8.21. Gosh I love this episode, but I just want to rather quickly point out one thing that tends to get overlooked: Ion and his horrifying fate. If you’ll recall, Ion is the angel Castiel was forced to kill (by digging an angel blade bullet out of his own gut and shoving it into Ion’s eye) in order to save himself… yet one more death on Cas’s hands.
But I really do feel Ion’s agony here. He’d been forced into Naomi’s employ, and endured one of the worst experiences possible. As a result, he felt his ONLY recourse was to work for Crowley on the side…
CASTIEL: Ion. How far can we let it all drop? This charge was left to us, it’s our mission.
ION: Do you even know what the mission was? They’ve been in all our heads.
CASTIEL: We aren’t machines for them to program and reprogram. That wasn’t what this was meant to be.
ION: Nothing matters.
CASTIEL: You are so wrong, brother. It all matters.
And there’s our “Nothing else matters.” Ion was as low as it was possible to get. Why?
ION: You soldiers, down in the garrison, at least they let you believe the lie. Upstairs, working for Naomi, working in intelligence, we had no option but to live in the dirt. She never reset me completely. I always knew too much, I had to— I had to do my job.
CASTIEL comes up behind him.
CASTIEL: Ion… [he knocks ION to the ground] Shut up.
CASTIEL takes the angel bullet and pushes it into ION’s eye. ION erupts with white light, screaming.
Basically? He did what he had to do.
*obligatory pause to scream about how that’s the worst line on this show*
Working for Naomi, he had been reprogrammed by her over and over again, but was never allowed to entirely forget, because he had to remember enough in order to keep doing his job for her. It’s almost worse than what happened to Cas.
No wonder he betrayed her to Crowley… he couldn’t take it anymore
I think Ion would’ve definitely been one of the angels who wouldn’t have wanted to return to Heaven in s10, who were grateful to have been dumped out on the Earth to finally experience humanity and free will and choice … Imagine not only knowing you’d been reprogrammed over and over again, but being violently AWARE of the fact and being left with just enough to know how much was stolen from you every time.
It’s entirely horrifying from start to finish. I just wanted it remembered that Ion wasn’t a “bad guy.” He was a walking tragedy.