The Loop (TV)
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- Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester
- Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester
- Misha Collins as Castiel
- Alexander Calvert as Belphegor
- Sharon Taylor as Ardat
- Nevin Burkholder as Malfayan
- Steven Allerick as Cal
- Tori Katongo as Stevie
- Donna Soares as Nurse
Featured Supernatural Beings
- Archangels (Lucifer, mentioned only)
- Crossroad Demons (Crowley, mentioned only)
- Demons (Belphegor, Ardat, Malfayan)
- Ghosts (Francis Tumblety and Lizzie Borden, flashback only)
- Nephilim (Jack Kline, corpse and mentioned only)
- Primordial Entities (God, mentioned only)
- Reapers (Billie, mentioned only)
- Seraph (Castiel)
- Vengeful Spirit (Mary Worthington, flashback only)
- Violent Spirits (John Wayne Gacy, flashback only)
- White-eyed Demons (Lilith, mentioned only)
- Witch (Rowena MacLeod)
- The episode picks up right after the events in Raising Hell.
- Billie was mentioned. She previously appeared in Moriah.
- Lucifer was mentioned. He previously appeared as a hallucination in Jack in the Box.
- Crowley was mentioned. He previously appeared in All Along the Watchtower.
- Lilith was mentioned. She previously appeared in Lucifer Rising.
- Mary Winchester was mentioned. She previously appeared in Absence.
- Hell was previously featured in The Devil in the Details.
- The Book of the Damned previously appeared in Absence.
- Rowena brings up Sam being the one who killed her permanently, which was mentioned in Funeralia.
- This episode is written as the third part of the three-part season premiere.
- The episode title shares similarity with The Rapture.
- Interestingly, the episodes had the same director.
- The title also appears to be a reference to the Rupture to Hell which is called both a tear and a rupture by the characters.
- The episode could be a reference to the 2016 American science fiction horror film.
- Charles Beeson returns to the show as a director.
- This is his 13th overall episode to direct.
- This episode features multiple recurring character deaths:
- Arthur Ketch was killed by Ardat who ripped his heart from his chest and crushed it. This is his second death. It is presumably his last as there is no indication Rowena gave Arthur a new Resurrection Seal.
- Rowena MacLeod sacrificed herself to save the world from the ghosts. This is her third death. As she removed her last Resurrection Seal, this is her final death.
- Belphegor was smote by Castiel.
- Castiel leaves the Winchesters in this episode.
- Arthur Ketch uses the alias "Blackmore" which is a reference to Elizabeth Blackmore, the actress that portrayed Lady Toni Bevell.
- Ardat reveals that she has watched Belphegor for centuries waiting for Lilith and Crowley to die so he can rule Hell.
- Rowena MacLeod's last words, "Goodbye, boys", is similar to her son Crowley's last words, "Bye, boys" in All Along the Watchtower.
- Both characters sacrificed themselves helping the Winchesters and Castiel, and both died for a spell they were doing with Sam. Crowley sacrificed himself using a spell to close a rift and trap Lucifer in the Apocalypse World. In Rowena's case, she forced Sam to follow the prophecy and kill her so she could absorb the escaped souls and trap them in Hell.
- The way Rowena jumped into Hell is similar to what Sam did in Swan Song.
- Belphegor attempting to swallow every single ghost that escaped Hell to become something like God is similar to what Castiel did with the Purgatory souls and Leviathans in The Man Who Knew Too Much.
- It is revealed that the Resurrection Seal takes the form of a small hex bag implanted within the body. Rowena's last one was implanted into her left shoulder before she removed it.
- Ardat using Arthur's cell phone to trick Dean after killing Arthur mirrors Arthur doing the same thing in The Memory Remains after killing Mick Davies.
- Sharon Taylor, who portrays Ardat, previously played Bobby's Crossroad Demon in Weekend at Bobby's.
- When Castiel smites Belphegor, it has the effect of burning Jack's corpse into a charred skeleton as well as destroying Lilith's Crook, an effect never seen before with a smiting.
- Castiel reveals that his powers are failing and states that he has been trying to tell Dean this for some time but Dean hasn't wanted to listen.
- Castiel confronts Dean's awful behavior and leaves him at the end of the episode.
- Rowena calls Sam the closest thing the Winchesters have to a seasoned witch aside from herself.
- The still-lifeless corpses possessed by the ghosts in Moriah and Back and to the Future are visible on the cemetery ground.
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