Well, that was surprising. In the Wednesday, Nov. 11 episode of “Supernatural,” 11×06, “Our Little World,” not only are answers given about the Darkness but seemingly about Sam’s visions as well. Anyone else not expecting so much to be revealed in the span of a few minutes?
As this “SPN” episode begins, Amara takes yet another human soul before returning to hell only for Crowley to be waiting for her in her room to ground her. It’s been pretty amusing to watch Crowley pull all the parental clichés with Amara, with the latest being “this hurts me more than it hurts you,” but when he tells her he’s stronger than she is, she’s not concerned because that’s just “for now.” Nothing new really happens between the two of them. Crowley tries to appeal to Amara to stay and let him help her, impart some of his wisdom on her (complete with another Lucifer mention; these are getting to the point that if Lucifer doesn’t show up, it’s going to be such a disappointment), even offering her a “snack,” which she refuses. Teenage rebellion, Darkness-style. Is it any wonder that Crowley turns to a self-help book on understanding rebellions teens?
Meanwhile, Sam and Dean are striking out when it comes to trying to follow Amara’s victims, so they reach out to Castiel to stop watching bad daytime TV (binging “The Wire” and “Game of Thrones” is one thing, but this? Just no.) and find Metatron. Though Castiel’s first attempt to leave the bunker leads to flashbacks of beating up Dean, Hannah’s death, attacking Crowley and Dean punching him – the poor angel’s traumatized, anyone can see that – when he sees that Metatron is a videographer for a news station, he tracks him down to demand answers about the Darkness.
After Metatron delivers a spiel about how religion and novels are dead and reality is the great literature of their time, Castiel reveals that he already got the demon tablet from under his mattress (horrible hiding place) and asks about the Darkness. When Metatron refuses to tell him what God let slip during late night writing sessions, Castiel reminds him he’s human and he can hurt him, but Metatron says he can see that the angel is broken, that he’s scarred deep and paralyzed by trauma, by fear. But, maybe not, considering Castiel then beats him up. So he’s angry, Metatron realizes, tired of being everyone’s tool, manipulated and used by angels, his enemies, his friends.
But when Metatron asks him to end him, Castiel refuses and instead won’t let him manipulate him with tales of woe and again, demands that he tell him about the Darkness. And Metatron finally does. What God did – creation – took work, too sacrifice. In order to create the world, God had to betray and sacrifice his only kin: his sister. Yes, the Darkness is God’s sister. Anyone else’s mind blown? Did not see that one coming.
As for Sam and Dean, when they get the call that Len (yes, the soulless guy who turned himself in for murders he didn’t commit to try to prevent future murders) was murdered, assassination-style (Crowley has demons cleaning up Amara’s soulless messes), they also come upon Amara’s latest victim and use her to trap the demon sent to kill her. This is how they find out that Crowley has Amara and she’s growing up fast, but while he refuses to talk, they do use his phone to figure out he’s been following Amara and are able to narrow down where on Earth Crowley could be keeping Amara (because, as Dean knows from his “summer of love,” as Sam calls it, with the King of Hell, he hates spending time in hell). And hey, if there’s an abandoned asylum in the area? You can bet that’s where Crowley’s holed up.
With Amara too big a threat, Sam and Dean are prepared to go in and kill her, even though they know nothing about her powers or if she can even be killed, and to their surprise, there are no demons on the perimeter or at the front door. (That’s what happens when the Darkness eats up too many demon souls.) Dean lures the demon guard at Amara’s door away with a message from Crowley on his phone, and after knocking him out and cuffing him, Sam sends him to deal with Amara while he takes out the demons heading their way. He tries to take a non-killing approach, but to save himself from being choked to death, he does have to kill one. When he tries to go help Dean, however, he can’t get in Amara’s room and instead falls to his knees, dizzy (considering how many times he’s been knocked out and slammed into walls and hit his head, it’s really not surprising) and has flashes of a dark place that has to be Hell and has to be the cage.
Meanwhile, Dean finds Amara, who says she knew he’d come, but then Crowley shows up, throws Dean around and pins him to a pillar. He’s trying to help her realize her fullest potential, the King of Hell insists, and furthermore, while he had come to terms with the fact that he couldn’t bring himself to kill Dean over the years, that he had embraced his softer side, their bromance, he thinks that’s changing and he’s ready. And that’s when Amara strikes, stopping Crowley, and using her power to force him to drop the knife, break his wrist and throw him into the wall. She’s decided that she doesn’t need his protection anymore, and it’s time for him to return to his throne and lick his wounds. She’ll spare his life if he agrees to give Dean safe passage out of there, and Crowley has no choice but to agree.
Once they’re alone, Amara wonders about her connection to Dean, positing that it’s because he was the first thing she saw when she was freed, her first experience of his creation. She’s fascinated, and there’s no fighting it. Soon, she’ll be old enough to do what she came here to do: settle an old score, the oldest score.
Once back in the bunker, regrouping, Dean questions Castiel’s decision to let Metatron go, and Castiel wonders about Amara getting away from Dean. Dean reminds him that she’s God’s sister and says she overpowered him, but there is something else to it. And as for Sam’s visions? Well, they get a lot more clear, and instead of flashes that could be many things, this time, it’s clear that it’s Hell and it’s a box of some kind and there are hands reaching out of it. This has to be the cage, but whose hands are those? (And will they remember Adam’s in there?)
“Supernatural” season 11 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 6 “Our Little World”?