Like Castiel on the road, I’ll just wait here for the second half of season 11. Unlike Castiel, I will share my thoughts with you just a bit as Sam and Lucifer share the Cage ,Dean tries to figure out his connection to Amara, Castiel determines how to face his fear, and Rowena and Crowley plot for their own betterment in an unpredictable new order.
Unlike the end of season 5, season 11 begins during the same time period as the end of season 10. No time has passed and the brothers are together although each experiences the arrival of THE DARKNESS in his own way.The MOC and demon Dean issues have been resolved but this time both brothers are responsible for the new menace to the world as we know it. Like season 6, main arcs have been resolved and we start anew.
In season 6, souless Sam and Mother Eve, dragons and all dominate. The levi breaking in Sam’s head and Padalecki’s performances as souless Sam are outstanding, but season 6 has some episodes that left me wondering what the ______(fill in your own word)! Season 6 has Dean working with Death to save Sam and offers Jensen some emotional moments, but the rift between the main characters starts to surface as distrust. Crowley becomes more prominent and not so willing to help the Winchesters as he and Castiel work together to re-establish the order There is discord not only in Sam’s noggin but also between the characters.
On the other hand, season 11 puts the brothers back together as a team where their individual stories collide. Where season 6 keeps the prospect of cheating Death alive and pushes the natural order of things as central themes, season 11 removes the prospect of boys cheating the new Death, Billie, and offers a new order of things as hinted by the arrival of Amara and her view of the order if she has her way. Dean’s destiny is possibly re-set and one wonders if Dean will re-instate team free will as he seems to be somewhat chained by Amara, or will he always end up facing off against Lucifer as predicted in that Garden scene in “The End” and championing Amara? At the moment. in season 11, there is less possibility of surviving this calamity unscathed and a less hopeful mood as Dean and Sam try to rectify what they brought back from oblivion.
So as seasons 5 and 10 end major arcs, seasons 6 and 11 restart the series with new parameters. These writing choices keep the series fresh and the characters interesting. Certainly Crowley and Castiel have grown in their respective relationships with the brothers. Crowley walks a fine line and has made his intentions clear that the boys are on his to do list. Castiel has been benched for the first half of the season and one hopes just as with season 6, his choices will spice up the second half of season 11. At this point, the hope is that unlike season6, the writing continues to bring out the best story lines with the most inspired acting choices. So far, my disappointment has been limited to one episode and even that had some redeeming points, especially the direction by Jensen. Hoping this is not the end, but the revitalization of Supernatural. Long may it continue.
So I’ll just wait here. Glad to have ya’ll waiting with me on the road.
Congratulations to Jensen Ackles for winning the People’s Choice award for best actor in a scify television series! Demon Dean seems to have moved the vote.