I liked this season finale, granted, for me it wasn't as emotionally intense as other season finales have been, but what it lacked in intensity, it totally made up for in emotional satisfaction. There were awesome brother moments, awesome Sam moments, awesome Dean moments and of course there's Crowley. He is delicious. Most importantly it was a fitting end to a story that began all the way in Season 5.
If you all don't mind, I would like to elaborate on the emotional satisfaction I felt by the hour's end. I have posted for years now how I had always believed that God had not abandoned his creation, but had been around this entire time. I've also postulated time and time again, ever since learning that Heaven commanded Sam and Dean be born in My Bloody Valentine, that God not only was still around, but that he created the Winchesters as a gift to all of humanity. While God was no longer hands on, he still gave the world Sam and Dean and has often saved them and provided for them when they needed it the most. God created angels. He created Castiel, the apparent spanner in the works, yet who turned out to be an ally to the Winchesters, betraying the angels, to help Sam and Dean stop the Apocalypse. Cas has been the Winchester's guardian angel, and if one were to think about it, it was Chuck/God who created Castiel in the first place. The square peg in the round hole.
I've always believed Chuck was God, way back in Swan Song. It did make total sense to me after all. Chuck pretty much admitted in when he flat out told the Winchesters, I must be a god. Chuck was the one writing the Winchester Gospel. Who else but God would declare these books as such? Cas told the boys the books were the Winchester Gospel but why did he think that unless he was meant to? Chuck admitted at the end of Swan Song that the boys were being tested and they passed. They chose love, they chose humanity, they chose family and isn't that the point? Think about God's words.. and then put them in this season's finale.
I had noted in the last few thinky thoughts as well as years ago, that everything that the boys have been through, even the horrible, all happened for a reason. The life these boys have lived, the torment they suffered through, the loss, the guilt, the fear, hell, Lucifer, purgatory, the mark, being a demon, the loss of friends and family, as awful as it all has been, there was a purpose to all of it and some good did come from it. Sam and Dean, in spite of these terrible things they've had to endure have become stronger. They never quit. They never stop fighting the good fight. Their bond has become stronger than ever. They never stop believing in each other. They never stop fighting for each other. They never quit on each other. They never quit on their friends and they never quit on humanity. I had postulated that God created the Winchesters, because it is the Winchesters who have always been His greatest weapon. His weapon against evil. His weapon against monsters. His weapon for all of his creation. Chuck validated my theory and made it a reality when he responded to Dean's "What about the world?" with, "don't worry Dean, they have you", as in Sam and Dean Winchester.
I had noted above that this finale was a fitting end to a story that began all the way in s5. I wrote last week, which this episode pretty much corroborated, that God had a plan within a plan. He never wanted to hurt his sister, so his only move was to leave the fight in the hands of his greatest weapon...the Winchesters. So let's really look at the big picture here and why it is my opinion that I feel that this was such a fitting end. We learned that God has a sister. Not only does he have a sister, but his sister is the Darkness, the destroyer of creation. God loved his sister but he wanted more. He wanted new life. The problem was that every time He would make a new creation, Amara would destroy it. In order to save his latest creation, humans and the world we live in, God locked his sister away. He didn't stop loving her, he just loved us as much. God entrusts Lucifer with the Mark, which is the lock and key, but the Darkness corrupts the Mark and with that Lucifer. Lucifer then transfers the Mark to a human, to Cain. Amara has tainted God's creation. God declares Cain not be killed and is made immortal, but even with that God knew that one day Amara would be released and he would confront her again. So, God commanded Sam and Dean had to be born. I've stated the obvious reason above, but after thinking about it, I think God created the boys for another reason as well, a personal reason.
Why do we love these boys so much? What makes us love them? They are strong, perseverant, faithful, and flawed. They love each other, they would kill for each other, they would die for each other. They fight for each other and they fight with each other. Nothing that they have done to each other could ever break their bond. They never give up...not on each other, their friends, their family or humanity itself. They get knocked down, they get up again, if one can't the other carries them. They support each other. Sam and Dean Winchester literally make me, a fan, want to be a better everything: a better sister, daughter, friend, person. They are inspirational. They are everything family is all about...it's everything one wants in their own family or to have one like that some day....so if I feel that way about Sam and Dean, then perhaps God/Chuck does too they . Maybe, just maybe, one of the reasons that God commanded Sam and Dean be born, why he has watched over them, saved them and chose them to stop the Darkness, is because God himself is inspired by them, they are everything he desires for himself. This is the kind of relationship he wants to have with his own sister.
Perhaps that's why the bond existed between Dean and Amara. It wasn't about getting Dean close enough to Amara to blow her to bits. It was about Dean getting to Amara by using his bond and love he has for Sam. Sam's role in the finale wasn't just about his unending faith and optimism. He wasn't just there to get everyone's asses in gear after they've all (seemingly) given up. Sam's role was imperative, vital to Dean getting through to Amara. It's their bond with each other, their faith in each other, their love for each other, their need for each other that engulfs Dean every day, and it's this feeling that enables him to reach out to the part of Amara who loves. Amara does love Chuck. Family is pretty much the only one who can you that angry. If Amara didn't love Chuck, her anger wouldn't be so great. She felt sorrow when she could feel her brother losing the light. She knew it would be the end of them both, of everything. Amara was starting to break, but it was Dean who literally made her see the light. So in the end, as Sam and Dean have always done, Chuck and Amara chose family. Isn't that the point? Isn't the very basis of this show family?
I thought Jared and Jensen were amazing. Crowley was awesome. Everyone did a great job. Loved the brother hug. Loved that Sam and Dean kept with the current theme of respecting choices, especially for the greater good. They both put humanity first, as Chuck knew they would. I'm glad the Amara storyline has reached its conclusion. I wasn't too fond of Amara I admit, but I did like the way they ended the Chuck?Amara storyline. I loved that they ended it with the theme of family. It's always been what show is about. I also liked the family theme that played throughout the episode. Dean letting Cas know that Sam and he think of Cas as a brother. There was even a bit of family bonding between Crowley and Rowena, even if they didn't see it themselves. The cast and crew did a great job.
Now....the end. I must admit, rumours had spread about Mary showing up so I saw that coming. I do wonder what her purpose is? Could she be there to warn Dean about something? Could it be Mary who sends Dean back to the bunker because Sam is in trouble? Maybe Mary is there to advise Dean against trouble? I have no idea, but I look forward to finding out.
Did anyone else have this thought flowing through their brain? Sam you don't tell a British chick with a gun that they're not going to shoot you...hello Bella ring a bell? I don't know if this woman shot Sam or not. I know she didn't kill him. I do wonder if she clipped him or just fired a warning shot. I'm kind of not sure on whether Sam was looking for a bullet. I know Sam was willing to respect Dean's decision, but he made no promise to live with that decision. Now Sam might not hurt himself, but I wouldn't put it past him to ensure that he does something that can get him killed. The boys might have come to the agreement of putting people first and kept that agreement, but neither one promised the other that if they went they wouldn't be far behind. We've seen Dean twice now ready to die when he thought Sam was dead/dying. I see Sam doing the same thing. Guess it's something to speculate this summer.
I do find it interesting that other MOL have been keeping tabs on the boys. I do kind of wonder why they haven't helped at any point. I wonder if fellow MOL will be friend or foe to the Winchesters. This too is something I'm anxious to find out. I'm glad show has wrapped up the end of the world type scenarios. I look forward to smaller and more personal next season.
Before I sign off, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Amy for allowing me to share all my thinky thoughts with all of you. I'd also like to thank all of you who take the time to read them. I appreciate your input as well. It's such a pleasure chatting with you about the eps and hearing your thoughts.
I hope everyone has a quick and painless hiatus. Enjoy your summer.
Check out sweetondean's review of Alpha and Omega. Read it here!
Check out sweetondean's review of Alpha and Omega. Read it here!
I just wanted to thank Anna for sharing with us her great insight this season. Her posts always make you think and I love the different angles of the story she examines. Thanks Anna! -sweetondean