Supernatural – Season 2 – Episode 22
All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2
Carry on my wayward son… there will be peace when you are done…lay your weary head to rest…don’t you cry no more.
The only thing to do here is get right into it. Sam is dead. Dean is just standing in the doorway looking at his body, expressionless.
It’s great when you start the episode with tears.
The yellow-eyed demon shows up to talk to Jake. Jake isn’t interested in working with or for the yellow-eyed demon. The demon then threatens his family – graphically.
After talking to Sam, Dean suddenly gets in the car and drives to a crossroads. He takes all the necessary items out of the trunk and summons the crossroad demon. He wants to make a deal with the demon to bring Sam back and he offers his soul for ten years. She turns him down. He keeps bargaining down, even to five years, but she still declines. She finally offers Dean one year, and no tricks or Sam dies again.
When Sam wakes up, he’s very confused. He doesn’t see how a wound that bad could be patched up and then he questions how he and Jake are both alive if the demon only wanted one of them.
Sam refuses to take a minute to rest so they go to Bobby’s. When he opens the door, he doesn’t really react, but once Sam walks inside and thanks him for patching him up, Bobby gives Dean a look that plainly says: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
Bobby shows them the map with all the demon activity. It seems like they’re surrounding an area in Wyoming. Bobby tells Dean to help him look through some other books to get him alone and then just lets Dean have it. Bobby is angry. Dean tells him it’s exactly because his father did the same thing that Dean did it. He figures at least this way his life will mean something. Bobby asks him how he thinks Sam will feel when he learns what Dean did and points out how Dean felt when he learned what John had done. Dean makes Bobby promise not to tell.
Bobby makes Ellen drink holy water so they know she’s not possessed. Ellen tells them she left the Roadhouse because they ran out of pretzels. There was a hidden safe in the basement and Ellen shows them its contents, which is a map of Wyoming with x’s on it. The map shows abandoned frontier churches built during the mid-19th century by Samuel Colt, the demon hunter. The churches are connected by an iron railroad that happens to lie out as a 100 square mile devil’s trap. Demons can’t cross iron, apparently. Sam realizes that’s what all the omens Bobby found are from. The demons are circling it and can’t get in. All Dean has found of note in the area is an old cowboy cemetery. Dean wonders if it’s possible that Colt wasn’t trying to keep something out, but was trying to keep something in.
As they are figuring all of this out, Jake has driven to the border and is standing near the railroad tracks. The yellow-eyed demon shows up and tells him to go open a crypt in the cowboy cemetery. The yellow-eyed demon tells Jake that he’ll need the Colt as a key to open it and reveals that the gun is the only thing that can kill him. Unsurprisingly, Jake points the gun at the yellow-eyed demon, who talks him into doing it with promises of good things for his family.
When Jake sees Sam, he tells him that there is no way he could be alive. Sam is starting to question things.
Bobby suggests that they should perhaps bury Sam, and the look Dean gives him is practically hatred. Not that we don’t love Bobby, but we love the brothers relationship more.
Dean is talking to Sam, reminiscing about when they were kids and how he knew he was supposed to look out for Sam, without their father even telling him.
When Dean walks in and sees Sam, they have a hug and it’s just a great moment.
Dean tells Bobby he had to do it, and Dean’s voice breaks. Jensen just kills it in this episode.
Dean and Bobby hear something moving in the car lot. They get down, ready for a demon to attack, but its Ellen and she’s okay. Dean and her have a hug and it’s new to see Dean show so much emotion and concern for someone that isn’t Sam or his father.
After the demon is dead, John grabs Dean’s shoulder and they look at each other. Not a word is spoken, but they both have tears running down their faces before John disappears.
Sam figures out that he died and that Dean sold his soul to save him. They sort of argue about it, but it’s also kind of a mutual love fest.
When Jake makes it to the vault, Sam, Dean, Bobby and Ellen greet him at gunpoint. Then Jake tells Ellen to put her gun to her own head, and she does, against her will. Jake then tells them all to put their guns down, and not wanting Ellen to get shot in the head, they comply. Jake then uses the Colt to unlock the vault. As soon as he does, they get Ellen’s gun away and then Jake gets hit from behind by multiple shots, and Sam is revealed to be the shooter. He then shoots Jake in the head to finish him off.
As the door to the vault starts to open, Dean grabs the Colt and they all run for cover, as hell is literally about to be unleashed. After it opens, Sam, Bobby, and Ellen are all trying to shut the gate. Dean tries to shoot the yellow-eyed demon, but he uses mind tricks to get the gun out of Dean’s hand and send him flying, where he hits his head against a gravestone.
The Yellow-Eyed demon starts goading Dean, holding Sam where he can’t move. The demon asks Dean how he’s sure that what he brought back is really 100 percent Sam. He also thanks Dean for making the deal because demons can’t bring people back to life, and he liked Sam better than Jake. He’s about to shoot Dean when John shows up and grabs the demon, actually removing him from the body he’s possessing. The demon knocks John over and goes back into the man’s body but Dean had taken that time to pick up the Colt and as the demon stands up, Dean fires the one remaining bullet directly into the demon’s heart.
Once the demon is dead, Bobby and Ellen are able to close the door to hell.
The Second Death (Sam):
Sam is dead after being stabbed by Jake. As deaths on Supernatural go, this is a more permanent one, permanent death being relative on this show.
Bobby tells Dean he could use his help as whatever is happening is end of the world big. Dean just yells at him to let it end. Jensen gives an amazing performance where you can feel his pain.
Dean yells at Bobby to leave and even shoves him.
Dean blames himself for everything. He blames himself for Sam’s death, he blames himself for John’s death. That’s a lot of pain for one person to shoulder.
Bobby brings a bucket of fried chicken for Dean. He declines it, so you know he’s upset.
After Sam is alive again, the brothers enjoy pizza, soda and alcohol.
We see that part of Dean’s immense need to protect Sam is because he has low self-esteem. He doesn’t feel like his life is worth anything unless he successfully protects Sam. After Sam kills Jake, the seed is planted for the possible violence within Sam.
Notable Guest Stars:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is back as John Winchester.
State of the Week:
This Week’s Episode – Top Character:
This episode belongs to Dean, for his selfless, even if somewhat stupid actions to save Sam, and for Jensen Ackles amazing and emotional performance.
“Something big is going down, end of the world big.” – Bobby
“Well then let it end!” – Dean
“What is it with you Winchesters? You, your dad, you’re both just itching to throw yourselves down the pit.” – Bobby
“I couldn’t let him die, Bobby. I couldn’t. He’s my brother.” – Bobby
“You of all people should know that what’s dead should stay dead.” – Yellow-Eyed demon
“I couldn’t have done it without your pathetic self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family.” – Yellow-Eyed demon
“Well, check that off the to-do list.” – Dean
“I kind of can’t believe it, Dean. I mean, our whole lives, everything, it’s been prepping for this and now I kind of don’t know what to say.” – Sam
“I do. That was for our mom, you son of a bitch.” – Dean
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