Supernatural: 11×10 The Devil in the Details

For those of you who have not seen the episode yet, be prepared that there is a major spoiler ahead.

Let’s jump right into the ending of the episode.

Castiel has given consent to Lucifer, allowing him to occupy his body in an attempt to defeat the Darkness. Here’s the problem: there is absolutely no logic behind this. There is a significant lack of continuity based on all previous episodes of the show.

Castiel himself is an angel. Therefore, he is occupying a vessel. While they have made it clear that Jimmy Novak, Castiel’s vessel, is dead, that does not mean that Castiel himself can give consent. Castiel is still an angel occupying an empty vessel. He is unable to give consent due to the fact that it is not his body; the body belongs to Jimmy, the deceased human.

Second, Lucifer’s entire purpose in asking protagonist Sam Winchester for permission was because Sam is Lucifer’s true vessel. Other vessels, such as Nick in season 5, were unable to contain the power and greatness of an archangel. While Castiel’s vessel is obviously strong enough to contain an angel, an archangel is an entirely different beast. There is no guarantee or proof that Jimmy, as a vessel, is strong enough to contain Lucifer.

Returning to the fact that Castiel is an angel, this means that the vessel is already occupied. A vessel can’t be occupied by two angels at once in the same way that two demons can’t possess a person at the same time. That’s why it’s called an “empty” vessel rather than an “occupied” one.

It’s possible that my interpretation of some previous facts is inaccurate, but I can’t find the rationale behind this plot twist. I am interested to see where this season is going to go with this, but I will be surprised if they can find some form of logic to explain the changes in rationality and lack of continuity.

What did you think of the episode?

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