Supernatural Season 9 Review “King of the Damned” – Fighting Fire with Fire

King of the Damned

In this episode of Supernatural, called “King of the Damned,” Abaddon has a new weapon to use against Crowley, while Castiel tries to enlist the help of Gadreel.

Whew! Was it just me or did this episode feel like it could have been a season finale? It had a lot of elements of a good season finale, including emotions running high, an important death and lots of angst. The only thing it was missing was a heavy duty cliffhanger, though that last scene between Sam and Dean came close.

It finally happened. After anticipating it for so long, Dean finally got his chance to stand up to Abaddon and use the combined powers of the Mark of Cain and the First Blade to take out the self- proclaimed Queen of Hell. Another thing that finally happened is Sam catching on to the fact that the Blade and the Mark were having an adverse effect on his older brother. It’s something we’ve seen brewing for months, but it’s still unclear exactly what those effects will be.

I don’t know why, but I had it in my head that once Dean killed Abaddon, the Mark would dissipate or something and he’d go back to his normal self. But of course that didn’t happen and if anything, he seems more attached to the Blade than ever. Not that I can blame him. He was able to Jedi-power that sucker into his hand and beat a Knight of Hell with it. Who wouldn’t want power like that? Sam’s right though, it is doing something to Dean and it’s not looking like the results will be good ones.

I do wonder if Dean and his trusty Blade might not be needed to help out in the angel vs. angel battle. It was great to see Castiel as the fearless leader of his group of groupies, but I don’t think taking down Metatron is going to be a simple thing at all. I loved his speech to Gadreel though and the way he convinced him to be a spy for Metatron. At least that’s how I’m choosing to see that scene, even though Gadreel never officially said yes.

Both Dean and Castiel had to learn to fight fire with fire in this episode and I only hope that it won’t mean the end of either of them. Two more episodes to go, people.

My favorite bits:

Holy super-long preview scenes, Batman. Methinks we’re in for something good.

“Is that. him?” – Yep, totally know it would be Castiel. Talk about a freaking awesome entrance.

Loving that brown jacket on Dean. That is all.

Sam and Dean reacting to the angel calling Cas “Commander.”

Double Angel hugs! Yay!

“If you don’t want to do it, I understand.”
“Who says I don’t want to do it?”

“You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture’s been tortured with torture like the torture you’ll be tortured with.” – Okay, hands up. Who else thinks we’ll be seeing that line in the gag reel this season? No way Mark Sheppard got through that in one take. If he did, my hat’s off to him.

Crowley remarking that he would burst into song at Abaddon’s death scene. That, I want to see.

Crowley’s face when Gavin was being tortured. Dammit, I’m not supposed to feel bad for a demon, am I?

Sam pointing out that their prisoner couldn’t tell them anything dead, and then getting Dean to play on the guy’s ego. Nice.

“Can you cook a pigeon on it?” – Unlike Abaddon, I thought it was a pretty smart question.

Poor Gavin guessing that he was with angels. “Wow,” indeed.

Gavin discovering that his father sold his soul for an extra three inches of willy.

“That’s the problem. You don’t think anyone is lying. I think everyone is lying. It’s a gift.”

Cas asking Sam to talk about his time possessed by Gadreel. Interesting to hear about it from his point of view.

Crowley trying to defend his complete lack of parenting skills by pointing out that he didn’t have any role models.

“You’re negotiating with me? That’s my boy.” – I had the same exact thought.

Castiel talking Gadreel into flipping his loyalty again.

Angel fight! Gotta love a kickass Cas.

I’m with Dean, hiding the First Blade IN a corpse is pretty brilliant.

Dean putting Crowley on speaker so he could order Juliet down. Is it wrong that I found a demon talking to a Hell Hound rather cute?

Crowley getting the door slammed in his face by his son. Welcome to fatherhood, Crowley.

Crowley using the safe word! Yes! I KNEW it was a double, double cross.

Abaddon shooting Crowley with a devil’s trap bullet. Uh, oh.

Actually cheering when Dean was able to use the Mark of Cain to get himself off that wall and march over to Abaddon. Then saying a very inappropriate word when I saw he dropped the Blade.

No way, is Dean about to… Jedi powers! Jedi powers!

Dean killing Abaddon. That. Is. All.

Dean beating Abaddon’s corpse bloody until Sam told him to stop. WHOA.

Sam pointing out to Crowley that they hadn’t killed him and that was enough.

Sam finding out about Crowley’s message to Dean. Oops.

Crowley being willing to change the past to save his son. Aw.

“So this is goodbye, then?”
“Yes. Forever. Unless of course, I catch you smoking. In which case I’ll smack you stupid.”

Why do I have a feeling that Gavin staying in our time is going to be a big deal?

Dean admitting how he just knew that he had to take on Abaddon on alone.

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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