There are two things you don’t mess with in Dean’s world, and John Winchester is one of them. Naturally, the Impala is the other. Alastair talks about how he tortured John Winchester for 100 years and offered him the same deal he gave Dean, but John never got off the rack, unlike Dean who broke in just 30 years.
Alastair is pushing all the right buttons, bringing up Dean’s dad and talking about how Dean is not even half the man his father was. Dean fills a syringe with Holy Water and goes to work. Instead of breaking, Alastair makes a Monopoly joke. But Dean is just getting warmed up.
Upstairs, Anna comes back in her old body thanks to calling in a few favors. She begs Cas to stop Dean from doing this because it’s destroying him. She thinks the orders are wrong and she tries to get him to admit that he has doubts. She wants him to work with her to do their own thing, even if it means betraying orders from God. Cas doesn’t like the sound of this and makes her leave.
Back downstairs, Alastair has a trump card. H tells Dean that when he agreed to step off the rack and start torturing souls, that was the first Seal that was broken. It turns out the first Seal, the one that had to be broken in order to allow the opportunity for Lucifer to rise again, was “when a righteous man sheds blood in Hell. As he breaks, so shall it break.”
If there’s a more brilliant twist, I can’t imagine what it could be. Making Dean’s own action be the first Seal to be broken, the one that was a requirement to start this whole process, is absolutely cruel and yet, from a storytelling perspective, it’s wonderful.
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