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Stream of Consciousness, Episode 6.22

"Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them." - Ancient Samurai saying

As the episodes aired together, if you missed it and would like to read, here is the ramble for 6.21.


Sometimes I use quotes because the circumstances scream for them. Other times I use quotes because I don’t know what else to stay. This is one of those times. This ramble is going to be harder for me to write because when this episode ended, I simply sat there. I think I may have said, “Um…?” But it was one of those moments where I was like…really? That’s the end?

I can’t begin to express how happy I am that we have a Season 7 to continue this story. Because if we hadn’t? And they’d decided to end it with that? I would have been utterly crushed. I remember thinking that the last episode had been filmed before we found out that we got the next Season. This would not have been an easy-to-live with cliffhanger. I thought Angel’s series-ending cliffie was hard – what with them cornered and facing-down all sorts of baddies. But this? Yikes. So, yay Season 7!

The challenge I’m having most with this episode, though, isn’t the totally-didn’t-see-that-coming ending, or inevitable hand-waving. It was that I didn’t get that Oh, I get it feeling I’d been hoping for. We knew back at episode 6.11, Appointment in Samarra, that it was about the souls. Not that we realized that was really going to be all it was about. I mean, at least I didn’t.

We had a season’s worth of Red Herrings and while that’s an interesting tactic and gave us plenty of speculating fun and kept the boys busy for 22 episodes, I felt it was a little too loose. There weren’t enough real clues along the way to make this last episode as satisfying as I’d wanted it to be.

I don’t want to spiral downward with gloom and doom – especially after trying to spin the positive in an experimental season. But I’m not sure the experiment worked completely for me. I think there are some purposely-placed holes – like the creature that really killed Lovecraft, and why Eve keeps laying eggs even after she’s dead, and why hurting her hurts her monsters – but I think there were some open-ended threads that I was, quite honestly, expecting to be tied up in this episode.

It just felt like a lot was slammed into us at the end and perhaps I need to give it some more time to process – more time than a steam-of-consciousness review allows for – but all-in-all, I wasn’t as taken in by this finale as I’d been by the previous five years. And that’s okay. It really is. I imagine that there are many out there for whom this season worked quite well and I’m happy for them.

And it’s not to say that this season has been unsatisfying. We’ve had some shocking episodes – like Live Free or Twihard -- some truly hilarious ones, some that were heart breaking, some that were just hands-down fun, and some that were less than stellar. And that’s par for the course for every season, really. I suppose I just had a different sort of expectation with the way we began, experiencing the mystery through Dean’s eyes.

If I try to look back and find the glimmer of I get it, I can see that the soul stage really was set from the beginning. The Alpha monsters, the resurrected Grandpa, the Mother of All, it was all just a cluster of distractions to keep us (and the boys) from the very simple plot that carried throughout. Maybe it was the overall pacing that caused it to go a bit sideways for me here at the end. Maybe by staying unspoiled I’d worked up ideas on my own and was disappointed when those ideas weren’t even close.

Whatever the reason, I come to this ramble rather subdued and wondering how they’re going to get out of this mess – because we left them in a bit of a pickle there at the end and only the devious minds of the Supernatural writers are going to be able to get them out of that in a believable fashion.

That said, though? Before we get to the end, we are given the gift of the THENs and the traditional, wouldn’t-be-right-without-it, season recap set to “Carry On My Wayward Son.” I’d been in tears at the end of 6.21, so I’d stepped away to refuel and recenter. When that song started, I whooped aloud and the hubs looked at me with a half-grin and said, “You are unbelievable – weren’t you just crying?”

“Yes, but…that was then. This is now.” *grins*

Every time I hear that song, I think of our boys. It is their theme and I hope that if Season 7 is truly Lucky Number 7 (and making our journey with the boys the Magnificent 7) then we do see them finding peace when they are done.

But enough of that. Let’s get to it, shall we?

We start with a crazy camera work – kinda like when Dean was being chased by the Red Cap in Clap Your Hands If You Believe -- and are centered on Sam’s face. He’s running, hell-bent for leather from the cops. Terrified, he ducks down an alley, pressing himself against the wall. As the cop car slows and starts to shine his light down the alley, Sam sees and entrance marked “For Deliveries Only” and ducks inside.

There is a pretty, brunette bartender wiping down the bar. She tells him they’re closed. Sam ignores her and moves across the room to the window to peer outside. Panting, he tells her that he just needs a minute to think. She had gripped a baseball bat, but when he turns those puppy-dog eyes on her, she lets it go and allows him his minute.

She has this awesome, throaty, Princess Leia/Kathleen Turner voice that I only get when I’m sick. Watching him pace and try to catch his breath, she asks him what his name is. Sam looks at her with stricken eyes and goes a little pale as he says that he can’t remember. He doesn’t remember anything.

She pours him a drink – which is always the best thing to do when you find an amnesiac *arches eyebrow* -- and asks him if he has his wallet or ID. He doesn’t. She asks what the last thing is that he remembers and he says that he woke up on a park bench, the cops shining a light in his eyes, and he instinctively knocks them out cold.

Girl: Some instinct.

Sam: I know. Who even knows how to do something like that?

The girl wants to get him to the ER but Sam says no. He gets up and turns away from her, his face knotted up as he tries to remember.

Sam: I don’t have time. There’s…something I gotta do.

Girl: Hey, hey. Just relax. You can’t poop it out. It’ll come to you.

So, I was desperately trying to figure this out, trying to put the pieces together from where we’d left off in the previous episode. The truth didn’t occur to me until later. I know, I know – ya’ll probably were there from the start, weren’t you? I could only try to figure out if he’d been knocked unconscious and that’s why he was on the park bench…but then…where was Dean? That was the biggest thing going through my head for a good portion of the beginning: Sam’s in trouble, where is Dean?

Sam smiles at the girl and then something catches his eye; he moves to a bookshelf (which should have been my first clue…a bookshelf…in a bar?) and pulls out a book by H.P. Lovecraft.

Girl: You a horror fan?

Sam: I think so…something about this—

And suddenly he’s assaulted by random flashes of images from the last episode and a motel sign for “The Nite Owl.” (Which…where have we seen that hotel before? Was it the one where Dean and Bobby found Sam in Season 4? I know it’s been in something else, I just can’t place it.)

Next thing he knows, he slumped forward breathing hard and the bartender is like, seriously, doctor. Now.

Sam: You got a computer?

Apparently abandoning her quest to take him to the doctor, she gets him her laptop and they look up The Nite Owl – it’s two towns over.

Girl: You think you’re staying in this town?

Sam: Maybe.

Girl: Maybe you’re a hooker.

Hee.

Sam thanks her and tries to go. She says she’s coming with him. Sam’s like I could be anybody; you’re nuts, but she pulls the whole I can’t in good conscience let you go alone, I’d worry too much, etc. If this were fanfic, I’d peg her for a love interest, but since it’s Show I was thinking demon or other not-to-be-trusted being. Darn you, Show. You make me so suspicious.

So, they drive to The Nite Owl and Sam says he’s staying in a ground floor, corner room, nearest the fire escape. Quickest get-away. She’s eyeballing him with more worry for herself than concern for him at this point. They get to the room – room 107 if you’re curious – and Sam knocks, then tries the knob. Locked. He asks her for a credit card and she’s all are we checking in? *snickers*

He uses the credit card to jimmy the lock.

Girl: Dude, who are you?

Sam (equally worried): Good question.

They enter into a room filled with articles and maps and pictures all pinned and/or taped to the wall. Lines and strings connect a number of dots. They both gape at the amount of information on the walls.

Girl: I like what you’ve done with the place. It’s very…Beautiful Mind meets…Se7en.

She finds a stack of IDs with his picture on them for Jimmy Page, Neal Hurt, Angus Young and she starts to get really freaked out. It was around this point that I began to suspect we were trapped in Sam’s dream somehow, but I hadn’t really pinned it yet. Just then, Sam sees a newspaper article about a missing professor and it’s Visiak’s picture. The image of Visiak sends him to the ground in pain as more images slam into him.

And suddenly, through Sam’s memory, we’re in an alley with Sam, Dean, and Bobby and they’re trying to find Visiak who’d called Bobby for help and said she’d meet them there. Bobby calls her again and they hear her cell phone and track the sound until they find her slumped behind a crate next to a dumpster. She’s obviously wounded – shows them a huge, growing spot of blood on her side beneath her coat.

Visiak: They took me. I got away.

Bobby: Oh, Ellie, what have they done to you?

Visiak: Everything. The demon I coulda handled. But when the angel stepped in….

*gulp* I know that to Cas she was a monster from Purgatory, but hearing her say that turned me a bit cold and gave me the feeling that Cas was no longer the angel who’d sought to explain himself to his Father two episodes ago. Lacking an answer, lacking assurance, lacking absolution, he’d done just what he said he would: whatever he must.

Bobby glances back at the boys, his eyes angry. Visiak tells Bobby that she gave up Purgatory to them. That they needed virgin blood – which was a milkrun for them – and they needed blood of a Purgatory native, which they have plenty of now.

Dean: Have they opened it yet?

Visiak: Tomorrow. Moon. Eclipse. Sorry, Bobby.

Bobby cradles her head and asks her where they are, but it’s too late. She’s gone. And suddenly Cas is behind them. Dean looks surprised and uncertain – understandable considering the back and forth he’s been with his friend in the last couple of episodes. But Bobby is pissed. He lunges at Cas when Cas says that he’s sorry this had to happen – that Crowley got carried away. Dean and Sam hold Bobby back.

Dean (to Cas): You don’t even see it, do you? How totally off the rails you are?

Cas (almost tiredly): Enough. I don’t care what you think. I’ve tried to make you understand, but you won’t listen. So, let me make this simple. Please go home and let me stop Raphael. I won’t ask again.

Dean: Good, ‘cause I think you already know the answer.

Cas: I wish it hadn’t come to this. Rest assured, when this is all over, I will save Sam, but only if you stand down.

Dean (with a confused flinch of his eyes): Save Sam from what?

And just like that, Cas is behind Sam. He touches his head and we’re immediately back in Room 107 of the Nite Owl. Sam is on the floor, gasping for breath and he looks up at the Girl who is hovering over him, uncertain.

Sam: Sam. My name is Sam.

Okay, between ya’ll and the wall, I understand why Cas did what he did – in fact I’m a little surprised he didn’t do it sooner because the one thing that might, might keep Dean tethered is putting Sam in danger. It was the only reason he ever worked for a demon, it would be the only reason he’d let Castiel alone to do the same. But I’m glad it was more like a last-ditch effort than the first thing Cas did, that’s for sure.

But I wonder…how could he promise to fix him? Did he just mean he’d replace the wall? Because if he’d had the power to truly fix him…why didn’t he do it back when they were all friends? Just…has me wondering.

The girl asks him what he remembers and Sam pulls himself shakily to his feet.

Sam: It’s spotty. I was with two guys – one was a male-model-type (HA!) and the other was an older guy named…Bobby.

At first I was surprised he remembered Bobby’s name and not Dean’s until I realized that Visiak said Bobby’s name out loud and that’s why he knew it. He casts about the room and finds an address book. Flipping through it he finds Bobby Singer in Sioux Falls, SD, and says he has to go there. The girl is like, I’m really sorry, but this is where I have to get off. Guess South Dakota was a little too crazy for her.

Sam’s totally understanding about it – says she’s done too much for him as it is. She asks how he’ll get there and he looks over and sees keys.

Sam: Guess I’ll take…my car.

They go to the lot and he immediately spies the Impala, knowing for sure that it’s his. She tells him that she doesn’t feel right about him leaving like this and that she has a bad feeling that whatever he’s looking for he’s not going to like what he finds. As she’s talking, Sam hears or senses something and glances to his right. In a flash he knocks the girl to the ground just before a bullet shatters the passenger side window of the Impala.

The girl is like, what the hell?!

Sam stands up and sees…himself. Looking like RoboSam. Holding a gun on them. Staring in horror at himself, he hears the girl's voice calling Sam! Sammy! and in another series of flashes we are pulled from Sam’s consciousness to see Dean sitting next to the cot in the middle of the Panic Room at Bobby’s house, calling him Sammy, trying to get him to wake up.

The Panic Room is now painted with angel protection charms. How sad is it that they’re in a room that protects them from both angels and demons. Tattoos against possession, ribs branded to keep from being tracked…they are well and truly alone. No allies except Bobby. Thank goodness they still have Bobby.

Dean: Sammy, snap out of it. Please.

He looks exhausted. On the radio, the Rolling Stones are singing about “Playing with Fire.” He gets up and starts to pace. Bobby comes in and asks if there’s been any change.

Dean: Can’t just sit here, Bobby. I’ve got to help him. Dreamscape his noggin’…SOMETHING.

Bobby: You know what Cas did. The dam inside your brother is gone and all hell is spilling loose. We don’t know what’s going on in there.

Dean: I don’t care! We have got to do SOMETHING.

I kinda wish they had dreamscaped his noggin. I liked that Sam had to put himself back together again so that we could close the rather messy chapter they started with that whole wall notion in the first place, but it would have been interesting to see the brothers working together. But, that’s not how it went.

Bobby: And we will! But right now we’ve got 16 hours until they pop Purgatory. I’m down one man, I don’t want to be down two.

Dean: We’ve got no line on Crowley, no line on Cas, Balty’s MIA…. All we’ve got is Sam going through…whatever the Hell this is.

As a total materialistic aside? I love Dean in that shirt. It’s my favorite of his limited wardrobe.

Bobby (pouring Dean a drink): This is exactly what Cas wants – for you to fall to pieces. Let’s try to think of what Sam would want.

Dean takes the drink and says, “Find Cas, Bobby. Find him now.”

Okay, so…I just want to put this out there. I liked what they did with Sam. A lot, actually. But. I wish Dean had been able to play a bigger role in that storyline here in the finale.

The thing I struggle with sometimes is that I have attached myself to these characters as if they’re real people and in control of the direction they go when in fact there are writers in a big white room somewhere deciding their fate. And so I work to see the ‘why’ of this and the ‘reason’ for that when sometimes I just can’t because the filter I see the world through doesn’t mesh well with the filter the writer sees the world through and I end up going well, okay, if that’s the way you want it…I would have done it differently, though.

So, because this is not my story, I’m entertained with the way it turned out. However, I do wish Dean had been able to do more with the one thing he’d fought so hard for all Season: save Sam. He gave up everything to get Sam back – he died for Sam’s soul. Yes, he came back but at what cost? And what a risk. They put so much emphasis all season on Dean’s role being Sam’s brother. Protect Sam, leave Lisa and Ben for Sam, center his life once more around Sam. And I’m actually quite happy with that – not saying I wouldn’t want both of them to have something outside of hunting and each other, but if this is their destiny, then so be it.

But, they put Dean through all of that all season only to force him to sit next to his comatose brother, in a protected Panic Room, and do nothing to save him. No deal with Death to reconstruct the wall. No dreamscaping to help Sam fight his demons. Nothing. When it came to Sam in this finale, he just had to wait and watch. That was a little disheartening. Thank goodness there was this Purgatory thing they had to deal with, huh? *smiles*

Anyway, enough about how I wish it had been done. It’s not about me. It’s about them. And where we are with them is back in Sam’s mind. He’s driving the Impala and the same Rolling Stones song is coming from the radio. He asks the Girl (and I don’t think we ever did get her name, did we?) if she smells whiskey – showing that parts of reality are sinking in through his consciousness.

She’s still shaken up from the fact that they were shot at. He’s managed to convince her that she’s safer with him and that they just need to get to Bobby’s.

Back in reality, Dean is shining a light into Sam’s eyes, checking for pupil reaction I assume. In the dreamscape, Sam flinches back from the light and slams on the breaks. It’s light outside.

Sam: No way.

He gets out the Girl follows him.

Sam: It was night, and now it’s day.

Girl: It was always day.

Sam: What the hell is going on here?

Girl: I’m all filled up on crazy. I’ll see ya!

She starts to stalk off (going where, I’m not sure, since they’re in the middle of nowhere surrounded by woods) and Sam hears a noise off in the trees. He stops her and tells her to get in the car, indicating there’s someone/something over in the trees. He heads to the trunk, seeing the cache of weapons – and it wasn’t the nicely organized cache, either, it was like a total jumble of guns. He grabs a shotgun and what looks like Dean’s Colt and heads into the woods.

Because that’s smart.

Okay, I’m going to try to explain these next parts of the Sam dreamscape without totally tangling myself up – and without doing a blow-by-blow because that’s just boring. Sam – our Sam – is searching in the woods and realized that the other Sam – RoboSam – that shot at them back at The Nite Owl is hunting him. RoboSam gets the drop on Sam, disarms him and empties the shotgun.

As he slings insults at Sam for being gawky, RoboSam begins to circle him. Sam looks scared to death. He’s convinced he’s hallucinating, though RoboSam tells him that normally you’re awake when you’re “tripping balls.” So, Sam realizes he’s dreaming. RoboSam is full-on snarky, cold, cleanly cruel – just as we’d seen him at the beginning of the season.

The Sam-on-Sam play here is reminiscent of 2005 Dean vs 2014 Dean in Season 4's The End.

The big difference for me there was that I liked both versions of Dean. I’ve never liked RoboSam and spent 11 episodes trying to find a glimmer of our Sam in him. RoboSam tells Sam that they’re inside his head – Cas brought down the wall and Sam couldn’t take it. He shattered into pieces. Three of them, to be exact. *pets Sam*

They’re now circling each other. Sam is in a brown coat and RoboSam’s coat looks the same only it’s denim green. The way they hold themselves is different, too – Sam (currently shaking from fear) seems smaller somehow, as if he’s bowed. RoboSam is square-shouldered, confident, and cocky. Sam is staggering, breathing hard, rocked by all this information while RoboSam is cool and seems to find Sam’s shock amusing.

He tells Sam that that they're not alike. Sam is jello while RoboSam is not handicapped – saddled with a soul.

RoboSam: I used to skipper this meat boat for awhile. It was smooth sailing. I was sharp, strong. Souls are weak. They are a liability. Nothing personal. Someone's gotta take charge around here, before it’s too late.

What I find interesting is that in the first 11 episodes when RoboSam said he was still Sam, he was right. This…jerk…is part of who Sam – our Sam, the one we love – is. Sam just controls that side of him, uses it to channel himself through the tough times and the situations he doesn’t want to have to think about. He goes on autopilot to kill what he has to kill or bury (or unbury) what he has to bury. He shuts off, in a way, and this is the part of him that is left. I am just thankful that it’s only one part of him because the Sam we had for the second 11 episodes is the only Sam I want to see, to be honest.

Sam takes off running as RoboSam shoots at him, missing. As he’s running, he suddenly finds that the Colt he brought with him is in his hand. He sees a clump of trees down by a river and heads to it. RoboSam is moving slowly, steadily, hunting him like a serial killer in a horror flick – the kind that never actually has to run after the fleeing victims but still manages to catch them. He sees Sam’s brown coat huddled in that clump of trees and fires.

Turns out, Sam tricked him and it was just his coat. Sam steps out from behind a tree and shoots RoboSam in the back. RoboSam falls forward and as he’s dying gasps out, “You think I’m bad, wait until you meet the other one.”

As soon as he’s dead, his…life force or whatever...goes into Sam – who in turn writhes and shakes on the bed in the Panic Room, scaring the bejeezus out of Dean. As soon as Dean touches him, though, he goes still and we’re back in the dreamscape once more. Sam heads up to the car and the Girl is standing there, waiting for him.

Sam: I remember who I am. Everything I did this past year. And I remember you.

We see a memory of RoboSam confronting a red-eyed baddie holding the Girl hostage. RoboSam shoots the Girl in the stomach and tells the baddie, “You just lost your leverage,” before killing the baddie.

I knew then that “the other one” RoboSam referred to was going to be the piece of Sam that remembered Hell. Because those were the only memories he didn’t have now, and I was really not sure how that was going to go. Sam was shaking bad enough confronting his Robo Self.

And now we have further proof that RoboSam pulled no punches with the innocents – just as he and others had said. He was empty and cold and all I can say is that it’s a good thing Sam has the souled part of him to keep him in check. The one thing this leaves me wondering, though, when it comes to the over-arching plot and RoboSam is…why did he come back to get Dean? If he said that family holds you back, and he didn’t care about Dean, why did he pull him out of that life and back into his? I was expecting some kind of a reveal when he got those memories back – some reason this all started with them being reunited. Or maybe something involving Cas in some way since Cas pulled him out. But…maybe I’m just over thinking it all.

The figure of the Girl standing by the car starts to bleed right where RoboSam had shot her.

Girl: Didn’t I tell you to turn back? That you wouldn’t like what you saw?

Sam: I’m so sorry.

Girl: Not as sorry as you’re gonna be.

She fades away, leaving Sam alone. I think this “shattered Sam” approach is clever. I mean, in a way I felt the writers had painted themselves into a corner with this resouled/wall idea. They’d built the Hell memories and the year-without-a-soul memories up to be SO BAD that Sam would be a drooling vegetable if the wall ever came down. Only…they couldn’t keep the wall up because it was just…yeah. It wouldn’t work long-term.

So the wall had to come down and I thought this was a clever way to deal with these horrific memories. It would have been incredibly boring to watch Sam on the cot, sleeping, while Dean fretted at his side. The only glitch is…they left it open with the Hell, burning images, PTSD flashes, so…not sure how they’re going to fix that. But I’ll get there in a bit.

Back in the Panic Room, Dean is drinking and watching Sam. Bobby shows up with Balty – who can’t enter the Panic Room because, he says, they finally got the angel-proofing right.

Balty: How is sleeping beauty? You didn’t steal a kiss, I trust.

*shakes head* Oh, Balthazar, you old scalawag.

Dean: What the hell took you so long?

Balty: Honestly, I was having second thoughts about whether to help you. I was thinking maybe I should rip out your sticky bits instead.

Dean draws back slightly at that – but it’s a good reminder to these guys that they are, in fact, dealing with Very Powerful Beings. Balty decided instead to help them out by giving them the address of where Cas and Crowley are. I only saw the paper for an instant, but I saw that it was someplace in Kansas. Of course. Where all the big bad must go down.

Dean asks him to let them pack up and then zap them there, but Balty says no.

Balty: I’m betraying a friend here. A very powerful friend. We all are. So, I think I’ve stuck my neck out enough already. Good luck.

Dean looks over his shoulder at Sam, dread in his eyes.

Back in Autopsy 101, Cas is sitting rather dejectedly, looking…done. Just…done. Crowley comes in and hands him a Jar O’Blood.

Crowley: Purgatory powershake. Half monster, half virgin.

Cas: Thank you.

Crowley: You seem even more constipated that usual. May we get you some colon blow?

Cas (looks up and his eyes are eerily calm): I’m renegotiating our terms.

Crowley: Is that so?

Cas: You get nothing. Not one soul.

Ooo – a double cross!

Crowley: Can’t help but notice it seems a bit unfairly weighted. (His voice rises) I brought you this deal!

Cas: You think I’m handing all that power to the King of Hell? I’m neither stupid nor wicked.

Crowley (ranting further): Have you forgotten that you’re the bottom in this relationship?

Cas (his voice dead serious): Here are your options: flee or die.

Crowley: We made a pact. Even I don’t break contracts like this.

Cas: Flee. Or. Die.

Crowley: You can’t trust anyone these days.

He flees. Or, rather, goes to his own personal Plan B, his parting words prophetic.

Back in the Dreamscape, we’re at Bobby’s house. The study and all the furniture is shrouded in shadows and covered in sheets. Candelabra’s are burning everywhere. Sam enters, gun drawn, and comes around the corner. He sees a shadowed figure sitting at the table in the kitchen and shouts, “HEY!”

Figure: Oh. Hey, Sam.

It’s Sam’s voice, only…broken.

Sam: Which one are you?

Figure: Don’t you know? (He stands up and his face is covered in blood) I’m the one that remembers Hell.

In the Panic Room, Bobby is packing up and Dean is looking at Sam, holding the address.

Dean: Sam, this is where we’re gonna be. (He tears up.) So, get your lazy ass out of bed and come meet ups. Sammy…please.

He puts the address down next to Sam on the cot and holds it down with the silver Colt he carries – looked like the same one Sam used in the Dreamscape.

Back in the Dreamscape, HellSam is still in the shadows, his voice shakily confronting Sam.

HellSam: Wish you hadn’t come, Sam.

Sam: I had to. In the real world, I’m at Bobby’s. This whole time, I smelled nothing but Old Spice and whiskey. If I get back to my body, I can snap out of it somehow.

HellSam: You have to go through me.

Sam: Why?

HellSam (his voice growing teary, sounding young…like a whipped, forgotten orphan): You have to pull yourself back together again before you can wake up and I’m the last piece.

Sam: Which means…I have to know what you know.

HellSam: You don’t want to know it.

Sam: No. But I have to.

HellSam: Don’t. Stay here. Find that bartender. Go find Jess. Don’t do this. I know you. You’re not strong enough.

Y’know…he said the same thing to Dean once upon a time (and while I know this was only a fraction of Sam saying it to himself, it’s still Sam) and Dean proved him wrong. Over and over they have proven that they ARE strong enough. This is just Sam’s turn to prove it to himself.

Sam: We’ll just have to see.

HellSam: Why is this so important to you?

I was dying to hear the answer to this question. For Dean, it’s all about Sam. I wanted confirmation the reverse was also true.

Sam: You know me. You know why. I’m not leaving my brother alone out there.

Thank you, Show. I needed to hear that.

HellSam moves around the table and picks up a knife. Sam points his gun, instinctively.

HellSam: I’m not going to fight you. But this is your last chance.

Sam takes the knife.

HellSam: You’re gonna need it.

Not sure exactly what he means by that – but I suspect he’s insinuating that he’ll want to kill himself when he remembers Hell. But…well, Dean was strong enough to handle it without anyone -- anyone -- to talk to about it. He survived torture on the rack, breaking, and becoming the torturer. Sam was there longer – and in a different place – but if Dean can handle it on his own, then surely Sam can handle it with someone who has an idea of what it’s like to talk with about it. It goes back to that WWII analogy I made awhile back: a Veteran of the European theater and a Veteran of the Pacific theater experienced very different forms of War Hell. But they have a common ground to meet on and share their experiences: War.

I believe in Sam. He’ll be able to handle it. You hear that, writers? He’ll be able to handle it.

Sam stabs HellSam and braces himself for the white light to hit him. When it does, Sam in the Panic Room does this weird…hip thrust maneuver as he writhes on the cot. Alone. Next to a gun. I was worried for a moment.

Back in Autopsy 101 – which is apparently somewhere in Kansas – Cas is holding the blood jar. Balty shows up, answering his call. Cas tells him they have a problem – Dean Winchester is on his way there. Something in me grins whenever they refer to Dean as a “problem.” Balty tries to play the I had no idea card, but he lies even worse than Cas.

Cas says they have a Judas in their midst and Balty, trying for the snark he’s been known for, guesses it’s Cupid. Cas stands with a look of sad realization as the fact that his friend is lying to him – and was the one to betray him – sinks in. Balty asks what he wants him to do with Dean and Cas says he’ll handle him. He turns away, worrying Balty with his strange, calm behavior.

Cas: First Sam and Dean and now this? I’m doing my best in impossible circumstances. My friends…they abandon me. Plot against me. It’s…difficult to understand.

Yeah, I’d imagine it would be. Because no one is being clear with each other – no one. No one is saying, this is why I’m doing this they’re just saying trust me because I know I’m right. It’s so frustrating the way they’ve written this. It’s very dramatic, yes, but sometimes drama is just…well, too dramatic. *smiles*

Balty tells Cas that he’ll always have “little ol’ me.” But by that time, Cas has already made his decision. He’s blinks behind Balty and stabs him with an angle sword whispering, “I’ll always have you,” in Balty’s ear as the irreverent angel dies.

I’m going to miss that guy. I really am.

We move from Balty and Cas’ tragic last embrace to see the Impala rumble up to a stop a ways away from the building. The hunters get out and Bobby is looking through binoculars, telling Dean that he sees a dozen angels, maybe more.

Dean: How the hell are we gonna take out that many angels?

Bobby: We don’t. We’ll ninja our way in.

Dean: Awesome. Until they hear your knee squeak.

Bobby: Shut up.

Dean: What, now you have thin skin?

Bobby: No, shut up!

Hee – I liked that little normal exchange. It helped remind me that these were two guys who are really familiar with each other, have been fighting together a long time and it felt, well, real.

Bobby hears something and as soon as Dean shuts up, he hears it, too. Like heavy footsteps or thunder. The puddles around them quiver with the vibration.

Bobby: What the hell is that?

Dean (looking at a puddle): T-Rex, maybe?

Bobby looks to the side at the beginning eclipse and sees a huge black cloud of demon heading right for them. He whispers, “Holy Mother of—“

Before he can get the whole thing out, Dean’s pushing him toward the car.

Dean: Get in the car! Get in the car!

Dean climbs into the driver’s side and Bobby's behind him in the back seat. Before they can escape, though, the demon cloud hits the Impala and flips her onto her roof, tossing them around like monkey’s in a barrel.

*whimper*

The Impala…. *sniff*

Inside Autopsy 101, Cas is reading the Pop Open Purgatory spell when he hears commotion outside the room. Suddenly, Crowley is in the room.

Crowley: Never underestimate the King of Hell, darling. I know a lot of swell tricks. Now it’s time to re-renegotiate our terms.

Cas tries to zap him, but it doesn’t work. Crowley says he’s safe and sound under the protection of his new partner: Raphael.

Whoops. Not cool.

Raphael (wearing a woman and just feeling all manner of weird to me because of it) walks up and greets Castiel. Cas looks terrified.

Cas (to Raph): Consorting with demons? I thought that was beneath you.

Raph: You’re doing it; sounded like fun.

Touche.

Crowley says that Raph has offered him protection in exchange for the Purgatory blood. Cas warns that Raph will betray him at the speed of thought…but, um, it’s not like Cas behaved any differently toward Crowley with his whole “flee or die” ultimatum. Raph, looking incredibly full of him/herself, says that if anyone is taking in those souls, it’s going to be him/her. Raph planned on being the ‘new God.’

Cas warns Crowley that Raph is going to bring on the Apocalypse and Crowley’s basically like, maybe you should have thought about that before you screwed me over. He turns the ‘flee or die’ option over to Cas. Cas picks up the jar o’blood and tosses it at Crowley, then vanishes as Crowley catches it.

Crowley starts the Pop Open Purgatory spell. The shadow of the Earth encompasses the moon. Dean and Bobby lay bleeding in the broken Impala. It does not look good.

Then Dean stirs and wakes, calling Bobby’s name weakly, then with more strength saying they have to get out of there.

Inside the building, Crowley and Raph continue the spell – and Raph looking more and more hopped up on the very idea of power. Dean and Bobby sneak into the room. Dean throws the angel sword and Raphael catches it without looking. He/She turns slightly to look at them. Crowley throws Bobby down the stairs and flips Dean over the edge of the railing so that he crashes hard down on a table, bending it, then rolling off to lay motionless and groaning on the floor.

Outside, we suddenly see Sam staggering around the Impala. He looks weak, sick, and he suddenly get a flash of himself in Hell, burning. He gasps, grabs his head, then shakes it off. Now, we can probably assume that he woke up pretty much right after they left South Dakota – which is why he got there so quickly. And sure, we can say he stole a car, or took one from Bobby’s graveyard of cars. But I had to think…with those kinds of flashes, how the hell did he make it there?

He staggers around the broken Impala and we return to the building where Crowley and Raph are finishing the spell. Nothing happens. Dean is peering up from the floor, trying to get his breath.

Crowley: Hm. Maybe I said it wrong.

And from nowhere, Cas shows up, holding a blood-smeared jar.

Cas: You said it perfectly. All you needed what this.

Dean and Bobby slowly struggle to their feet. Dean is holding his left arm tight to his side. He’s looking at Cas, totally unsure what to think. Cas looks at him with this half-smile that at first I thought was akin to the wink Dean gave Sam in The Beautiful Room back in Season 5, but I realize in retrospect that it was less it’s all going to be okay and more I told you I got this.

Turns out Cas had the real blood and Crowley and Raph had been working with dog's blood. Poor pooch. Raph tells Cas enough with the games and that’s when Crowley realizes that Cas’ jar is empty.

Crowley: How did your rite go? Better than ours, I’ll bet.

Showing just how well it went, Cas smiles slightly, looks down, then glows blindingly bright for a moment. When he goes back to normal, Dean’s watching him, waiting. Bobby is trying to watch everyone at once.

Cas: You can’t know what it’s like. They are all inside me. Millions on millions of souls.

Crowley: Sounds sexy.

Dean looks at Bobby with a confused expression. He’s still holding his side. His face is too blood-free for me, though – after being flipped in the car and thrown into that table, he should be a wreck. But, at least he’s not standing very straight and he's breathing a bit shallow.

Seeing that things were not going to go well for him, Crowley says, “Exit stage Crowley,” and leaves. Cas looks almost mockingly at Raph.

Cas: What’s the matter Raphael? Someone clip your wings?

Raph: Castiel, please. You let the demon go? But not your own brother?

Cas: The demon I have plans for.

Dean swallows, hard. Cas snaps his fingers and Raphael explodes all over the wall. It’s…gross, actually. And terrifying. The angel sword Raph had been holding clatters to the ground. Right about this moment, I got a really bad feeling. Dean and Bobby gape in shock at Cas.

Cas looks over at them, his expression, his voice, everything a very scary-calm.

Cas: So you see, I saved you.

Dean approaches carefully, holding his arm very still, wincing a bit. He looks like there are a few things broken inside him. He talks to Cas as if he’s talking to someone holding a loaded weapon, or a bomb trigger. Slowly, gently, trying to talk him off a ledge.

Dean: You sure did, Cas. Thank you.

Cas: You doubted me. Fought against me. But I was right all along.

Dean: You were. We’re sorry. Now…let’s just diffuse you, okay?

Cas (looking at Dean): What do you mean?

Dean: You’re fulla nuke. It’s not safe. So, before the eclipse ends, let’s get the souls back to where they belong.

Cas (with that scary calm still in place): Oh, they belong with me.

Oh, Cas. Where did you go? They didn’t kill him, but they may as well have. Our “Balki Bartakomous” of Heaven is gone. And it just…it’s sad. I know, I know…continue the story, change it up, make it so that the side players stay side players and it focuses on Sam and Dean. But the hell the writers put these boys through – making someone a part of their lives (and ours), making the boys care for them, sacrifice for them and then…take them away.

It does make for good drama, but man, does it hurt. Especially because these characters are so real to me – to so many of us.

Dean: No, Cas. It’s scrambling your brain.

Cas: I’m not finished yet. Raphael had many followers and I must punish them all severely.

Gah – on a bit of a power trip there.

Dean (advancing slowly, painfully): Listen to me. I know there’s a lot of bad water under the bridge. But we were family once. I woulda died for you. Almost did a few times. So if that means anything to you, please… (his voice cracks) I’ve lost Lisa and Ben…Sam. Don’t make me lose you, too.

Bobby’s been watching Dean approach and is looking a bit lost and fearful and I don’t blame him one bit. I was feeling the same way.

Dean: You don’t need this juice anymore, Cas. Get rid of it before it kills us all.

Cas (looking smug): You’re just saying that because I won. Because you’re afraid.

Dean blinks at him. I blink at him. Bobby watches them. A hand (and I tell you, this hand looked a lot like Bobby’s) picks up the angel sword.

Cas: You’re not my family, Dean. I have no family.

Out of nowhere, Sam stabs Cas from behind with the angel sword. Dean looks at his brother in complete shock. I’m kinda there with him because, seriously, no one saw Sam come into the room? It’s a small room, one entrance – behind where Dean and Bobby were standing. He would have had to enter and circle around to pick up the angel sword from behind Cas in order to stab him and no one saw? That was a big hand-wave to me.

But, it didn’t matter, I guess, because the angel sword has no effect on Cas. He’s not an angel anymore, you see. By absorbing all those souls, he’s become a god. I can suspend a lot. A LOT. Especially when it comes to this show. But I can’t see Cas as the new “God” as in the one and only. He’s as powerful as a god-like being, but that’s where I draw the line.

But, Cas says he’s their new god. As they stand and stare in disbelief, he straightens to his full height and tells them, “You will bow down and profess your love unto me your Lord, or I shall destroy you.”

Way to go Old Testament on them, Cas.

So, we’re left with Sam having his memories returned – all of them – but with debilitating flashbacks of Hell. Dean and Bobby, their bodies beaten and broken and no miracle healing from a friendly angel on the horizon. And Cas, the new Zod (sorry, but...it just felt like it fit). They're all stuck in the room, the humans left with an impossible choice.

Good Chuck Almighty. *wink*

My hope for next season is that we have less Red Herrings, more monster hunts, a mentally-healed Sam, an at-peace-with-his-destiny Dean, and a way for Cas to be redeemed. I don’t know if I can hope bigger or more specific than that at this point because they left me feeling a bit hollow. The bottom line is, though, we have another season of trials and triumphs ahead of us. A season where they can carry on, and because they are so real to us, because we care, “new God” or not, we’ll be there.

I hope I didn’t let those of you who really enjoyed this episode down by having a more-subdued approach to this finale. Prior to watching, I skimmed through the rambles for the finales of Seasons 3, 4, and 5. I just didn’t feel the same energy this time, and I’m sorry for that. I do thank you for reading, though. Those of you who take time to share your thoughts with me, I thank you sincerely. You make the time it takes to write these up very rewarding – whether or not we completely agree on our takes.

My wish for you all is that you enjoy the hiatus (summer or winter, depending on where you are) and that we come back together again in September with renewed energy, revved and ready to see how our heroes get out of this mess.

Slainte.

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novembersguest
May. 22nd, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Well, that pretty much sums it up for me too. I read all the spoilers and it still didn't make it all okay. My first thought after Cas said his last line was, as you may know, "Well, that was dumb."

Personally, IF I was going to go down that road--which I think changing Cas in this way is a huge risk--I'd have made him into a whole new creature. He sucked in all those souls from purgatory, why not? Having him be God, or even "a" god seems silly to me. I know, I'm too serious for my own good, but I can't change that I guess.

Either way, I'm glad we have a season 7 to possibly fix this mess...but I worry that it won't be much better. Please tell me they'll learn from their mistakes and find their groove again! *begs with my eyes*
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Now that a week has passed, I'm admittedly more hopeful about what this finale will mean for Season 7.

I'd have made him into a whole new creature. He sucked in all those souls from purgatory, why not

I like this -- and I don't think it's that impossible. I mean, Cas was the only one who called himself "God" all hopped up on power and possibility. Who says he's not mistake as to what/who is in control of him? Y'know?

I think that there's always hope for better and that they've brought our boys so low, stripping them of everything that is light and hope...there's nowhere to go but up. :)

Thank you for reading and taking a moment to share your thoughts. I'm looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Aside from that -- don't be a stranger this summer. I'm going to try to post some stuff and would love your thoughts on them -- and my offer is always, always open to read any chapters you have ready, okay? *hugs*
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dantesgirl06
May. 22nd, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I always enjoy reading your streams of conciseness reviews. I don't always post because I don't always know what to write.I enjoy reading about the show through your descriptions and analysis of the epis. And I wanted to say that I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and view of the show.
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Hi -- thank you so much for telling me! It's so nice to hear that these resonate with you. I'm going to be posting a poll when I'm able to finish answering comments. I'm trying to figure out how to continue these rambles next season -- I'd love it if you weighed in on that.

Thanks again for reading and for your time. Hope to see you off and on during the hiatus! :)
ramblin_rosie
May. 22nd, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
I swear I read almost every element of this finale in a fic *somewhere,* even if in a different form. LOVED Jared's performance to bits, and all the other regulars were their usual brilliant selves as well, but that ending... yeah. Bad call, Kripke--angels and Goa'uld don't mix too well. (Though Sam and Dean as Tok'ra? That was MY fic. :D)
If we don't get Chuck back, can we at least have Kali as an unfriendly friendly, if not Gabriel?
ramblin_rosie
May. 22nd, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
I was just rereading my SG-1 crossover, and something I had Dean's Tok'ra symbiote say jumped out at me:
Dishon kept his eyes on the road, but his voice was grim. "You did not see him as Dean did in that alternate timeline, unable to cope with the loss of his power and the fact that his God and his brothers had abandoned him. Had he been fully mortal, the means he used to combat his despair would have killed him. That depression has already begun. We must not leave him to drown in it."

Given that observation, I think we're seeing a different version of 2014!Cas--he can't cope with being abandoned, and so he gets high... PCP-type high. Only problem is, he brought the abandonment on himself by getting into the deal with Crowley in the first place and then refusing to accept Dean's offer to find another way out ("We can still fix this!" "It's not broken!").
I don't like the ending any better, but it does make more sense to me now.
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jennierenee
May. 22nd, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I am so glad that there's a Season 7 and I hope that it's about saving Cas more than hunting him.

I hope that they do a lot of the Sam-healing off screen. I kind of hope that we get Sam saying, hey Dean, sorry I was such an a-hole after you got out of Hell and were struggling...alone. That must have sucked.

I know it won't happen, and I also know that Dean doesn't need for Sam to apologize, but it would be nice. Just like Sam saying that he couldn't leave his brother alone out there was a nice affirmation.

I'll miss Balty. I really liked the actor who played him. I think I've seen him on a soap forever ago, but I don't remember. I'm glad Crowely got away. I love that actor. He was great on Battlestar Galactica.

OH, and the bartender! That's Jo from Eureka. So if you want to hear her talk some more, that's where to go. She's wonderful on that show.

Bobby made it through another Season...amazing. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad about that, but I try not to get my hopes up about characters living on this show especially when they have no problem killing off the main characters :D

So...you got any fic planned for us? I haven't read your last post yet about your getaway (I need to read that) so maybe you've said. And I know you're out of your mind busy, so no pressure, just thought I'd ask.

*hugs*
jennierenee
May. 22nd, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
ETA (because I don't know how to edit a post): Look! We didn't get Raptured.

*high-five*
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impala1967
May. 22nd, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I know I said this in the last post but ...... awwww Cas.

Cas isn't dead, but the one we all love is.

This finale didn't really do a lot for me, but as you know the whole season has been a bit blah! for me. It rates as one of the worst seasons, only S03 was worse.
And its a bit of a bummer, cause I only really started replying to your posts this season, and I haven't really had many positive things to say. This season altered the way I saw Sam, and not in a good way. I don't know if he will ever be 'Sammy' again for me.

I am unashamedly a Dean Gurl, and this episode was really lite on the Dean presence. I cried out when the Impala did its roll, oh the baby is hurt again (my first real reaction of the episode). I have hope for Cas, and that he didn't know what would happen when he opened purgatory. I expect Chuck will sort it next season.

I know I said it before, but I am sad that the Dean/Cas dynamic has been so badly trashed ... Dean needs more than just Sam and that's why I liked the Dean/Lisa story.

I hope next S07 brings a season more like S01, just one major story arc, with plenty of MOTW. Sams hell memories are done and dusted, and they are family again.

Well there's my final reply to your rambles. I've really enjoyed them and look forward to them next season. The BB starts in a couple of weeks, so my hiatus will be spent reading =) Have a good few months and see you in Sept.
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Cas isn't dead, but the one we all love is.

Exactly. I was missing him in the last two episodes like I missed our Sam the whole first part of this season.

And its a bit of a bummer, cause I only really started replying to your posts this season, and I haven't really had many positive things to say.

Just come back next year and keep sharing your thoughts. Short or long, I've always enjoyed them. :)

I know I said it before, but I am sad that the Dean/Cas dynamic has been so badly trashed ... Dean needs more than just Sam and that's why I liked the Dean/Lisa story.

Agreed. Both boys need more than each other; they've had so much taken away from them and have gone through so much they don't have enough in them to be each other's light. They need hope from the outside -- some reason to keep fighting other than simply avoiding death.

I hope next S07 brings a season more like S01, just one major story arc, with plenty of MOTW. Sams hell memories are done and dusted, and they are family again.

THIS!!!!

Thank you for letting me know you've enjoyed the rambles. I appreciate the time you've spent with me reading and replying. I hope you come back next season. :) And don't be a stranger over the hiatus -- I'll be posting randomly and would love to hear from you. In fact, once I finish replying to comments I'll be putting up a poll to help me figure out the best way to continue these rambles next season. I'd love you to weigh in.

Slainte!


chemm80
May. 22nd, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm with you on this one being kind of a let-down. I don't think it's because they went too small; I think it's because they tried to wrap up too much at one time. Some of these plot lines could have been spread out a little further over the season.

I can suspend a lot. A LOT. Especially when it comes to this show. But I can’t see Cas as the new “God” as in the one and only. He’s as powerful as a god-like being, but that’s where I draw the line.

I feel like Cas is the only one who really thinks he is actually the one and only all-powerful God Almighty, although in reality he may indeed be so powerful that it makes no difference, especially to the puny humans with whom he's speaking. I'm thinking that he's either going to be the Big Bad for at least part of next season and/or going to fall mightily. Maybe with hope of redemption somewhere down the line.

I just wanna see Sam and Dean put back together, both as individuals and as brothers. Is that so bad? :)
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you're right there -- they tried to wrap up a lot and missed some threads. Some plot lines could have spread out and other plot lines could have been tightened up. It was an awkwardly paced season and I'm glad to have it behind us and be able to look forward to what comes next.

Also, now that I've had a week to digest, I think you're dead-on that Cas is the only one who thinks he's God. And with all those monster-ous souls he injested, I can't help but wonder if some of that power is not quite what he thinks it is.


I just wanna see Sam and Dean put back together, both as individuals and as brothers. Is that so bad? :)


Not at all. I share that wish, my friend.

Thank you for the time you've spent with me reading and responding to these rambles. Don't be a stranger over the hiatus, okay? I'll be posting randomly and I fully expect to hear more about your band and the lovely, crazy life you lead. :) Also, I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in.

Slainte!
erikaaoi
May. 22nd, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I know you feel subdued, but you still sound so much more positive than I've been feeling. I really appreciate that and need it.

Oh, and I do think we need to call him ZodCas instead of GodCas. ;-)
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the positivity was beneficial to you and not...well, something else. :) Now that it's been a week since it aired, I feel a lot more hopeful about Season 7. I'm ready for them to deflate ZodCas. ;)

Thanks so much for taking time to read and share your thoughts. I appreciate the time you spend with me. :) *hugs*
borgmama1of5
May. 22nd, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
"...I have attached myself to these characters as if they’re real people and in control of the direction they go when in fact there are writers in a big white room somewhere deciding their fate. And so I work to see the ‘why’ of this and the ‘reason’ for that when sometimes I just can’t because the filter I see the world through doesn’t mesh well with the filter the writer sees the world through and I end up going well, okay, if that’s the way you want it…I would have done it differently, though.

So, because this is not my story, I’m entertained with the way it turned out..."

Well said! I do think that the possession we fans feel for the characters (for which must credit goes to the 2 Js) does lead to the disgruntlement (yea, made-up word) that many fans express in dissing the show/writers. It's NOT OUR STORY! (Grrr, I'm just really annoyed with the hate posts I've encountered recently.)

"...they put Dean through all of that all season only to force him to sit next to his comatose brother, in a protected Panic Room, and do nothing to save him. No deal with Death to reconstruct the wall. No dreamscaping to help Sam fight his demons. Nothing. When it came to Sam in this finale, he just had to wait and watch. That was a little disheartening."

Actually, I liked that. It paralleled 'Swan Song,' in that Dean could only watch Sam win his own battle. Dean went to Stull last year, and his presence was enough. This time Sam has to do the work alone, and it showed Dean's trust in Sam's ability to do that when he left the gun and address. I think it bodes well for Sam's growth as a character that he could walk his dream world alone--and then they gave us that line that 'he can't leave his brother alone' and bingo, that was it, I was totally sold on Sam having the inner strength to make it through no matter what. (I really hope they don't negate this in season 7.)

As far as how I felt when the credits rolled--I actually feel much better than I did at the end of 'Swan Song'--that left me with a broken, alone Dean. Now we have a betrayed Dean who has lost a piece of his heart with Lisa and Ben's memory wipe, BUT HE HAS HIS BROTHER AT HIS SIDE so I'm not going to have to spend the summer agonizing about whether Dean will survive. And honestly, I was never that emotionally invested in Cas as a character or in the Dean & Cas relationship.

So from the standpoint of the finale leaving me pulling out my hair and wondering how I will make it to September, it didn't. Which is a win for me, but actually kind of a fail for the show. But that's okay, I don't mind not being a basket case :)
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
We're a passionate lot, aren't we? :) I'm sorry you encountered hate posts. I could never hate this show. Be disappointed in a choice or direction, sure, but it owns me like no other. I always have hope. :)

It paralleled 'Swan Song,' in that Dean could only watch Sam win his own battle. Dean went to Stull last year, and his presence was enough. This time Sam has to do the work alone, and it showed Dean's trust in Sam's ability to do that when he left the gun and address. I think it bodes well for Sam's growth as a character that he could walk his dream world alone--and then they gave us that line that 'he can't leave his brother alone' and bingo, that was it, I was totally sold on Sam having the inner strength to make it through no matter what.

It helped me to have you articulate it in this manner. I was actually a little frustrated that it paralleled Swan Song to such an extent -- this sounds silly, but...I expected more from Kripke. In both finales, we got Sam battling his demons and Dean unable to help him aside from just...being there. Add to that the angel-death-by-finger-snap and I wondered if Kripke just...ran out of time.

Having you say that it "showed Dean's trust in Sam's ability" helped me see it better from Sam's POV. Because I wanted to know what the writers were giving Dean. They keep taking so much from him -- Sam at the end of last season and throughout the beginning of this one, a possibility of a home, life, love with Lisa and Ben, a friend and brother in Cas, and let's not even mention what they did to the Impala -- that I wasn't sure what they were going to leave him with.

They've even returned him to torturing and forgetting that there are real people in there with the demons.

The constant chant (from my POV) the writer's have had for Dean this season was 'save Sam' -- save his soul, save his life, save him from himself. And he followed through. He did it all. And then...he was left with simply...watching and trusting and letting his brother fight his own battle.

So, I totally see why it was a good thing for Sam -- character growth and necessary for his story. And I liked that a lot. But I didn't see what they were trying to do with Dean aside from once more pulling the rug from beneath his feet.

My biggest hope is that they continue through Season 7 as brothers (NO MORE OF THIS RIPPING THEM APART CRAP!!!) and find a way to build and heal each other.

So from the standpoint of the finale leaving me pulling out my hair and wondering how I will make it to September, it didn't. Which is a win for me, but actually kind of a fail for the show. But that's okay, I don't mind not being a basket case :)

Agreed! :)

Hey, thank you for the time you spend with me reading these rambles and sharing your thoughts. It's appreciated so much. Don't be a stranger over the summer, though, okay? Also, I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in.

Slainte!
tobyanca
May. 22nd, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
I was certainly not let down by this finale! I loved it in it's entirety! The 3 Sams were amazing and Jared played them to perfection, especially the Hell remembering one! Oh so sad!
I thought it was brilliant how they played it out in his head. And of course Dean couldn't save him this time, he had to come to terms with his own self himself. I'm sure there will be some more in season 7. But Dean got him this far and Sam had to do the rest but now he will have Dean again to help him finish healing, if in fact he can heal. And maybe, just maybe, Dean will get a little healing with the help of Sam, after all, they are brothers again!
I was shocked so much by the Cas turn of events!! I was sure that Dean would save him before he went full on Vader!! But that didn't happen and insane Cas is blood chilling!! Because insane he surely is. He is not God or even a god. He is black inside with the evil, vile darkness of millions of monster souls. The power only made him feel like a god and with Crowley continually saying that Cas would be God and he would be King, Cas just took that and believed it to be true. To himself, that's what he is, but he is far from that. That wasn't Cas. But I have no doubt, Dean will not abandon him. I still firmly believe that Dean will save him because that's what Dean does for the people that he loves! And I love Dean for that! Bring on season 7!! I will be on pins and needles until then!!
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It's good to see how varying in reactions we are as a fandom -- because the old saying is true: You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time.

And it's good that this worked for you. :) I'm glad of that.

And of course Dean couldn't save him this time, he had to come to terms with his own self himself. I'm sure there will be some more in season 7. But Dean got him this far and Sam had to do the rest but now he will have Dean again to help him finish healing, if in fact he can heal. And maybe, just maybe, Dean will get a little healing with the help of Sam, after all, they are brothers again!

I really hope you're right about that last part. I can't express how much I hope that. I agree that Sam had to do this on his own, but I wanted to know what the writers were giving Dean. They keep taking so much from him -- Sam at the end of last season and throughout the beginning of this one, a possibility of a home, life, love with Lisa and Ben, a friend and brother in Cas, and let's not even mention what they did to the Impala -- that I wasn't sure what they were going to leave him with.

They've even returned him to torturing and forgetting that there are real people in there with the demons.

The constant chant (from my POV) the writers have had for Dean this season was 'save Sam' -- save his soul, save his life, save him from himself. And Dean followed through. He did it all. And then...he was left with simply...watching and trusting and letting his brother fight his own battle.

So, I totally see why it was a good thing for Sam -- character growth and necessary for his story. And I liked that a lot. But I didn't see what they were trying to do with Dean aside from once more pulling the rug from beneath his feet.

. But I have no doubt, Dean will not abandon him. I still firmly believe that Dean will save him because that's what Dean does for the people that he loves! And I love Dean for that!

I agree -- and maybe that's what they're going to give him. A way to save his friend. Because he plays the role of savior very well. He's so, so good at it. And maybe that's what he needs to do to be fulfilled. Save Cas -- or, like he did with Sam -- bring Cas to the point he can save himself. *shrug*

Thank you for the time you spent with me reading and replying. I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in. Also, the other thing we discussed? I'm half-way done. ;)

Take care of you!
msninacat
May. 22nd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
but I think there were some open-ended threads that I was, quite honestly, expecting to be tied up in this episode.

This wouldn't be the first time they've left things hanging for more than one season. Hell there are still things from the Azazel storyline that could come into play.

But I wonder…how could he promise to fix him? Did he just mean he’d replace the wall? Because if he’d had the power to truly fix him…why didn’t he do it back when they were all friends? Just…has me wondering.

He wasn't going to have the power to fix him until he juiced up. I think this was foreshadowing but none of us saw what was coming so we couldn't realize it at the time.

I just didn’t feel the same energy this time, and I’m sorry for that.

You don't have to be sorry for that. It wasn't the same energy as any of the others. From the the start of this whole season they were going off different rules than the "normal" constraints of past Supernaturals. I think they were very successful in it because they could literally go anywhere with this. Everyone assumes it's bad news for Cas and it well could be but the brothers will inevitably see Cas as their responsibility and try to pull him back to good. There's just so much they can work with this that for once at a season finale, I was excited instead of wrecked. I don't think a finale needs to wreck you to be good. And this fits in with the restart that they had to do.

I'll see you in September. XD

gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
This wouldn't be the first time they've left things hanging for more than one season. Hell there are still things from the Azazel storyline that could come into play.

Very true. Could being the operative word. Sometimes I'm really not sure what the writers are thinking. ;)

He wasn't going to have the power to fix him until he juiced up. I think this was foreshadowing but none of us saw what was coming so we couldn't realize it at the time.

Huh -- you're right. I didn't see that. It's totally plausible, though, that he meant he would "save" him once he was "God" because he'd have the power to do so. I can see that. Only now...they'll have to bow to him in order for him to save him, so...not sure how that's going to work. Yipe!

Thanks for letting me off the hook as far as energy for the finale was concerned. I just thought for sure there would be a light bulb of some kind that was illuminated once I saw where they were taking us...and there just...wasn't. But to be honest? This episode felt like the first of a two-parter. SO maybe that lightbulb moment will come in S7.

I still kinda believe there's more to Sam's soul and regained memories than just a torture devise for Sam.

I don't think a finale needs to wreck you to be good. And this fits in with the restart that they had to do.

This is a good perspective -- I like it.

Thank you for the time you've spent with me reading and commenting on these rambles. I've really appreciated it. I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in. Don't be a stranger over the hiatus! :)

Slainte.
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primrose_1
May. 22nd, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
It didn't bother me that Dean couldn't do anything to help Sam. It's what happens. It's how we are as mothers. You work and suffer and sacrifice EVERYTHING for your child, but in the end when you see them struggle, sometimes all you can do is offer your support, and wait helplessly while they go through whatever trial they are going through. Dean had to go be a hero somewhere else.

Except he wasn't. THAT'S what was hard about this episode. Dean and Bobby showed up to try to stop things from happening, and there wasn't a THING they could do or change. They didn't stop Crowley, Raphael, OR Cas. All their effort was completely worthless. As a gamer, I've played in games where the heroes ended up not being the HEROES. In one game, our adventurers fought hoards of faceless minions so that the Game Master's own hero character could fight the Game Master's master villain. It was unsatisfying. It is here too. I don't mind if they lose, as long as they are able to take some action besides showing up, sneaking into a building and falling down the stairs.

My final conclusion is that this really was only half of the episode. If this was a video game, then they stopped right after watching the cut scene where the lower level video game boss suddenly transforms into the giant uber big boss. The REAL finale is going to be in a few months when they get to act against the real threat- even if it's run away to fight another day.

What I loved about this episode was the whole dream with Sam. In particular, the creepy moment where he runs into the third piece, and THAT Sam is sitting behind the desk in the dark, and you can see just enough of the dark figure as he SLOWLY raises his head. Wow. My favorite image.

I'm not sure what to expect for next season. The Castiel is god thing is a scary thought, and I really think they won't focus on this forever. I think it will resolve in the first episode in some way. I think I'm okay with just waiting and seeing what they come up with.
gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
You work and suffer and sacrifice EVERYTHING for your child, but in the end when you see them struggle, sometimes all you can do is offer your support, and wait helplessly while they go through whatever trial they are going through.

While I can see and totally appreciate this viewpoint, the thing that gets me is -- no matter how hard they try to put Dean into that position, he's not Sam's mother. And the waffle between having him play a role of that nature and be his own man. Not that picking on way and sticking with it is very exciting, I'll give you. But it was hard for me to watch this man -- this hero and hunter -- sacrifice so much all season for his brother and then be sidelined at the end.

Except he wasn't. THAT'S what was hard about this episode. Dean and Bobby showed up to try to stop things from happening, and there wasn't a THING they could do or change.

And maybe that's why. Maybe had he been allowed to be the hero elsewhere, to remind us that there's a reason he wasn't allowed to be Sam's savior, I wouldn't have cared about his being sidelined.

I think you're right -- that this is only half the episode. It certainly felt like that. It felt like a commercial break, not a season break. And I hope that when we get to S7 premiere the reason Dean was "spared" helping Sam pull himself back together becomes clear to me.

I, too, loved the clever way they shattered Sam and then pieced him back together again. We've always known how strong Sam is. He's always had an iron core just as resilient as his brother's. I thought it was really well done.

My only regret -- and it's silly and minor, but I'll tell you anyway -- is that it was so much like Swan Song. Sam facing his demons, alone, without Dean actively helping him, and an angel-death-by-finger-snap. Cas and Sam have mirrored each other a lot -- and both are and have been so important to Dean...it's one of the things that gives me hope for S7's outcome.

Thank you for the time you've spent with me reading and commenting on these rambles. I've really appreciated it. I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in. Don't be a stranger over the hiatus! :)

Slainte.
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jesters_tear82
May. 22nd, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
Like I told you, 6.21 was ruined for me but with 6.22 I was on a roller-coaster ride the whole time, while the previous one had me crying here I was yelling at the characters :) but before that I was having the same reaction as you, “Carry On My Wayward Son" is such a good vibes song (also my ring-tone :) I can't help jumping & smiling when it comes on, your hubs knows your reactions by now but I for one was glad no one was home to watch my mood swings ;)

Have to agree it was not the same as other seasons finals, sure I was excited but in the end I was like "WHAT!?" because of so many open questions marks. Not only the lack of answering the major points, I was missing the brother's dynamics which we usually get on the finals, even on 4th when they were estranged we got the unified ending, this time it was Sam in Dreamworld, Dean out there worrying. Like you I was really wishing for Dean to enter & assist Sam.. at least we got the sweet confirmation from Sam that he will not leave his brother alone *rubs heart*

Not to be all negative, I did find the episode very engaging & fitting (well besides Cas going bonkers ;) & thought Jared's 3 Sam's were very well played. You say in "The End" you liked both Deans and here you couldn't like RoboSam, that's because Dean of 2014 still had his soul! & I hate RoboSam!! But to be truthful I don't blame Sam for this maniac part of him because we all have our dark sides, right? Who knows what a soullessDean could do.. or a soullessGaelic? ;) Just saying. Question is, what now? He managed to wake up, but can he function with all the memories? Everyone kept saying it would ruin him, I do hope they deal with it more and not just forget about this storyline next year.

Cas!! I think by this stage he wasn't believing in anybody, betrayed by his angel brothers and his human ones, but what he did to Sam, don't know if Dean will forgive him, EVER. After he ate all the souls (or whatever) he was God in his own eyes only. I thought show (or Kripke) was making a sarcastic statement with him, because come on, everyone can rise to power but does that power make you THE God? Of course not. Cas' final words were meant to show how off the grid he has fallen, he may have power but it's tainted & it makes him a dictator, not a merciful God like we one who's missing from heaven. I wonder if he's the big baddie of season 7? Or could he be saved, I think his "punishment" should be to live as a human, to truly understand emotions and free will. *Crossing fingers hard for amulet & Chuck to come back into play*

To sum it up, as long as our brothers are together I can probably deal with whatever they throw our way :) Still I hope for a better constructed season 7.

Thank you for another year of awesome rambles, lady. Don't wander too far away during the summer, ok? :)

*hugs*





gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
I almost made "Carry On..." my ringtone but then I knew that the stupid grin I'd get on my face every time someone calls would get old fast. ;) So...now it's "Dean's Dirty Organ (Brother's Guitar Riff)" from the Season 1-5 soundtrack. Ha!

Like you I was really wishing for Dean to enter & assist Sam.. at least we got the sweet confirmation from Sam that he will not leave his brother alone *rubs heart*

And don't get me wrong, I totally understand this to be a necessary and important journey for Sam. It wasn't about what Sam was doing for me -- it was about what Dean wasn't able to do. I wanted to know what the writers were giving Dean. They keep taking so much from him -- Sam at the end of last season and throughout the beginning of this one, a possibility of a home, life, love with Lisa and Ben, a friend and brother in Cas, and let's not even mention what they did to the Impala -- that I wasn't sure what they were going to leave him with.

They've even returned him to torturing and forgetting that there are real people in there with the demons.

The constant chant (from my POV) the writers have had for Dean this season was 'save Sam' -- save his soul, save his life, save him from himself. And Dean followed through. He did it all. And then...he was left with simply...watching and trusting and letting his brother fight his own battle.

So, I totally see why it was a good thing for Sam -- character growth and necessary for his story. And I liked that a lot. But I didn't see what they were trying to do with Dean aside from once more pulling the rug from beneath his feet.

we all have our dark sides, right? Who knows what a soullessDean could do.. or a soullessGaelic? ;) Just saying.

Yes, totally. That's why I said I was so glad he had this souled part of him -- and I was glad that that was the part we were watching and following.

Everyone kept saying it would ruin him, I do hope they deal with it more and not just forget about this storyline next year.

I think they'll focus on it, at least for awhile. My hope is that through Sam's healing, Dean will find some way to heal as well, because he's never had the opportunity to deal with Hell. I'm hoping this is used as a trigger for both of them.

Or could he be saved, I think his "punishment" should be to live as a human, to truly understand emotions and free will.

Oooo -- I like that idea. :)

Thank you so much for all the time you spend with me reading these rambles and sharing your thoughts. I won't go far over the summer -- I'm going to be posting stories and such and I'd love your input as always. Also, I'm going to try out the polling feature on LJ for the first time and see if I can get some input on how I should continue these rambles. I'd love it if you'd weigh in.

Thanks again!

Slainte.


marlowe78
May. 22nd, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
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<I. I think I may have said, “Um…?” But it was one of those moments where I was like…really? That’s the end?</i>

Hee. You and me both. For one, I was anry that they left us with THAT, because it’d be soooo interesting what happens next. The only thing I know for sure is that there’ll be no bowing involved.

I’m a bit lazy right now, so I just skip some of the quotes I usually do and go for what bugged me and what I liked:

Balty bugged me. I said it in the last ramble, he was too much of a wild card. He was used sloppily, while his character could’ve been very interesting. Ah, well. It at least leaves me with no great loss.

I’m really glad it was just him who died, the spoilers that drifted to me indicated that “people will die” – which I knew meant not necessarily people I care about. BUT I was really worried about Bobby.

So I can live with Cas going mad by power and Balthazar dying and Crowley living.

Not so much liked the poor Impala getting battered again. Poor girl. It COULD lead to another ElaC-moment, (unlikely, I know) with Dean blowing up and finally cracking under the force of himself.

I LIKED Sam’s hunt of himself. How he fits himself back together, and has to struggle to remain upright but never even hesitating to come to his family’s rescue (if unsuccessful, in most ways)

There is still my ongoing issue with “why did Sam have to have similar torturous experiences, can’t Dean have one thing that makes him stand out”, but then again, Sam remembering CAN be used to finally force the issue of facing your issues.

If Sam has to recover, he needs someone who’s stable. Sam won’t be good with repressing and taking happy pills, and I’m guessing he’ll eventually make Dean take notice of his own instability.

Well, it’s what I’m hoping for. There were enough hints in the last season that there is a problem, and now that it’s in a way shared, it can be dealt with.

What else? Oh, I love that we got us some Kansas again! Yeehaa!

Hells_half_Acre said that to find a Supernatural-fan in a ballroom full of strangers, all you have to do is play that song and see who bursts into tears (or maybe whoops, I’d say). Yeah, it’d totally give me away.

And I have to quote you, even though I said I won’t:

<i>But I wonder…how could he promise to fix him? Did he just mean he’d replace the wall? Because if he’d had the power to truly fix him…why didn’t he do it back when they were all friends? Just…has me wondering.</i>

I wondered myself. He’d been less-than-successful so far with rescuing Sam, BUT: in the end, Castiel believes himself to be a god – no, THE GOD. And in that capacity, he’d be very much able to mend a broken soul, so his promise does make sense, from Cas’ point of view.

Not from anyone else’s, though.
marlowe78
May. 22nd, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)

But, they put Dean through all of that all season only to force him to sit next to his comatose brother, in a protected Panic Room, and do nothing to save him. No deal with Death to reconstruct the wall. No dreamscaping to help Sam fight his demons. Nothing. When it came to Sam in this finale, he just had to wait and watch.

Well… I kinda liked it. My Sam-girl-Friend said she didn’t like Dean leaving Sam alone, which I think makes perfect sense in Dean’s character-development. But I liked that Dean couldn’t for once help Sam, that there are things that his brother has to do completely alone. Hard, yes. But Sam has to fight some battles all by himself, because like a very wise fish once said: “Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him.”

So yeah, I liked that part.

I also liked the repeated use of the “Nite Owl-Motel”. It’d been in “Twihard” and in “Fallen Idols”, so it makes perfect sense that Sam remembers that motel (chain?)
Especially when it comes to this show. But I can’t see Cas as the new “God” as in the one and only. He’s as powerful as a god-like being, but that’s where I draw the line.

Me too. Not because I’m all believing in the one and only God, but because we already know a bit about God, and Cas is NOT the same. He just thinks he is, and doesn’t that remind you of a certain brother of his?

Aw Cas… those souls sure scrambled your brains.

So I get your subdued feelings, even though I really liked Cas’ megalomaniac side. It’s kinda cool, and if there is a benevolent writing-god out there, we get some tough words from Dean to that Cod (hee… sorry)

Something like: “Boy, you chose to be with me because I didn’t bow to anyone, and now you want me to do it for you? Think again” – or something to that matter.

I’m too still hoping for some redemption for Castiel, but I’m pretty sure not that it’d be post-mortem.

See you in fall, or maybe earlier if I’ll stumble over into your den.

*hugs*

All the best.
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thruterryseyes
May. 22nd, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
That girl plays Jo on Eureka. The head of security for GD. (Everytime they say GD on that show I flinch)

I believe my reaction to the bookshelf was "What the hell is a bookshelf doing ina bar?? And I'm sorry, of COURSE it had a Lovecraft novel....")

I don't have a lot to say about the parts where Samw as hunting himself, other than he does a helluva job playing the difrerent parts, each part WAS Sam at one time or another but still different from SAM as we know him. I'm sure there will be more to come as far as his hell memories go but I actually thought this was too easy. Every character in Sam's dream kept telling him how awful what was gonna happen would be but i just didn't see it. I liked tha last Sam the best but still, all in all, kinda dull.

I do how ever want to get a screencap of Sam as the hell sam cause it was so frigging dark in that room i couldn't see him and i want to see his face.

HellSam wished Sam good luck when he handed him the knife, thats why he told Sam he'd need it. The luck, not the knife.

"Dean looks at Bobby with a confused expression. He’s still holding his side. His face is too blood-free for me, though – after being flipped in the car and thrown into that table, he should be a wreck. But, at least he’s not standing very straight and he's breathing a bit shallow." This cracks me up, all I diod in this scene was watch Dean to see if he grimaced. I'm guessing broken ribs, but i'm sure they'll be healed by the first ep in S7. Sadly.

And Crowley got away!!! Yay for bad guy.

I didn't really have a problem with the end, ending like it did, but it didn't leave me dying to know what happens like so many other finales did. I'm curious, yeah, but knowing what i know about S7 I'm mostly curious about how they're gonna handle it.

That said. After having read a bunch of comments regarding the end of this season and the beginning of next year, at the risk of starting a war, characters come and characters go, we have our favorites and it's sad to see them evolve and change and leave (and being SN, come back sometimes) but this show was and is about the journey of two tragic young men fighting impossible odds and shattering heartbreak, trying to stay together in a world that is determined to tear them apart. It's not about the characters they meet along the way, however terrific they may be, but about the effect those characters have on Sam and Dean and their struggles to win a fight that is pretty much unwinable.

And that's why I watch.


gaelicspirit
May. 31st, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Someone else told me about Jo from Eureka. I never watched Eureka, but I loved her voice. :)

ach part WAS Sam at one time or another but still different from SAM as we know him.

Yeah, that was definitely cool.

I missed the part about the luck -- I was too focused on the knife. ;)

This cracks me up, all I diod in this scene was watch Dean to see if he grimaced. I'm guessing broken ribs, but i'm sure they'll be healed by the first ep in S7. Sadly.

I know. *pouts* I haven't had a chance to tell you this yet, but Stella busted my lip yesterday -- head-butted me as I was holding her so the hubs could trim her nails. It bled for awhile and is puffy and swollen now. I joked that I needed some of the magic CW cream to fix it up. ;)

characters come and characters go, we have our favorites and it's sad to see them evolve and change and leave (and being SN, come back sometimes) but this show was and is about the journey of two tragic young men fighting impossible odds and shattering heartbreak, trying to stay together in a world that is determined to tear them apart. It's not about the characters they meet along the way, however terrific they may be, but about the effect those characters have on Sam and Dean and their struggles to win a fight that is pretty much unwinable.

I agree with this. But I'll also say that the other characters are important to me not because of who they are to me but who they are to the boys. For example, I will MOURN if they ever kill Bobby.

Sure, I like Bobby in and of his own right, but it's who he has come to be to the brothers that gets me so attached to him. If they were to kill him (and keep him dead) it would irrevocably change their unwinable fight and leech out any remnants of light and hope they might have left.

It's hard to watch the boys grow to care about someone and need them in their lives only to have them ripped away.

That's how I feel about Cas. He's not dead, technically, but the Cas we know is gone and it's the effect that loss has on the boys -- Dean specifically -- that makes it so hard to deal with.

So, yes, it's about the boys and they're why I watch, but these writers are cruel, twisted beings who seem to delight in teasing them with companionship only to tear it away from them at a crucial moment.

*sighs*

Ah, the drama.
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