Not sure he trusts himself anymore, Sam decides to give up hunting, but a late-night visitor won't let him off the hook that easily. Dean, intent on stopping the Apocalypse, continues hunting on his own and teams up with Castiel to find the Archangel Raphael, as Castiel believes Raphael knows God's location.Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver.
Mo Ryan at the Chicago Tribune has an interview with Kripke and Jim Beaver, and their thoughts on this season's direction and Bobby's role in it. Spoilery, natch.
Well, we've had a lot of conversations in the [writers] room about how to make the Apocalypse matter, and not have it just be business as usual. [The idea is] that there have to be real stakes and real loss and real obstacles thrown in our heroes' way, because otherwise, what makes the Apocalypse different from any other season? The stakes have to be serious.[This is] one symbolic way to say that, you know, we're not screwing around with the Apocalypse, that changes are going to happen that are going to affect our characters forever.
Whatever happens, can't say he didn't warn us.
In a separate interview, he also gives some hints about Lucifer's motivations now that he's topside:
Missed last week's episode? The recap is up at Tubular.
Lucifer was sent to Hell around the time of the Garden of Eden, and "now he comes back up, and there's six billion [people], and look what they've done to the planet," Kripke said. "One of the ways we're trying to make him a little more complicated is to say, he actually finds the [original state of the] planet beautiful. He sees it as really his father's masterwork, and these hairless monkeys have just ruined the place….It was this beautiful natural garden, and we've turned it into this cesspool, and he wants everyone punished as a result.
Supernatural airs Thursday at 9:00 EDT on the CW.