Season finales are always a mixed bag with Supernatural fans. Now that the finale has aired and the dust has settled, either you are raving over what you witnessed or have started making your Sera Gamble and/or Eric Kripke voodoo dolls and looking for pins. No matter how you are feeling, opinions are important. We may be a civilized and happy group here at The Winchester Family Business but we aren’t addicted to Kool-Aid either.
I did this last year and found that it made for some darned good group therapy. For those that are unhappy with Supernatural right now this is your chance to open up.
Bitter about Sam? Bitter about Dean? Bitter about Castiel? Bitter about…sorry Bobby fans but he had a great year. You don’t have a case. 🙂 Bitter about season six plotting in general? The direction of Supernatural? Let it all out and share with us here. You will not be admonished, punished, berated, or taunted. Let loose. Just remember some basic rules we have on this site. Be respectful to others and their opinions. In other words, no attacking other posters. Don’t threaten TPTB either. That’s taking entertainment a bit too far. Otherwise, vent away.
Here’s a recent comment by Rose to kick things off. I think there are many great points in here and they should be said:
Cas brought Sam back from Hell (likely) not realizing that Sam’s soul was left behind. He also brought Samuel Campbell back from (?) in order to hunt down the ‘first’ demons, who for some shaky reasons Crowley believed knew the location of Purgatory. Cas did this to keep Raphael from taking over Heaven, because apparently there are a lot of souls in Purgatory, and they give power in some unspecified way.
At the same time, Balthazar was stealing heavenly weapons, again for a poorly explained reason. Cas doesn’t tell Dean anything, supposedly because he wants Dean to be happy (although having spent so much time with Dean, shouldn’t Cas have realized that Dean was in agony over the thought that Sam was in Hell?) but maybe because he knew Dean wouldn’t approve of what he was doing. So all of the monster killing managed to tick off the Mother of All, who rose only to be killed off after making some vague threats and doing…not much of anything. Then at the very end, Cas and Crowley managed to find the one person who could tell them how to get into Purgatory, and Cas double-crossed Crowley and took the souls for himself. Did you follow all of that? Because I’m not sure I did.
The way I see it, there were two major problems with the arc: it had too many loosely connected components, and too much of it took place off screen. In the first case, there was Souless!Sam, Grandpa Samuel, ReluctantHunter!Dean, Cas the Unreliable Angel, the Mother of All, the ‘first’ demons, Balthazar and the weapons, and the search for Purgatory all going on at the same time. And yeah, some of those were tightly connected, and a few were well explained, but others, like Grandpa Samuel and the Mother of All, made only the barest amount of sense at best. Oh, and I love that for the first half of the season there was an obsession with finding ‘firsts,’ who proved to know exactly jack squat.
But the main problem for me was that the entire war in Heaven took place off screen except for brief, brief scenes in ‘The Third Man’ and ‘The French Mistake’ before being hurriedly explained in a large lump in ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. All we had was Cas assuring us that yes, there was a war going on. Which is a poor way to develop a plot.
I didn’t intend to be so negative when I started writing this. This season had several episodes I liked (The French Mistake, Mommy Dearest, The Man Who Would Be King, Live Free or Twihard, and the Bristol, RI episode) and my love for the Winchesters, Bobby, and even Cas only grew. But this season really failed on the whole ‘arc’ front, especially considering that until this season, Supernatural kept an arc going for five whole seasons,with only minor plot holes and fallacies. That’s unbelievably impressive, and it’s why this season bothered me so much. I tried to get there with the season-long plot arc, I really did. But as I wrote above, there was just too much going on, and especially too much going on off screen.
All of that being said, I’m super, super excited for Season Seven, especially for the repercussions of Sam’s memories, but a better plot arc is at the top of my wish list, right before a little more humor, more Bobby, a slightly more stable and level-headed Dean, and at least a bit of a return to sweet and caring Sam.