Last night’s episode of Supernatural was a significant improvement from last week’s season premiere.

The writers didn’t waste time this episode, jumping into the conflicts between Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) and Crowley (Mark Sheppard) as well as between Dean and his brother, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki).

The episode picked up right where the premiere left off; Sam was still being held captive by Cole Trenton (Travis Aaron Wade), a man seeking revenge on Dean for killing his father in 2003.

Dean also severed his friendship with Crowley.  “I ain’t your friggin bestie,” he said.  Dean made it clear that he was not going to be following Crowley’s rules; he is doing what he wants when he wants, Crowley be damned.

Sam was able to escape from Cole.  He was met by Crowley, who was pissed by Dean’s deception and lack of cooperation.  However, Cole was banking on the fact that Sam would head straight for Dean, leading Cole right to his target.  Cole and Dean had a showdown in which Cole was beat to a pulp.

However, Dean made an error in judgment: he told Cole that he was a demon.

Cole immediately took to the library, asking for any and all information on demons.  We can expect the return of Cole later on in the season, much more knowledgable and hunter-esque.  He could be a force to be reckoned with.

During the fight, Sam was able to stun Dean for a moment by throwing some holy water over him.  This gave Sam enough time to place the demon handcuffs on Dean’s wrists, capturing him and rendering him powerless.

Castiel (Misha Collins) is losing his stolen grace, fast.  In an attempt to help Castiel, fellow angel Hannah (Erica Carroll) sought out Metatron (Curtis Armstrong), who continues to be held captive.  She begged for Castiel’s grace; in exchange for the grace, Metatron requested his release.  However, the plan was foiled by an interruption from Castiel.  This gives us reassurance, however, that Castiel’s grace was not completely used up in the spell.  It is possible that it still exists, somewhere.

As Sam drove Dean back to the bunker, he was hopeful that there was still some good in Dean due to the fact that he spared Cole.  However, Dean cut him off immediately and severed all hope of his mercy.  He explained that defeating him rather than killing him was the worst possible thing he could have done to him because Cole now had to live with the fact that he didn’t win.  “What I’m going to do to you, Sammy,” Dean warned.  “That ain’t gonna be mercy either.”

Overall, this episode was significantly more eventful and fast-paced than the premiere.  The season seems to be shaping up fairly well.

Supernatural airs Tuesdays at  9.8c on the CW.

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