The Audacity of Supernatural - Top Ten Most Shocking Moments – Part Deux!
I’m back with more shocking moments from Supernatural, because the first 10 just wouldn’t do. So consider this a supplement – part two, if you will.
10. “Fortunate Son”
In “Sympathy for the Devil,” we find out, quite surprisingly, that Dean is a vessel for the Archangel Michael. He is, and assumingly always has been, ‘The Michael Sword’ (or…condom, as Dean so eloquently puts it). Up until this moment, the Supernatural storyline had focused primarily on Sam. To find out that both brothers had been ‘marked’ by Supernatural beings in such a way definitely added an unexpected flavor to the Season 5 story arc.
As an aside, I thought the whole “castle on a hill of 42 dogs” riddle from this episode was quite unexpectedly clever. How ‘bout you?
9. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”
“Jump the Shark” was surprising in many respects. John Winchester had another family, a son? Talk about rocking the foundations of the Supernatural world! The whole thing was out of the blue. And I admit I was frustrated at the thought of bringing a third, unknown Winchester into the story, not wanting the focus to be stolen away from Sam and Dean, whose relationship was so fragile at the time. But I liked the drama this new discovery created – Dean, outright resenting Adam; Sam, turning into John Winchester overnight. But the biggest shock of the episode was finding out that Adam was not Adam, and had not been for a long time. I expected the youngest Winchester to be killed off, sure. But for him to have been dead all along? That, I never saw coming.
Another shocker – the scene where the ghouls are feeding on Sam – I’m not squeamish, hardly at all, mind you – but that has got to be one of the most realistically gory scenes ever. Those cuts looked real, and they looked deep. Even re-watching the episode, knowing it’s not real, I still have to look away, pull my forearms close to my chest, and squirm.
8. “Wheel in the Sky Keeps On Turnin’”
I was so stunned by the fact that Bobby’s house had burnt down in “Hello, Cruel World” that I didn’t know whether to sob in grief or shout in anger. I ended up in a place of weary disbelief. Bobby’s house had been “Home” for the boys for so long, I know I took it for granted. The loss of that safe place, along with the possible loss of Bobby (though that would come later) seemed insurmountable. No wonder Dean left that desperate, heart-wrenching voicemail.
“You cannot be in that crater back there. I can’t…. If you’re gone, I swear I am going to strap my Beautiful-Mind brother into the car and I’m gonna drive us off the pier! You asked me how I was doing…well, not good! Now you said you’d be here. Where are you?”
Oh, Bobby. If only the house had been the only casualty of Season 7…. :’(
7. “Lonely is the Night”
The scene in “Family Remains” where Dean admits to having liked torturing souls was another one that shocked and angered many in the fandom. Personally, I thought it was needed. It made what Dean went through and his subsequent actions/emotions even more human and ‘real’. However, that aside, the admission itself was shocking on principle. After all, we had just gotten the famous “Heaven and Hell” roadside monologue – a Supernatural gem. I wasn’t expecting any more emotional confessions from Dean. Then we get this: something a little more edgy, tragic, controversial, and true-feeling than the last confession. This was the dark side of our hero. This revealed the singed, broken wings of our angel-in-the-leather jacket. This showed that Dean was breakable – did break. It made him relatable in the same way Sam was for wanting to use his dark powers to save people. At this point, they were saving people to redeem themselves. And that is some audaciously powerful storytelling, don’t you agree?
6. “Dirty Deeds”
Sam had seemed fine after his little resurrection in “All Hell Breaks Loose 2”. Then came the graveyard scene.
I actually laughed in surprise at Sammy’s childish retort after Jake taunts him.
Bobby: “Just take it real easy there, son.”
Jake: “And if I don’t?”
Sam: “Wait and see!”
Wait and see? Come on, Sam! Surely you can think of a more bad-ass response!
But then, I wasn’t laughing. Because Sam killed Jake in such a cold-blooded way, it stunned me to the core. And it begged the chilling question – had Sam somehow come back wrong?
P.S. Did anyone else notice the music in the graveyard scene with John Winchester? It made me think of Pocahontas Disney music for some reason….
5. “Very Superstitious”
Something had been tearing Dean ever since the death of John Winchester. “Croatoan” had left us what was arguably one of the most gripping cliffhangers in the history of the show, if not all of television. Then “Hunted” revealed a shocking secret.
“Before dad died, he told me something…something about you.”
“What? Dean – what did he tell you?”
The buildup and anticipation certainly paid off. Who could have thought that John’s last words whispered to his oldest son, were vague instructions to kill his younger brother if he couldn’t otherwise save him? Who could have guessed that this was the terrible weight Dean had been carrying, nearly driving him insane, if not outright suicidal? Who could have anticipated that John Winchester’s final words, his secret, would hang over the boys’ heads and be the driving force of the series for the next 3 seasons? I certainly never saw this one coming. Did you?
4. “Sweet Emotion”
Ahh, “Sex & Violence,” one of the most painful, gut-wrenching episodes of the series. First of all, what a surprise that the villain turned out to be a guy – and what a twisted, believable Siren he turned out to be! There were two truly shocking moments in this episode. First, was the jaw-dropping fact that Dean was utterly unable to fight the Siren’s influence. I expected him to do what Bobby did when he’d been possessed by Meg and about to kill his surrogate son – regain control for at least a moment. But it never happened, and if it weren’t for Bobby, Dean would have killed his own brother. That was shocking behavior indeed, especially from one whose entire modus operandi had always been to protect Sam.
Second, and most shocking of all, were the cruel words that came out of Sam’s mouth, just a hop, skip, and jump away from Dean’s breathtaking car-side confession about Hell.
“You’re too busy feeling sorry for yourself, whining about all the souls you tortured in Hell. Boo-hoo.”
If it had ever been a question before, it was confirmed in this episode – whatever Sam was doing, no matter how well-intentioned, it was changing him. And not for the better. The worst part was knowing that Sam really felt that way. The Siren just brought to the surface what was already brimming underneath, proven in Dean’s words to Sam, which were just an amplification of what we all already knew he was feeling.
Controversial and utterly audacious, “Sex & Violence” belongs at the top of this list.
3. “End of the Line”
Oh, the look on Sam’s face when that necklace plunked into that trashcan. *Sadness*
This one needs no explanation.
Some were infuriated by this unexpected turn of events in “Dark Side of the Moon” – but all were shocked and horrified. What was happening to our boys? Useless in the quest to find God or not, how could Dean throw out the amulet? It was a symbol of Sam’s devotion, something Dean had originally felt ‘naked’ without wearing. He was certainly giving up on Sam, giving up on everything.
Talk about the pit of despair - what a low moment.
Aren’t you glad the boys came back from this?
Sam redeemed himself, a million times over. Now all we need is to see that necklace again. [For we all know Sam grabbed it out of the trash]. :P
2. “Love Hurts”
The discovery of the truth about what had happened to Jessica was a big deal. To have it revealed in such a painful way, and then for Sam to restrain his broiling and completely justified anger for the greater good, was pleasantly surprising, and a foreshadowing of the strength Sam would have when being taken over by Lucifer.
“The Devil You Know” was a great episode all around…especially the scene with Crowley and the hellhounds. :)
1. “Heartache Tonight”
Whether you liked the storyline or not, whether you liked Lisa and Ben or not, Dean was attached to this little family. He thought of Ben like a son. He considered himself ‘unavailable’ to other women when he was with Lisa. And he tried to balance the life that gave him purpose and meaning – hunting – with a life that provided everything he’d secretly ever wanted – a stable family. I had always wondered if Lisa had been lying to Dean way back in Season 3 when she’d said Ben wasn’t his son. All the evidence tended to point to the contrary. Then, for one heart-stopping moment in “Let It Bleed,” a possessed Lisa let us believe that Dean was indeed Ben’s father. I will never forget that shell-shocking moment, nor the look on Dean Winchester’s face. Why the demon even bothered to say she was “just kidding” is still beyond my comprehension – unless, in fact, it was truth, and she saw how much Dean wanted it, and decided the not-knowing would mess with him more. I understand that this may not make the top of everyone’s list, so please feel free to share your picks. Did I miss anything this time around?
Thanks for joining me in this romp through more shocking Supernatural moments. I hope you had some fun. Until next time, enjoy those reruns! :)