The first time we meet Rowena, she was as a witch who will cause trouble and fight with the Winchesters. Over the years, she started to help them for her own selfish purposes to finally become a trusted ally who, as a lot of beloved characters on the show, paid the ultimate price to save the world. It was not the end for the witch and after her death, Rowena became the new Queen of Hell. One thing stayed constant with Rowena MacLeod: her quick wit often used against the Winchesters or her son. Over the course of the show, we also see a more vulnerable and caring side of her character while talking to Sam and Dean. We compiled a few examples below.
Season 12, Episode 11: “Regarding Dean”
“You help those other than yourself. But me? I’ve done terrible things and I told myself it was fine. It was the price of power. And power’s what matters, right? Then I met God and His sister. The two most powerful beings in the universe, wasting it on squabbling with each other. I thought if — if they can’t be happy, or at least satisfied. How can there be any hope for me?”
Dean is losing his memory due to a curse and Rowena is trying to help him. She tells him he is a killer and Dean is visibly upset by that. She tries to comfort him by saying he always tries to help people. She is the opposite. We see, with this dialogue, that meeting Chuck and Amara made her wonder if she chose the right path. Rowena is only allowing herself to be vulnerable because Dean won’t remember.
Season 13, Episode 12: “Various & Sundry Villains”
“You know what I’ve seen, what it’s like. Lucifer may be locked away, but he’ll be back. He always comes back. And when he does, I can’t be helpless again. I need the spell.”
Earlier in the episode, Rowena and Sam bonded because of their suffering at the hands of Lucifer. After being killed by the devil, the witch is feeling vulnerable and needs to get every bit of power she can. She begs Sam to give her the spell because she knows that he will understand about feeling helpless against Lucifer.
Season 13, Episode 19: “Funeralia”
“It’s given me clarity. It’s shown me that everything I did before. For wealth. For Magic. For myself… meant nothing. And it took everything from me. Everyone I loved. My family. Oskar… My son… I’m a flawed, petty, evil creature, Samuel. I don’t know if I can be redeemed. But I have to try. And I do wish there was another way.”
Rowena is killing people before their time and, at the same time, the reapers are coming to collect their souls to get Death’s attention. She wants to force Death to bring back her son. Sam thinks the power is making her crazy, but Rowena disagrees. She finally realized how much she lost in her quest for power and wants to make amends, starting with Crowley. To get Billie’s attention, she threatens to kill Sam even if it’s clearly difficult. Billie refuses to resurrect Crowley because she knows Rowena would never kill Sam. The episode ends with Sam and Dean telling Rowena that they believe she can be redeemed.
Season 15, Episode 3: “The Rupture”
“I don’t care about anything enough to take my own life. Not you, your brother — not even the world. But I believe in prophecy. I believe in magic. And I’m here and you’re here and everything we need to end this right is in our hands. I know this in my bones — it has to be this way. Do it! Kill me, Samuel! I know we’ve gotten quite fond of each other, haven’t we? But will you let the world die, let your brother die, just so I can live?”
In a heartbreaking scene, Rowena realizes that the only way to save the town from the escaped souls from Hell is to perform a spell which will imprison them in her body. But for the spell to work, she has to die. Rowena knows she can’t do it herself and begs Sam to kill as predicted in Death’s books. With her that final words, we see how much she changed since meeting the Winchesters.
Season 15, Episode 8: “Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven”
“I don’t have many regrets, but the few I do still haunt me. Making Napoleon so short was just bitchy. Telling Mick Jagger he had no future when I dumped him. And, well, everything with dear Fergus. Then one day, you die and go to Hell, they make you Queen and you can’t make it right. So, fix it.”
Rowena died and became Queen of Hell after her sacrifice, but she can still easily pick up the tension between Castiel and Dean. She urges them to clear the air between them before it’s too late. This shows that, even dead, the new Queen of Hell still cares about the Winchesters.
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