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Time Marches On...

With a glass of Bailey’s in one hand and tissues in the other, I sat down to watch the climax of Supernatural’s Wal-Mart apocalypse, the ending of the myth arc, and was engrossed from the first moment. With the music and lyrics of SPN’s theme song (after all who cannot hear ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ and NOT think of SPN) ringing in our ears, we see so many memories from the brothers past stream forward, hitting you with the devastation that they have gone through all their lives, and realizing this is where it ends, good or bad – it’s over.

We get to see Chuck once again as narrator and author of his last novel of the Winchester gospelAnd from the beginning, this Chuck seemed different from past episodes. He seemed more confident and assured of himself, but not to the point where I thought he might be God.  That was a surprise! Really like Chuck’s character, but without an apocalypse you don’t need a prophet.

The history of the impala was awesome, and so nice to get an in depth view of the third main character of the series.   It was nice to see how it fit in so well with the Winchesters and maybe that it was sort of built just for them. Oops, don’t want to go down destiny’s path again, but if a car can have a soul (and in the Winchester world anything is possible), than I’d like to think it is a soul that’s entwined with the boys for all eternity.  The boys will always go through time together, and I’d like to think the car would be with them always- its really so much a part of them. Yep, its home, and home will always bring back memories.  That’s what home and family is all about. The sight of Sam’s family in front of him (Dean and the impala) snapped him back and gave him the strength to do what needed to be done. He has changed so much, and so has Dean. Dean has spent his entire life needing family around him, and to letting Sam go required all the strength he had. 

Yes, I loved the flashbacks about the brotherly moments in the story. So much of that had been missed this season. The fun they had as kids, the silly spoon, and the pranks they played on one another. The sacrifices they much has passed between them, good and bad. 

The last few seconds will stay with me for a long time. Dean, now willing to go on without his brother because of the promise he made, and Sam alive and realizing just how much he has lost. Sam was never one for thinking the boys being together was necessary for them to be brothers. And he was right. That was Dean's family. This Sam looked very different now he wishes things were the way they used to be.   After all Sam has been through, what he needs most now is his big brother. Dean and Sam’s concept of family have reversed. Dean is willing to move on and give a long term relationship a chance, and Sam is wishing he had his brother back with him sitting on the hood of the impala looking at the stars. 

What will Sam do? That is the question we are left to ponder for the next few months.

For me, even though self-sacrifice is a trait the Winchesters thrive on, in all fairness to Dean, Sam should let him know he's alive and then move on, if that is the consensus. It's really not fair to let Dean grieve for him, or fair for Sam to shoulder his pain alone, and not be a part of his brother’s life. I think Sam now understands more about Dean and what it was like for him as the older brother. Maybe he feels he owes in to Dean to let him lead a normal life without him. NOT!!!!   One is never better without family!

If Sam knows Dean at all; he has to realize hunting is not something Dean can give up. And each of them hunting alone is dangerous; they need each other to cover their backs. And there is no reason, they can have both, and it would be a wonderful evolution for both boys. Be nice if Sam found a girl in Lisa’s town and they both had families to come home too after a long hard hunting job.   I say they get side-by-side houses with a shared driveway so the impala stays with them both. 

After, all there are no more demons or angels hunting them, no more worry about the world ending or the Croatian virus. No reason they can’t have girlfriends and their job too. No one is going to toast their loved ones on the ceiling. And hunting is what makes both boys happy. It’s in their blood and they can never be alive without it.  And as they are soul mates, they are going to find each other no matter what. 

Bobby and Cass are around. Bobby is back walking and hunting, thanks to Crowley, who also has what he, wanted - his freedom. And Bobby’s soul, well he died, so all bets are off. Beside, Crowley said he would give it back in the end, and he did seem to have a liking for Bobby, so I’m guessing, he never returns to collect. And Death, well I hope he takes a nice long trip around the galaxy, like for millennia, and he can take his brothers with him! 

Cass is back in heaven getting things under control. Maybe he is now God’s right hand man. After all, God brought him back twice. And Cass has changed a lot. He understands more about living, and the feelings Anna had tried to tell him about oh so long ago. I think heaven will be in store for some huge changes with Cass. Maybe that’s what God wanted …to see Cass grow with a more human side. Good lord, we don’t need more Michaels up there! And Lucifer, he did seem to have somewhat of a heart. Maybe that was the legacy Gabe left him. His attempt at trying to talk to Michael made me feel very sorry for him. However he is evil and can’t roam free, but at least now he has company in the pit. Maybe that was the part of God’s plan all along. They are trapped together now until they work things out. Then hopefully, God with make amends with both of them.

What test was God giving the boys? Or was it even a test? That is another question for next season. Given Chuck’s (err God’s) smile, at the end, I’d say if it was a test, the boys pasted with flying colors! 

Also was that really Sam? Flickering lights has always signalled the coming of a demon. That’s a haunting question -Cass did say Dean would never have peace. Ouch! But the myth arc is over, so hopefully Sam’s road back didn’t include any hitchhikers!

Will the character be able to go back to a season one format?   This chapter of the Winchester story is closed, and a new one opens. Time marches on, change is inevitable, and heroes will deal with it. Sam and Dean are brothers, soul mates bound together for all eternity. They only have one job, hunting and really they are at their best doing it together.  So yes, they will be happy again just hunting wendigos, and I’ll be happy just watching. So for the apocalypse, Chuck has the best ending of anyone could give...Poof!!!!!


# Matilda 2010-05-14 20:37
SableGreen I love reading your reviews. You seem to get right to the core of the story. Good work. Write more often.
# Jasminka 2010-05-15 17:41
Dear, this show achieves to surprise us ever again and give us challenges for our emotional state - as it did with this episode which will probably remain at the top of my all-time-favour ite Supernatural episodes.

I'm happy that BObby survived, relieved, as Chuck said that Dean and Bobby didn't see each other for a long time, I'm hoping for his re-appearence in episode 5 of the following season?

I loved the twist of bringing Sam back with the flickering light. It confuses us fans profoundly, and I can't wait to find out who or what was standing outside Lisa's place.

Love Jas
# Randal 2010-05-18 08:55
The lighting went all wonky when Castiel first flew on down, so I attribute that to, er, supernatural means. I'd be shocked - shocked! - if that isn't 100%, pure Sammy.

The flashback portions were so wonderfully done, I can't see how anyone could have wanted those excised in order to stuff more fisticuffs in there. I'm a big sap, so this finale was just about perfect.

And we all know that they'll be hunting wendigos by week four. ;-)
# Karen 2010-05-18 09:52
Hi Sablegreen
I sat down with vodka and raspberry juice, Kleenex, a pillow to hug and a blanket to hide under. What? Me not mentally stable?
I loved this episode and your review.
I’m excited for next season. I’m also glad to see the mytharc changing. However after five years of following this story line, it is going to seem weird, but I have faith.
Thanks for the great review.
# Sablegreen 2010-05-18 18:58
Thanks for the comments. I would have liked more action, but I wouldn't have cut out any of those sweet memories.

I hope they pick the series up first episode next year with Sam reuniting with his brother. Wouldn't want them to be apart for long.
# sonia 2010-05-19 17:29
foi legal gostei demais . dean sam no final foi demais acho que ele acha que dean vai ficar melhor sen ele e vai seguir sua vida longe do dean ate um pouco sem saber oque esta fazendo porque lucifer esteve nele. acho que era sam mesmo não um espirito ele vai deichar dean tem sua vida sem ter que protege-lo dean sacrificou tudo por ele até sua felicidade no lado de lisa oque ele pode fazer deichar dean pensar que sim ele morreu ele pode viver sua vida em paz . sam vai procurar seu caminho
# AndreaW 2010-05-19 21:02
Olá, Sônia
A respeito do seu comentário, não acho que o Sam tenha impedido o Dean de ser feliz. Não é culpa dele que o Dean seja tão apegado à família e nunca tenha tentado se estabelecer com alguém além do Sam. E em termos de sacrifício, ambos fizeram sacrifícios um pelo outro, então acho que estão empatados. E por fim, é óbvio que o Dean não esta feliz sem o Sam, pelo menos não pareceu nem um pouco.
# Sablegreen 2010-06-03 12:49
Olá Sonja, e AndreaW

Desculpe eu não ver o seu confiar quando você postou. Concordo com vocês dois. Dean fez sacrificar sua vida por Sam ... Foi assim que ele foi ensinado. Sam realmente não entendo Dean a esse respeito até este ano, no entanto, no mundo real, ambos teriam chegado ao confronto com este problema muito antes que era 26 e 31. Na verdade, na primeira temporada, que abordou esta questão veryt em "Scarecrow", mas em menor escala.

Thansk para comentar