Er… um… wow. Thanks, Sera Gamble, you did it to us again. You turned us into quivering piles of soft matter just so you could have more fun with brotherly drama. They split up? Dean let Sam go without a fight? Dean offered Sam the Impala? Dammit, thanks for pushing buttons.
When I spoke with Sera Gamble, Eric Kripke, and Ben Edlund at Comic-Con, much of what they talked about ended up in this episode. We were told Dean would have to break his patterns of jumping in and saving Sam for the sake of others, that there would be a town under siege with people hiding in the basement, that Ellen, Jo, and Rufus would be back, that Sam would be kidnapped, and that there would be big fallout in the brotherly relationship. Kripke even mentioned the four horsemen would be driving muscle cars and I must say a 1965 cherry red Ford Mustang fastback is my dream car (yes, I giggled at Dean admiring it). I’m really envying War right now.
It’s one thing, though, to get nuggets like that but it’s another to actually see it in action. “Good God, Y’All” played out way better than I could have possibly hoped. I think it’s a no brainer as to why. Throw in some great music ("Spirit In The Sky"), an apocalyptic battle, clever directing, and Jared and Jensen at the top of their games and the results far exceed anything on paper (which is also great). Even though we’ve come to expect such excellence every week, somehow most of what’s delivered always manages to impress us.
The second episode of a season usually follows the same format. The character of focus is in distress, a story of suspense unfolds that leads to a climactic showdown, a character’s issues are raised during said plot, and then there’s a big shift in which the character comes away learning something about themselves that they may or may not like. In this show, it’s usually "may not."
This year Sam gets the main focus as he rightly should. The dude has some major problems. While Sam was healed physically in the season opener, we all knew that whatever was lingering inside wouldn’t go away. After all, he can’t be healed from himself. Sam comes away with an understanding of why he craved the demon blood but only after the hint was applied to him like a sledgehammer.