Although there is a change in Dean's demonic circumstances, Cas gets a temporary 'grace' boost (thanks to an unexpected assist from Crowley), and we get to see the King Of Hell's daily grind, Soul Survivor really felt like it was treading water.
Taken together, these first three episodes of season 10 come across as an extended prologue, hinting at something bigger and better, but taking its time to get there.
The episode kicked off with Dean trussed up in the Bunker and Sam working the old ritual of purified blood to cure him of his demonic persona, while Cas continued his road trip with Hannah, on their way to the Bunker, to help Sam with Dean's situation.
Meanwhile, down in Hell, Crowley was getting grief from a demon unimpressed with Crowley's absences and his friendship with Dean.
There was a dramatic final act cat-and-mouse adventure around The Bunker as an escaped Dean sought to rain down bloody vengeance on his well-meaning younger brother, but the most interesting part of the episode came in the enigmatic coda that suggested there was a powerful new player in town.