I know, it’s been a few days since the last episode of Supernatural‘s season 11 aired, but we haven’t come around to talk about it yet. But we wanted to; after all, this is what the entire season has been building up to. So here we are.
Spoiler alert! I’m just gonna be a d*ck and assume that everyone who watches Supernatural has already seen this episode. If you haven’t but still go on reading, you have been warned!
There’s Women of Letters after all! And at least one chapter of Men of Letters left, that have kept out of the Winchesters’ way up until now. Chuck only knows why. It’s not like they could have used some help or anything, with things like – oh, I don’t know – the Apocalypse, maybe? But I guess those are question that will be answered next season. Because it seems as though at least the woman we see will stick around for another few episodes, after everything that’s happened.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I have to sort through things and get them in order, or this post will be a messy ramble, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?
So… first things first. Sam, Dean, Chuck, Lucifer, Rowena, Crowley and the angels and demons they could muster failed in their attempt at defeating Amara in the last episode, which resulted in her blasting Lucifer to who-knows-where (which means Cas is back!) and injuring Chuck, who is now dying. And with him, the sun is dying. Which would, of course, mean that after a rather short period of time, the world would die, too. So they have to save Chuck and kill Amara – but in doing so, they’d upset the balance between Light and Darkness, which would mean another end of the world. So they can’t save one and kill the other, but still want to save the world. They come up with a plan, that, of course, involves Dean, because he’s the only one who can get close enough to Amara. They make a soul-bomb and put it into Dean, the plan being that he blows himself to high heavens with the bomb and takes Amara with him. Chuck is dying anyway, so if both God and the Darkness die, the balance is not upset, and everything will be fine. At least for anyone who’s not a Winchester.
It goes wrong, of course, not only because Amara can feel the soul-bomb inside Dean (I guess he technically is the bomb, so technically she just felt the power coming off him), but also because she has now realized that she does not actually want for her brother to die – nor does she want to destroy his Creation, because she has finally come to recognize the beauty of it. Wherever the hell that came from.
It makes things a lot easier, of course. Dean helps Chuck and Amara reconcile, Amara heals Chuck, Chuck takes the souls away so Dean doesn’t have to die, and Amara thanks Dean and promises to give him something he desperetaly desires. And with that, they leave, together. Dean then ends up in the woods, where he finds his mother, alive and well. Thank you, Amara. Jensen Ackles nailed the emotions in that scene.
Sounds like a really easy out and a happy ending, doesn’t it? Now here come the problems: for starters, Sam has no idea that Dean is still alive. With Chuck healed, the sun is healed, which means that everybody assumes that Dean was successul in destroying Amara, and killing himself. Sam goes back to the bunker with Cas, where they find the Woman of Letters I mentioned in the ramble earlier waiting for them. She uses a sigil against Cas, leaving Sam alone with her gun pointed at him. She tells him that she has come to take him in to stand trial or whatever for his mistakes, most namingly freeing Lucifer and starting the Apocalypse, and freeing the Darkness. I mean, it’s not like he saved the world, too. It’s not like he jumped into the cage with Lucifer to stop the Apocalypse, and has been tortured for what must have been a century and a half in human-time. It’s not like the problem with the Darkness had just been solved, with no short amount of credit due to Sam.
Anyway, Sam practically challenges her to shoot him – after all, his brother’s dead, what does he have left to lose or live for? – and she does. And with that, the season ends. God-f*cking-damn it! I hate those kinds of cliffhangers!
Emotions ran high in this episode. The stakes were almost ridiculously high – seriously, how do they want to top this next season? – but, in my opinion, the way out was a little too easy. Of course, they’ve been building up to Amara forgiving Chuck and appreciating his Creation through her relationship with Dean, but it still felt like the easy way out. Don’t get me wrong, it would have been ridiculous had they killed the sun – especially because I’m not sure even Supernatural would go as far as to actually kill God – but they could have done this a little better.
That being said, the writing was good. There was some good dialogue, most notably between Sam and Dean, and Chuck and Amara. Those were very touching scenes; especially the farewell between Sam and Dean. No chick-flick moments my ass.
The acting was amazing, of course. I just love to watch these actors work, because they know their characters so well, and have made sure that we know them so well, that you can just read every one of their emotions. If that’s not fantastic, I don’t know what is.
My rating of this episode: Acceptable. Season 11 is one of the best seasons they’ve done, in my opinion, but they have done better season finales, and better episodes, but it wasn’t a bad episode, either. It just felt like they were building up toward a huge showdown throughout the whole season, and then changed their minds in the last minute and picked the happy ending. At least for Chuck and Amara. And Dean, at least for as long as he doesn’t know what happened to Sam – I mean, he just got his mom back! But I NEED to know what happens to Sam! Is it October yet?
What about you guys? Any thoughts on this season of Supernatural?