He’s been referenced a few times already in Season 15, especially since all the doors flew open in Hell and he hasn’t turned up yet, until now.
Like his brother, Dean, the first thing Adam decides to do when he’s released from Hell is go eat as much food (especially meat) as possible. He goes straight for a burger, pizza, anything else the coins he’s apparently had in his pocket for 10 years could buy.
And it was especially interesting to see immediately that Supernatural is having Michael and Adam both returning in the single character. There doesn’t seem to be any inner battle going on, and they even appear friendly with each other.
That makes Adam the first Winchester (or human?) to have mastered his inner archangel. Dean seemed a little jealous, actually, when he learned that Adam and Michael share the floor whenever one of them wants to make the switch.
But more than anything, I thought this moment in the diner was the best. And it didn’t hurt that Lilith turned up and made a little quiet scene with him. Not only did she give him the initial info that his father was back and sort of not what he thought, but he didn’t appreciate her attitude.
Pizza time wrapped quickly when he turned that diner into a light show, baking Lilith to ash when she wouldn’t unhand him. This was also a clever bit of info, I think, showing us just one of the things we can be sure Michael!Adam is capable of. And it wasn’t the only one, either.
3. Oh, brothers, where art thou?
Once the Winchesters learned that Michael had flexed his archangel muscles, they were bummed to learn that he as pretty far away, probably too far to reach in time to help with the little God problem. But here was a cool chance for Castiel to do something cool for the team again.
Donatello called them when he felt the divine event, and gave them Michael’s location, which was pretty fantastic. But since it didn’t pan out, it was an opportunity for Cass to call on his angelic trickery to make things happen.
I’m not really clear about what’s going on with Castiel these days. He says angel radio has been silent for months, and he can barely heal Dean’s hand when he cuts it to do a spell, but he can still communicate with his heavenly brothers. Since this worked, it also tells us that angel radio is just quiet, and not down for maintenance.
The best part of this scenario is that Michael is Castiel’s brother but he is in the body of Adam, who is the brother of Sam and Dean. So you get that? Cleverly, all of them are looking at their brother when they finally face down Michael!Adam. That was a very awesome idea, Supernatural. I wonder how that will play up later.
Luckily, Michael decided to answer and agreed to meet with Cass, but he also got more than he bargained for. Cass being able to have that reunion with him was special, too. A long-time, epic, never to be forgotten moment from the show was relived when Michael told Cass he remembered meeting him.
“You called me ass-butt and set me on fire.” This is the moment. I loved that, delivered with no humorous intent, yet also incredibly funny. And kudos to Jake Abel for jumping back into the show so well, not just as Adam, but switching back and forth repeatedly from Adam to Michael. He was seamless and it was well-done.
His Michael character was very similar to Dean’s portrayal. Not just in his mannerisms, but even in speech. I felt quite confident that I was seeing the Michael I already knew coming out of a different vessel. Pretty great.
2. No new King!
Well, my, my, my. This was absolutely the very best moment of Episode 8, and perhaps even the best moment of Season 15 so far. We thought it was epic when Rowena took one for the team, making the ultimate sacrifice. But what we didn’t know is how things went after that.
A good while back, Sam declared “There will be no new King of Hell!” And since that day, no one has ever tried to get through him. But what do you know? It looks like there’s a new demon tushie on that throne after all. And he was right, it’s no King.
Did you gasp, too? When they went to Hell and I heard that voice say “STOP,” I knew immediately who had said it. “Hello, boys,” was the best thing ever. Her signature line as we met her in her new role, Queen of Hell. The entire SPN Family has declared their excitement for this well-deserved appointment on social media, and I am of the same mind.
What an incredible surprise and Supernatural treat! I have to say that I pride myself on “I saw that one coming” theories. But no, negative, absolutely not, not this time. Right up to that very instant, I had no indication that this was going to happen.
And it was cool how it went down, too. Obviously she showed up exactly in time to prevent demons from tearing our beloveds to shreds. But she’s all in red, looking snazzy, and she even has adopted the smugness of a Hell leader. And death suits her so beautifully as she has never looked better, even pulling off the pantsuit. Bravo!
At first, I was kind of worried she might have a change of character with the Winchesters and Castiel. She was laughing off their ideas, and I wondered if she might not throw a wrench in their plan. But without too much worry, I was relieved when she winked at them after shouting to the fearful demons to do as Dean requested NOW!
Yay! We may not have Crowley on the throne, but his dear Mama is absolutely, dare I say, even better? I mean, I still want him back, but this is a great, great idea. Having the leader of Hell as like, family, a best friend, a mother, it’s not a bad thing. I hope it isn’t a trick!
On that point, by the way, she did make a tender mention of him while talking to Dean and Castiel. She talked about how she regretted, well, basically every minute of her time with him. I just wonder if this is a touch of the hints we’ve seen in Supernatural before enticing twists happen. I will never not want Crowley back, sorry.
1. Fix it
While Rowena’s sudden reappearance on Supernatural was certainly my favorite moment, the little chat she had with Dean and Castiel was also a huge win. I go ahead and put this in number one because, as it stands, I believe this is of epic importance.
The ongoing strife between Dean and Cass has us all unsettled. This has been something steadfast since the beginning. They are family, they are something special and no one is denying that. So for them to be so annoyed with each other is so hard to watch.
I know it’s not going to be this way by the time the end really gets here, but everyone has spent the time to make mention of it as we go. Now here is Rowena, mother figure, friend, martyr, Queen of Hell, most powerful witch in all of time, giving them a piece of her mind.
Not only did she give them a little talk about some of the things she has come to regret from her very long life, but she basically just sets them straight. She tells them that whatever this thing is between them, they need to fix it. There is no excuse.
Supernatural is really feeding on this arc, and I don’t love it. But it sure does have its redeeming qualities. For too long, we have seen Castiel be a bit of a cowering and humble servant type. “I’ll just wait here” is his classic character, even though he has held the power of Heaven in his hands.
Dean has been repeatedly accused of taking advantage of Cass, and of being hard on him over the years. But at the end of the day, we can’t disregard what we know to be true. Cass and Dean are joined in a supernatural way. Since he raised him from perdition.
Like when Cass was ready to destroy Dean under Naomi’s brainwashing in “Goodbye Stranger, screaming out in his mind, “I won’t hurt Dean!” and Dean finally said, “We’re family, we need you. I need you.” Castiel broke his ties with the angels of Heaven for him.
Oh, it’s the kind of friendship that movies are made about. It’s epic. it’s Cass and Dean, we all know what it is. I don’t know how Supernatural is going to wrap this up, but I feel certain they will. And for Rowena to address it so directly, it gives me the notion that it is coming to an end soon.
They’re not fooling anyone and none of us like it. Now that the Queen of Hell has ordered it so, maybe we will finally see what Supernatural has planned for this separation. I don’t know if having both of their brothers in one body will be a factor, or if their sort of shared son will come back and fix things, or what. But something is coming!
Do you think there will be more to Rowena’s reappearance than we have already seen? How much longer do you think Castiel and Dean will carry on with their feud? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Supernatural Season 15 returns on Jan. 16, 2020 at 8/7c on The CW!