BACKSTORY!!! MYTHOLOGY!!!! My favorite type of episodes and this one had me on edge from the very first second to the very last.
- Finally. Finally we know what Mary was apologizing for to Sam at the end of Home. Intentionally or not, I love how they pick up on things from the past three seasons, spice them up and put a whole new meaning to them. Makes it so much fun to watch and REwatch this show over and over again.
So, Mary was raised a hunter. Wasn't expecting this turn. Well maybe I juggled with the idea, but it still surprised me to see them go in that direction. So exciting and tragic. It's almost like their family indeed is cursed - evil haunts them, deals are made...
And all the small things you find in the boys later on. How John's style in clothing resembles that of Sam in particular. How Mary and (season 1) Sam share the same dreams and wishes (and how they both get crushed), and how Dean and John share the love for cars. How Mary's lost her parents to the demon just as Sam and Dean lost theirs to the job, too.
Family business, there's just no excaping it. And they tried so hard. How heartbreaking is it to get a glimpse of this young John still believing in happily ever after. Being everything a hunter isn't. And just comparing this to the rough kind of marked man he would become makes it all the more tragic. How much must he have hated himself for raising his boys into this very life of demons and war and death. Especially if he knew that this was the very last thing his wife would have wanted. Looking back, it adds a whole new level of angst to his character.
- Also, I couldn't love them more for the time frame of the flashback. I was waiting for some cool stuff to happen on Walpurgis, and there it is.
- THE IMPALA! Who would have thought it's Dean who convinced John to buy this piece of beauty? It's still going to be badass when it's 40. ♥ He would know.
- Major kudos to casting for this episode. Everybody was sheer amazing. I could see the later Mary and John in both of them. And then Mitch Pileggi, of course, who hit the ball out of the park with this one. I liked him on The X-Files but I loved him and his performance here. Oh and, it's always a pleasure to see you flash your yellow eyes, you SOB. You're like my favorite badie on the show.
- Dean was as enjoyable as ever and he never fails to amuse. "MOM IS A BABE. - I'm going to Hell. Again. Bwahah. Oh Dean, don't ever change, okay? ♥
- Also, I'm glad I knew ahead of time that Sam was only going to appear briefly this week. This way I wasn't waiting for him to come on screen all episode long. Gladly, all the thrilling backstory sort of dealing with Sam in the big picture so made up for it. It's been a while since an episode has made me feel like time's flying by.
- So the angels are stumbling around in the dark just like everyone else as to what Azazel's endgame is. Well, it sure ain't good. I'm very curious as to what role Sam is going to play. Not only will Dean need to find out, too. But it looks like he'll have his plate full trying to protect his brother from whatever path Azazel laid out for him but also from Castiel and his angel brothers. Hell, I. Can't. Wait.