Supernatural: Touched By an Angel
Supernatural: Touched By an Angel
Last night's season premiere of Supernatural contained more than one bombshell, but nothing came close to the revelation that an angel of the Lord pulled Dean out of Hell.  God and other heavenly creatures have been talked about on Supernatural from time to time, but this is the first proof of their existence within the mythology of the series.  I didn't expect this twist at all, partly because Eric Kripke had previously mentioned that he had no intention of bringing God into the show.  Was the series creator simply lying, or is the angel Castiel not what he appears to be?

Here is what Kripke told TV Guide back in November of 2007 when asked about the idea of divine intervention:

"We have a firm belief in the cosmology of this show that evil, in terms of demons, etc, is very tangible and real and out there.  Angels and supernatural forces of good are much more elusive.  But in my opinion — and the opinion of the writers — if God is out there, he isn't sending angels to fight the battles; he's working through a very human, sweaty, outgunned and overwhelmed group of hunters.  For us, these are the angels.  I think the point that's very important to us to make is that the forces of good work through humans who are flawed and imperfect and trying to make the right decisions.  And that's the way God works.  So we try to present that."

In the article I wrote about this issue, there was a poll asking Supernatural fans whether they'd like to see heavenly creatures added to the show's mythology.  Only 18 percent replied yes, while 45 percent voted for maybe and 37 percent were firmly against it.  This is why I thought that last night's big revelation might split the fan base, with some loving the twist and others hating it.

If you read between the lines of Kripke's statement, he's not exactly saying that angels would never appear on the show.  He's simply saying that they don't come down and fight battles, which still seems to be the case after last night's episode.  Castiel pulled Dean out of Hell to put him to work against evil.  As Kripke said, "the forces of good work through humans who are flawed and imperfect and trying to make the right decisions."  That's exactly what Castiel is doing.

Some Supernatural fans believe that Castiel is a demon playing a trick on Dean, but I don't buy it.  For one thing, Ruby said that no demon, no matter how powerful, could have possibly rescued Dean from Hell.  I'm inclined to believe her.  In addition, I've already seen next week's episode, in which Castiel actually explains what work he has in mind for the elder Winchester brother.  The show is building toward something truly massive and epic in scale, and I don't think Kripke would write it all off as a trick at the end of the day.  I think that God and angels are here to stay.

I'm not a religious guy, but I absolutely loved this twist.  I feel like an entirely new chunk of Supernatural mythology has just been unwrapped, and there are now endless possibilities for where the writers could take the show.  With Sam's supposed future as a demon leader and Dean now working for an angel, there may be massive conflicts coming up for the Winchester brothers.  It may be painful to watch, but it's bound to make for fascinating television.

What do you think of Castiel's story?  Is he really an angel, and if so, do you like this sudden addition to the show's mythology?  Sound off below.

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: TV Guide
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