In the season premiere of “Supernatural,” Dean took a huge leap of faith by letting an angel possess his brother in order to heal him. While the fallen Ezekiel seems to be one of the good guys, and got a positive recommendation from Castiel, it’s still a risky move that rightly unsettles Dean. Two is generally a crowd inside of one mind and body, and we can’t help thinking this situation could go horribly awry.
Dean and Ezekiel agree that Sam can’t yet know that there’s an angel lurking inside him, healing him. If Sam reacted poorly to finding out he’s possessed, he could expel the angel, killing Sam and no doubt doing harm to the injured Ezekiel as well. So for now, Dean’s left trying to explain away any of Sam’s blackouts without rousing his brother’s suspicions.
Angel to the rescue
In “Supernatural” episode “Devil May Care,” the Winchesters run into a whole heap of trouble when Abaddon somehow reconstitutes her crispy vessel and decides to become Queen of Hell. She gets her demon lackeys to possess a trio of soldiers, which makes it a lot tougher for Sam and Dean when it comes down to some gritty hand-to-hand combat.
Twisted into a pretzel by Abaddon herself, Dean is unable to help his little brother out when he’s surrounded by all three minions. When Sam gets knocked unconscious and faces certain death, the Ezekiel fail-safe kicks in. Some serious angel glow zaps out all the enemies around him, and scares off Abaddon.
Dean isn’t thrilled that he’s got another impossible situation to explain when Sam revives, but he can’t argue with Ezekiel’s choice to wake up and save some Winchester butt. He’s less comfortable with the angel seeing everything inside Sam’s head, and talking way too much about that mushy brotherly love stuff.
Early on in “Devil May Care,” Dean reveals that Crowley is still alive, because he thought “What would Sam do?” and kept him alive for information purposes. He’s surprised when he finds out Sam actually would have iced him at the first opportunity. It could just be a rare occasion that Dean misread his brother, but we have a nagging feeling there might be more to it than that.
The sooner Sam gets healed, the sooner Ezekiel can move on. Back in their Men of Letters lair, Dean hopes for the best and asks his brother how he’s feeling. Sam replies that he’s better than ever, that he’s feeling at peace. Things are difficult, but he’s focusing on the positives of having family and friends to count on. This is so not the angsty Sam we know, and his sudden inner serenity sounds likes some serious angel grace.
Will Ezekiel take over?
“Supernatural” executive producer Jeremy Carver says “As well-intentioned as Ezekiel is, I think we can expect something else happening with Sam having an angel in him.” Those good intentions are reminiscent of an overbearing parent who thinks they know best. With all the noble belief that he’s keeping Sam safe, Ezekiel just might start rearranging the furniture in Sam’s brain.
It’s one thing to give your vessel some feelings of peace, but will the angel start messing with Sam’s personality? Will he remove or hide painful memories, and keep only the ones he finds important? Will he cause Sam to interpret situations differently, more like an all-powerful and often indifferent angel?
Dean wants to keep his brother alive, and doesn’t have a lot of power against even a fallen angel. This is where Castiel would be handy, except he’s been stripped of his own grace. He might at least be able to talk to his fellow soldier of heaven in terms that Ezekiel understands, however, so Dean will surely be hoping that Cass shows up–and soon.
“Supernatural” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
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