written by Mackensie Baker (@MackensieBaker)
We've seen a lot of exorcisms in Supernatural. We've even seen a couple performed on one or two of the main characters throughout the years. But never was it quite like the one we saw this week's episode.
While some are saying that "Soul Survivor" was a boring episode, I think it was necessary in moving the show forward. I mean, how much could get done this season with Dean as a full-fledged demon? Not that Demon Dean wasn't fun to watch, but I just can't see how the writers could have used that to their advantage for more than a handful of episodes. If anything, actually, I would say this week's episode was a bit of a let-down. There were a few borderline thrilling moments that were shown in this season's sneak peek, but they didn't really go anywhere, nor did they last long enough to be really edge-of-your-seat tantalizing.
There's also the matter of this almost-relationship which has been forming between Cas and Hannah the last few episodes. Once again, the question of introducing a love interest for Castiel has arisen. But after going nowhere with the flirtation between him and Meg, and many would argue between him and Dean as well, I'm not sure if this is a romance that will ever come to fruition, or if the producers just want to get another rise out of their audience.
In terms of continuity, I enjoyed the lines about the brothers' pasts, as well as the heart-wrenching photos of first-season Sam and Dean, and the one of them with Bobby. And we finally got some honest feelings about the boys' less than stellar father, even if it was intermixed with a few hurtful lines of dialogue coming from Demon Dean.
The ending of this week's episode, besides leaving me feeling dissatisfied as a fan, made me wonder if Sam was right, or if Demon Dean was telling the truth about liking his new life. After all, Dean has always been self-victimizing, choosing to treat his depression with alcoholism and women rather than have a "chick-flick moment." As a demon, he could dig himself into the depths of depravity and nobody would bat an eyelid.
We've seen it before. Sometimes, Dean Winchester doesn't want to be saved. Sometimes, he'd rather give up on himself. So what makes this time any different?