Review: Supernatural Season 6, Episode 20: The Man Who Would Be King

Now that was an interesting episode. Interesting, but also kind of sad.

In case you need a recap, in this episode Castiel explains to the viewers (under the pretext of talking to God) that he’s working with Crowley in order to open purgatory. This was hinted at in the previous episode, but now we have confirmation. Castiel reveals that he was forced into a heavenly battle with Raphael after the non-Apocalypse; when he found himself losing the battle, Castiel discovered that he needed more souls and went to Crowley for help. Crowley and Castiel planned to open the gates of purgatory in order to use the monster souls that are stored there. Thus, Castiel finds himself in a situation where he must constantly betray the Winchesters in order to defeat Raphael.

I can summarize this entire plot line in one phrase: the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

I think it’s the first time we’ve ever seen an entire episode from Castiel’s perspective, and you have to admit that it puts a different spin on things. Watching Castiel explain things from his point of view, I can totally understand why he decided to work with Crowley. But, at the same time, he obviously made a massive mistake.

What I want to know now is how Castiel is going to make things right. I assume he has to make things right, correct? We have like nine more seasons to go, and I don’t think Castiel is leaving us just yet. All the same, it was really hard to watch Dean realize that Castiel betrayed him. That was a hard pill to swallow.

I have a feeling that the end of this season is headed to a catastrophe, but hopefully it will be a fun catastrophe to watch.

On a fun note, I did enjoy meeting Ellsworth, the demonic version of Bobby. Too bad Castiel killed him.

Rating: 7/10

Originally published at on August 24, 2020.



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