What – or rather, who – is the Darkness is the first question on tap with the Wednesday, Oct. 7 “Supernatural” season 11 premiere. “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire” sees Sam and Dean regroup following the Darkness being unleashed, Crowley taking a moment to have a bit of fun and Castiel struggling under Rowena’s spell.
Following the Darkness’ release, Sam and Dean are separated when the “SPN” season 11 premiere begins. Sam wakes up in the Impala and finds Dean lying on the ground in the field. Dean saw a woman in the Darkness and then in the field, and she saved him. So who is she? The Darkness. She had an energy, a focus about her, he says, and since they set her free, they’re going to lock her back up, whatever it takes.
But first, they have to deal with a group of infected people. They come across an injured deputy only on the job three weeks on the road, surrounded by dead bodies of the rabid, and when they take her to the hospital, that place has been hit as well. Did the smoke mutate the people? Is it because they were outside? Sam was in the car when it was unleashed, and the Darkness protected Dean. While Dean sews up Jenna, Sam looks around the medical center and finds a rabid banging on the door of the janitor’s closet. Then suddenly the guy dies, and when Sam knocks on the door and slips an FBI badge under it, Mike opens the door. He has a baby.
The job is supposed to be saving people, Jenna says, something that Dean can relate to. And it comes back to that notion of saving people when they realize that Mike too is infected, and they have to figure out what to do next. Mike agrees to a deal – he’ll go somewhere quiet until it’s over (this infection seems to have a shelf life before it just kills someone) if Jenna saves his daughter. Even so, with more rabid people entering the medical center, they can’t just get to the car so easily and it’s all too easy for the cycle of infected to continue since it seems to be transmittable. “We did this,” Dean reminds Sam. “We broke it, we bought it.” But Sam reminds him that they’ve forgotten the rest of the bumper sticker. Sure, they’re hunting things, but they’re forgetting about saving people along the way. “Saving people means all of the people,” including the people outside, those infected, which means they have to figure out a cure.
To that end, Sam acts as bait, luring the rabid away as Dean sneaks out to the car with Jenna and the baby, only to run into a rabid Mike. Dean won’t hurt him if he leaves the baby alone, and Mike tells him his daughter’s name – Amara – before he collapses and dies. Meanwhile, Sam locks himself in a closet, but makes the mistake of not checking it first because one of the infected attacks him. When he slits her throat, her blood gets on him, and so when three infected break in, they leave him alone after smelling him. He’s going to find a cure, he tells Dean when his brother calls on the way to bringing Jenna to her grandmother’s. What he doesn’t tell him is that he’s infected now too.
It turns out Dean had quite the conversation with the Darkness. “I like it here, with you,” she told him. “I haven’t felt this peaceful in a long, long time.” She didn’t think anyone remembered her, and according to her, she doesn’t know Death and he doesn’t know her. “If you’re as bad as they say you are, why haven’t you hurt me?” Dean asked. “For the same reason you’ll never hurt me,” she told him, showing the Mark of Cain she has on her. “We’re bound, Dean. We’ll always be bound. You helped me. I helped you. No matter where I am, who I am, we will always help each other.” And the baby now in Jenna’s care has the Mark in the same spot. Hello, Amara.
As for Castiel, he hunkers down in an old shack long enough to recall his fight with Crowley and realize that the King of Hell smoked out of his meatsuit before he stabbed him. After that, he’s on the run, and he prays to his fellow angels for help. He’s ready to accept whatever punishment they deem fit for his transgressions, but he needs them to save him from doing worse. But that may not have been the best move because when two angels to come to collect him, they don’t bring him to the door to heaven. Instead, they chain him up and put a bag over his head.
Meanwhile, Crowley spends some time in the body of a woman who wants to watch her husband hook up with a couple of their friends, and he only calls for help after the orgy. Once he’s back in his meatsuit, the demons tell him about the rumors that the Darkness has been released. He says the Darkness is just a myth, a bedtime story, something daddy demons threaten toddler demons with to make them eat their vegetables, but something happened in the cage, something that sounded like a frightened animal. Rumor is that Michael or Lucifer is trying to warn them. (Please follow through on this mention of Lucifer and Michael.)
“Supernatural” season 11 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of the premiere “Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire”?