This episode was seriously no joke. Throughout the whole thing, I was constantly surprised, but I also felt like I was right where I wanted to be. It delivered something perfectly Supernatural to round out the arc of the season. I know a lot of people in the fandom have big problems with Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Lemming, and I do too. But I think this episode might be one of their best. While at some points the script might have been a little disjointed, and I was annoyed as all heck we had to see Lucifer again, I really felt like this was a perfect way to wrap up the season, and at the same time, open up the world for Sam and Dean. I'm sad we won't get to see what they do with this new-found free will, but it's nice to know that it's there.

Before we get to the details, there are a few things I need to call out:
1. Jake Abel is a monster and the only thing I could think about when they were all on that beach was "Bravelecki."
2. That ending montage almost had me in tears. What an emotional moment, and what a great ending to the season.

Alright, now onto details.

The Morning After

So Jack is the new God.  Raise your hand if you predicted that would happen.  It was an obvious possibility, maybe even the most probable resolution to the standoff between the Winchesters and Chuck. I, for one, don’t mind it at all. I love Jack. He deserves the promotion. The poor kid has had a rather difficult childhood, what with losing his mother in childbirth, watching his father and his adopted fathers die multiple times, losing and regaining his soul, accidentally killing his adopted mother, causing or watching his uncles’ deaths, being tortured and the object of death threats from his grandfather, and dying and being brought back to life himself more than once! It’s been a busy three years for this celestial teenager! Jack is a Winchester, despite what Dean inexplicably said two weeks ago in “Unity”, and Sam, Dean and Castiel can be proud of the person Jack became. He’s a god with a soul. I wonder if that’s a first.

Sam and Dean also got their happy ending… at least for a while. There’s still one more week to go, and anything can happen. I won’t relax until I hear “Carry On Wayward Son” and see the boys driving Baby into the sunset (again).  BUT so far, I got the happy ending I’ve been envisioning for forever. I was definitely in the minority, and I swayed off the narrow path to peace last week when they scared me into thinking the boys might deal away their lives and lose everything, but that was a momentarily “lapse in judgement” (as Michael said). For the most part, I’ve been loudly lobbying that the boys should and would win. “Inherit the Earth” delivered at least part of that happy ending because they’re alive and free of Chuck’s manipulations. Having his free will seems to mean everything to Dean (and maybe to Sam, but he’s been a little less vocal about it).  

Since I love Jack and I couldn’t be happier with his fate, and I love happy endings and that’s exactly what I got, why am I feeling so ambivalent this morning after?

THEN - Amara, shooting stars, Chuck is bent on destruction.  Jack explodes in the Empty.  Billie with her scythe.  With her book about how God ends.  People poofing away.  Cas's smile and tear-filled eyes.  

 

NOW - Kyoto, Japan - empty.  New York City - empty.  A playground - empty.  A swing.  A horse on springs.  Everything empty.  All humans gone.  Sam and Jack stand in the center of a town - the sun is brightly shining.  They are surrounded by cars and evidence of humans like a dropped bag of groceries, but there are no people anywhere.  A car alarm beeps.  Nearby, a car has crashed into a telephone pole.  The Impala pulls up, and the camera angle switches to an overhead view.  Dean gets out and looks around at the deserted town.  The words Hibbings, Minnesota appear at the bottom of the screen.  "I couldn't save anybody," Sam states with slightly desperate eyes.  "It was Chuck," Dean states bluntly.  "Where's Cas?" Jack questions.  Dean has full control of his emotions.  "He saved me," he says shortly, then continues to tell how Death was after them and the Empty came and took her and took him.  "Cas is gone," he looks over at Jack, then away.  Jack breathes hard but says nothing.  "This can't be happening!" says Sam.  "It IS," Dean tells him.  "I think everyone's gone."  Sam calls Jody on his cell phone, but only gets her voice mail.  "Jack, I'm sorry," Dean says directly.  The three men slowly walk down the deserted street.  The camera zooms out and out and out, past trees and clouds and the atmosphere until we see the whole round beautiful earth.  

Everything we know about the penultimate episode of Supernatural.

Okay…

I just didn’t love this.  Perhaps it’s exhaustion.  We just went through an intensely grueling week for the US election, I recently moved and I’m still staring at a never ending sea of unpacked boxes, work has been nuts lately, and honestly this show as it’s winding down isn’t giving me much to work with.  It’s been underwhelming overall.  Call me a fool, but I'm a sucker for a good plot.  All I know there’s two episodes left and there’s still no clear direction or level of excitement in the story, and now one of our pivotal characters is gone before the end.  The only constant is everyone is sticking their nose into everything and Chuck keeps doing what he wants.  Now we’re doing “Supernatural: Endgame?”  That sounds awfully ambitious for such a short time frame. 

I wonder which would get me more hate... commenting on the election or on this episode...


This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. ? “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
Thoughts on Supernatural 15.18 "Despair"
Tears. Big, gasping tears. Those are my thoughts on this episode. At the end of this episode, I have been left a sloppy mess of a viewer and I really expected nothing less going in. So grab a tissue and let’s relive the anguish.