While Supernatural was once simply another monster-of-the-week series and still sometimes does feature those entertaining standalone episodes, the series has evolved into something more, often pitting Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) against his brother, Dean (Jensen Ackles). There has been more than a few occasions that it seemed the brothers might go it on their own, but, in the end, the brothers always swallow their pride and reconcile. Series executive producer and writer Jeremy Carver has some good news for fans worrying about the future of the Winchester brotherhood, though it seems that same good fortune won’t help out honorary brother, Castiel (Misha Collins). Jeremy also reveals the truths of some Supernatural mysteries that have, until now, remained unanswered.
Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!
Supernatural E.P. Jeremy Carver promises the Winchester Brothers will fight together
This season, like a few others that might be mentioned, explores issues of sibling rivalry and the bonds of family, but, although there has been some of that going on between Sam and Dean, Amara (Emily Swallow) really has it in for her own brother, God. Jeremy Carver says that this story line and the twist that Amara is the sibling of God was always the plan and that it has been written to mirror the themes of family and brotherhood that have been seen on Supernatural for the past 10 seasons.
Speaking of family in the Supernatural realm, Carver says that Sam and Dean are evolving this season and really beginning to learn how to relate to one another as brothers, as well as hunters. In the first half of the season, the Winchester brothers were exploring their own needs and feeding the darkness within their own souls. Dean was intrigued by Amara’s seductions and part of him wanted to pursue that, while Sam was again falling prey to Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) and his old tricks. In the past, the brothers have kept these kinds of secrets from one another and it very nearly destroyed their relationship, but Carver says it will be different in the second half of season 11.
“I think ultimately, we’ve seen each brother come around to admitting the truth. I don’t see necessarily a fracture in the relationship coming. I think there’s real differences of opinion based on real vulnerabilities that each brother is willing to share with the other…It’s a bit more of, at least for the first part of the second half of the season, a bit more of a united front than we’ve seen, which we like.”
Castiel takes Sammy’s leftovers and Jeremy Carver answers the question on everyone’s mind
It seems Lucifer’s ploys have finally paid off, though not quite as he had foreseen. Manipulating Sam Winchester seemed the best way to get himself out of the cage, and, with Amara running amok among mankind, it seemed the perfect opportunity to bargain himself a bit of freedom. He took Sam on a tour of his past, hoping the realization that time had weakened his moral compass would make him more open to Lucifer’s own offer of help. Sammy certainly seemed ready to accept, until Dean and Castiel came to the rescue. For a moment, it seemed they would find another way to beat Amara and Lucifer would remain safely locked away. Then, the unthinkable happened.
It remains to be seen just how Sam and Dean Winchester will deal with this spontaneous turn of events. Of particular concern will happen after the defeat of Amara. Will Lucifer, now freed and unwilling to return to his eternal prison, resume his plans of Armageddon, leaving Castiel to regret his decision throughout time as a prisoner in that cage?
And speaking of that cage, whatever happened to Michael and Adam? Jeremy suggests that it’s unlikely that we’ll see those two again, but he does reveal that the topic isn’t completely abandoned.
“We make mention of it in the coming episode, giving folks a bit of an update on what’s been going on in the cage. It’s not the biggest mention and the focus really is in the Lucifer-Sam part of it but there is some mention of it.”
Supernatural, starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, airs Wednesdays on the CW network.
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