Supernatural: Torn and Frayed
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Spoiler Alert! Season 8, Episode 10 – if you haven’t seen it, you better stop reading.
Then: Dean tricked Sam into checking on Amelia. Amelia followed Sam. Sam found out about Benny. Benny killed Martin. And Cas is still under the control of Naomi, super angel.
Now: This episode’s title is just right in so many different ways. Every character has found themselves at the end of their rope. Benny is about to fall off the blood wagon. Dean cuts off ties with Benny. Sam cuts off ties with Amelia. Kevin cuts off all ties with the outside world. And Castiel cuts into a fellow angel. The only character who got a positive out of a “let’s-drag-everyone-through-
This week presented us with the conclusion of many loose ends that have been floating around this season. The main argument showcased the endless disputes between Sam and Dean because of their respective ‘others’: Sam’s Amelia and Dean’s Benny. Dean couldn’t understand Sam’s ability to separate the job from another life and Sam couldn’t comprehend Dean’s newfound comradeship with a ‘blood sucker.’ In many ways this episode defined the way the brothers would interact with each other for the rest of the season. It could go one of two ways. They might both blame each other for the loss of friendship or love, or they might continue on ignoring the grudge and realizing that in every situation that they have cared for an “outsider” they have either died or been in danger of dying. Another questionable story arc was that of Castiel and Naomi. Who on earth and literal Heaven is she? Why is she controlling Castiel? And what is Cas going to think about this entire fiasco when he snaps back to his senses? Finally, the Winchesters have caught wind of the eeriness of Cas’ behavior. I mean, if Cas killing Alfie (while the entire mission was about saving him) isn’t a neon sign made of Angel Halos, then I don’t know what is.
The brief interaction with Kevin brought us back to the dark side of working for the good guys. Kevin is so consumed with decoding the tablet that he had banished himself to his own version of ‘the desert’ until his work is done. His ties with Garth, Dean, Sam and his own mother have been severed and as Cas put it he looks “terrible.” Benny, our favorite Vampirate, has also seen better days. While creepily standing in a park watching a family, he calls Dean for help. Benny’s down to his last juice carton of blood and with Dean cutting all ties with him, methinks I see him turning back to his old ways.
This week was also the week of ultimatums. Sam was faced with two, kind of a double-edged sword; Dean offered him a final in or out, as did Amelia. And Sam picked his partner in actual crime, of course. So we’re back at Square Lonely and On The Road as Sam and Dean are Cas-less and none the wiser to the bigger cogs in motion.
A few note-worthy moments of this episode:
1. The music was amazing and I now have more Supernatural-worthy tracks to buy.
2. I love that Cas went around saving babies as penance.
3. Dean should really put his laptop to better use.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars