When you have a show like Supernatural that's been around for 13 seasons, and has a massive, rabid and yet still adorable fandom, narrowing an episode down to a certain amount of awesome moments is a tad impossible. But darn it, we're gonna give it a try. “Rising Sun,” the second episode of #Supernatural's record-breaking thirteenth season, aired Thursday, and it picked up where the season premiere left us last week. Sam, Dean, and the devil's offspring are on the most awkward road trip ever, with the Winchesters arguing over whether to kill or help Jack. I'm sure you have a pretty good idea which brother wants to do which. Mary, despite what Dean believes, is alive on Earth 2.0 with Lucifer, trying to survive on the scorched planet.
Having just given Castiel (who really isn't dead, we promise) a hunter's burial at the end of the season opener, Sam and Dean are truly alone in the world right now, except for Jack and his newfound love for cartoons. The rip in space-time his birth caused is the reason for Mary and Lucifer being trapped together, and Sam is convinced Jack can rip both worlds a new one and get their mom back.
Supernatural's second episode of the season showed us there are still many good things and surprises to come, and the show failed to disappoint like always. Below are five of the most thrilling and tantalizing moments of the episode.
1. Asmodeus Makes His Entrance
A faithful servant to the Dark Lord, and the fourth prince of hell, #Asmodeus has appointed himself ruler of the pit until his master returns and wow, does he make an entrance or what in "Rising Sun." Asmodeus picks three servants from the demons in the throne room and fries the rest, seeing them unfit to serve him, exclaiming, “The grand old days of fire and brimstone are back!” He has some pretty campy dialogue, and his evil Southern twang is a little corny, but I'm not gonna lie: I reckon I'm excited to see what kind of havoc this guy is gonna wreak all over hell and tarnation.
2. Our Next Big Bad Monster?
You might have noticed the scars on Asmodeus' face. He revealed to Drexel that #Lucifer gave them to him as punishment for freeing the Shedim, creatures he described as “Hell's most savage.” He believed that he could train them, but seeing how both God and Lucifer feared them, Lucifer put them back in their cage and took a swipe at Asmodeus' face. We can only hope that Asmodeus, eager to please Lucifer once again by defeating the #Winchester boys, sets them loose. Or, he has Jack do it for him, like he tried to make happen in this episode. Who doesn't want to see Dean and Sam put yet another hellspawn creature down?
3. The Return of Michael
The archangel Michael is back, and he has a brand new bag of bones. The last time we saw Michael, he was using Adam as a vessel. Not only does Michael return, but it's finally confirmed that in this alternate world, he killed Lucifer. Of course, not before they scorched the planet as originally planned on Earth 1.0, but it's kind of a shock to know that Satan can actually be killed. Michael looks to be a bad-ass addition to an already bad-ass show.
4. Lucifer Needs Mary, And Michael Needs Lucifer
We found out Lucifer's plan in "Rising Sun" too. He's going to trade Mary for his son once they get back to their universe, and then kill everyone. Okay, so he left that last part out, but we all know that's his true plan. But why does Michael need Lucifer, as he revealed as he was about to kill his second Prince of Darkness? The archangel killed that universe's Lucifer, so what could he possibly be planning with Lucifer Number Two?
That's one of the best parts about this show, you can guess all you want, but you never really know what's going on or what's going to happen. Will Lucifer die for good this season? Will Dean really kill Jack, like he promised? And will Jack turn their world into an animated...hold the phone, that's up next.
5. Scooby-Doo Preview
At one point, Jack, Dean and Sammy settle down for the night in a motel, and Jack, being the overgrown kid he (literally) is, goes right for the TV. What's on, you ask? None other than what could be called a preview for the upcoming Scooby-Doo crossover episode. But is it just a preview? Or could it reveal how the crossover will actually come about? Jack could be so in awe of the cartoon that he might actually be the one that twists reality, and makes it so an animated Dean and Sam can finally hunt ghosts with Mystery Incorporated. Zoiks!
Supernatural returns next Thursday on The CW with “Patience”, where we get to meet one of the future stars of the Supernatural spin-off, Wayward Sisters. The character, Patience Turner, will be played by Designated Survivor's Clark Backo. It was originally believed that Episode 10 would be the backdoor pilot for the spin-off, but that seems to be up in the air right now. Could Episode 3 be the beginning of the adventures of Sheriff Jody Mills and her pack of supernatural sisters?
Tune in next week to find out!