Supernatural 1109 Review: Lucifer’s Back in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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I know. I’m late. Again. I have no excuse for it but forgetfulness this time. Either way, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was one episode you didn’t want to miss, if for the sole purpose of seeing Lucifer’s return. While you may have thought (or not) it’d be a quick chat, that doesn’t seem to be the look of it in the end. Lucifer is back, and Sam is bound to regret his decision to see him.

As it turns out (at least according to Lucifer), those visions Sam has been having this season were not from God, but from Lucifer himself. I’ve been suspecting this for a while. There were certain hints and indications that it could’ve been Lucifer. I think one of the biggest things that got me wondering was this scene from “Baby.” There was just something about that line, “I never could fool you, could I?” That got me wondering about the exact origin of the visions Sam was having. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint), I was right.

I will always love seeing Mark Pellegrino back on the show as Lucifer, but I can’t help but wonder the trouble facing Sam now that he has returned. If he does help get rid of Amara, what will happen next? Will Sam be stuck with him for a while or trapped in Hell? It’s not like Lucifer will just go happily back to the cage. Then again, he might head off to battle Crowley for Hell for a while after Amara’s out of the picture – if that’s the way things go. As much as I enjoy Crowley, I’ve always liked Lucifer more, so it’d be great to see him back and these two battle it out over hell. Plus, this would lead to an interesting twist as Rowena picks a side (no doubt against her son and with Lucifer). As long as Lucifer doesn’t end up being an entity the brothers have to battle again, I’m glad to see him back. One thing I do wonder about in all this, with Lucifer out of the cage, what’s happened to Adam?

Meanwhile, as Sam was meeting up with Lucifer, Dean was dealing with Amara, who was on a soul-eating binge in an attempt to get God’s attention. If she keeps it up at this rate, she’ll be in her eighties before you know it! (Not that this is how the aging thing works for her.) While it didn’t seem to do much to draw God back to the world, the soul-eating did get Dean’s attention, along with heaven. As Amara learned in this episode, God is out of the picture, and his followers believe in him by faith alone. No matter what she does, God doesn’t seem to want to show his face. Then again, that’s been the picture pretty much since the first mention of God on the show. Will he ever reveal himself? Probably not, if you ask me.

Supernatural -- "O Brother Where Art Thou?" -- Image SN1109B_0039.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Emily Swallow as Amara -- Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW -- © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Supernatural — “O Brother Where Art Thou?” — Image SN1109B_0039.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Emily Swallow as Amara — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

When Dean finds and confronts Amara about her binge, she whisks him away to a more private locale where they have a heart-to-heart…and Dean gets all stabby. Of course, the stabby stuff didn’t work, and Dean finds himself face-to-face with Amara, who decides to kiss him instead of suck out his soul. The thing I find most intriguing about this is the fact that when given the opportunity, he doesn’t hesitate to try to stab her. Amara did mention that he knew it wouldn’t work, so was Dean okay with stabbing her because it wouldn’t work? Or was he okay with the idea of killing her? Shortly after this, Heaven shows up to get Amara to stop killing their minions. She doesn’t care and kills the angels leading Heaven itself to smite her.  With the raw power of God, how much could that affect her, though? She didn’t seem at all concerned about it. Will it, at least, injure her or slow her down? Who knows, but as of the end of the episode, a light engulfed her, and Dean was back at the hot dog stand where he found her.

With Lucifer’s return and Amara facing Heaven’s wrath, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” leaves us wondering where this will all lead. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to find the answers to that. What did you think of the mid-season finale?

Supernatural returns January 20th, 2016 at 9/8c on The CW.

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Carrie Hildebrand