Thursday night’s Season 11 premiere of Supernatural introduces the CW’s other Darkness – yep Arrow, was all about a foreboding force of the same name, too – and it turns out she just wants to spend some quality time with Dean.
While blacked out, the hunter comes face to face with the mysterious figure (played by Emily Swallow). She thanks him for setting her free. “I like it here. With you,” she tells Dean. (Who wouldn’t, lady?) “I haven’t felt this peaceful in a long, long time.”
“We’re bound,” she later explains, showing off her Mark of Cain. “We’ll always be bound. You helped me. We will always help each other.”
Even though Dean believes she saved him, he knows she’s evil and he plans on putting her back into whatever cage from which she was unleashed. But first, the brothers need to deal with the problems that her arrival has brought. For starters, a group of road workers seems to have been infected and left behind a bloodbath in their town. One of the local cops survived, just barely, and heads to the ravaged hospital with Dean and Sam, where they find a new father and his baby girl hiding in a closet. Once they figure out the infection is transmittable, the father decides to give up his girl to the cop and lay low before he gets bloodthirsty, too.
But how to handle the angry mob outside becomes a source of conflict for the brothers. Dean’s all about taking action, asking questions later, in order to save the baby, even if it means killing all the infected.
“When did we forget how to do this?” Sam questions. “Dean, if we don’t change, right now, all of our crap is just going to keep repeating ourselves… Saving people means all of the people, not just that baby, not just each other.”
The Winchesters don’t exactly have a cure yet to save the zombie-like hordes – as well as Sam, who it turns out is also infected! – but they do manage to get out of the hospital without ending the father’s life. (He ends up collapsing all on his own after delivering the following message: “Her name is Amara.”)
“You’re going to help each other,” Dean comforts the cop, who’s now suddenly a single mother on the move. She’s going to need all the luck she can get with that situation considering the infant is sporting the Mark of Cain.
Elsewhere, Castiel wakes up in a shed, haunted by flashbacks of repeatedly stabbing Crowley. The land owners appropriately start shooting at him like the rabid animal he’s been cursed to act like. Unable to spot himself from attacking the humans, he prays to his fellow angels. They show up, but they don’t take him to Heaven, instead putting a bag over his head.
As for Castiel’s victim, the King of Hell is just fine and even manages to take over the body of a woman who’s about to have a four-way. When Crowley returns to his regular form after his orgy escapade, his minions tell him of The Darkness’ release, but he argues that it’s just a bedtime story. Whatever happened in the cage suggests otherwise. There was a sound like a frightened animal, which some believe was Michael or Lucifer trying to send out a warning about The Darkness, and now half of Hell is freaking out.
Supernatural fans, what did you think of the season premiere? Are you hoping Michael or Lucifer will make an appearance? (Maybe it was just Adam screaming, “Get me out of here”?) Grade the episode via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your pick.