Last week was a low point for Supernatural. While the episode was basically sound, Charlie’s death was a waste. Nevertheless, this week brings another episode and Dean’s going off the deep end thanks to previous events. Can’t blame him, really. Charlie didn’t need to die, but at least someone’s as angry about it as the audience.
Dean’s rage takes him to a place we haven’t seen before. No, not his attack on the Styne family, or his anger at Sam. Even his brutal attack on Castiel. It was the killing of the Styne cousin. Dean doesn’t kill innocents. Despite the macho, brutal hunting lifestyle Dean does his best to save everyone he can. That should have included this particular Styne, who wanted to run away from his own Frankenstein family and start a life of his own. Before the Mark, Dean would have stopped and spared him. Not now. This was an excellent choice by writer Andrew Dabb, who managed to show how far Dean had gone Dean in this simple action.
The strongest resolution next week will be if Dean finds a way to save himself. It’s been suggested in previous weeks that perhaps the only way to escape the curse of the Mark is for Dean to make peace with his darker self, but that seems unlikely to happen in the finale. If this story strand makes it through to next season then hopefully we’ll eventually see Dean save himself. Whatever happens, it looks like the brothers are going to end up head to head at opposite extremes. Last time this happened there was an apocalypse on the horizon. Let’s hope that’s not in the Winchesters’ future.