Supernatural S12 The Road So Far: Angel of Thursday

The Supernatural Season 12 recap continues with everyone’s favorite angel – Castiel. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15

Cas was missing for a large portion of S11, having said yes to Lucifer and we didn’t get him back until the end of 11.22. Last we see him, he gets blasted out of the bunker.

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His entrance into Season 12 was nothing shy of spectacular – as a flaming ball of energy streaking across the night sky, taking out a billboard, and then making a huge crater upon landing! This also the first time we’ve seen what happens when an angel gets blasted away by the banishing sigil. And according to the lone witness, who thinks he’s meeting an alien, Cas is not too far from home. Just three hours. So the angel knocks out the witness and steals his truck. Guess he lost track of the Casmobile.

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Cas makes it back to the Bunker and meets Mary Winchester, resurrected. I loved the way Dean handled that introduction. There was such pride in his voice. Cas needed to hear that, especially after losing Sam. There seems to be a connection between Mary and Cas that I also like. They understand one another’s sense of not quite belonging. It makes me sad that Cas still feels that way even when he’s been adopted into the Winchester family as a brother.

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They’re off together to try and find Sam. Cas’ angel powers aren’t quite what they used to be and he ends up beaten to the ground by a magic brass knuckling wielding British Men of Letters gal, Ms. Watts – along with Dean. I kinda wondered why Cas didn’t fling her around. He went in with the two-finger touch, probably to knock her out, but didn’t quite connect. Ms. Watts kicked their ass, which left Mary to save the day

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In Mamma Mia, Cas continues to search for Sam, while Dean stays with Mary, and offering up the angelic advice to not make things needlessly complicated. That’s the angel I love and adore right there.

And then the most unlikely (although not really) of team-ups occur. Cas and Crowley end up looking for Lucifer together. Last time that happened to this degree was Season 6, which didn’t turn out so well, but this time Cas makes sure to tell Sam and Dean he’s working with the King of Hell. So the angel learned a thing or two since then. They don’t find Lucifer, but an almost gloating Rowena, who has just taken on the devil all by herself, and not died.

Behind the scenes through the next several eps, Cas continues the Lucifer hunt and turns up again in Rock Never Dies 12.7. They know that Luci is in Vince Vincente and the gang all heads to LA to try and catch him. Cas and Crowley together are an amusing pair, with Cas suffering the King’s presence in quiet but readily apparent sarcastic misery. Deadpan, annoyed Cas is one of my favorites.

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Cas, as Cas is wont to do, volunteers to give Sam and Dean as much time as possible against Lucifer so they can stop him. Crowley offers to help, which surprises everyone. They both end up getting fully pummeled by a very powerful Lucifer and it’s only his vessel failing that keeps Team Free Will +1 from getting snapped out of existence.

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The hunt for Lucifer goes on in 12.8 Lotus. A blasting angel radio alerts Cas to the creation of a nephilim and everyone quickly realizes that it’s Lucifer’s. Uh oh. Cas is also aware when the Bunker’s warding is on or off. On the road, on the way to where Lotus is staying the boys run into the secret service and Arthur Ketch. Everyone – but Cas – scramble out of the way of the grenade launcher. The angel is unphased.

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After thinking they’ve defeated Lucifer and sent him back to the cage, Cas makes off with Kelly Kline as she has agreed that she’s not going to birth the devil’s child. But she has a change of heart and escapes Cas. She is its mother and she means to protect it.

Cas then suffers through, along with us, the long Hellatus where Sam and Dean are missing. In 12.9 First Blood, he calls Mary for help when he can’t figure out what’s happened to them. Cas takes Mary’s burst of anger and her blame, but reminds her that she was ‘out’ and not there to help Sam and Dean either.

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During the interim we learn that Cas has tried to go hunting on his own … and fails to find the monster. He’s feeling pretty low about his worth and ability to make any kind of difference. He might be an angel, but he frequently can’t seem to get anything right, and he sees the immense value that the Winchesters bring to the world.

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When faced with one of them having to die to meet the terms of Billie the Reaper’s deal the boys made, and it’s Mary who steps up, Cas does do something right and kills the reaper. The speech that followed was one of the highlights of the whole season so far. Cas gets downright emotional and he’s a little angry too. Damn the cosmic consequences after all. He’s definitely a Winchester now.

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“You know this world, this sad, doomed little world, it needs you. It needs every last Winchester it can get, and I will not let you die. I won’t let any of you die. And I won’t let you sacrifice yourselves. You mean too much to me. To everything. Yeah, you made a deal. You made a stupid deal, and I broke it. You’re welcome.”

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Cas is also responsible for getting the BMOL involved, and it’s that little bit of assistance, their help in finding her boys that put Mary in front of Mick to hear the ‘world without monsters’ pitch.

And then we get to Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets 12.10 where a little bit of Cas’ pre-Jimmy vessel life come to light. It’s not too good either because he/she unknowingly participated in the murder of an innocent child. Seems like every other angel out there is just a total dick! Cas was so happy to see his brother and sister but they immediately start putting him down. Dicks!

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Poor Cas learns this – again – and it must have been an awful blow to him – again. These were fellow angels, his own kind, who he fought with, learned from, maybe admired and certainly respected, but as always, his actual family lets him down – again.

Dean spends the episode until push comes to shove, being a bit of a jerk himself. He’s worried about Cas stepping in to kill Billy and possibly unleashing ‘cosmic consequences.  Of course, when it comes down to it he’d rather die than let anything bad happen to Cas. Neither Sam or Dean appreciate the other angel putting down their friend.

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By the end of this ep both Sam and Dean make an effort to let Cas know what he means to them, that they are his family and they don’t think he’s weak.

Stuck in the Middle (With You) was THE pivotal episode this season, written by one of the newbies, Davy Perez and directed by our own Richard Speight, Jr. There may be a bit of foreshadowing in this radio speech we listen to while Cas sits and listens:

“Each of us has a time the physical body dies. We all face God’s judgment in the end. There’s not one of us alive walking on this earthly plane that will not pay the consequence for their actions. The Lord will hold us in the palm of his hand, and he’ll weigh our souls. Brothers and sisters, are you worthy?”

Since Cas has questioned his worthiness for quite some time now, this does not bode well. Cas reminds me a little of Dean in S7 when he’s just going through the motions. The speech Bobby gave Dean is one Cas could stand to hear right now.

A truly terrible battle ensues where the team is unexpectedly faced with a demon that turns out to be a Prince of Hell. As with Azazel, not just anything will kill it. Ramiel quickly takes the upper hand and he viciously attacks Cas with the Lance of Michael, which nearly kills him.

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In fact, he knows he dying. He tells the Winchesters in what he thinks are his last moments how much they mean to him, how much they’ve changed him and how much he loves them.

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Crowley, who has held the life of each of them (sans Mary) in his hand opts to save the angel. Not for the first time. Probably not for the last.

Cas comes back for his last appearance in 12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. While the boys are off dealing with a rogue hellhound, Cas is on Kelly Kline’s trail and discovers another Prince of Hell is involved – Dagon. Cas on his own is a sight to behold. As endearing as ever, he’s still not all that good talking to people.

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He’s not too patient either, is our angel. The restaurant owner he meets believes there are reptilian aliens out there, and Cas, trying to be polite, barely makes it through the explanation. He does however see on the tape given to him, the yellow eyed demon with Kelly Kline.

This is where things take a potentially ominous turn for Cas. He runs into another fellow angel, who is also looking for Kelly. Cas knows Kelvin, who tries to convince Cas to return to heaven, because Joshua, the only other angel out there who’s ever been decent (from way back in Season 5 no less, Dark Side of the Moon) has a plan to handle Lucifer’s child. Kelvin uses the lure of being welcomed back into the fold of Heaven. The last we see of Cas, he’s standing with Kelvin at the doorway to Heaven, having just talked to Dean, who thinks he sounds odd.

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I so want this to be a genuine, real turn of events for Cas, who will probably never stop feeling out of place on Earth. Even though he knows the Winchesters are his family, being ostracized from his real home has always been very difficult for Cas to contend with. He ought to be able to go home to Heaven and be welcome there. I have a mountain of doubt that it’ll turn out that way. The only small spark of hope I have is because it’s Joshua, who helped Sam and Dean (sort of) before and seems one of the only reasonable angels around – but all that hinges on whether or not Kelvin was telling the truth. Smart money is on nope, because when do they ever?

I’m keeping my fingers and toes and everything else crossed, but this is Supernatural after all. You know the saying.

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