'Supernatural' finale: Sam and Dean and Apocalypse now

In an exciting season finale that pitted brother against brother, the Apocalypse against another season of happy demon-hunting, Supernatural came to a smashing conclusion last night. The nearly season-long, emotionally-charged struggle between good and evil fought by both brothers Sam and Dean, ended up as it has so many times on Supernatural: the guys were betrayed by gals. But with a difference this time around.

The season finale began with some scary-good flashback scenes featuring yellow-eyed Azazel killing “a bag-full of nuns” and setting up the final, present-day battle. Dean had to overcome his growing hatred of his evil-possessed brother, his desire to help redeem Sam’s soul almost overwhelmed by his anger. (Or as the nicely creepy Zachariah put it, “You’re our own Russell Crowe, complete with surly attiutude.)

To me, the character that really popped this season was Misha Collins’ Castiel. Cas is a highly intelligent, doom-struck fellow with the rumpled trenchcoat and stubble of the comic-book hero John Constantine. His scenes with Dean were terrific confrontation/debates.

Ultimately, however, this episode, written and directed by creator Eric Kripke, peaked with the boys facing the taunts and challenges of Lilith and Ruby. With misdirection worthy of a magician, Ruby convinces Sam to kill Lilith. Turns out, though (ah, day-after spoiler alert), Ruby had tricked Sam. Dean busts in, the brothers are united, Dean stabs Ruby with the super-duper knife, and as Sam and Dean stand side by side, they tumble to the fact that the Apocalypse will commence. Lucifer is the bad moon rising on this dark, bloody-good show. In a final blast of blinding white light, Supernatural said to the brothers and to us, in effect: See ya next season, suckers.

But we’re happy suckers, aren’t we? Did you think the season-ender was as good as I did? What were your favorite moments?

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  • melissa

    Ken, loved the episode and glad you did, too…but you did a bit of a switcheroo on “Sam” and “Dean” in the middle of your 2nd to last paragraph!

  • Elle

    First, a point of clarification:
    1) It was SAM not Dean who killed Lilith – Dean is the brother who “busts in” – :-)
    Okay, this episode rocked! It was the perfect end to an incredible season. Kripke never disappoints.
    I don’t think your assessment of Dean’s feelings toward Sam as “hatred” were accurate. He was more kind of “done” with Sam. Which makes sense, since you can’t help someone who won’t help themselves.
    I can’t believe we have to wait all summer for the conclusion to this, the mother of all cliff hangers!
    Thanks for reviewing! Supernatural deserves the great praise.

  • Jackie

    I loved this episode! I was not happy with the whole Sam going darkside storyline this season, and less happy about the growing rift between Sam and Dean because their relationship has always been what made the show so great. But, we AND Dean got a glimpse of how much Sam’s head was screwed with (the voicemail Sam heard when he finally played it) and the moment Dean started to feel some forgiveness (the message he ACTUALLY left for Sam). Nice to see a little bit of brotherly reconciliation at the end too, the way they were holding onto each other. Also, deep sigh of relief, SO glad they didn’t kill Bobby, and Ruby is FINALLY gone! Happy about the way Castiel has developed as a character as well.
    The end reminded me very much of the “Lost” season finale with the whole white screen. Overall, I was very pleased with this season’s finale (if only “Bones” could have been that good…), and I can’t wait for the fall!!

  • Ibrahim

    You have got Sam and Dean confused “Ruby had tricked Dean. Sam busts in, the brothers are united, ”
    Actually “Ruby had tricked Sam. Dean busts in, the brothers are united”

  • harry

    I can’t wait for next season suckas!!!

  • Bing

    My favorite scene was Sam standing behind Ruby – holding her so that Dean could stab her. It was a scene where you can see their affection for each other as brothers. Oh, I love this episode, got character and heart.

  • Ken Tucker

    Thanks, everyone–made those corrections. (Sometimes I still think of Jared Padalecki as Dean from Gilmore Girls–duh.) Happy Supernaturalizing!

  • Erika

    Loved it! Supernatural never fails to disappoint–but, yeah, you kinda switched the brothers as to who-did-what (better be careful, the fans will come after you). I truly enjoyed that, after a season of the boys being at each other’s throats, they were united in the final minutes. Now, if we just knew what was coming out of that pit…

  • Ellen

    I think this episode taught Smallville a big fat lesson on how a finale on a limited budget SHOULD be handled. The plot was taut and the suspense was agonising. The character dynamics and writing are so strong on Supernatural that it didn’t need a hundred beat downs to be exciting – although my only qualm might be that they did scrimp on the big fight scenes very slightly. Having said that, seeing Sam and Dean team up for that brief second to bring Ruby to an ignominious end was almost more triumphant for its brevity than if the whole thing had been drawn out with tricksy fight choreography. And what a cliffhanger…almost (I say ALMOST) rivals the Lost finale.

  • Dee

    It sets it up and Dean will have to kill Lucifer. I hope Castiel didn’t get into to much trouble since Dean wasn’t able to get to Sam in time. I love Castiel’s character. They found the right guy to play that one.

  • John

    This is one of the best shows on tv in a very long time. It’s well written and acted. I can’t wait til next season. Sadly, it will be the last season. This series is one to own!

  • Sadie

    Ken, so glad that you are watching this show! I started watching the reruns last summer and got all of the previous seasons from Netflix. I was so set to dismiss the show because of the subject matter, but it’s incredible. Can’t wait to get this season on DVD and watch all four back to back.

  • SH

    AMAZING from a corny season 1 to a fab season 4 the show has matured. this one even beats DEAN going to hell.

  • Rj

    I enjoyed the episode but it confused me, why did the angels pull Dean out of Hell if they wanted Sam to kill Lilith all along? Sam was already in Ruby’s trap before Dean came back. Very curious to see where next season goes. I just hope next season they still do the one shot episodes in different towns with different monsters, like the first two season were, and not focus every episode on Angels vs. Demons. But I am disappointed I have to wait months to find out.

  • Maik

    It Was Amazing. The Only Thing I Don’t Understand Is If The Angels Created The Seals To Keep Lucifer @ Bay , Why Would Killing Lillith Be The Last One? That Wouldn’t Make Sense , Unless She Was Unkillable

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