Castiel confirms in no uncertain tone that there is a God, but Dean remains unconvinced. He wants to know if there is a God what exactly he's waiting for -- genocide? Monsters roaming the earth? The fandom getting itself in the next tizzy based on vague spoilers? The apocalypse? He wants to know at what point God will intervene, but he's a bit blunter than that, because he's Dean. Castiel starts, "The Lord works..." and Dean interrupts. "If you say, 'mysterious ways' so help me, I will kick your ass." Oh, Dean. I wish Sam would wake up and talk some sense into you. Castiel throws his hands up as if to say he's had it, while the enormity of what he's just said sinks back into Dean's gorgeous but terribly hard head. He swiftly changes the topic. "So Bobby was right - about the witnesses? This is some kind of sign of the apocalypse?" Castiel says that's why they're here. There are big things afoot and while Dean might not want to know what kind of things, he needs to know. He explains that the Rising of the Witnesses is one of the 66 seals and those seals are being broken by Lilith. Dean realizes that she did the spell and rose the witnesses. Castiel tells him it didn't just happen there -- 20 other hunters are dead. Dean figures she picked victims the hunters couldn't save, so they'd barrel right after the hunters. Castiel says she has a sense of humor. I think the word he's looking for is whimsy.
Although Dean, Bobby and Sam put those victims back to rest, it doesn't matter -- the seal was broken. Castiel explains that the seals are like locks on a door. When the last one is opened, Lucifer will walk free. Dean says, "Lucifer? I thought Lucifer was just a story they told at Demon Sunday School. There's no such thing." Castiel says, "Three days ago, you thought there was no such thing as me. Why do you think we're here, walking among you now, for the first time in 2000 years?" Dean whispers, "To stop Lucifer." When Castiel confirms this, Dean gets all pissy again. "Well, bang up job so far. Stellar work with the witnesses. Nice." Castiel says they tried -- that there are other battles and seals -- some they'll win; some they'll lose. This one they lost. When Dean scoffs at him, Castiel draws even more near. "Our numbers are not unlimited. Six of my brothers died in the field this week." I've been sitting here wondering how an angel dies for longer than I care to admit, because it just makes no sense, so let's pretend I've made a funny comment and move forward. "You think the armies of heaven should just follow you around? There's a bigger picture, here." He pauses, and then in an oh-so-measured and menacing tone says, "You should show me some respect. I dragged you out of Hell. I can throw you back in." The people in the forums bicker whether this is blackmail or just a kick-ass threat. The people in my head tell me to finish this frigging recap of this wonderful episode, so I can get some sleep. Dean looks sore afraid. And he totally should. As this is sinking in, Dean is left standing in Bobby's kitchen, looking left and right.