Cain threatening Dean

Angie’s review of “Supernatural: The Executioner’s Song”

Cain (Timothy Omundson) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) come face to face in S10E14 The Executioner's Song
Cain (Timothy Omundson) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) come face to face in S10E14 The Executioner’s Song

When a prison inmate dies under mysterious circumstances, Sam and Dean step in to investigate – and find that the inmate was just one small entry on a long list of targets.

Timothy Omundson as Cain
Timothy Omundson as Cain

This week’s episode of “Supernatural” was one of the best of the season.  Timothy Omundson’s Cain is one of those characters that you’d like to see pop up again and again, just because he’s so darn interesting. Having been a fan of Omundson since “Judging Amy,” “Jericho,” and “Psych,” I know the man brings a level of intensity to his roles.  He brings just the right mixture of darkness and menace to this character.  His performance was top notch and he played against the other actors in the series so well that the casual viewer might never know he has only appeared in a handful of episodes.

Sam and DeanSpeaking of working together well, both Jensen and Jared brought their A game this week.  Both brothers know how this is going to end, even if neither wants to admit it to the other.  Jensen and Jared work well together and are so in sync with each other that their expressions and emotions say more than pages of dialogue. Without actually saying it, the audience knows Dean’s trying to prevent Cain’s prophecy from coming true by having Castiel hide the Blade.  Similarly, sensing that the time may come when he has to take action against his brother, Sam enlists Castiel’s help to stop Dean if the worst should happen.

This was one of those episodes where everyone was perfectly in sync and playing off of one another’s performances well.  In particular, I noticed this in the scenes with Sam, Dean, Crowley, and Cas.  I don’t know what it was about their interaction, but the dynamic worked – and it worked well.  Imagine if all four of them teamed up against the supernatural.  What could they not do together?

Overall, this was a fantastic episode.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Parting thoughts:

  • Cain says there’s no cure for the mark, but is he telling the truth?
  • When Cain threatens Dean, Cas doesn’t hesitate.  He just pulls out the angel blade and readies to protect his friend.  Later Dean entrusts the First Blade to his friend knowing Castiel will do what has to be done to keep him from going dark and killing his best friend and brother.
  • Though I love Connell’s Rowena, I’m kind of ready to move on with her story line.  It’s dragging out a bit and slowing the momentum of the season.
  • Castiel’s fading grace has become a non-issue during the latter part of this season.  I’m curious if it pops back up by season’s end.
  • Cain was affected by the devil’s trap but Dean was not.  Sam and Castiel cured Dean of being a demon.  Perhaps that will play into how the mark will be defeated in the end?
  • Rowena’s outburst at the end.  “You’re their b*tch.”  Will this provoke Crowley into doing something stupid just to prove himself to his mother?
  • “Cas, Dean’s in trouble.”  Four words that broke the hearts of the entire Fandom.

All photos courtesy of the CW.

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