'Supernatural' Winter Premiere Recap: Sam and Dean's Prison Break
'Supernatural' Winter Premiere Recap: Sam and Dean's Prison Break
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Supernatural begins the second half of season 12 with Sam and Dean in prison. They don't stay there for long, but there's a big sacrifice that must be made in order to escape. Only things don't end as you might expect.

"First Blood" offers quite a bit of set-up for some interesting storylines. Someone decides to join forces with the British Men of Letters and a surprising death could have severe cosmic consequences.

Sam and Dean in Prison

After being arrested for allegedly attempting to assassinate the President, Sam and Dean are taken to a secret government black site. The anti-terrorism expert in charge decides to lock them up and just wait until they break, giving us a six week montage of the brothers eating food, counting the days and working out.

On the outside, Crowley doesn't know where they are and Cas finds it impossible to hunt monsters by himself. But Mary gets roped back into the family business to fill the void and she's still pretty damn good at killing vampires.

The Fugitives

The prison guard finds Sam and Dean dead in their cells. They're taken to the morgue where they suddenly come back to life and escape, calling Cas for a ride. They run through the woods, but the feds aren't far behind them. Sam and Dean take down one of the agents and use his walkie talkie to warn the man in charge that the feds aren't hunting the Winchesters, it's the other way around. This explains the episode's title because Dean is in full Rambo-mode.

Sam and Dean find a cabin and when they're surrounded, they quickly take down the feds. They tell the men in charge the truth, that the President was possessed by the Devil and they saved him. The brothers then casually walk away.

The British Men of Letters

Mick from the BMOL tries to recruit some other American Hunters, but they don't take kindly to a fancy British dude trying to tell them what to do. Things turn around for him when Cas and Mary call Mick and Mr. Ketch to help rescue Sam and Dean. Mick is quite happy to offer his assistance as an olive branch to try and get American Hunters to trust him.

They find Sam and Dean and everything works out for the best. Except, unbeknownst to the Winchesters, Mr. Ketch cleans up their mess by killing everyone who knew about their arrest and the assassination attempt. Also, Mary has sold her soul to the British Men of Letters (not literally) and is now working for them.

The Deal

In the end, it's revealed that in order to fake their deaths and escape prison, Sam and Dean made a deal with Billie the Reaper. She helped make them dead and brought them back, but only if, at midnight, a Winchester sacrificed himself and stayed dead forever.

Mary offered herself up to save her boys and was about to shoot herself in the head, but then Cas saved the day by killing Billie. He explains that he loves the Winchesters and the world needs all of them. Of course Billie did warn that breaking the deal would have cosmic consequences, so I guess we'll have to wait and see what they are.

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW.

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