And as described below, I have more than one reason to think that God coming down to earth is the inevitable conclusion of season five.
Initially, I thought, like everyone else, that Famine was just another Horseman of the Apocalypse. His portrayal was really creepy – the idea of the helpless yet powerful old man is one that has recently made the rounds in a series of cartoons depicting powerful world bankers amidst the recession, making the character more apt than ever. Is Famine really an agent of destruction, foretelling the apocalypse, or is he something else? The question bodes a little theological discussion. There are two references in the Bible to the horsemen that I know of.
The first one is in Revelation 6:2-8, and starts like this: “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he wen forth conquering, and to conquer”. This implies that War is the second Horseman, not the first one, and Famine is the third one, not the second one. The fourth one is Death, and the first one (the one referred to in the citation above) is interpreted as either Pestilence, Evil (in the form of the Antichrist) or as something altogether different, i.e. Righteousness, Christ Himself or The Holy Spirit (theologians explain the contrast between this ‘good’ horseman and the other three evil ones as the advance of the gospel preceding and foretelling the Apocalypse).
The second reference is in Zechariah 6:2-3: “In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses: and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses”. This seems to be the order that the horsemen in Supernatural have appeared, which (if they are sticking to Scripture) would imply that they are not, in fact horsemen. For the horsemen that Zechariah sees are sentries rather than agents of destruction: “the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.”
Could it be, then, that rather than to bode the apocalypse, the Supernatural team is telling us that God is coming? Ooh, exciting!
And on a less spiritual level, I wonder what kind of car the next two Horsemen are going to drive? And what is a ‘grisled and bay’ car going to look like?
All in all, “My Bloody Valentine” was a great episode, albeit perhaps not the best choice just before a six-week hiatus. The question at the end of the episode will keep fans wondering if, upon the return of the show, Dean will continue breaking apart, or if he will be like a phoenix rising from the ashes of his former self to be stronger than ever. In a way, Sam has been through that himself, sinking into demon blood addiction after Dean’s death at the end of season three, and he has come back stronger than he used to be. Many fans have been grumbling about how odd it is that Sam and Dean’s relationship seems to have switched in the last season; while before, Dean would be leading the charge, he had been taking a backseat throughout season five.