Season 11 What the Crowley!!! Episodes 1 and 2

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?

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4 thoughts on “Season 11 What the Crowley!!! Episodes 1 and 2

  1. I love how Crowley has grown over the years, and that the human souls have always been his fodder. He can’t seem to live without them can he? He finds use in us humans after all. But where will it end. When will the boys not let him live another day, and what does he do to have to allow that to happen.

    Crowley is a major player in this universe, he keeps demons grounded and allows them to have a purpose. Without that their would be chaos down below! Amara is a means to an end and he has the perfect ingredient for her at his disposal to keep him alive for the foreseeable. He is a ruthless business man, and suspect even Alan Sugar Apprentice fame would be proud of our Crowley. What he does goes beyond our world of evil, that nothing ever stops him from getting what he desires. Which is what I have always loved about his very nature. Crowley is after all soulless, so even Amara couldn’t eat him, could she?? The Leviathan ate themselves which was a new discipline we hadn’t seen before, but nothing would surprise me what Amara would and would not eat off a human’s body. This is after all a horror show and its evident that they are not shy in going into certain area’s of story telling.

    Not sure where Crowley is heading, other than keeping himself alive, and if that means selling human souls to Amara then that’s what floats his boat!! Nice article Debbab!

    B xxx

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    1. Me thinks that Crowley is in over his head with Amara. She is eating faster than he can supply and he could be on the list. IMHO her identity has yet to be fleshed out so I consider her somewhat empathetic reaction to Man’s suffering and how she would do it differently a clue. Not saying she is a good force, but her description of God as a trickster and a previous description years ago as a cruel capricious God who abandoned his children gives me reason to pause before passing judgment.

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  2. Great article, Debbab.

    “He is enjoying himself as “Crowlette” and is in charge.”

    OMG! Is Crowlette catching on? *does victory dance*

    “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.”

    I like the cup of tea as a delay tool analysis.

    “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. ”

    I have to say, I see this darker,more perverted as a continuation of his arc. He said he remembered who he was after Sam tried to kill him. I expected him to get meaner this season, if he survived Castiel’s attack. I was surprised the show went as far as it did but it didn’t make me worry for Crowley. Some fans have been complaining that he’s become too nice, and no longer a villain. I think they’re giving the character an arc that corresponds to his function in the show. He’s a bad guy. While I do agree that being a true villain is often a death sentence on this show, I see Crowley as an exception. I think the writers want to maintain the 2 co-leads + 2 regulars structure they need to keep the show alive as Jared and Jensen asked for a lighter workload. I also think they know that having Mark Sheppard as part of the cast is advantageous to the show.

    “This is a plot twist in that Crowley has not shown any redeeming qualities so far. He is evil.”

    I actually think he’s shown redeeming qualities as far as villains go. He was reeeeaaaly soft for 2 seasons but Supernatural being a horror show (I sometimes forget it because it’s no longer scary), I believe being charismatic, witty and funny, constitute redeeming characteristics for a villain.

    “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.”

    I do think he plans to control Amara. I don’t think he’ll succeed. I honestly don’t take the Winchesters seriously when it comes to them having Crowley on their kill list. They had countless opportunities to try (although they would failed), and they didn’t take them. King of the Damned comes to mind. Sam keeps talking about killing Crowley but Dean’s never really seems on board. Sam did try but only when Rowena made it the price of her cooperation. I think Castiel has a better shot at killing Crowley because he really wants to.

    “If Crowley stays incredibly anti-WInchester and stays with the Darkness, his end cannot be good.”

    I think he will have to partner with them when he realizes he’s in way over his head with Amara.

    “Has the character run its course?”

    Absolutely not. I think Crowley could survive until at least the penultimate season. When it comes to my personal preference, here it is : as long as Castiel is alive, so should Crowley be.

    “Do you want him to grovel for help from the brothers?”

    No. I think they’ll link up the way they always do, the brothers knowing they need his help and Crowley knowing they can’t do it without him. I don’t foresee anyone grovelling.

    “Do you want him to feel the wrath of Sam and Dean?”

    No. Just good old bickering, teasing, threatening and partnering, with everyone playing their part.

    “Is his time limited this season?”

    His status is the same as last year. I expect to see a lot of him. Right now, he basically holds the mytharc in his hands. He’s going to learn a lot that will be useful when comes time to hunt grown up Amara and take her down.

    “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?”

    I think Crowley will have his own story that intersects with the Winchesters like he did in season 1. If the story really went back to its earlier roots, Castiel would be a goner too. Since it’s no happening, it’ll be the hybrid version they called “brother-centric” with the 2 Cs, Castiel and Crowley doing their thing on the side and reuniting with the brothers once in a while.

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