'Supernatural': Castiel says Sam's soul is a 'mutilated thing'

supernatural-sam-w.pngWhen we caught up with Jared Padalecki on the set of "Supernatural" earlier this year, he told us that Sam's time in hell was worse than Dean's. "Crowley says, 'I can't imagine what it's like in the cage, and I can imagine so many things,'" Padalecki said, "So we get the idea that Sam was in the bad part of hell. He wasn't like, in the penthouse. He was slumming down there.'"

In Friday's new episode, Castiel ( Misha Collins) confirms this to Dean ( Jensen Ackles). Sam's soul is still stuck in that cage, and it isn't pretty in there.

"Sam's soul has been locked in the cage with Michael and Lucifer for more than a year," the angel says. "And they have nothing to do but take their frustrations out on him. If we try to force that mutilated thing down Sam's gullet, we have no idea what could happen. It could be catastrophic."

Could it be that Sam - or at least the part of Sam that's topside - is better off without his soul? Say it ain't so!

Despite the horrors that Sam's soul has endured, Dean isn't ready to give up on it. "We'll go get it back, and if there are complications, we'll figure out a way to deal with those, too," he insists.

Castiel says that if they fail, "Sam suffers horrifically." We saw the personal struggle Dean endured after just four months in hell. Will Sam's post-traumatic reaction be even worse?

This situation just keeps getting messier and messier.

What do you think, "Supernatural" fans?
Is Sam better off with a clean slate? Should Dean and Castiel even bother trying to get the soul back? Do you think "RoboSam" can survive on earth without human traits like compassion and instinct?