Welcome to uh, “Late Winter Hellatus.” I suppose that’s different than “Winter Hellatus.” Granted two weeks of the Olympics was a great diversion but now we’re back to screaming at repeats. We need a new episode now. I’m hoping that everyone as hiatus weary as I am can endure another diversion.
I bring you, Top Ten Supernatural episode endings. This time, we’re making this fun. Since Ardeospina has been doing a great job with Top Ten lists, I asked her what she would rank as her top ten. So we have two lists! First I’ll share my version and then I’ll share Ardeospina’s. Then all of you get to give comments on which list you agree with more and share your personal top ten. It’ll be fun! It’ll at least kill some of that time that is so dragging on forever. So first, here’s the Alice version, Top Ten Supernatural Episode Endings.
Honorable Mention – Heaven and Hell
I love a good cry as much as the next person, but the really emotional endings are the ones that leave you completely shattered and heartbroken. The ones where there’s no action, no plot twist, just a good old fashioned breakdown. In other words, you don’t get to go to your happy place. So, when episodes like “On The Head of A Pin,” “Heart,” and “My Bloody Valentine” were considered, I decided only one total breakdown in tears ending would make this list (forgoing death of a Winchester of course). And with that, I could only give it an honorable mention.
The champion of all crying endings would be easily be “Heaven and Hell.” I think the cinematography alone makes this prevail. Background scenery involving the Impala cannot lose. Heck, I must obviously like it since it’s our logo. By the next episode though, “Family Remains,” crying in front of the Impala becomes passe.
10. Mystery Spot
No crying here, just one glance of Sam Winchester’s total soul crushed into itty-bitty pieces. By this episode in season three, Jared was so on top of his game with tortured glances. This is his masterpiece. Anytime a lost and hopeless look can get me to bust into tears, it wins. Of course, an “I’m so relieved you’re alive but I went through pure Hell for this moment” bear hug of Dean a scene earlier doesn’t hurt either.
9. Free To Be You and Me
I’m just a really bad sucker for Sam distress, aren’t I? Was the fact that Sam is Lucifer’s vessel completely out of left field? Not really. Granted it was really cool and put in motion the Sam/Dean showdown that this series has been foreshadowing since the beginning, but it could have been predicted. Was Sam’s devastated reaction predictable and boring? Heavens no! We may have seen it coming, but Sam didn’t. He did what any guy would do when coming face to face with Satan and being told he is the vessel and will say “yes” to him. He freaked out, claiming it wasn’t true. He cried. He even had his way out, he would kill himself. No Lucifer would fix that too. He was screwed and as Lucifer disappeared, Sam’s crushed spirit in isolation tore me apart. Jared knocked it out of the park.