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In "The Great Escapist", Sam and Dean Winchester track down Metatron, who Metatron returns in "Holy Terror", where he meets up with Gadreel, the angel. After finding out what's going on from Sam and Dean, Metatron uses . of God, Sam and Dean realize this is where they might find Metatron. Rated: Fiction T - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Sam W., Dean W. - Words: . And he lets his arm swing, hard, channeling strength beyond his . Let's take Gadreel to the meet-up, make the exchange, and then trap Metatron.
Cas ponders his story That sort of layered storytelling is what made this episode really work for me. It was a self-referential episode, in that the messages about authorship and power and control could just as easily be about the Show and its intimate relationship with its fans as about Metatron and his megalomaniacal intentions.
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Some fans bristled at the implications, which is always a risk when the Show decides to break the fourth wall and comment on itself and its viewers. Some saw that as condescending. As a huge fan of fanfiction and transformative works, I also loved that so much of this episode was about interpretation.
Validating and celebrating interpretation. Saying that interpretation is what we should be doing, what we have to do. Do what you do, make of this what you will. Who writes the story? His entire demeanor with Metatron changed after he asked whether being captured by the Winchesters was part of the plan.
So basically we loved the meta part of MetaFiction. The plot also progressed in this episode, which was perhaps a bit overly ambitious in how much ground it wanted to cover. At times, it felt like there was too much going on, and some things were cut short. There were several subplots going on, and I wanted more of most of them! The exception to that was the broader angel storyline. Although I do think that Metatron is becoming a rather fascinating villain.
He seems very very dangerous to me — and I like that. His struggle to come to terms with his history of good intentions and bad outcomes is a universal one — I love him for his imperfections.
I also love how much he cares about the Winchesters, which Collins plays subtly but effectively. His joy at reconnecting with Dean on the phone was touching, as immediately giffed a thousand times on Tumblr. Finally someone is taking this seriously! I like the idea of Cas and Sam worrying about Dean together, since he seems to need it. I wanted more of Sam and Gadreel too. I whooped with excitement when the Winchesters captured Gadreel which seemed to happen so quickly I was disoriented — was it really that quick and easy??
Anyway, I was psyched that Sam would finally get a chance to confront the angel who possessed him against his will, who killed Kevin using his body. Sam so needed that confrontation, and Jared played that need powerfully, taut with pent-up rage and emotion — and then he was cheated out of it. I felt cheated too — it felt like psychologically, Sam really needed that. He needed more than one wild punch. He needed some revenge and to work out some of his rage on the being who was primarily responsible for the horror inflicted on him.
Showdown I think Dean needed that catharsis too, but I think Sam needed it just as much. The end of that scene was one of my favorites of the episode — Sam finding Dean crumpled on the floor like a rag doll after giving in to the violence of the Mark. Both Padalecki and Ackles played that scene with understated emotions, and it hit all the harder because of that. Give it to me, Show!! How wonderful was it having Gabriel back??
But before Cas figured it out smart! Cas, yumwe got so many delicious moments. Gabe riding shotgun while Cas drives, with banter at close to Winchester levels. The spontaneous and apparently unscripted Gabe and Cas hug!
And thank you, Robbie, for leaving it up in the air as to whether Gabriel is still alive — I, like most of us, choose to believe that he is. Okay, and speaking of things I wish we could see more of…. Although I will admit that what we got was very very nice. Later, in "Road Trip", Metatron sends Gadreel after Thaddeus, another angel who happened to be Gadreel's old jailer and torturer.
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Gadreel killed Thaddeus and returned to Metatron, handing over the tablets he had stolen and telling Metatron that Kevin was dead. Metatron reveals he had fixed it upstairs so there would be no more Prophets, but reprehends Gadreel on learning that he had left Dean alive. As another test of loyalty, he sent Gadreel to kill one more angel, not telling him the angel in question was Abner, his best friend. Later, Metatron waits for Gadreel to arrive, only for Gadreel to arrive after being expelled from Sam's body by Sam himself and possess his original vessel, the bartender.
An angel appears and attempts to out Metatron for being a fraud, but the followers defend him and ambush the angel, one of them killing him with the angel blade that Metatron kicked over. Dean confronts Metatron and attempts to fight him, but Dean is easily overpowered due to Metatron's strength from the angel tablet. Metatron fatally stabs Dean in the chest with the angel blade as Sam looks on.
Back in Heaven, Metatron finds Castiel sitting in his office and handcuffs him to the chair and Metatron brags about killing Dean and how the angels are just "sheep" who will follow Metatron wherever he leads them no matter what he's done to bring them under him.
Castiel is revealed to have broadcasted their conversation over the "angel radio", effectively turning all of the angels against him and as the season ends, he is imprisoned in Heaven by Castiel. Hannah is shocked, but Metatron mocks her, asking her what else he would ask for. He then promises that he doesn't care about the Earth any more, he'll leave, he'll find somewhere else in another galaxy and never bother them again. Hannah is tempted, but she is interupted by Castiel himself, angry for her listening to him, he denouces Metatron a liar and warns her that listening to him will end badly.
Turning to Castiel, Metatron admits he was right and he is a liar, but he wasn't lying about the Grace. He tells them that they need the First Blade. Afterwards, he refuses to cooperate and continues to tuant him. Dean, under the mark's influence, tortures him and comes close to killing him. He was stopped by Sam and Castiel.
Castiel takes Metatron back to Heaven, with Metatron threatening that he would rather die the next time they ask for his help. It is later revealed that he lied about how to remove the mark, but he knew where Cas' grace was. Castiel later removes Metatron's grace and has Sam shoot him in order for him to help them. The angel then takes Metatron prisoner and has him locate his grace.
Castiel and Metatron continue their road trip to retrieve Castiel's grace. Metatron starts to enjoy his new humanity, but annoys Castiel with his antics, resulting in Castiel punching Metatron. Eventually they stop for food which Metatron enjoys but turns out to be lactose intolerant and makes a mess.
However, this doesn't endear him to Castiel as he'd hoped. Reaching a library, Metatron reveals that it is where the grace is hidden as no one visits a library anymore.
While Castiel is able to sense that his grace is actually there, he can't sense its location and Metatron reveals he doesn't know it either. Under threat, Metatron explains that he had another angel hide the grace, even from him so he couldn't give up its location under torture.
However, he had the angel hide clues in the books and he and Castiel search finding the first clue: Metatron reveals that the clues are actually book titles and that he's there to retrieve Castiel's grace as well as the demon tablet which is hidden there also.
Metatron retrieves the demon tablet, but finds that Castiel has gotten to his grace first so he flees with just the tablet. Castiel also lies to Dean about how he got his grace back, saying that Hannah got it out of Metatron and not telling him about Metatron's escape despite the threat it poses. Season 11 In "Our Little World", while watching a news clip of a violent crime, Castiel spots that the videographer is Metatron from his reflection in a car's mirror.
Metatron films the aftermath of a shooting, stealing the man's wallet and money only to discover that he is still alive. As Metatron tells the man that he's "not that guy" anymore and can't save him, Castiel appears behind him and tells Metatron that he can save the guy.
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Castiel heals the man's wound as Metatron video tapes, explaining that he found Metatron by scanning the police radio and then getting to the scene of the crime before the cops. Seeing Metatron recording him, Castiel knocks the camera out of his hand and breaks it, to Metatron's annoyance as he had to steal and pawn a lot of stuff to pay for his camera and felt the footage of a real-life angel would get him more than a homicide.
As a police car arrives, Castiel grabs Metatron and drags him away. Castiel takes Metatron to an old warehouse where he is disgusted by what Metatron is doing for money.
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Metatron points out that Castiel only tried to live as a human for around a month but Metatron is human forever. He tells Castiel that he was nothing when Castiel took his grace, on the run from angels without money but he managed to build his own business. Metatron claims that religion and literature are dead so he has caught up with the times through videography. Metatron tells him that reality is the new literature of the era and he's out on the streets every night capturing it, seeing himself as reality's author.
Metatron tries to claim that he hid it where Castiel and the Winchesters will never find it, but Castiel just pulls the demon tablet out of his coat and tells Metatron he found it under Metatron's mattress after searching his apartment. Castiel asks Metatron about the Darkness, but while Metatron admits he knows something, he refuses to tell Castiel.
When Castiel threatens him, Metatron calls him broken, scarred deep and paralyzed by trauma and fear. Telling Metatron its not fear, Castiel attacks Metatron, beating him badly and demanding answers about the Darkness. Metatron simply continues to taunt Castiel about how everyone uses him enraging Castiel into further attacking and leaving Metatron badly beaten. Castiel nearly beats Metatron to death, but when Metatron asks Castiel to finish the job, he stops himself.
Castiel realizes Metatron wants to die and asks him about what he said about being happy as a human and building a life for himself. Metatron admits he lied and can't stand a human life anymore.