Not everyone gets a happy ending on “Supernatural.” In fact, no one ever really does. A couple of characters do come close in the Wednesday, April 29 episode, 10×20 “Angel Heart,” which hopefully means the end of a storyline that has dragged on a bit this season.
As great as it is to see characters from the past brought back, bringing back Claire and the Novaks to the degree that “Supernatural” did in season 10 hasn’t been the best decision. With everything else going on this season, just with Dean and the Mark right now, it’s just taken up too much time that could have better been spent on something else. And while there is now some closure on the Novaks, it does lead to the question of exactly what Castiel is going to do now. He helped the family he feels responsible for tearing apart, and sure, Metatron is out there with the demon tablet, but when that’s done, is Castiel going to go back to heaven? Is he going to go back to being a hunter-in-training? What exactly is the plan with Castiel after this?
The majority (as in 99%) of “Angel Heart” is focused on Castiel helping Claire find her mother and bringing in Sam and Dean to help, and the episode splits them up in every possible combination throughout, with the Winchesters giving Claire a tutorial in hunting, with Sam teaching her about finding funds and hacking and Dean giving her a look at the research and some advice about weapons. And as much as Claire may act like she wants to find her mother to tell her off for leaving her, Sam knows that’s not it – and moments like her reaction to finding out his mother died when he was a baby and Dean telling her her father is a hero are scattered throughout to make her much more likeable than she has been in the past. Those conversations – Sam and Claire in the motel room and Dean and Claire at mini-golf – are the strongest of the episode.
It turns out that Amelia was off looking for a faith healer, trying to track down Castiel to bring Jimmy home, but the “faith healer” she found is really a Grigori angel, a watcher angel. Some say they help people, while others say they prey on people. In this case, it’s the latter, and while both Dean and Claire are benched from the hunt at first, they join Sam (who gets knocked out again) and Castiel at the angel’s barn. By the time they get there, Castiel has found Amelia and mother and daughter are briefly reunited, but when Claire tries to get her mother out of there, the angel holding her, Tamiel intervenes, and Amelia steps in the way of his sword to save Claire. While Sam, Dean and Castiel try to get a blade in Tamiel, it’s Claire who delivers the fatal blow with his own sword, but by then, it’s too late for Amelia, but she is reunited with Jimmy in heaven.
As for Claire, they’re sending her off to Jody’s to crash until she gets back on her feet, and Dean warns her that if she goes down their path, she’s not looking at a long life. She apologizes for the past and even asks if he’s going to be okay, showing just how far she’s come from that time she tried to kill him.
As for Dean and the Mark, despite this episode coming so late in the season, it’s only mentioned as a reason why he needs to be benched and in the context that he’s getting worse. When Claire asks if he’s going to be okay, he just gives her the same party line he’s been trying to sell: he’ll keep fighting and keep swinging until he has nothing left. Again, for an episode coming near the end of the season, it’s hard not to expect more about what’s going on with Dean rather than an entire episode dedicated to the Novaks. It was bad enough when the angel business dragged on and took away from parts of an episode at the beginning of the season. Hopefully the last three episodes don’t disappoint in that regard.
“Supernatural” season 10 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of episode 20 “Angel Heart”?