When Alice first suggested that we do a film-critic-style double list for the Top 10 Endings, I thought it was a great idea and hurried off to start working. Then I got really bogged down by the enormity of that idea because man, there have been some amazing endings on this show. I changed my mind so many times while whittling the list down, and I had no idea I was so predisposed to the really dramatic and heartbreaking endings. Lastly, I did not know anything about Alice’s version before making mine, so I was not influenced in any way by her choices (From Alice – Ditto for me). So here is the Top 10 Endings, Ardeospina style.
Honorable Mention – “Sympathy for the Devil”
I can never just make a list with 10 things, can I? At any rate, I had to put this on here in some capacity because this ending will always hold a special place in my heart. “Sympathy for the Devil” was the first episode of Supernatural I ever saw, and while I really enjoyed the rest of the episode, it was the end that really drew me in and made me want to watch the rest of the series. At the time, I didn’t know the full story of Sam and Dean’s relationship or what had happened with Ruby or why Dean was so, so upset and hurt by what Sam had done. I didn’t understand the full weight of Dean’s words. All I knew was that these two meant everything to each other, had for a long time, and now their relationship was severely damaged, maybe irreparably so. As heartbreaking as this ending was, it was also really compelling for me, and I was hooked.
#10 – Lazarus Rising
Awesome! This ending kicked so much ass. It was an amazing introduction for Castiel and for angels into the show mytharc. I loved everything about this, from Dean’s super snark (Holy tax accountant!) to Cass’ intensity to his realization that Dean didn’t think he deserved to be saved. And the angels have work for Dean to do! That was all kinds of cool, and rather ominous at the same time. Plus, we were treated to the wing shot, which was just a perfect effect. I like that the wings are black and smoky and shadowy. This show could never have fluffy white-winged things anyway. It just wouldn’t work. Lastly, I really liked the background music that’s playing at the very end. It added to the feel that though he may be an angel, Castiel is still a dangerous unknown.
#9 – Devil’s Trap
For me, this was the best ending in season one by far. From the opening notes of “Bad Moon Rising,” you just knew something bad was going to happen. It’s just sort of a normal family argument for the Winchesters at first, with John being very narrow-minded toward killing the demon and Sam butting heads with him, though Sam is a lot more restrained than usual. And I just love the moment where he looks at Dean in the rear-view mirror and acknowledges that yes, killing the demon is extremely important to him, but not as important as Dean. In that moment, nothing was as important as Dean. I just loved that part. And then the crash. I know I’ve said it before, but that impact is just brutal. I don’t know how else to describe it. And as they pan across all three Winchesters, I sort of hold my breath because each one looks more and more dead than the last. And thank goodness for DVDs because I would not have been able to wait an entire summer to find out what happened next!