After last season’s finale, words can’t express accurately how hard the wait for tonight’s Supernatural Season 12 premiere has been. The wait is finally over, and the episode begins with Dean (Jensen Ackles) confronted by his newly resurrected mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith). Of course, Mary doesn’t recognize Dean, since he was only 4 the last time she saw him. To prove who he is, Dean rattles off facts about Mary’s life. Eventually, she realizes that Dean is telling the truth, and that she has been dead for the last 33 years. The scene is extremely emotional as they share a hug.
We are then taken to a man driving a truck who is almost hit by what seems to be a meteor. However, we quickly see that it’s Castiel (Misha Collins) who has landed 3 hours away from Lawrence, KS. He takes the man’s truck and drives away.
Dean and Mary are sitting on a bench, and Dean is getting Mary caught up on everything that has happened while she was away. The thought of John becoming a hunter, and raising the boys as such brings her to tears. Mary can’t remember anything about being a ghost or in heaven, but Dean promises to fill her in.
The mystery woman (Elizabeth Blackmore) who shot Sam (Jared Padelecki) knocks on a strange man’s door and asks him to patch up Sam’s gunshot wound. He tries to explain to her that he’s just a veterinarian, but she tells him that animals and humans are not much different. As much as he protests, eventually, after having been shown a gun and lots of money, he acquiesces.
After Sam is patched up, he is chained into a chair while the mystery woman, who is revealed to be Lady Antonia Bevell, a British Men of Letters member, asks him questions. She wants to know how Dean and Sam changed the sun. She lets Sam know that they have been keeping tabs on the Winchester boys for years, but haven’t gotten involved because the leaders wouldn’t allow it. However, after everything that happened with The Darkness, even the leaders had to admit it was time to step in. She tells Sam that she’s there to help, and that as long as he answers all of her questions, he’ll be set free. Sam is not having it, though. He tells her that anything she asks will be answered with a “screw you.” Lady Bevell’s assistant then turns cold water on Sam, in an effort to get him to talk. Sam doesn’t budge.
Meanwhile, Dean and Mary arrive at the Men of Letters bunker. Mary is shocked the Men of Letters even exist. When they get all the way in, they see Sam’s blood on the floor and go on guard. Dean sees the angel-repelling sigil that Lady Bevell drew in order to dispel Castiel. They search the bunker, but don’t find anything. Eventually, Castiel returns to find Mary. Neither knows each other and both go on the defensive. Dean walks in and lets both know who each other are. Dean asks Castiel where Sam is, but Castiel doesn’t know, but tells him what he remembers. Dean hacks the traffic cams and is able to get Lady Bevell’s car tag. They get to Baby in order to go after them, and Mary has an emotional moment when she sees John’s car. There’s also a really funny moment where Dean realizes what the significance of Baby’s back seat would be to Mary.
We are then taken back to Sam who is still being tortured by Lady Bevell. She asks Sam if he thinks he’s being brave by not answering her questions. She informs him that he’s not brave, just bad at his job. There have been no monster deaths in Britain since 1965 because they are so good at their jobs they are able to take the monsters out before anyone is killed. Sam still refuses to talk to her, though, and the torturing continues. This time, the assistant brings out a blowtorch. She burns his feet with it, but he still doesn’t talk.
Crowley has been following two demons who are working for Lucifer in hopes of finding him. Lucifer has been looking for a new vessel. He’s obviously been having trouble, as he has been leaving a trail of bodies with burned out eyes. After some witty banter back and forth, Crowley dispatches the two demons, and figures out who Lucifer’s new meat-suit must be.
After a brief scene where Castiel questions Lady Bevell’s driver, we see Sam who has passed out from the pain. Lady Bevell’s assistant informs Lady Bevell that no one could handle the amount of pain Sam has endured without breaking. The assistant suggests they bring in some assistance, but Lady Bevell doesn’t want any. She decides to break Sam’s mind instead, and pulls out a very menacing looking needle.
Mary is sitting at an outdoor café looking around at how much everything has changed in her absence. She sees kids playing on smart phones and other handheld devices. It’s clear to see it’s all a bit overwhelming for her. Castiel tells her he knows a bit of how she feels, since he felt much the same way when he first came to Earth. Then, they notice the veterinarian who patched Sam up. They follow him to his office and question him. At first he doesn’t want to talk, but after some physical threatening by Castiel at Mary’s request, he gives them Lady Bevell’s phone number.
Sam wakes up to see his foot has been bandaged. He’s still in a lot of pain, but Sam is tough. He also notices a puncture wound on his neck, most probably from whatever Lady Bevell had in the syringe. The assistant and Lady Bevell are watching Sam on a remote camera when the phone rings. Dean lets her know that she has one chance to return Sam before he takes her apart piece by piece. She hangs up on him, and Dean is so angry, he breaks the phone in half. Lady Bevell thought Dean had died, and realizes how much trouble she is in since he is still alive. Meanwhile, in the basement, Sam is starting to have extreme headaches and hallucinations. He’s seeing the death of everyone he ever cared about.
Dean, Mary, and Castiel are driving back to the bunker to trace Lady Bevell’s number when they get into a car wreck. Mary is unconscious, but ok. Baby, however, has a huge dent in the trunk. The assistant is behind the wreck. This won’t end well for her. An epic fight breaks out. The assistant seems to have a slight advantage, though, due to some runed brass knuckles. Just when it seems all hope is lost, Mary stabs the assistant through the chest with Castiel’s angel blade.
Sam is still hallucinating about everything bad that has ever happened that he blamed himself for. Feeling as if all of this tragedy has been his fault, he breaks a mirror and seemingly slits his own throat with a piece of the broken glass. Lady Bevell goes to check on him, as his death was not the ultimate goal, and sees that it was a trick for her. Sam gets up and attacks her, choking her until she falls. As he is trying to get away, she gets up and knocks him back down, locking him back in the basement.
Dean and Castiel are hiding the assistant’s care and body while Mary is trying to deal with being thrown back into hunting. She never wanted this life for Dean or Sam, and seeing them being so deep into it is hard for her. Dean tries to comfort her as best he can. The trio drives off in search of Sam.
We then get a few quick scenes in a sort of montage. Crowley catches up with Lucifer’s vessel, but it has failed just like the others. Crowley has to start at the drawing board yet again. Dean, Castiel, and Mary are driving through the night with a very somber tone. Sam is still under the influence of whatever Lady Bevell injected him with, and Lady Bevell is watching Sam on camera with a perplexed look on her face.
Tonight’s season premiere was everything I could have hoped for it to be. There was action, there were feels, and there are still lots of mystery to work through for this season. I’m intensely curious to see Mary’s adjustments to modern life, and to see Sam’s reaction to her being alive. I also really want to learn more about this British Men of Letters sect. I’m a little worried about Crowley, though. I’m not sure how he thinks he’s going to take on Lucifer. I know Lucifer is weakened from the fight, but I still am not sure Crowley will be able to take him on. One thing is for certain, though, this season is going to be one crazy ride.
Supernatural airs on The CW on Thursday nights at 9PM ET.