Episode 5.18

“Point Of No Return” Review
By Amanda Rebholz

Okay, raise your hand if you thought Dean was really going to say ‘yes’ at the end of the last episode! Because I know that that’s exactly what I was thinking, but I was desperately trying to figure out a way that he’d get out of it because obviously, with a season 6 on the horizon, we can’t have Dean Winchester the Vegetable as a character. When someone pointed out to me that it seemed AWFULLY random for Kripke to throw in a third brother during the apocalypse arc… and for said third brother to then be killed off in that very same episode… it did begin to tickle at the back of my brain. Rarely do the writers of ‘Supernatural’ do something without it having a purpose; even the weird fourth-wall-breaking episodes like the fanfic convention had an agenda (to get back the Colt). So when it was revealed that Adam could be a potential vessel, I was excited both for this possible plot twist as well as to see Jake Abel’s talented acting chops again as the youngest Winchester.

I was beginning to lose a teeny bit of faith in Castiel; his role as badass angel has been diminishing as the season wore on, not only because of his decreasing powers but because of his waning faith in his mission. The last few episodes he’s mostly been a cameo role, not pivotal as he used to be; tonight, thank goodness, the writers gave Misha a huge chunk of epic to bring to the screen and we got to see Cas back in his old form again. It’s so easy to picture him as an amazing renegade angel when he’s beating Dean’s head into a wall or screaming in his face “This is why I rebelled? I gave up everything for THIS?!” Which is pretty much what the audience has been thinking for awhile while Dean went through his mopey phase of finding himself and all of that, so it was nice to hear our resident angel say it out loud. This season Sam has been doing everything short of moving heaven and Earth to prove himself to Dean and it was just never enough, and while I can understand not wanting to immediately forgive and forget, Sam has been making 110% effort of recovery while Dean’s been wallowing in self-pity and angst.

The concept of ‘sacrifice’ was rampant in this episode of course; Castiel admitted bitterness and loathing over his own sacrifice, Adam talked about his tough upbringing and the choices he’d been forced to make by not having a father in his life, and Dean and Sam both alluded to the sacrifices they make every day of their lives. Even Bobby’s sardonic remarks about his wheelchair revealed his frustration at being too physically incapacitated to help in the hunt. Yet when it came to the eleventh hour, it’s never been about sacrifice; sacrifice has always just been a means to an end, and the end is ‘family’. Dean and Sam vowed to keep each other safe, and in the last moment Dean denied Michael in order to stop himself from letting Sam down. Dean killed Zachariah (and I CAN’T have been the only person who sang ‘ding, dong, the witch is dead!’ in gleeful triumph) and turned his back on the archangel, who took Adam in his furious wake.

So what does this mean? Where did he take Adam? Will he hold him hostage until Dean comes for him, or use him as a vessel in Dean’s absence? And where exactly did Castiel vanquish himself to, along with the other angels? And would one of those angel-killing knives work on Lucifer? If so, why hasn’t this occurred to the other characters yet? So many questions, so few episodes left for answers— we’re in the final race to the finale, and according to the show, in the endgame for the Apocalypse. Come on boys… let’s raise a little Hell!