Let me start by stating this is not intended to be a review. I could rave on about how well Andrew Dabb the writer, has interwoven elements of the early years into this well written, acted, directed, lit, CGIed, scored and choreographed episode. I could quote the Dean lines and the Sam lines both emotional and touching,and humorous but I leave that to other writers on this blog who seem to have captured it all from “one crazy fart” to “Plot twist” and so on. Here I pose the question to you all- what does season 11 hold in store for Crowley? What form will his character take?
Crowley is still King of Hell but any shred of humanity that may have existed in him during season 10 has disappeared when the Darkness emerged. In “Out of the Darkness into the Fire” he defies his demise at Cas’ hands by slipping through the floor hole as red smoke. This is well within his abilities and we expect this maneuver as he has smoked out before. He emerges in a temporary meat suit of a menopausal woman who, in an awkward scene for me, enters her home to find her husband setting up what some would say is a birthday present of debauchery. His powers of travel are impaired. He has to resort to “old school ways”.
Now, I would expect Crowley to participate at this is his type of event, but he has murder on his mind with a tire iron even before he gets in the house. He does the Crowley thing and waits until after the orgy to kill his human play things. We are spared the orgy and the murders on camera, but the aftermath leaves no doubt that Crowley is evil. He has shown his “disapproval” of cheating spouses with Lester in season 10, but this is far less humorous. The tone is dark. He is enjoying himself as “Crowlette” and is in charge.
His command over his minions appears secure. He is clearly back as their master. He returns to his favorite meat suit of a fairly successful literary agent, long jacket and all. Crowley is back and more bad ass than we have seen him in a while if not the entire run of the character.
And like the Winchesters, he assumes a disguise to investigate the arrival of a dark force which has taken form in a baby. The irony that he picks a priest’s identity to enter the home is not lost as Dean has to not blow his cover and address his as Father Crowley. Crowley gets off some cheap shots at Dean’s expense including Dean’s time as his”alter boy” and other crowleyesque digs. He explains that when a possession takes place, he checks out whether it is one of his own or something else. Ever the businessman, he needs to protect his product: souls.
Crowley insists on finishing his cup of tea. He can be so sophisticated and he draws out his words and actions to hep up the suspense.( Cain made a good cup of tea as well for him. He uses it as a delay prop so well. He lets Dean know that Amara is a soul eater albeit too late to save Grandma. He easily flicks Dean against a bunch of boxes/wall. Dean is actually stunned by the force. There is little give in Crowley. He does offer Dean an opportunity to walk away but makes it clear that despite their past time together as BFF,they are not buddies anymore. Dean declines and pins Crowley to the wall with a blade through the hand. Crowley’s response,”You bastard!” is acceptable, but it is said with such venom, that we know the relationship for Crowley has ended with hurt-literally. While this goes on Jenna, is taken over by the darkness and in an echo of Mary Winchester and Jessica in season 1, she is elevated to the ceiling to meet her end. Crowley breaks the fourth wall and makes a comment about this being a plot twist during the action. He speaks for this viewer who had grown to hope for more for Jenna. Is this a plot twist for the character of Crowley? Out of his own mouth?
Later, we see a young girl, walking barefoot down the street. Flashback to Lilith,Eve, changelings, and other innocent looking children. Instead of eating babies like Lilith, this one is Amara, eater of souls. A black van pulls up and out emerges Crowley. I could not help but cringe as Crowley offers her “candy”.(Seems her like of candy and the mark do bond her to Dean and Crowley is profoundly aware of both).He has a van full of captives for her with ripe souls to eat. He is personification of the pervert we all abhor. What does this portrayal bode for the character is the question that came to mind as I cringed in horror that show would go there. Yes, Crowley has been snarky before. Yes, he has been full of sexual obsessions before. But this was just one of the creepiest lines. It matched the level of horror seen as Sam’s memory of his time in the Cage; it matched the atrocity of Cas being tortured of which I had to briefly look away. It matched the horror of Dean coming to realize his connection to the baby and his need to destroy her.There was little action in that final scene with Crowley, but the words were horrific as was the grin from the cute little girl.
Crowley is always been for promoting Crowley. He makes deals to advance his own status. It is still all about the souls so it makes sense that he would court a being that deals in the same commodity in hopes of a merger or mutually beneficial relationship. Crowley has gone down this road before with Cas and even in an attempt with Dick Roman. Those did not end well for Crowley as his arrogance and over confidence usually force him to seek help from the Winchesters.
This is a plot twist in that Crowley has not shown any redeeming qualities so far. He is evil.Has he become the big bad’s buddy by associating with the Darkness? If the answer Sam seeks is in the Cage, is it Lucifer(light giver) who needs to return to conquer the Darkness and in doing so will there be a battle for Hell? Crowley doesn’t like to play second fiddle as says to Dean,
“I’m not your side kick”. He craves full status as a bad-ass. Does he have a plan to control Amara? He knows more than the other characters, but that does not guarantee he will survive the Winchesters, who have him on their hit list for sure.
If Crowley stays incredibly anti-WInchester and stays with the Darkness, his end cannot be good. Has the character run its course? Do you want him to grovel for help from the brothers? Do you want him to feel the wrath of Sam and Dean? Is his time limited this season? Where does the King of Hell go if he is killed? Into the Void- perhaps Billy the reaper knows. Supernatural did not have the character of Crowley for the first half of its run. With the show going back to its earlier roots, how does Crowley continue?Thoughts?