let’s be positive: 11x13
There are times when the best compliment I can give a MOTW episode is that it served its purpose. That is the case with ‘Love Hurts’. While there wasn’t any big revelations about the mytharc, I found it enjoyable regardless and loved that ending!
The first scene with Sam and Dean was too funny. Dean eating the leftover Chinese food and then spitting it out was too great, and I applaud Jensen’s comedic timing.
While the curse was interesting, Dean taking it was really clever. It was a good lead-in to the creature taking on Amara’s image and finally forcing Dean to vocalize the clear connection he has with Amara, wanted or not.
Amara’s form is actually the biggest point I want to talk about. I feel like people are forgetting that Amara is the Mark. Amara is the thing that Dean was connected to for a season and a half, and if we’re looking at canon, still is connected to. When the Mark left his arm, it didn’t leave Dean fully.
Amara’s pull over Dean being his ‘deepest, darkest desire’ is actually brilliant. When Dean had the Mark, I believe there was a quote about how Dean almost enjoyed the pull it had over him (possibly from 9x16? The one with that creepy guy, Magnus?) Anyway, unless I’m wrong (and confusing canon with fanfiction again), Dean liking the pull from the Mark early on is a deep, dark desire of his. Now that Amara is the manifestation of that, it is not far fetched that she would be the form that the creature took.
In case people were still confused, this episode made it loud and clear: AMARA AND DEAN ARE NOT ENDGAME. While Dean’s ‘desire’ is for the Mark, he doesn’t want it to be. In fact, it isn’t even really Dean who is feeling this way. Amara’s control over what Dean feels when he is around her is absolute and terrifying. It is not romantic, or is ever going to be romantic. It is supposed to be unsettling, and the interaction between Dean and “creature” Amara really reinforced that to the viewing audience.
Finally, Dean not lying to Sam about who the creature took on is BIG. For the past few seasons, we’ve seen Sam and Dean lying to each other. It looks like the writers are really trying to put the brothers on the same team, and Dean admitting that he cannot take out Amara and entrusting that to Sam is amazing. I’m very glad that Dean is talking to Sam and Cas (or, who he thinks is Cas) about Amara and not trying to fight it on his own.
Next week: DEAN IN A NAVY UNIFORM. SAM AND LUCIFER!CAS INTERACT. Crowley on a leash? It is gonna be good, people!