We learnt from last week’s episode, “Our Little World”, that The Darkness is God’s sister, which was a huge plot twist and an incredible turning point in the show. So, I’m here to talk about what this reveal could mean for Amara/The Darkness and what it meant regarding the creation of the universe.
Question 1. Who knew that Amara was God’s sister and why didn’t anyone know? Is there any more secrets to the pre-biblical story?
We can deduce that God and Amara’s relationship was pretty much unknown by almost everyone. Although the archangels may have known the truth, regular demons and angels, including Crowley and Castiel, always believed The Darkness to be a myth anyway and had no idea God and Amara were related. This is probably due to the fact that The Darkness was defeated before angels, demons and humans were even created so the story may have died out, and lost aspects of the truth.
I find it strange that Death never mentioned God’s relationship with The Darkness last season when he first introduced Sam and Dean to her. Being older than God, and probably The Darkness as well, he must have definitely known that they were siblings because he was there when they battled one another. Maybe Death thought the information was unimportant and so didn’t reveal it to the Winchesters. He may also have kept it a secret as a promise to God. After all, God tricked his own sister into imprisonment so probably didn’t want anyone to know.
This is another explanation to why their relationship was unknown by everyone; God may have forbid his archangels, and Death, to ever reveal the truth or mention their battle to anyone. This explains why The Darkness turned into just a fiction story, because the archangels hardly ever talked about it. God may have wanted to present himself as all-loving to his angels and creations. Revealing that he trapped is own sister may have jeopardised that, causing his children to turn against him for his sins and lies. Keeping his genetic relationship with The Darkness a secret would disassociate himself from her. He may have believed people would not trust him, follow him or follow his orders if they knew that he was related to such evil. Another suggestion is that God never revealed the truth, or spoke about it much, because it was a sad or traumatic experience for him to turn against his own sister. He may have regretted battling her, or just simply didn’t want his followers to see him as an uncaring monster.
Also, at the time Death first spoke of The Darkness, he was trying to warn Sam and Dean of the danger of meddling with The Mark of Cain, as it could release her. Associating her with God may have presented Amara as less of an evil threat, causing Sam and Dean not to take the threat seriously. Death first presents The Darkness as an immoral force as he explains how God had to fight it back with his archangels, so mentioning her relation to God may have discredited all of that.
In last week’s episode Metatron was the character who revealed Amara was God’s sister so it’s obvious that he knew the truth. Metatron explained how God merely mentioned it whilst he was having his word being written down onto tablets, with Metatron as the scribe. As no other angels knew this information, it suggests that God must have trusted Metatron massively to keep his secret. That is unless God accidentally revealed the truth of The Darkness. Metatron does explain that the information was given to him because God “let slip a few choice words” which implies that God accidentally said too much. Furthermore, The Darkness being related to God is not on any word of God tablets that we know of, and hardly anybody knew this information, so this supports the idea that maybe the secret was merely mentioned and glossed over in a small chat between God and Metatron, and wasn’t intended to be written down and recorded to be read by others.
So we know for certain that Metatron knows that Amara is God’s sister and I also think Death had to have known as well. It is implied that it was just Death, Amara and God at one point, before anything else was created, so Death had to be a fool not to have known their relationship. However, the archangels (Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel and Raphael) didn’t have to have known who The Darkness was in order to help God fight her back and imprison her. Although it is more likely that they were told the truth, this has not been completely confirmed yet. To add to the list; now Sam, Dean and Castiel know the truth but, apart from these figures, does anyone else know who God’s sister is and is there more to the story to find out? Metatron doesn’t know anything more but maybe Death knew more about why God turned against his sister and how the two of them came into existence in the first place? Maybe the last two surviving archangels, Michael and Lucifer, who have been trapped in Hell since Season 5 have more information, but do Sam and Dean have the strength to ask?
Question 2. Is The Darkness God’s older sister, how much older is she and does that mean she is more powerful?
It’s pretty much established that The Darkness is older than God because Death explained last season that “Before there was light, before there was God…there wasn’t nothing. There was The Darkness.” obviously implying that The Darkness came into existence first. As to their age difference, we have no way of knowing at the moment what that is. It could be that for hundreds of years The Darkness was alone, with only Death, before God was created, or it could be that God followed his sister very quickly afterwards.
It is also implied that The Darkness is more powerful than God. At the moment this seems unlikely as we are seeing Amara as a young girl who is still growing and is not yet at full power (probably due to being locked up for so long and having to find her strength again). At the moment her power doesn’t seem to even match, let alone exceed, that of a God. However, we know that God needed the help of his four most powerful angels to fight The Darkness which indicates that he didn’t have the power himself to defeat her. Death also explained how God couldn’t kill Amara which implies that The Darkness can not be killed as God himself doesn’t even have the power to kill her. (However, we know that Death had the power to kill God, so maybe Death could have killed Amara, being, most probably, older than her and having the power to kill every single other creature.) Although, after the reveal of their sibling relationship, the fact that God couldn’t kill Amara may be because God didn’t want to kill her because she was his older sister and, according to Metatron, “the only thing he’d ever known”. For whatever reason, God locked her away instead because he didn’t want to see her dead.
Question 3. Is the relationship literal? Do they have similar genetic make-up or is the relationship symbolic like when the angels call God their father?
When Metatron first revealed who The Darkness was I’m sure we all initially assumed that God was genetically related to Amara however the term “sister” could definitely mean something else entirely. The angels refer to members of their race as “brothers” and “sisters” although it has been highly speculated that they are not actually related but were all created by God singularly. Some viewers believe that angels weren’t born like regular people, but were made. This means that, although maybe created in God’s image like humans, they can not be genetically grouped into families or siblings. They were only created through God’s inspiration and imagination, and are not genetically related to him in any way.
Therefore, maybe Amara was created by the same being that created God (if they were, in fact, created by anything). Were they created or were they born? This is such a complicated idea but maybe it doesn’t really matter how the two are related. If God referred to The Darkness as his sister then there must be a connection there, whether it be genetically, through the same creator or maybe even just through experience (like when Sam and Dean referred to Bobby as their father, even though they weren’t related, because of their personal bond and experiences). The Darkness may have taken God under her wing as her baby brother and taught and protected him. The two of them may have bonded over being two of the first beings in creation and called themselves siblings that way. Also, does God and Amara’s relationship mean that the angels, who call God their father, are Amara’s nieces and nephews? Are humans also nieces and nephews as they are also creations of God? The way Amara looks at Dean, as God’s creation, suggests that she does see them as a relation in some way. There are so many different ideas to explore.
If God and The Darkness are genetically similar then that could mean that they have similar powers and appearances. Although Amara looks like a teenage girl at the moment, it may be that, before she was locked away, she resembled God’s form. But then what does God look like? It could be that God and Amara, like Angels and Demons, can take the form of humans but what did they look like before humans were created? Demons without a meat suit appear as black smoke whereas angels appear as bright white light. When The Darkness was released from her prison last season, she took the form of black smoke, similar to that of a demon. Does that mean God, who is always presented as the pinnacle of goodness, appears as white light like his righteous angels? Before Earth, were The Darkness and God just balls of light and smoke and, if they were, it doesn’t seem very similar in terms of the, apparently genetic, relationship between them. Is The Darkness a force of evil and God a force of good, and is the show trying to imply that the forces of good and evil are interconnected like siblings? Like the Chinese philosophy, yin and yang, whereby the belief is that opposing forces are interdependent on each other, and that one can not work without the other?
Question 4. Do God and Amara have similar powers and motivations and if The Darkness has evil intentions then why isn’t God evil as well?
If God and The Darkness were created by the same creator then maybe they were made with similar powers and abilities. Personally, I don’t think this is true because God could literally conjure up an entire world and all it’s creatures whereas the only thing we’ve seen The Darkness do, so far, is eat souls and perform a few acts of telekinesis (moving objects and people with her mind). However, this could easily be because she is weak and is still recovering to achieve full strength, which may mean that she does have the power of conjuration.
The next question is; If Amara can devour souls to gain power then can God do this too? Being an omnipotent being, he probably can do this if he so wishes. This doesn’t mean he would choose to eat people’s souls. It depends how you see the character of God in the show. Maybe we’ve all been deceived and God purely created Earth to feed himself with human souls. This is a very dark theory and, if it were true, I think somebody would have noticed by now that God was eating people. Then again, does Amara actually need to eat souls to survive, like humans need food and water, or is she doing it for pleasure or to get more power, maybe to return to full strength. We know that souls are a giant force of power and this might explain why The Darkness is evidently stronger than God, because she doesn’t mind consuming power from innocent people.
Personally, I very much think that God is the light and Amara is the darkness (I mean that is, quite literally, her name) to the entire universe. God locked his sister away because he wanted to create a world without evil or sin, but maybe the world needs a balance of both good and evil to evolve and continue living, like yin and yang? This may explain why God and The Darkness have, seemingly, different intentions; God obviously wanted to create a world, whereas all Amara appears to be doing is eating God’s creations.
However, if God does have similar intentions to The Darkness, then maybe he created the world for selfish reasons, wanting it all to himself, imprisoning his sister to gain all the glory. It could be that God, regretting trapping his sister, is apologising to her by creating a world full of energy-charged meals for when The Darkness escapes. These ideas are honestly unlikely but it’s great to theorise. Is The Darkness and God going to join forces as this season’s antagonists? *gasps*
Question 5. Is there any other siblings or family members in their family tree and who is their parents?
We have no idea if God and The Darkness have any parents. Was there another God before them who created them? We only know of one other being who was around when they were; Death. Did Death bring God and Amara into existence? This does seem unlikely because Death only seems to reap creatures, not create them. He may not even have the power of conjuration. Maybe Death is God and Amara’s brother? Maybe the world’s basic core forces, being at the heart of everything, are good, evil and death, the first three beings in existence. This still doesn’t explain how they were first created. Who created God? A question that has boggled the minds of many good philosophers and probably shouldn’t be attempted by a lone Supernatural fan. Did Amara create God herself? This is entirely possible as she existed before God, but then that raises the question; Why did she create him?
As to any other siblings, we do know of other deities who act as Gods for all the other religions on Earth besides Christianity, but these Gods were definitely not around when God first came into existence and are no where near as powerful. The majority of pagan or old Gods (such as Hindu, Greek, Norse) that we see on the show are weak from lack of followers, and most of them need to gain energy from feeding on human organs or flesh. They used to be well-fed from ancient virgin sacrifices so the majority are angry and hateful due to being ignored, and are jealous of God for being the most popular amongst the human religions. These Gods can be easily killed and, in my opinion, came into existence through human’s creating organised religions, and praying to create different Gods using their own faith and imagination.
There is also Eve, the Mother of All, who existed alongside the Leviathans. She was treated like a God by her own monstrous creatures and also had the power to conjure up new creatures. Is Eve another sister to God and Amara? This is possible however, the Leviathans, who were one of the first creations of God, looked down on Eve calling her a “mutt” and implying her powers were mediocre. This could mean that Eve was just another creation of God. She was definitely not as powerful as God as she was later killed by Dean using phoenix ash, and, as she came into existence at the same time as the Leviathans, it suggests that she could have been a mutated Leviathan.
Question 6. Why did God lock The Darkness away in the first place? What is Amara’s purpose and is she responsible for chaos and sin?
I am really liking the theory that God and The Darkness are a ‘yin and yang’ type force that are needed to keep the balance of the universe at equilibrium. This would explain why God trapped Amara, because he wanted to create a world without evil and sin, even if that meant sacrificing his sister. (As Metatron explained last week, creating a perfect Earth required a lot of hard work and sacrifice.) This might mean that God strived to create a world without The Darkness to corrupt. He may have been a little optimistic because imprisoning Amara didn’t shut out all evil like he hoped it would. The Mark of Cain, the lock and key to Amara’s prison, began to present a dark force itself which corrupted God’s most loyal soldier, Lucifer. Lucifer then went on to corrupt Eve in the Garden of Eden and created his own evil beings; demons. Although The Darkness was restrained, her influence was still seeping through The Mark of Cain into God’s world, restoring the balance of the universe. This would also explain why The Darkness can, apparently, not be killed, because she is meant to exist in order to keep the world in a balanced state of good and evil. God may have imprisoned the direct source of that evil, but it would always corrupt and prevail because there can not be a world clear of all sin. It must be balanced, and good and bad must complement each other, like the yin and yang philosophy.
However, it could be that God imprisoned The Darkness for other reasons. Amara may have betrayed her brother in some way or maybe God simply had to sacrifice a creation in order to create Earth. When The Darkness first returned last season, her black smoke appeared to burst through the Earth itself. Maybe the foundations of God’s Earth was The Darkness. Amara’s prison was the beginning of God’s creation. This brings up the idea that maybe The Darkness isn’t evil. Maybe God spread the rumour that his sister was immoral and bad to cover his own crime of sacrificing her to start creating his own life.
Going back to the yin and yang theory, we have established that Amara is most probably responsible for demons, monsters, sin, chaos and the corruption of Lucifer, and that God is the opposing light to her darkness. This would also explain why the Leviathans, who were God’s first creations before humans and angels (and possibly archangels as well), were so wicked and destructive. It could be that God attempted to create life but, with Amara’s evil influence, ended up with the monstrous Leviathans. Maybe God and The Darkness were planning on creating and ruling a world together, but God, after discovering that Amara would corrupt all of their creations, decided to lock her away in order to peacefully create, what he deemed, the perfect creature; humans. However, if all creations became immoral and evil whilst The Darkness was free to influence, then why wasn’t God’s archangels influenced? God must have created the archangels before imprisoning The Darkness, so how come they were made so good and righteous (aside from Lucifer’s betrayal). Maybe the Leviathans were designed and made with the combined ideas of God and Amara, whereas God created his angels with only his power and in only his own image, in order to fight his sister. Although the Leviathans were heavily criticised by fans in Season 7, they may be a clue into what happened between God and The Darkness before God created the universe.
So, anyway, from this tiny bit of information we received in last week’s episode, we can theorise and analyse as much as is humanly possible, because I know there’s more things fans can deduce about who The Darkness is and what she wants. The most important question though; Is God going to make an appearance this season?