Supernatural took a bit of a turn for the worse in the latest episode with a rather dull and poorly developed story about a couple of witches. Luckily, there was one thing that saved "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester," and that was the performance of Jim Beaver.
Bobby has always been a fan favorite, and his classic wisecracks and unique ability to keep those two idjit Winchesters in line make him a key part of Supernatural. But after he was paralyzed in the season 5 premiere, Bobby became defeated, a man stuck on the sidelines, unable to help in the battle.
Those fears were given a voice in the episode when Bobby tried to play against the Man Witch to get some years back on his life and go back to before he was in the wheelchair. Bobby later confessed that he doesn't feel like a Hunter anymore, and that he'd kill himself if he weren't such a coward.
It was a moving and touching speech, and while the episode ended with Dean trying to cheer Bobby up by assuring him just how vital he is to Sam and Dean, the haunting final shot of Bobby told a different story.
The truth is that Bobby is almost certainly not OK. No one is. The Apocalypse is coming, and everyone is now playing a game without knowing the rules. Sam and Dean are busy with witches and Paris Hilton, Castiel is off on a wild goose chase trying to find God and Bobby is forced to adapt to his newly disabled lifestyle while also accepting that the end of the world is coming.
The saddest part is that I don't think this is a hole Bobby can climb out of. The war has started, and it's impossible to fight a war on two fronts. Season 5 has been a largely depressing outing for the characters, with Sam and Dean facing tough moral dilemmas, the possibility of God being dead, and now Bobby's almost suicidal outlook.
Every Supernatural ends on a down note: the accident, opening the Devil's Gate, Dean going to Hell and releasing Lucifer. If Bobby's depression is any indication, we're heading towards an even darker end.