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'Supernatural' Season 6, Episodes 21 and 22 Recap (Season Finale)

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 21st 2011 12:00AM
['Supernatural - 'Let It Bleed' and 'The Man Who Knew Too Much']

The scope of the 'Supernatural' finale was epic. It was a showdown between not just the Winchesters and Castiel but between Castiel and his enemy, Raphael, and there was a contest between Cas and his former partner, the devious Crowley, thrown in for good measure. Two factions of Heaven, plus the King of Hell, with an added helping of Winchesters: Those are pretty high stakes.

Yet given the titanic nature of these conflicts, why did the Winchesters' world feel so small when the two-hour finale was over?

There was a lot to ponder when the show's season 6 finale ended. I've come to some conclusions about what what worked, what didn't and what it all might mean, but I have a feeling I'll be mulling this one for a while. I didn't hate the finale, and there were actually scenes I liked, but I have to say, I have misgivings about both what occurred in the finale and where the show is heading in general.

In the main, I had two problems with how the season ended, and I'm going to roughly separate those issues into problems of personal preference and problems of execution. The problems of personal preference are just that: Sometimes shows make artistic choices that I don't necessarily agree with, but when they're part of a fully realized artistic vision, that's all well and good and I don't begrudge a show that choice, even if I'm not a fan of where it's heading.

For example, at some point 'House' decided to become more of a soap opera and less of an exploration of ethical and moral dilemmas. Once I realized that the show had irretrievably chosen that path for good, I mentally thanked the show for years of service, chose to put aside my irritation with its new direction, and got off the bus. No harm, no foul. A show is welcome to go down a certain creative path, but we don't necessarily have to follow it. Sure, I think 'House' became a lesser drama, despite my affection for certain characters and performances, but I can intellectually understand why, after years of doing one kind of thing, the writers wanted to try something else.

I'm not saying I'm giving up on 'Supernatural' -- far from it. I just think there's a certain sadness and hopelessness that is creeping close to the core of the show. It's not just that the main characters go through a lot of pain -- their stoic turmoil appeals to the masochist in all of us -- but all it's that they have no choice but to endure it and no chance of ever attaining anything like contentment, let alone happiness. The fact that the show has been foregrounding that kind of bleakness is tough for me to take, but maybe that's just me. Do I think that's a "bad" choice? I think that's debatable. It's not the direction I would have chosen, but I respect it as a valid one, and it's a direction that is, in some ways, true to this world.

That kind of personal response is different from, say, evaluating a bad performance, critiquing weak writing or spotting plot holes and structural deficiencies. I'm not referring to the 'Supernatural' finale in particular in this paragraph, I'm just saying that sometimes my divergence from a show can arise from artistic choices that were consciously made by the people behind the show. Other times, the critical statements I might make about a show arise from instances of poorly executed artistic choices. It's the difference between personally disliking a certain style of architecture and enumerating the ways in which a house -- or an entire building -- is falling down because it was badly made.

Now, before I go further in that kind of overall critique of where things stand on 'Supernatural,' let me be clear -- there were some very well-acted moments in these episodes. Dean's scene at Lisa's hospital bedside gave us yet more terrific work from Jensen Ackles, who gave a typically understated but very effective performance. His coiled anger and restrained hurt when Castiel showed up were heartbreaking, as was his face as he left Lisa's room. Your heart had to go out to the poor guy (and that fact actually ties in to one of my problems with not just the episode, but the direction of the show). And given the chance to act opposite different versions of their characters, most actors go the hambone route, but Jared Padalecki gave each of the three Sams distinct personalities but never chewed the scenery. Nicely done.

I have a feeling Castiel fans will go ballistic when they see what's happened to everybody's favorite angel (and I have more thoughts on that topic below), but no one can deny that Misha Collins brought a masterful new flavor to Cas in his final scene with the Winchesters. The new, not-improved God!Cas was deliciously condescending; his arrogance filled his being even more than all those souls did. After feeling persecuted and plotted against, this version of Cas felt vindicated in every way, but still didn't quite realize that, as they say, pride goeth before a fall.

Not to leave anyone out, I especially enjoyed Jim Beaver's fine work in the episodes (especially in the scene with the "mad" H.P. Lovecraft dinner party guest), 'Eureka's' Erica Cerra was a good choice to play Sam's "soul guide," and who doesn't love Mark Sheppard's Crowley? And finally, the dialogue was more full than usual of the kind of funny lines and witty rejoinders we're used to on this show. The finale wasn't exactly Fluffy Bunnies 'n' Rainbow Kittens Time, but it was pretty funny now and again.

OK, with all that said, here's my main criticism of 'Supernatural,' the one that I consider a personal preference problem. Let me explain by way of another comparison. An acclaimed show I had a hard time getting into for a long time was 'Breaking Bad,' and that was, in part, because the show can be hopeless and characters' lives can be relentlessly grim. I'm afraid that 'Supernatural' is getting into 'Breaking Bad' territory.

'Supernatural' is a show that has been killing off its secondary, recurring and tertiary characters relentlessly for years now, and if you've read me for long, you'll know that I've never liked that tendency. Why not build up more of a world and thus increase the emotional richness of the hunting community and also increase the stakes for the Winchesters? Even if Ellen and Jo had to die, they had bonds with the boys. Their deaths mattered. There's a coldness to the fact that the only people left standing at the end of season 6 are either megalomaniacs, severely damaged or... Bobby. (It's worth noting here that I began to like 'Breaking Bad' more when it expanded its world a bit and brought in ace actors like Bob Odenkirk and Giancarlo Esposito to play terrific supporting characters.)

But not only has 'Supernatural' persevered with the ongoing supporting-character bloodbath, the show has now, in so many words, declared that Sam and Dean Winchester will never, ever be allowed to have any real relationships or friendships outside each other and Bobby. Oh, they did have this one friend named Castiel, but he screwed them over bigtime and that all went sideways.

Here's how toxic Sam and Dean are to anyone outside their own tiny bubble: They're not only essentially banned from having real friends or non-brotherly loved ones, if the Ben and Lisa parable is anything to go by, they're not even allowed to live on in the memories of the people they've come to know well. Ye gods.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but what Sam and Dean have to live for? As I said above, at the end of the finale, the brothers are now stuck in a claustrophobic world in which they only have each other, and no possibility of anything else, ever. Sam is incredibly scarred, and Dean is a hard-drinking torturer who is ferociously repressing the shards of romantic and familial love he felt for Ben and Lisa. I know the brothers' bond is strong, but does it assauge all that pain and hopelessness?

Maybe the unforgiving 'Breaking Bad' tone is what the 'Supernatural' powers that be are going for. The AMC show features a man who's been on a long, hard, bloody slide into hell and there's no possibility of redemption. I have actually come to appreciate the good things about 'Breaking Bad' (and I've always loved Bryan Cranston's performance), but at least that show was upfront from the beginning about where Walter White, the main character, was going.

You might well say that 'Supernatural' was always upfront about the world the boys lived in, but I'm not so sure that's true. The Winchesters have gone through many hard times, but there was something more hopeful, and frankly more enjoyable, about their scrappy underdog fights in seasons past. It's hard to root for characters to win a battle when, at this point, the war looks so dauntingly unwinnable.

While I'm a fan of the film noir sensibility, I do think it is hard to sustain over the long haul, because noir is about the loss of illusion and cynicism in the face of unbearable truths. The show feels like it's no longer about two guys (and a few friends) using wiles and guile and all-American gumption to give the big boys what for. At the end of season 6, it felt like a show about two people who've lost everything and have no hope of things ever getting better.

What's the future for these guys? Is it going to be a very repetitive cycle in which they fight each other on occasion, fight their former friend (who's now a power-mad dictator), and fight various creatures in an unending war against darkness, while slipping further into alcoholism as they try to repress all the awful memories in their heads? Sounds like fun times! Let's do it!

In all seriousness, I like dark shows, but I also like them to have at least a few shreds of hope or at least relief scattered in there somewhere. 'Supernatural' has taken that away from Sam and Dean. 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'The Shield,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Sopranos' -- all these shows could be incredibly dark, but each of them offered something (aesthetically, structurally or emotionally) to offset the darkness. I don't know if a lot of quips and great performances are enough to offset the intrinsic sadness of Sam and Dean's world, especially as it left them in the finale -- broken and betrayed by one of their two only friends. The question is not only, "Where do they go from here?" but "Why do they keep going at all?"

The problem with creating characters I care this deeply about is that it's fricking hard to watch them get dragged deeper and deeper into despair. Truly, I say this with love: I care about these guys, and even though these actors can play the hell out of comedy, irony and black comedy, we need more than quips and sarcasm to relieve the gloom. Let some air into this world. Give them (and us) a break.

Now, as to the execution of the finale, again, I found some things to like (and I mentioned many of those above), but there were a few problems as well.

First and foremost is the Castiel issue. I don't think the show set up Cas' turn into God!Cas well enough. It almost got the character there, but not quite.

I absolutely loved 'The Man Who Would Be King' -- as I wrote in this review, I thought it was a tour de force in every respect -- but we needed more setup of Cas' story line all season long for the final scene of the season to 100 percent work. No matter how great 'King' was, to essentially defer most of Cas' character journey and backstory to one hour just wasn't sufficient, considering the seriousness of the change he displayed in that last season 6 scene.

Obviously there's some logic behind Cas' transformation, but I just don't understand how the serious doubts he was feeling in 'King' suddenly crystallized into the knowledge that he was "right" about his Purgatory plan. Sure, having all those souls inside him gave him an incredible sense of power, and power corrupts. But 'Supernatural' has essentially removed the core of Cas from the character.

What caused Castiel to ally with the Winchesters in the first place was his unusual willingness to doubt orders, to question authority and to act according to his conscience. I can understand why he'd want to fill in for his absent Father, whom he think has done a piss-poor job of running the place. Still, I'm not sure how he could cast Dean's doubts and concerns aside relatively easily. That just didn't quite track for me.

We needed more than a few scenes here and there and one episode to explain why these defining characteristic of Cas -- his conscience and his willingness to see other points of view -- were suddenly just gone. Again, 'King' did a good job of getting us 70 percent of the way there, but the show should have devoted more time to Cas if it wanted that transformation to be a rock-solid moment.

Elsewhere on the execution front, there were a few shortcuts that didn't necessarily bug me in a huge way, but they were hard not to spot. My goodness, the prison where Crowley was holding Ben and Lisa was preposterously unprotected, and Crowley's HQ was similarly undefended. Sure, there were a few guards here and there in either place, but apparently people could more or less walk right in to Crowley's HQ (sorry, "ninja" in).

As far as the Soulless Sam arc, well, that went away for a while and then suddenly it was Back! Remember that wall in Sam's head? Well, it came down and hijinks ensued. I somewhat enjoyed the puzzle-ish/'Memento' angle of Sam trying to recall who he was and what had happened to him, but that whole part of the story was left kind of unresolved, which was frustrating, given how much attention had been paid to the Soulless Sam arc in the first half of the season. Reunified Sam did make an appearance at Crowley's HQ, but we'll have to wait until season 7 to see the full impact of him remembering Hell, the Cage and his time as Mr. Mean, the hunting machine. As it stands now, we've seen a Sam who looks like six miles of bad road, and that's about it.

I do respect the idea of trying out a variety of plot threads this season, rather than trying to execute one big story, but some promising ideas (the Campbells) never got a real shot and others simply fizzled (the Mother). And in the second half of the season, we skipped around from Sam's wall to the Mother to Cas and Crowley and then the finale threw Balthazar, Dr. Ell Visyack and even H.P. Lovecraft into the mix. It's not that there weren't some really excellent episodes and mini-arcs in this season, it's just that various threads didn't quite weave together in organic ways as the end of the season loomed.

All right then, the Road So Far: Sam is incredibly damaged, God!Cas is going to open up a can of whupass on Raphael's supporters and otherwise establish his bona fides as Heaven's ruler, Dean is even more broken and full of repressed pain post-Lisa and Ben, and, well, now what? Do the boys just bow down and pay their respects to Cas and then get back to hunting, once they've fixed the Metallicar? Is it a problem that God!Cas is no longer all that keen on them and that Crowley, the king of Hell, hates them? It might be.

What is life going to be like for the Winchesters in season 7? I honestly don't know. But I do think that these wayward sons deserve a little light at the end of the tunnel.

A few final notes:

• It was nice to see Dr. Visyak (a.k.a. Ell) again, but I wish we'd spent more time on her. She was certainly more interesting than the dreadful Mother of All, and any time we can spend with a Bobby ex is time well spent. At least she had a longer shelf life than Cas' assistant. Barely.

• Nice to know that Sam thinks of Dean as a "male model type."

• Again we heard Crowley's excellent taste in music in his HQ -- he does like the classic R&B.

• Speaking of good music, excellent use of the Rolling Stones' 'Play With Fire.'

• The new catchphrase that will be sweeping the nation this summer: "Bow down or I shall destroy you."

• Some good Balthazar lines this week: "Your howler monkeys." "You bastards!" I'll miss Sebastian Roche on the show, he was a great fit.

• Speaking of unresolved questions -- who killed H.P. Lovecraft's dinner-party guests? And Lovecraft himself? Ell said it wasn't her. Did something else fall out of Purgatory when Ell did? Or is this just an unexplained loose end?

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• Finally, thank you for another great season of comments, wisdom, humor and insight, my fellow fans. Reading your comments every week is one of the highlights of this gig. You rock! No really, you do!

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I finally got around to reading this after having it recommended by some friends. I can't express how much I agree about the hopeless turn of the show. It's almost stifling. Like you, I do like dark shows, it's one of the things I like about Supernatural, but there needs to be some modicum of hope somewhere or else it's just too depressing. At this point, I can't see how they could give us a satisfactory series conclusion. I keep saying that if Buffy could do it, so can Supernatural...but they keep spiraling ever downward. But, I gotta say, I've not been 100% thrilled with the last two season finales anyway.

It seems to me that as the show stands now, I separate it in my head as two different beasts. The first is seasons 1 through the first half of season 4 and then the last half of season 4 through season 6. I much prefer the seasons 1 through the first half of 4 because it had more of what I love. The brothers bonds were strong, the storytelling was tight and there were plenty of extra characters for the boys to interact with. We still had Cas, Jo, Ellen, Bobby, Anna, Lisa and Ben, etc. Now we've only got Bobby. :( Plus, the first section of Supernatural still held some hope that perhaps the boys might find a happy ending amongst all this strife, that they're efforts were worth it.

Now its just gloom and doom and the boys still don't have that bond they once had. Most of the characters I liked have been killed off and Cas has gone bad (the one character besides Dean you could count on to do the right thing). I still watch and support the show, but its definitely lost something for me. I hope that something will change in season seven and my show will be restored to what I love. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

June 17 2011 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love misha(Castiel) alot and his character has pulled me through all the season of Sam drinking demon blood and Soulless Sam. Dean and Castiel s' relationship has both moved me and annoyed me; for example, Castiel faith and wiliness to do anything for Dean even die was both beautiful and awesome and Dean taking Castiel under his wing and into the family was so brilliantly written i felt that i could see it happening. But the part that annoyed me was how under appreciated Dean was for Castiel at times, never saying thank you, getting angry at Castiel when he couldn't make it to his beck and call's. It became very obvious in, 'Frontier land' when Dean called for Castiel and angel Rachel showed up and shouted at Dean for, 'calling for Castiel every time they stubbed their toe.' and as always Castiel showed up and defended them, sending Rachel on her way.
The build up for the season6 finale was kept through the whole season and it was obvious the writers knew what they were writing. I Felt that Castiel turning into God was an obvious sign of Castiel giving up on humanity and more importantly, giving up on Dean. in my opinion it shows how my Castiel is fed up with putting faith in others and having it turned back on him, which we could see when he killed(?) Balthazar.
overall i feel that the main reason Castiel kept the souls was because he wanted to shield himself from anymore hurt and wanted to have the power to protect himself.
My predictions for season 7 is that Bobby and Sam will be looking for a way to kill newly turned God Cas, but Dean will try and find some other way of stopping him, some way without killing Castiel. I also believe Dean will be depressed and angry and will have lost all faith in everything; as he has lost another friend and someone (be the only one) who he could place all his trust in and give up control to, someone who he could trust completely to protect Sam.
I also believe we will be seeing Crowley again, and i think he is going to be lending a hand to Dean and Sam in stopping Castiel, and i also believe that Balthazar will be back, as we didn't see the usual outline of the wings on the floor, that we usually see when an angel dies.
Overall i believe that season 7 will be interest ;)

June 13 2011 at 9:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will be sad to not see Castiel every episode next season. I was a little dissapointed with Castiel when he joined with Crowley and when he "became the new God" This is not at all in Castiels character. He is what I call an Angel with an oversized heart where humans are concerned. He became friends with Sam and Dean. Dean more than Sam of course. Having him turn this way was just not what I would have ever thought to happen to Castiel. He has killed his own kind to protect the boys. He has been thrown back to heaven on several occasions for helping humans. He sacrificed a lot and took many chances to aide the Winchesters. His character
would never had done this.

June 10 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Forgot to say - I love your reviews Mo. Over the past year, I've read reviews from about a dozen sources, and I love yours best. Yours are meaty, concise, and your TV knowledge really shows. Sorry, for not saying everything in 1 comment. I'm really new to making comments.

June 10 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BTW - I don't agree that the Campbell storyline went nowhere or that the Mother storyline fizzled. I believe that these storylines went where they were supposed to, even though we might not like it. The Campbell story was a big bleak, which was dissappointing. But, hey, we got a speech about blanket forgiveness, and what family means to Dean. Also, we might run into other Campbell later. :)

The Mother storyline ended like it supposed to, as a set up for the big noir mystery reveal. The Mother could have been more interesting or terrifying, but would that been too diverting??

June 10 2011 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After childhood, I never watched TV much. I was shocked at how this TV show sucked me in, "must see TV" indeed. I saw the beginning of S4 last summer during TNT marathon, and had to buy the DVD. I was enthralled by S4/S5. I almost never buy DVDs or rewatch episodes, or read episode reviews (a first for me). Too much else to do in a short life.
This S6 finale hit me HARD. I actually felt physically ill, over TV!!?? I finally figured it out.
I was watching a myth, and not TV. I'm rusty on my Joseph Campbell. But he said something like myths talk to our deep-most selves, about big mysteries, life/death, life's purpose, inner resources. Myths hit deep.
In S4/S5, the Winchester's story was an awesome, modern myth. It dealt with real weaknesses & strengths like I haven't seen elsewhere.
Anyway, I think that "noir mystery" was done well & cleverly. Good surprises. But, noir is probably good TV, but not good myths.
Actually, S6 was confusing. Some parts of it seemed mythic, like Sam getting his soul back & reintegrating, and dealing with the bad things he did souless. But, I can't think of any other myth where your "Supernatural Aid(monomyth phrase)" goes bad. This show is off the map now, as far as myths go. Mythic friendships don't end like this.
But, maybe this is OK. Supernatural is a TV show, not a modern myth. So... Supernatural becomes more like a TV show in S6/S7, and less mythic. Fine.
But, I don't think I can watch anymore. These characters once talked to me mythically. Now, I'm supposed to let them talk to me like other forgettable TV shows?? Ugh, don't like this feeling. Sorry no advice. I'm not a writer who knows how to "fix" it. :)

June 10 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max Smart

Spot on about the bleakness of the end of s6. It left me with a very similar feeling to the one I had at the end of Angel (without the warm and fuzzy feelings of accomplishment). That is what is missing I think. The brothers always got kicked around like the unwanted puppy in a crack house but they always came out on top or close to it, but here they seem to have been beaten like redheaded step children and they still lost and lost hard and in a new and imaginative way. At least in Angel when the team lost and they always did, it was a sacrifice for greater good or the big fight or something. If anyone hasn't seen Angel id highly advise it. it was spectacular and right up your ally if your a fan of these two crazy Winchester brothers.

June 10 2011 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Totally agree with the dislike of the utter dreariness w/o any relief vibe that the showrunners seem to be embracing through their obsession with the now claustrophobic brother relationship. Come on, Show. If I never hear about Sam's more-horrible-than-anyone-else's-ever hell storyline again it will be too soon. I hope someone fixes him before we have to put up with that for another fourteen episodes in S7-especially when Dean's same trauma was so denigrated and pushed to the side in favor of Sam's demon blood addiction storyline in S4. A real myth-arc storyline for Dean in S7 would be nice instead of a soap opera one(even though I'm sure Ackles and Cindy Sampson and the kid could have made it work if there would have been some real focus on it--like many of the other storylines this season-excluding the SoullessSam storyline, of course-which we could have done with less of, IMO-much less). I liked 6.21 for the acting which was stellar all around. I fell asleep on 6.22, and on re-watch found it a huge disappointment for what they did with Cas and I hope they're not thinking of destroying the profound bond between Dean and Cas because it's what's kept me hanging in with this show for the past two seasons. I hope with all that's in me that the writers get their mojo back for S7 and that they will utilize Jensen Ackles better by making his role more than just being everybody else's caretaker. Caring for people is a character trait, not a storyline, on this show, IMO. And Jensen Ackles is too good of an actor to be so limited in his role on it, IMO too.
Thanks for the review, Mo.

May 31 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I don't know who that character was but it wasn't Castiel. I don't think that the idea of Castiel being corrupted by power is in any way consistent with his characterization. 6x22 was so deeply disappointing because that characterization has been so compelling and consistent over almost three seasons i.e. up to this point. He has always been a powerful creature but, while other angels (and people) were letting their power convince them of their superiority and great desert Castiel consistently gave his power away; first to his superiors - he always followed orders Anna tells us which means that over millennia he chose to let his superiors have power over him because he believed that to follow orders was right. Then, when at length Dean convinces him that free will is to be fought for Castiel follows through on his decision that to fight for this is right by engaging in a course of action which causes his power to drain away i.e. he uses his power to engage in a fight which causes him to lose his power.We see in 'The End' that he is willing to follow this all the way through to its conclusion. He has consistently used what power he has to pursue what he believes is his duty regardless of what this means for his being powerful. It's not that he doesn't want to be powerful, he does but given that he consistently uses this power in ways which effectively give it away we can see that he wants to be powerful so that he can pursue what he believes is right more effectively which has been shown again and again to be worth more to him in the end than the power with which he pursues it. Further he has always been more powerful than the Winchesters and he has never ever attempted to use his infinitely superior power to manipulate them them into loving him or demand that they do so. Sometimes he demands respect but he has never shown any hint of the belief that love can be demanded and given all he has learned about love over the course of the three seasons I find it implausible that he would suddenly believe that now. Neverthless what is most implausible about this is that we are to believe he is suddenly susceptible to being corrupted by power. It is a cliche that power corrupts but what is more interesting to me is that for some people(including some historic figures)it doesn't because what it offers isn't what they want most.
Further it is nonsensical to have a character who so loves God that he follows his orders for millennia without even seeing him, who has such faith in him that even when he loses faith in the other angels he believes in the will of God, who having apparently given up on God in 5x20 immediately concludes when he is brought back that it was God who brought him back and was responsible for more good of which they were not even aware (5x22) thus making it seem probable that his loss of faith was not complete even in 5x20. Even in 6x20 he is pleading with God.To me it is nonsensical to have this character come back and claim to be God.

May 31 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is my first comment on any of the supernatural sites so forgive me if its a bit ill defined. I agree with some of what you wrote but feel that the writers are expecting a bit more of the viewers by season 7. If you have hung on this long most of the viewers know the backstory and the characters quite well. I suspect its pretty difficult to flesh out every story to the full and that in some cases the fans are supposed to fill in the blanks. I thought the lead up to Cas going meglomanic was pretty solid. I think it went beyond simply the souls giving him power and corrupting him, i think that he has been fundamentally changed. The angels were all afraid he would explode and take out most of the earth with him, i feel like what happened was that he did explode, but internally and that the explosion wiped out much of what was "Cas" and left a bit of a shell with a huge amount of power. I suspect there is some of him still there, but underneath all the power those souls give him. I think that some of season 7 will be devoted to finding a way to drain the souls from Cas and return them to pergatory or, knowing Sam & Dean to heaven.

I agree I would like to see a bit of lightness return to the show, and give Sam and Dean an outlet for all the pain and anger. Perhaps they could go somewhere warm? Have we ever seen either of them wear shorts?? Finally, I would really like to see a bit more of Sam involved in the emotional scenes, I feel a bit like Dean has had all the links to the external characters, a stronger relationship with Bobby and Cas, Lisa and Ben, a closer relationship with their father, even their mother really only knew Dean. Sam did have the relationship with the Cambells but that was souless Sam and they all turned bad on him anyay, there was also Jessica but that was such a long time ago. I wont go as far as to suggest a love interest (I dont want to get lynched here) but perhaps some other kind of support for them to lean on? I have to say though I really enjoyed both final episodes, i dont think that Ben and Lisa were viable in the long term, if Ben were his then yes but not just as an added responsibility. I also want to see more of Sam dealing wtih hell.

May 31 2011 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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