Dean’s depressed, Cas’ fishing “vacation” gets cut short, and Sam takes center stage to embrace his witchy powers and save an old friend. “Golden Hour” is a rare Supernatural episode that gives Sam the opportunity to shoulder both the main plot and most of the major emotional beats and it makes for a really good episode.
Whenever I talk about how the show focuses on its various characters, I feel like I have to mention at least in passing that while Dean and Cas generally split time as my favorite character, I love Sam and think that he gets unfairly shafted a lot of the time. The balance between Sam and Dean was fairly even at the start of the show, but Dean has taken over more and more of the mytharc lately. He’s always been the emotional center of the show, so when he gets the plot stuff too, Sam almost seems like the second fiddle. So it’s exciting when there are episodes that are specifically Sam-centric. Especially in the last season, he deserves more of them. I want both Sam and Dean to have happy endings by the time this season wraps up. I have an idea of what that could look like for Dean, but I still don’t know for Sam, and episodes like this can clear that up.
This week’s recap focuses on two major things: Rowena’s death and the DeanCas breakup. It’s a pretty good recap, as those are the two major emotional anvils hanging over the guys’ heads. It probably would’ve been good to have some older footage of Eileen, though, because—much as I love her—she’s only actually been in two episodes previous to “Golden Time,” and more casual fans might not have recognized her as easily as I did.
Since there are two plotlines this episode, I figured I’d split them up instead of alternating back and forth like the actual episode does.