Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Supernatural episode “All in the Family.” If you haven’t watched it yet, hop into the Impala and drive away.
The Winchesters have known Chuck as the Prophet of God and as their friend. For them to learn his true identity after all these years had to be a shock. On top of this, Chuck has lied, and he hasn’t been doing his job. So they had to address it all, which they did in “All in the Family.” Not surprisingly, Sam went more of the fanboy route while Dean got angry. He took his daddy issues out on God to some degree, but Dean made a lot of fair points.
The reveal of God (who prefers to be called Chuck, so I’ll stick with that name for the rest of the recap), opens the door to questions anyone who believes in a higher power would ask. Namely, how do you let so many horrible things happen to your creations? How do you allow people to commit awful acts in your name? Dean was right to call Chuck out for being absent for so long. At the same time, I see Chuck’s point of view. He said he tried to be hands-on and his micromanaging style didn’t work. Of course, the hands-off approach hasn’t exactly yielded amazing results. Maybe it’s time to let Amara burn it all down after all?
Oh, the Darkness. Chuck opened up about his sister to the Winchesters. Exploring another sibling relationship on the show is an intriguing concept. We’ve seen it done before, obviously, but Amara and Chuck are on a different level. Chuck admitted his sister and the danger she poses to the world were the only reasons he came off the sidelines and back into the game. As you might have guessed by the cleverly placed and foreshadow-y (technical term) performance of “Fare Thee Well” on the last episode, Chuck plans to sacrifice himself in order to save the world as we know it.
He doesn’t think he can take Darkness down. It’s telling he can’t use his vast powers to find her; he has limits. Or, he knew Lucifer was being used as bait and refused to go where Amara wanted him to go. Chuck has a certain sensitivity in regards to Lucifer, too. He doesn’t think of him as a villain, just a disappointment. By the way, ups to Chuck for scolding the Winchesters for letting Lucifer out of his cage. I liked him calling out Dean for not having faith, too. It’s refreshing to see Chuck isn’t apologetic for his actions or falling over himself to suck up to Sam and Dean. The way he’s being written makes him more compelling.
With the assistance of Metatron and the newly branded Prophet of God, Donatello, the Winchesters discovered where Amara was keeping Lucifer. They didn’t even need the assistance of Chuck. The move did require Dean to commune with Amara, and their conversation was as creepy and weird as ever. I find their connection disturbing, as does Dean, and I’m always uneasy when they talk. You can practically see Amara digging her claws into Dean’s vulnerability. Though he shakes it off, Amara’s pull seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
And now she knows Dean betrayed her. She became aware Dean has at least talked with Chuck, and she has to know her brother will come after her. The Winchesters have Chuck and Lucifer, a.k.a. Casifer, because Lucifer is still calling Castiel home, on their side, and that seems like a move in the right direction. We only saw a brief scene between Chuck and Lucifer, and it hit like a ton of bricks. I can’t wait to see those two have a more serious discussion. Then again, they may be so focused on Amara that a deeper conversation will have to wait.
- I’m not sure it was really necessary for Kevin Tran to come back into the picture, but it was such a delight to see him again that I don’t care if it was all about fan service.
- I think it’s tremendous that the man who became the Prophet was an atheist and essentially has to go home and rethink his life after all he saw.
- Sam and Dean commented about God’s long showers, and I was amused to see so much humanity in the divine being.
What did you think of Sam and Dean’s talk with Chuck? Did you agree with Dean’s points? Do you think Chuck is making the right move by sacrificing himself to the Darkness? Share your thoughts on all of it in the comments.
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