This Friday “Supernatural” will air its last two episodes for the season finale which gives the fans a double-dose of fire-and-brimstone.
Episodes 6.21 “Let It Bleed” and 6.22 “The Man Who Knew Too Much” are hour long back to back episodes, although a two hour movie was contemplated originally. Kripke states, “There are so many mythology balls up in the air,” he stated during the PaleyFest panel, “in the end, in order to tie up all the loose threads, it’s very episodic.” He continues saying, “Because of this, both episodes will stand alone, with certain aspects of the mythology tied up in the first hour, and another group tied up in the second hour, all leading up to … a cliffhanger ending!” Kripke also conceded “that there are a number of “curveballs and twists” in the season’s final episodes, which have certainly thrown our brothers for a loop.”
As for the content of the episodes, Kripke warns that the season is “building to a left hook that I don”t think [fans will] see coming.” He said fans can look for everything to “come to a head,” including the war in heaven, and the mystery behind Purgatory. “It”s just sort of turning everything up into a high boil,” he explained.
Executive producer Sera Gamble stated, “We heard pretty early that we should be prepared for them to air on the same night. We had so many threads to tie up this season; we didn”t end up telling one story that stretches over two episodes. Instead, they work as companion pieces and separate episodes.” Gamble included that both episodes are brother-centric and “very much about Sam and Dean coming together.” “I would say that the last couple of episodes are pretty dark,” she continues. “The situation is rather desperate for Sam and Dean and they truly have to ban together to get the job done.”
At PaleyFest, Jim Beaver also commented on the remaining season saying, “The last few episodes of the season are very much a team effort. My sense of it is it”s not a lot of us going off on our separate ways. It”s a lot of us working together on the big questions facing us and we answer a few of them – but not all of them,” he said. He wouldn”t state what questions would be answered, but offered this taunt: “Certain relationships among the group have some rather climactic shifts. Don”t expect the four of us to all be relating the same way at the end of the season as we were at the beginning.” Now, that has to be about Cas!
The first episode of the two part finale deals primarily with Dean”s storyline this season, which found him struggling with his identity. Executive producer Ben Edlund feels that Lisa and Ben’s return will “test Dean”s resolve.” He continues, “It”s going to [force] him to choose what kind of hero he”s going to be. As we always knew, one day or another, he was going to have to make some choices like that.”
“He started this season completely out of the hunting life, and he has a lot of fears about the worst version of himself in that situation, who he could turn into and the bad he could do to other people,” Sera Gamble stated. “There”s a reason he has so few people in his life, and it”s because he has a lot of fears about what he could bring into their lives, what he could do to them. He has to face that in this episode.” And on “Supernatural” “facing your fears” mean one thing. “We look at those issues through a Supernatural lens, which is fun because then they get really bloody,” she says with a laugh. Which is of course what we all want to see, right? (Smile)
6.21 “Let It Bleed”
The episode was originally titled “The Haunter of the Dark” after a novel by Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft. “The Haunter of the Dark” is a horror story in the Cthulhu Mythos genre and was written in November 1935,
“The Haunter of the Dark” is about a terrible supernatural creature (Cthulhu) which is very knowledgeable, but demands outrageous sacrifices in exchange for that knowledge. Apparently this creature takes over the main character but is then struck by lightening and killed. The novel also uses an ancient artifact known as the Shining Trapezohedron to summon the creature. Maybe this is where Dr. Visyak comes into the picture.
Despite the numerous illustrations depicting the creature, it was a spirit or entity that possessed others. The book describes it as “a spreading blur of denser darkness against the inky sky, something like a formless cloud of smoke.” Sounds like a demon to me. And it possesses Lisa for some reason. (As only a demon!Lisa would hold an bloody knife to her son’s throat.
Who or what brings it back is unknown but if it possesses such a wealth of knowledge, I’m guessing it may well have some answers about some of the mythology plots of the series, like the war in heaven and how to open Purgatory. I can see Crowley being behind this, though why he decides on Lisa for the host needs to be explained. Maybe he is just ticked at Dean. Or maybe he needs Dean”s involvement somehow and chooses Lisa as bait.
The novel goes on to describe the Haunter attacking and devouring its prey in the most horrid of manners, charring the body and bones and leaving a yellow residue.(sulfur?) This same residue is apparent when the creature moves across the ground, charring whatever it touches, and it”s speculated to be able to dissolve bone and tissue. If this is the MOTW this time, I”d say they pick an excellent one for the end of the season!
As per the book, the creature was banished by light and could not cross a lighted area. Maybe that”s why they are in a dark basement. If Gamble decides to keep the same methodology for the creature, I”m thinking a good dose of angel light could solve the problem.
The title “Let It Bleed” is from a Stones song in the 1960″s and one fan stated it isn”t a big leap from the song to the “Haunter of the Dark” as the song actually mirrors the final days of Robert Blake who was annihilation by the creature.
The lyrics remind me more of the Dean/Lisa relationship. “Well we all need someone we can lean on/And if you want it, you can lean on me”. Which eventually spirals down to “Well, we all need someone we can bleed on/And if you want it, you can bleed on me.” Being able to count on a friend when you need him is very apropos for them, and “bleeding” is definitely one of the things SPN does in spades. I was hoping that doesn”t mean literally for Lisa, however one of the photos released for the episode doesn”t seem to bode well for her.
Of the episode Jensen Ackles said, “I can”t say necessarily how, but that story will be explored and it will be explored heavily. I think there”s a part of [Dean] that was left with them. But I think he knows deep down that it would never work. And I think that”s going to be a very emotional situation that he”s going to have to deal with.”
The trailer for the finale and its extended version, gives more information about the episodes but as the clip is a mix of both hours, the order of the scenes is ransom. Some are obvious though.
First we see a bloodied Sam telling himself, “This is your last chance”
Castiel asking Balthazar, “Are you with me or not?”
Dean telling Castiel, “We were family once” in the same cellar as the door to Purgatory which Cas appears to be standing in front of and we see Crowley (possibly in the same place) saying, “You can’t trust anyone these days”;
Demon!Lisa smiling and holding a terrified Ben hostage while Dean watches in horror.
We see an overturned impala in the street outside the same building that was destroyed by angel light in the shorter version of the trailer. We also see Sam, just having escaped from the car, running around to the driver”s side. Is Dean still in there? YOWZA!!
Additionally we see a bloody females hand, wearing an engagement ring, shedding blood on a Lovecraft manuscript, one page of which reads “by H.P. Lovecraft, March 15th, 1937” (the day he died).
We shift next to a very demonic fight in a basement with bodies strewn all over, a very malevolent face of a demon that is thrown, by an invisible force, away from an unconscious man tied to a chair. (Really hoping this time it isn’t Bobby, but if it is, I’m hoping that invisible force is Cas!)