That's about as good a Supernatural mission statement as there ever was, and it looks like this season will be steeped in guilt. Short form impressions of the season nine opener and some hurried screencaps to follow.
Let's just get it out of the way: If fandom doesn't spend the next x episodes avidly shipping Sam/Ezekiel, there is no justice. Just saying.
Anyway, short form: Dean is Dean—travails indicate that he needs Cas where he can see him, and then he'll take care of him (but not with him right now, that's dangerous, and not off saving angels like he wants to, that's what causes all the problems).
Dean also has no boundaries when it comes to saving Sam (hands up anyone who thought that lesson had been learnt by both Winchesters—that's about what I'd thought). I don't know if "There ain't no me if there ain't no you" came from Ezekiel's brain or Dean's, but it's Dean for eight plus seasons.
Was that the real Death that came to collect Sam in the cottage (I'm just glad there was no Amelia...)? I'm guessing so, because I don't think Sam's ever met Death, has he? Not conscious, anyway. Dean wasn't the real Dean, but Sam knows Dean—that was a perfect Dean. I am not sure Bobby has learnt the passing on lesson, but I dig Sam taking that lesson from mind!Bobby.
Dean does a lot of badassery and has the crap beaten out of him (oh, must be Wed^H^H^HThu^H^H^HTuesday), and goes on to violate boundaries (TOTALLY TUESDAY) and save the day (Tuesday 9:47PM).
So now Sam has a phantom traveller in the person of good soldier Ezekiel (Tahmoh!vessel will be back, please? He's nearly as tall as Sam!), is touched by an angel in intimate ways, oh not at all like season 5 (we know that Sam can kick just about anyone out), because Dean will go against what he knows are Sam's devout wishes just to get Sam. And Sam comes back because Dean needs him. Bravo! For a moment I thought Dean asked for his memories to be wiped so he could keep the secret perfectly, but no—that wouldn't be painful enough, would it? (And bravo to Jared for playing another Sammy variant—nicely distinct still)
Goodbye sweet trench coat, but Castiel has capitulated to his humanity—stolen clothes and purchased water and outwitting of one angel (and possibly a biker—what happened there? I wanted a Terminator homage) and apparently surprising himself with anger and desperation outweighing his stated wish to help...
One can assume he's on his way to the bunker, maybe if Dean stops panicking he will drop by and pick him up—but my first question is—will Dean tell Cas he installed a heavenly LoJack in his brother, or will Cas be able to tell? How is Cas with other people's secrets?
One way or another, Misha's never getting clothes that fit, is he? Still badass tho, executing a semi-powered up angel who covets his sexy Jimmy Novak suit:
Despite their bonding moment:
he's always gonna love Dean more: