Supernatural Preview: Will Castiel Be Able to Help Sam?
This week's episode of Supernatural feels like a long time in the making. For almost two seasons the show has been dealing with the issue of Sam's soul and his memories of Hell. First he had neither, then he had one, but the memories were trapped behind a wall. Then Castiel broke the wall and seriously damaged Sam's psyche. While Sam has been trying a variety of techniques - from pressing on his scar to ignoring to exercising - to keep those memories of Hell at bay, it seems like he finally loses the fight.
The March 23 episode of Supernatural, titled "The Born-Again Identity", finds Sam having a psychotic break after Lucifer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) simply won't let up. With no other choice, he's brought into a mental hospital. Sam seems resigned to his fate, as you can see in this clip for the episode, but Dean's not about to roll over and just let his brother die. Instead, he reaches out to his ever-dwindling network of hunters and allies to find some way to save his brother.
At some point, he seems to find Meg again (as you can see from the photos and trailer for the episode). How or why the two of them team up is currently unknown, but they follow a tip to find a real healer...one who looks very familiar. Dean is shocked when Castiel reappears in his life, only the (former?) angel has no memory of Dean. What exactly happened to Castiel after he disappeared back in episode 7.02? Where has he been? And can he actually help Sam? I know that a lot of fans don't necessarily want a quick fix to Sam's problems, but God knows he needs some help.
Misha Collins is also set to play Castiel in two more episodes this season.
Watch the producer's preview below for the March 23 episode of Supernatural, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.