This week’s Supernatural made it clear that Sam isn’t doing very well after the Second Trial. Whatever is happening to him, the side effects are making him extremely ill. He spent most of “Pac-Man Fever” looking sickly and trying to convince Dean that he could still work the case (read our review).
While Dean was prepared to stop arguing with Sam over working cases and suggested they resume the search for Kevin, Sam’s declining health is bringing out the big brother/surrogate parent in Dean. He can’t help but try to get food into Sam’s system or check his temperature. But Sam snaps, telling him that they’re going to have to tackle this head on by moving forward. Because he’s accepted that these side-effects are a necessary part of completing the trials. “Those first two trials, they’re not just things I did. They’re doing something to me. They’re changing me, Dean,” Sam admits. Changing him? How? And why? There are a lot of theories floating around fandom about exactly what is happening to Sam and we’re going to explore some of those next week before the next episode. But until we know for certain exactly what is happening to Sammy, we, like Dean, will be worrying.
Elsewhere in this episode (penned by Ben Edlund), Castiel makes a return appearance and seems to have been caught by Naomi and her angels, who are still trying to recover the Angel Tablet. And Metatron makes an appearance when the brothers track him down in order to get more information about the Third Trial.
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