Supernatural Recap: Soul Survivor


Be sure to check out my recap of last week’s episode, “Reichenbach“, and as always, for those not caught up on Supernatural: spoiler alert.


This week’s episode of Supernatural had Jensen Ackles returning to his role as director, and he did an amazing job! Let’s talk about the episode.

jensen ackles
Supernatural — “Soul Survivor” — Image SN1001b_BTS_0305 — Pictured: Behind the scenes with Director Jensen Ackles — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Hannah and Cas

Supernatural -- "Soul Survivor" -- Image SN1001b_0177 -- Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Erica Carroll as Hannah-- Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Supernatural — “Soul Survivor” — Image SN1001b_0177 — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Erica Carroll as Hannah– Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

At the start of the episode, Cas’ grace was all but spent, leaving Cas moments away from death. Despite Cas’ waning health, he and Hannah spend a great portion of the episode travelling cross-country to help Sam cure…*sigh* Deanmon.


I promise I’ll never call him that again…. Anyway…

This isn’t great because Adina (Remember Adina and Daniel? The two hippie angels from the first episode? Cas and Hannah killed Daniel?) has been tracking Cas and Hannah, and she decides to beat Cas to death while Hannah watches. Not nice. Luckily Crowley is able to swoop in and save the day (not often you get to say that, eh?) killing Adina, taking her grace, and giving it to Castiel.

cas new grace

Though this isn’t a permanent fix, it does sort of “restart” Cas’ clock. It also quells my worry, at least for this week, that Hannah will die so Cas can use her grace.


Sam and Dean are back in the bunker, and Sam is working on curing Dean the same way he nearly cured Crowley.


The only problem is, curing Dean is proving to be far more challenging than Sam thought. Not only is Demon Dean playing some hardcore emotional games with Sam, it also seems like the cure is killing Dean rather than fixing him. With Sam so worried he might be killing his brother, Sam doesn’t think about what happens when Dean’s blood has a higher human-to-demon ratio. Hint: it means Dean can escape the devil’s traps Sam has used to trap him, and allowing Dean to wander around the bunker, hunting down Sam with a hammer.

scary deanSam also comes thisclose to killing Dean with the demon bade after Dean tries to bash Sam’s brains out with his hammer.

doitThankfully, before Sam has to make the choice to either keep running from Dean or kill him, Cas appears, and performs an actual attack hug.


Sam is able to get Dean back into the dungeon, and he finishes the cure.

dean saved

Dean Winchester is saved.

So much for the “year” of the Deanmon Demon Dean, amirite? I have to admit, after last week’s episode, I’m glad we have regular Dean back. Last season was incredibly brutal with Sam and Dean being at odds with one another after the whole Gadreel thing, and then with Dean growing darker and darker as The Mark took over, seeing Dean really embrace the demony darkness these past episodes as Sam tried desperately to rescue him while Cas died quietly in the corner?

feelingsStill, it did feel like a rather quick wrap-up of Dean’s stint as a demon. While I’m sure we’ll unpack more of Dean’s time as a demon/Sam’s time making questionable choices while hunting Dean, and there is still the issue of ridding Dean of the Mark of Cain, the Demon Dean story arc is largely over. Just like that.

In fact, this episode kinda moved us right along from Demon Dean with the episode’s big WTF moment where we met a red-headed woman–Was I the only one who thought it was Abaddon?–who apparently has a thing for hanging dead men from her ceiling.  That’s literally all we know about her at this point, so I’m interested to see what she has in store for us.

It also seems we’ll be getting sort of a palate cleanser from all the dark, heavy, twisty stuff with a good, old-fashioned werewolfy MOTW episode in next week’s “Paper Moon”. Judging by this picture…

paper moon


…it looks like next week will bring the return of werewolf Kate from one of my favorite episodes (though it gets a bad rap from some fans), “Bitten“.

It makes sense that next week will be relatively light because the episode after “Paper Moon”– that The CW says will not be airing until November 11–is the big, 200th, musical-ish episode, “Fan Fiction”.


But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still an episode between now and “Fan Fiction”. You can see the preview for next week’s episode, “Paper Moon”, below, and be sure to let me know what you thought of “Soul Survivor” in the comments!

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