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Recap / Supernatural S 12 E 19 The Future

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Recap of Supernatural
Season 12, Episode 19:

The Future

Written by: Robert Berens & Meredith Glynn

Directed by: Amanda Tapping

Air date: April 27, 2017

Castiel reappears to help the Winchesters find Kelly Kline and neutralize the threat of the Nephilim. Or so he says. Castiel keeps his actual plans secret from them, conspiring with a group of like-minded angels. Meanwhile Lucifer is growing impatient in his imprisonment, making big plans for his offspring.


Body Count

For this episode: 3 angels, 1 demon

For the series so far: At least 1333 humans (of which 22 were witches), 1135 angels (2 of which were archangels), 194 demons, 78 vampires, 59 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 23 gods, 19 zombies, 19 werewolves, 11 hellhounds, 8 Bisaan, 7 shapeshifters, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 djinn, 6 reapers, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 3 Khan Worms, 3 Thule, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 3 rugarus, 2 vetalas, 2 zannas, 1 banshee, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, Death, 1 deer, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 lamia, The Mother of All, 1 nachzehrer, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 pishtaco, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 qarin, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 soul eater, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, the Whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith

  • Ambiguous Situation: Did the baby really save Kelly's life because it wanted to, or because it still needed to? Is Kelly really of the opinion that the baby is good, or is she brainwashed? At the end, does the same apply to Cas? This episode really did not like stating a clear answer.
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  • Bad Boss: No surprise that Lucifer is this, but the fact that his most loyal and badass supporter Dagon suffers remote torture at his hands underscores the point.
  • Character Death: Joshua and Dagon.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: As Dean points out, Castiel seems desperate for a mission he can win, after all his failures.
  • Forced Sleep: Castiel uses his angelic powers to render Sam and Dean unconscious so that he can escape with Kelly.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tried and failed by Kelly.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Kelly tries to save the world by slitting her wrists in the bathtub. The fact that she comes back convinces her that her baby is good.
  • Last of Their Kind: Although he doesn't appear, Asmodeus is now this due to Dagon's death in this episode, leaving only one Prince of Hell left alive.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When a Nephilim-empowered Castiel blocks Dagon's attack, just before killing her.
    Dagon: How?
    Castiel: Call it a miracle.
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  • Skewed Priorities: Kelly is so in awe of her son's power, that she would rather have no child than one without powers.
  • Take a Third Option: Sam comes up with a third option beyond letting Kelly give birth to Lucifer's son or killing them both. If they extract the angelic grace, he'll just be born a normal child. Unfortunately Kelly, convinced of the baby's utter goodness, rejects the idea.
  • The Nth Doctor: Joshua is played by a different actor then back in Season 5. This lasts less than a minute.
  • This Cannot Be!: Dagon's response to Castiel blocking her attack is a stunned "How?"
  • Wham Episode: Another Prince of Hell dies, but not before she can kill Joshua and destroy the Colt.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Dagon breaks Dean's arm and melts the Colt, a weapon that has been an ace in the pocket for the Winchesters for most of the series.
  • You Have Failed Me: Lucifer remotely tortures Dagon for letting Castiel rescue Kelly, and threatens to do worse if she doesn't rectify it.

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