Those dreaded words....'I see the show having a five season arc' have been uttered. This is my second review of this show and I normally have a bit of a moan in my reviews and nit pick at what are on the whole good shows. Supernatural though is no longer in this category, like Battlestar Galactica (before it went all wooly mid-season 3) this show has moved into greatness. Looking back the original series has a few dodgy segments but the only reason you notice them is because of the high standards we know expect from this show.
I'm not going to go on now about the wonders of Dean and Sam, I've done it before and countless others have have done it far better. Nor am I going to go on about the perfect balance between heart felt emotion, thrills and laughs this show can create in abundance (special mention going out to the suicidal bear, Dean's Ghost sickness, When Dean goes back in time to see his mother, When he first tells sam about what he went through in Hell, the second time he tells Sam about what he went through in hell, Sam's unlucky bout with the rabbit's foot and...oh hell so many more moments). No instead I want to focus on where this show is going and put out some ideas and questions.
The recent episode with Chuck has put a twist of the show I've seen comming for awhile as we start crossing into bible lore. From the minute I saw the trailer for the episode I was thinking 'prophet chuck' and love being right for once. But before we get into it lets break it down.
The Winchesters come from a long line of Hunters, their mother makes a deal with yellow eyes resulting in Sam's first taste of deamon blood. Their father hunts down yellow eyes but eventually has to make a deal with him to save Dean. Sam then looks set to fulfill a deamon prophecy only to it result his death, yellow eyes death and the unleashing of lots of nasties including a white eyed little girl and their father breaking out of hell. Dean now makes a deal bringing back Sam, unbenownst with said little girl. Dean then dies to be ressurected not by Sam but our brand new angels! Dean struggles with the enormity of this act tormented by his actions in hell and from which he believes there is no redemption. Even less when we discover our rightous man dean is the reason little lilly is now able to start on the 66 seals to release Satan himself. Meanwhile Sam is bumping uglies with a deamon and sucking more deamon blood into his system to make him stronger against the deamons in a confused attempt to redeem himself for having it in him in the first place.
So what we have is two brothers both on a quest for Redemption, both feeling un worthy and tainted both on different sides of the same coin. The Angels (as we all knew they would be) are flawed and apparently Godless, the Deamons are fractured with even Lillith spooked and in the middle two boys whose original quest for revenge has become a crusade. I use this word very purposefully because with the religous stories now at play (something I am so glad has not become preachy or a social commentary) sacrifice seems to be just around the corner. But I don't think it will be self sacrifice, hell thats far too easy for our boys! They'll die for each other or the world, we know this but what about if each thinks they have to sacrifice the other? We've invested 2 seasons in Sam going dark side, it will happen and I believe this will be the closer of this season with the supposed (but hopefully not) last season the two torn brothers battle against each other with a need for conversion with each unable to do what Angels and Deamons would tell them necessary for the salvation of our world.
Whether this will then be the end of the Brothers I hope not. I can see the makers want not to make this a show that runs on until all its good ideas are run out with constantly worsening bad guys what cost Stargate its lack luster as each evil tried to out do the last over 10 seasons. But I don't want to say goodbye to my favo