Crowley vs Lucifer and all things of Hell. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17
Last season the King had one heck of a time. Lucifer got out and treated him like dirt and a dog. The jury is still out on whether the latest round of Luci vs Crowley is more than a grudge match, but so far it seems ‘it’s personal’.
Lucifer was blasted out of Cas in 11.22 and so the search for the Angel of Light is off to the races at the start of Supernatural Season 12. Crowley is determined to find him. He’s got a lot to lose should the devil remain free.
Lucifer is not so easily found though, jumping from one vessel to the next and killing everyone he goes through. Crowley enlists his mother, Rowena, to help track him down. She’s not too happy with that idea.
Lucifer finally finds Vince Vincente, a has-been rock star in the form of one Rick Springfield. Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Mark Pelligrino have all played the devil and they are truly the toughest of acts to follow. I thought Rick brought enough of Luci’s known personality into the mix and also a sinister, creepy vibe that stands right along side all those other brilliant performances. His Lucifer was wicked.
Eventually, everyone finds out who Vince really is and the hunt is on. Meanwhile, Lucifer has Rowena, but being the super sly witch that she is, she tricks him into believing that she is strengthening his vessel, when in fact she gives him a bad case of rapid aging and zaps him off into the ocean. When dynamic duo, Cas and Crowley catch up with her, she’s calmly sipping tea on the porch. Well done Rowena. Well done. She’s also totally in if and when her son corners Luci, more than willing to put him back in the cage.
Lucifer makes it back from the deep six in 12.07 Rock Never Dies, with the help of a pair of idiot worshipers and an old feather. The Vince vessel is fully healed and powered up, if only temporarily. Crowley, Cas and the boys head to LA to try and corner the beast. It doesn’t go well. Luci is on a killing spree, decimating the entirety of Vince’s old band, along with their new manager – who happens to be in Crowley’s pocket. Guess he had a one way ticket downstairs for his trouble. Cas and Crowly try to buy the boys some time to get the innocents out of harms way and both get the living tar beaten out of them – Crowley especially. Took one for the team. But to no avail.
Sam and Dean face down Lucifer, still trying to stall so they can slap the angel cuffs on him, which don’t work at all. Lucifer’s vessel, after all that exertion, completely fails and Luci hightails it out of there. As Sam says, they are losing slow.
Lucifer sets his sights a bit higher with his next vessels. Several of them – a powerful billionaire businessman, to an archbishop and finally to the President of the United States himself. Lotus sics the secret service on Sam and Dean, and he meets Kelly Kline. He also has sex for the first time ever and Kelly puts the dreadful thought in his head – that he would make a great father. Wam bam – Kelly pops up pregnant. Uh oh.
Team Free Will + 2 figure all this out and lure Lucifer into a neat trap and it all seems to go as planned, though Crowley’s very quick exit made me super suspicious – like did it work? Really? At the time it appeared so but turns out not so much, and that Crowley had a big ole secret plan all along – only we don’t find out about it for quite some time.
Sidenote: Lucifer went through A LOT of vessels, most of whom didn’t survive. The President is the only one. RIP other vessels, though you did say yes. Fools!
Crowley is briefly in 12.9 where he tells Cas he’s not worried about the Winchesters being missing.
Crowley’s next appearance is in 12.12, Stuck in the Middle (With You) where he helps the boys against one of his own – a Prince of Hell, another yellow-eyed demon, who it turns out he had demons protecting, and also turns out had given Ramiel, said Prince, a couple of gifts back in the day after Lucifer went in the cage the first time. The Lance of Michael and the Colt. We also find out that Crowley became the King of Hell seemingly by chance, rather than his usual cunning self, because Ramiel didn’t want the job. Considering how cunning Crowley has always been since the day we first met him on the show, I’m not so sure chance had anything to do with it. I’m going to guess that he knew the Princes’ reclusive tendencies before he went in with two such mighty gifts.
Sam and Dean (or rather Mary and the BMOL) upset the apple cart and the deal Crowley had with Ramiel to keep everyone away when they end up at his house and really piss him off. When Ramiel stabs Cas with the Lance, which is magically endowed to really screw an angel up, it’s Crowley who figures out that to break the spell, the Lance has to be broken. So oddly enough, the King of Hell ends up saving our favorite angel from a really gruesome and painful death. Wonder of wonders.
The Lance also happens to be the ONE weapon that was specifically created to kill Lucifer, so it’s a bit of big deal that Crowley snapped it to save ‘Feathers.’ Things that make you go hmmm.
He also told Ramiel that Sam and Dean, as much trouble as they can be, are assets. They save the world every time it’s about to go off the cliff. He doesn’t want them dead.
At the end of this most epic episode, the hugest deception of all is revealed. Lucifer is not in the cage at all, but chained up in the same dog kennel Crowley inhabited for a time last season. Say what?
A lot of information pertinent to the remaining eps of the season get dropped in this episode. Loads of them. Mary’s working for the BMOL. Lucifer is not locked up. The Colt is back. There are more yellow-eyed demons, and one of them is about to hook up with Kelly Kline and the other one is just out there. Somewhere. Doing who knows what.
In Family Feud, 12.13 was an aptly named episode because there was all sorts of family dynamics playing throughout. Gavin, Crowley’s son is brought back into play, along with Rowena – who shows her vindictive side when she goes along with the plan to send Gavin back in time to where he belongs, where he’ll die onboard his ship. Crowley attempts to stop him, but can’t. This was her revenge for having to kill Oskar, who she loved more than her own son. Rowena leaves us here for parts unknown. One wonders what part she’ll have to play going forward. And then Mary tells her boys that she’s been working for the Brits. And THEN Lucifer calls up Dagon – one of those yellow eyed demons. Family Feud indeed.
12.15 gives us Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell with more of Luci and Crowley’s cat and mouse duel. We get a tantalizing glimpse of Crowley’s plan. Amazingly, he has resurrected Luci’s old vessel Nick, and in the best of all twists, the King, who is 10 steps ahead of the devil himself, has made the vessel the cage. Lucifer is at Crowley’s mercy. With a snap of his fingers, the devil is on his knees. That’s after the King goes off to help Sam and Dean deal with a rogue hellhound, one that can only be controlled by Lucifer. However, Lucifer has sent Dagon to grab Kelly Kline.
Plus, Crowley gets a hug, which I’m pretty sure has never happened before. Awww. And a thank you from both Winchesters – also a first?
Crowley and Lucifer both make another appearance in 12.17, the British Invasion and it seems on the surface that Lucifer has all the fight taken out of him, or that’s what he presents to Crowley while the devil works in secret to find a way free of the chains on his vessel. He’s talking to Dagon about keeping Kelly secure, but Dagon ‘almost’ gets taken out by Eileen Leahy, with the Colt. Kelly is told that she’ll die when she gives birth to Lucifer’s child. And that’s where we leave it.
I’m hesitant to believe that Crowley is falling for Lucifer’s deception so easily. My first thought when I saw that Lucifer wasn’t in the cage was that Crowley was being an idiot for playing with fire the way he is. But then, he made the vessel the cage! Brilliant, and so Crowley-like. He has plans and schemes out the jacksie as he said way back in Season 8! So I wouldn’t count him the fool just yet. He is playing a dangerous game though, and for murky purposes.
Can it really just be revenge? Or is it something bigger. His rule of hell was brought into serious question with Lucifer’s return. He’s had a rough time of it since S9, with the blood addiction and Abaddon challenging him for the crown, followed by the debacle of Dean being an uncontrollable demon, his own mother mocking him for a year, followed by Lucifer taking control of hell and the King left to lick the floor. His demons never liked him to begin with but they were afraid of him before and now they’re not. At all.
It might be revenge, but in order for Crowley to regain control of his kingdom, maybe he has to do more than just throw Lucifer back in the cage and this is his idea of showing everyone who is smarter and who is really the boss. It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win this cage match of Lucifer vs Crowley.