Notable Plot Moments:
Dean wakes up in his hotel room, but it’s different. He looks outside and it’s like a post apocalyptic disaster. He goes outside and is attacked by a little girl. Then he sees ‘Croatoan’ on the wall and a bunch of zombie people start chasing him, which leads to the weirdest moment of the episode so far, which is saying something, when military tanks pull up and start shooting everyone and they turn on rock music while they’re shooting. It does allow Dean to escape, though.
Dean sees a sign that shows him he is in August 2014, the future for him. Zachariah shows up in Dean’s car. He tells Dean he is in the future to see what happens to the world if he says no to Michael.
Dean goes to Bobby’s but it’s basically abandoned. He looks in the back of John’s journal and sees a picture that includes Bobby and Castiel at a place called Camp Chitaqua. There he finds his car in a disastrous state and is knocked out. The camera pans back and reveals Dean was knocked out by…Dean.
Present Dean convinces Future Dean that he’s him. Future Dean tells him that Sam is dead and they haven’t talked in about five years. He leaves Present Dean handcuffed. Present Dean uses a nail from the floorboard to pick the lock and gets out.
He runs into Chuck, who tells him where to find Castiel, who has become a stoned hippie. Also, he’s human now.
When Future Dean gets back, he shows Present Dean the Colt. He plans to kill Lucifer. Future Dean tells Present Dean that he’s coming, and when Present Dean asks why, Future Dean says that he wants him to see something.
The big reveal=Sam didn’t die in Detroit, he said yes. Lucifer is Sam.
Future Dean plans to send everyone in the front door, while he and Present Dean go in the back, using his friends deaths as a diversion. Present Dean says he won’t let him, so Future Dean punches him, knocking him unconscious. When Present Dean wakes up, he finds Future Dean just as Lucifer/Sam has killed him. Jared Padalecki nails creepy polite. Jensen Ackles gives a great performance in this scene as well, showing Dean break inside.
A religious proselytizer tries to give Dean a pamphlet about God.
Character Development & Analysis:
Sam calls Dean to tell him that he’s Lucifer’s vessel. Sam shows growth here by sharing this fact rather than keeping it to himself. At the same time, Dean is so worn down that he tells Sam that they are weaker together, not stronger.
There is some really interesting character development in this episode, because the future versions of both Sam and Dean are the opposites of the present versions. Future Dean has changed from wanting to fight on his own to wishing he had said yes to Lucifer, while Present Dean is still refusing to say yes and has also given up on Sam. Meanwhile, Present Sam wants to do whatever he can to stop Lucifer and is determined never to say yes, while Future Sam has said yes, though we don’t know why.
After returning to the present, Dean still won’t say yes to Michael, but he did learn something else. He calls Sam and lets him back in. In the future he saw, they hadn’t spoken, and that’s a small thing he can change, and he seems like he’s actually willing to sincerely give Sam a chance.
It’s interesting that this is the second time that Dean has been sent to another time by an angel. Both times, Sam figures very little into the episode, other than as a sort of looming figure.
State of the Week:
“The voice says I’m almost out of minutes.” – Castiel
“Why not go get washed up for the orgy?” – Castiel
“If you don’t like ‘reckless’, I could use ‘insouciant’, maybe?” – Castiel
“Some free advice? You ever get back there, you hoard toilet paper. You understand me? Hoard it. Hoard it like it’s made of gold. Cause it is.” – Chuck
“Amphetamines?” – Dean
“It’s the perfect antidote to bad absinthe.” – Castiel
“How did Zachariah find you?” – Castiel
“Long story. Let’s just stay away from Jehovah’s Witnesses from now on, okay?” – Dean
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