Season 5â€™s Swan Song is Hereâ€¦by Elle2
I canâ€™t believe it, another season has come and is almost done. Last year I did this posting my thoughts, hopes, fears regarding Lucifer Rising and it was cathartic for me and generated a lively comment lineâ€¦here we go again this year.
If you avoid all spoilers and speculation including the press releases the CW releases, then this article is not for you. If you care to read it after the episode airs, itâ€™ll be here. Donâ€™t say I didnâ€™t warn you. Also, if you avoid any speculation, spoilers, press releases from the CW or anyone affiliated with the show, you have my admirationâ€¦how do you do it?
Without further ado, my thoughts, fears, hopes and concerns regarding Swan Song, and beyond.
A beloved character dies:
The CW has released two different versions of the summary for this episode, one says that a beloved character is killed and one stated that a beloved character faces death; either way it doesnâ€™t sound good.
I have three possibilities in this category, two of which really hit the beloved aspect and the third is certainly one that has made a mark on the series.
Iâ€™ll start with the latter, Castiel. He has certainly made a mark and Misha is fantastic in the role. Iâ€™m struggling with the thought of Castiel not being in the show going forward but I do believe it may be best and the writing may well be on the wall. Weâ€™ve had a cleansing of angels this season, Anna, Zachariah, Rafael is somewhere, Gabriel (wah!) and I do fear Castiel is likely to go.
In order to go in a new direction, smaller more intimate [as Sera Gamble has stated is season 6â€™s thrust] then the overarching tapestry of angels and heaven and missions from God needs to be completed. Where exactly would Castiel fit in a scenario where angels and the focus is on family. Castiel can now be killed, stripped of any vestige of angelic powers, he is vulnerable.
I have no idea but Iâ€™m trying to prepare myself to the absence of Castiel.
Bobby is the first of the two characters in my mind that fits the bill of â€˜beloved.â€™ There are reasons to believe heâ€™s the sacrificial lamb and reasons not to. While it is obvious Bobby is exposed because of his deal with Crowley we also know that demons lie. Crowley has indicated the deal is temporary but demons can die. Since Crowley was Lilithâ€™s right hand he currently â€˜holds all contractsâ€™ but we do not know who is next in line should Crowley be killed. And again, demons lie.
We have not been told the full extent of the deal and it is obvious Crowley can alter it, Bobby can walk and that wasnâ€™t part of their discussion. Crowley has indicated that Bobbyâ€™s soul is guarantee that the Winchesters wonâ€™t hunt him but we donâ€™t know what puts paid in full to that guarantee. And need I say it again, demons lie.
This idea of Bobbyâ€™s soul held captive is possible fodder for Season 6. The writers have indicated that the purest storyline they ever had was Season 1, find dad and find the thing that killed mom and Jessica. Family is the heart and soul of Supernatural and Bobby is the closest person to family the boys have; saving Bobbyâ€™s soul, finding the holder of the contract are all possibilities.
There are reasons to believe Bobby is not the death in Swan Song, for one thing itâ€™s possibly a red herring. Weâ€™ve known for weeks that Bobby makes a deal, his soul for the location of Death. Not exactly a shocker that he dies if weâ€™re told weeks in advance [Iâ€™ll still sob my eyes out!]
Also, Jim Beaver is known for playing with the minds of the fans and while heâ€™s been quite literal and in many ways truthful with his tweets and facebook posts, they are still open for interpretation. In a recent interview Jim stated that upon finishing his last scene in the finale he went to hair and makeup and had his hair all cut off; something heâ€™s not been able to do for five years. This could mean Bobby is dead or it could mean heâ€™s got a project over the hellatus â€“ uh, hiatus (to use industry terminology) that requires him to be shorn. We just do not know.
Then there is the third possibility and the second of the â€˜belovedâ€™ charactersâ€¦the Impala.
Why oh why would I even consider the Impala? Well, first off sheâ€™s beloved. Secondly, Sera Gamble stated in TVGuide that the Impala has a part to play in the wrapping up of the big storyline. Beyond that Iâ€™ve got nothing but with Cas likely but also now fairly obvious and Bobby a possible red herringâ€¦I worry.
Do I have a preference? Nope. All three will be a loss. I canâ€™t imagine any other car and think perhaps that will be the most distressing simply because â€˜sheâ€™s always there (unless Jeremy Carver, Ben Edlund, Julie Siege, Cathryn Humphries, Sera Gamble and Eric Kripke are writing â€“ shame on all of you!)
Castiel has made such an impression that I enjoy his scenes very much. I remember last season when he was absent in Family Remains, Criss Angel, After School Special, Sex and Violence and then in the final minutes of Death Takes a Holiday he returned. I sighed and felt like I was welcoming a long-lost friend; and I didnâ€™t even know how funny he was when drunk, how sympathetic I would feel when he was lost with nowhere to go and how truly badass of a warrior he is.
I will be able to move on without him especially as the storyline will no longer carry the need for him but Iâ€™m hoping God recalls him angelically to heaven.
Bobby will be the most missed simply because he adds that stability, that sense of family and darn it, he just got his legs back!!! But Jo and Ellen reappeared for too short a time and they were killed brutally so we must be prepared.
I have no idea whoâ€™s the luckless soul, but I believe weâ€™ll be missing the presence whomever or whatever it is.
What do I hope to see:
Iâ€™d love to see Dean taken over by Michael, for no other reason than watching Jensen Ackles get the chance to portray another incarnation of the character. We saw him do this in Season 1, Skin, when he played shapeshifter Dean â€“ a completely different character there. We saw him play â€˜futureâ€™ Dean in The End and we got a chance to see him play confused and bouncing off of reality and Djihn dreams in WIAWSNB, so another chance to see Jensen experiment is great with me.
Iâ€™d similarly love to see Sam taken over by Lucifer. Jared has had an opportunity to play Sam possessed by Meg, fabulously, as well as altered reality Sam in WIAWSNB, Sam on a killing spree post-Dean, Mystery Spot, and again in IKWYDLS, we also got to see Sam hopped up on demon blood in WTLB dealing with his hallucinations, awesome, and he portrayed Lucifer in The End. To see him do so again against Jensen as Michael, all the while fighting to gain control of Lucifer and â€˜stuff him back in the cageâ€™ â€“ too good to be true.
Also, Jared one more time as Lucifer will take the â€˜painâ€™ away from the massively missed opportunity in the particularly awful Swap Meat. Watching Jared play Sam dressed as teenager was something Iâ€™ll happily skip over again and againâ€¦what a waste. Jared could have done so much playing the teenage kid against Dean and his scenes with the family were simply boring. Iâ€™m sure the writers et al were simply trying to find a way to give Jensen and Jared shorter work days and for that I canâ€™t blame them, similarly Iâ€™m sure the writers correctly assumed that scenes with the teenage kid and his family acted out by the young actor and not Jared would have people turning the channel but some mirrors properly placed like the fabulous opening tease and crisp writing that moved everything quickly along would have been betterâ€¦bring on more Jared as Lucifer, one more time please.
Carry on Wayward Sonâ€¦come on; itâ€™s the final season of the five-year mytharc!!!! Keep the tradition alive!
Looking ahead to Season 6:
The Impala better be in Season 6, Ms. Gamble, thatâ€™s all Iâ€™m saying.
Maureen Ryan wrote an interesting article after Hammer of the Gods and I do have to agree with much of what she said in regards to Supernaturalâ€™s penchant for giving us rich supporting characters and then killing them off. I will greatly miss the Trickster in Season 6. So who is left to carry on and keep the Winchesters from living in a cocoon with no network to interact with?
Missouri is still alive, sheâ€™s a possibility.
The Ghostfacersâ€¦oh, please, oh, please, oh, please â€“ just once!
Megâ€¦sheâ€™s still around, unless she appears in some other meatsuit before the end of this season. (I read that Rachel Miner will not return in Season 5)
Jo, Ellen, Victor, Gordon, Ruby, Bela, the Trickster, Pamela, Ashâ€¦theyâ€™re all dead so unless weâ€™re getting a peek into heaven and/or the pit (sorry, Bela and perhaps Gordon although anything is possible) weâ€™re not likely to see them.
There is the district attorney from Folsom Prison Blues, Mara Daniels; the officer from The Benders, Deputy Kathleen Hudak; the detective from The Usual Suspects, Diana Ballard that possibly could be involved in some way, shape or form.
Bobby has to have a bit more credibility in his town now after the events of Dead Men Donâ€™t Wear Plaid and then there are the folks from the Sacrament Lutheran Militia and letâ€™s not forgetâ€¦ I am the Prophet, Chuck.
Rufus is alive and well â€“ so far, so heâ€™s possible.
Of course John and Mary Winchester can appear whenever they wantâ€¦especially if itâ€™s Samantha Smith and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Did you notice in Two Minutes to Midnight the wonderful lines between Sam and Dean â€“ yeah, I know, which ones you ask â€“ the one where Sam asks: Do you remember when we used to hunt Wendigos? To which Dean replies: No. I think thatâ€™s a direct pointer to the direction of Season 6â€¦Hunting things, saving people, the family business! Speaking only for myself as a writer here at the Winchester Family Business Iâ€™m fairly confident weâ€™d approve.
With Hellatus lurking oh so closeâ€¦what are your thoughts, fears, hopes and wishes?
Thanks for reading, see you in the comments.