Who would've guessed that the TV parody episode of Supernatural
would include the biggest twist and bombshell of the season? Not only
did we find out the Trickster is really the archangel Gabriel, but we
learned that the entire series has actually been an allegory for
Michael and Lucifer's battle over God.
That's pretty good for an episode of Supernatural
that also saw
Sam get slapped, hit in the nuts and stricken with genital herpes, not
to mention the uncomfortable feeling of Dean digging around in his
trunk. But what does Gabriel's message really mean.
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In hindsight, the metaphor was incredibly obvious. When Gabriel pointed out the comparisons between Dean and Michael, Sam and Lucifer and John and God, everything made perfect sense. For a long time Supernatural
fans have found John Winchester God-like, but little did we know that it was completely intentional.
The biggest question is what this means for the future of Supernatural
. Gabriel was quite certain that destiny was unavoidable and that Sam and Dean would have no choice but to fight to the death. Sadly, it fits perfectly with Supernatural
The show has never taken the easy way out, never wrapped up its stories with a bow. The boys reunited with their dad and tracked down Azazel, but then they were in a car accident. They hunted down and killed Azazel at the end of season 2, but in the process Sam died, Dean gave away his soul and they opened a gate to Hell.
Then Dean went to Hell. Then Sam turned evil. Then they released Lucifer. For the Winchesters, it's one step forward and two steps back. Therefore, I'm inclined to agree with Gabriel that this is going to get a lot worse before it's over.
Unless daddy shows up. In a parallel to season 1, season 5 is about trying to find the absent father figure, God. When Sam and Dean finally reunited with John, they found a new purpose and were able to fight as a family unit, stronger than ever.
The only way out of this mess is if they actually find God and He intercedes. And I certainly have my fingers crossed that if they do find God, he'll look just like Jeffrey Dean Morgan.More "Changing Channels" Coverage:
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