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‘Supernatural’ 14×18 review: “Absence”

Wow. That one hurt.

Supernatural 14×18 recap: Season 14, Episode 18, “Absence,” Aired April 11, 2019

This episode of Supernatural gave us a heartbreaking look back at a powerful, important character and left us with a lot of lingering questions about Jack and his future. We now know the truth about what Jack did to Mary and the truth is not pretty. We have seen Sam and Dean face many things, but the death of their mother at the hands of one of their own is new territory for the Winchesters and we really aren’t sure where they go from here. Let’s break it all down.

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Oh, Jack. What did you do?

In Supernatural 14×17, Jack wigged out and had an incident with Mary, but we weren’t quite sure what happened. The episode ended with a black screen and Jack saying “Mary.” After Dean and Sam return to the bunker after Sam’s almost death experience, but Jack and Mary are nowhere to be found. Yikes, the vibe is immediately troubling and we were not ready for what came next.

“You killed Mary Winchester.”

Holy crap. Even Jack’s world hopping can’t change what he’s done. And once Jack returns to the scene of the crime, it’s clear that something isn’t right with him. And (if Lucifer’s “ghost” is to be believed) he killed Mary Winchester and Lucifer is a part of him. This accidental death comes moments after Jack saved Sam’s life and ended Nick’s. It’s understandable that Jack is struggling with what to do now. And one thing is clear – no amount of good deed can undo the toll Mary’s death will take on Sam and Dean.

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Remembering Mary

The entire show started with the death of Mary Winchester. Her death sparks the fire of vengeance for John and changes the course of the Winchester family forever. When she finally returned it was clear that her memory and the real woman weren’t exactly the same, but she filled a long standing void in Sam and Dean’s lives. Not only did she bring peace to Sam and Dean, she had a big impact on Castiel too. It’s a huge loss for them.

Blame game

Castiel knew that something wasn’t quite right with Jack after the snake incident, but he didn’t know what to do with that information. Cas didn’t tell Sam and Dean about it, but does that make Mary’s death his fault? Is it fair to blame all of this on Castiel? Or to go as far as Dean goes when he says that Cas would be dead to him? We don’t think so, but we understand. This is so hard.

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Resurrecting Mary Winchester

Dean doesn’t take the news of Mary’s death well – actually, he flat out refuses to accept it. He sends Cas to Heaven to look for Mary and they hatch a quick (hasty) plan to bring Mary back again. Little do they know, Jack is doing the same thing.

Jack and the many lingering questions

What now? Jack tried to fix what he did, but there is no bringing Mary back. Mary is in Heaven and at peace and no matter how hard Jack tries or tries to force Rowena into helping, they can’t save her. But what about Jack? Can they save him? With Mary’s death confirmed, will Dean and Sam even want to try to save Jack?

It was always clear that his uncertain power was cause for worry, but up until now, it was a benefit to the Winchester, but as we said, no amount of good will undo the damage of killing Mary Winchester. It’s super sad on both fronts. Now we have to wait and see if Sam and Dean really meant what they said about Jack – if they really see him as family.

RIP (again) Mary Winchester. You were a powerhouse and we are sad to see you go. Again.

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Supernatural airs Thursdays, at 8/7PM CST on The CW.


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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