Chuck provides the voiceover for the episode, basically telling the entire story as if it’s already happened. He talks about the times Sam and Dean have spent as brothers, rather than hunters, in the Impala.
Dean has decided to back Sam with the Lucifer plan. Sam, Dean, and Castiel get demon blood, which they carry outside in gallon jugs. There’s no better sign that you have come up with a good plan then carrying around gallons of demon blood.
They all go to Detroit, where Dean is certain Lucifer is waiting. Bobby and Sam have an emotional, but stiff goodbye. Castiel has a confused reaction, not realizing quite how human socialization works. They go in and Sam says yes, and it goes about as well as everyone watching the show expected it to, which is to say it didn’t work, and Sam loses.
Lucifer has a talk with Sam in the mirror, and Lucifer shows Sam that he’s been being watched by demons since childhood.
Dean argues with Castiel and Bobby. Everyone else is ready to give up. Dean is the only one who still wants to fight. Dean calls Chuck for help, and he’s able to tell Dean where the fight will happen. Shockingly, it’s going to happen in a cemetery right outside Lawrence, Kansas. As Chuck points out, it all has to end where it started.
Castiel and Bobby try to talk Dean out of going to Kansas, and Castiel tells Dean the only thing he will see will be Michael killing Sam. Dean tells him that he isn’t going to let Sam die along. Tears.
Michael and Lucifer argue before fighting, and Lucifer is the sympathetic one, offering logic to Michael’s stubbornness. Dean shows up and says he needs to talk. Michael is kind of an ass about it, and Castiel shows up and throws a firebomb of holy water on Michael/Adam, disintegrating him. Lucifer then blows Castiel up, and as Bobby stands there with splattered blood on his face, the sympathy is gone. Bobby then tries shooting Lucifer, and it has no effect, except to make him mad. He breaks Bobby’s neck, killing him.
Lucifer is beating Dean to death. This is happening on the hood of the Impala, and Sam sees a little toy from their childhood on the dashboard of the car, and he has his life flash before his eyes. This allows Sam to get control before Lucifer kills Dean. He uses the rings to open the portal, but takes such a long pause that it’s frustrating. They are presumably trying to create suspense, but doesn’t Sam realize he could lose control again at any moment?
Michael shows up again, and tells Sam that he has to fight his brother. Sam still pauses for an exorbitantly long period of time, given the situation, but as Michael comes at him, Sam manages to grab onto him and both of them go flying over into the pit.
Jensen Ackles does a great job portraying emotion through all the makeup on his beat up face. Then Castiel shows up. He’s still alive, and is an angel again. He heals Dean and brings Bobby back.
This episode was originally intended as a series finale, and it really works as that. It is apparent throughout that as Chuck prepares to say goodbye, Sam and Dean are preparing to say goodbye to each other, and the writers are preparing the audience to say goodbye to Sam and Dean. It will be interesting to see if, when the show does end, the actual series finale will be able to live up to this one.
Sam and Dean both show character development in this episode because they both finally learn to put the others needs before their own. Dean leaves Sam, as he promised he would. Sam goes to see Dean at Lisa’s house, but only watches from the window, finally giving Dean the normal family life that he almost ruined forever.
Dean puts a cassette tape in playing ““Rock of Ages”” by Def Leppard before he gets out of the car in the field when he goes to talk to Sam/Lucifer.
State of the Week:
“I suggest we imbibe copious amounts of alcohol.” – Castiel
“I ain’t gonna let him die alone.” – Dean
“I’m not gonna leave you.” – Dean
“It’s gonna be okay, Dean. I’ve got him.” – Sam
“Cas, are you God?” – Dean
“Endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There’s always gonna be holes. And since it’s the ending, it’s all supposed to add up to something. I’m telling you, they’re a raging pain in the ass.” – Chuck
“You got what you asked for, Dean. No paradise, no hell, just more of the same.” – Dean
“They made their own choice. They chose family. And, well, isn’t that kind of the whole point? No doubt, endings are hard, but then again, nothing ever really ends, does it?” – Chuck
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