Now that was a season finale.
I mean, really. Death finally explained what the big deal was with the Mark of Cain, and it freaking made sense. In fact,
And now The Darkness is free. It's shooting into the air over Nebraska like black nuclear missiles, or possibly the Smoke Monster from Lost, and pooling into a big black pile of very Dark Darkness. And it's about to roll over Dean and Sam and their beloved Impala, and probably most of the American Midwest. Tune in next fall.
Dean was genuinely looking for death as an alternative to hurting anyone else ever again, and going to Death himself was a smart move. I was honestly a little shocked when Death said that even he couldn't kill Dean. I was even a bit worried that Dean was actually going to kill Sam with that scythe. I should have known better. The Winchesters will ultimately always choose each other. Although I bet the consequences of killing Death himself won't be good. Does this mean no one can die now, like in the old movie?
The Mark of Cain has been such a long-lived plot element and I was tired of it. I am *so happy* that the Mark is finally off Dean's arm, and that it has been transformed into another and hopefully better plot element, the Dark Darkness of Dark. Where was Death going to send Dean after Dean killed Sam? Purgatory, maybe? The Box? Are we ever going to get back to the Box? How's Adam holding up these days?
And why was Death's price for imprisoning Dean Sam's life? A little callback to Cain killing Abel? I was a little confused about that.
I particularly liked Sam and Dean having the "evil" discussion. Are the Winchesters evil? Of course they're not. Even though Dean started the season as a demon and spent a lot of the major episodes going back and forth... and even though he killed Rudy in this episode, a hunter and friend who certainly didn't deserve it... and even though nearly everyone who befriends the Winchesters dies... okay, so it's not a black and white situation, and I think that was the point.
Rowena played Sam like a really big ukelele, and she even killed the one person on Earth that she ever cared about. How convenient that Crowley had recently been trying a crossroads deal on the guy. (Okay, that was what the hamster told him.) At any rate, Rowena now has the power that she wanted and I bet she'll be an even bigger pain in the ass next season. And I'm going to bet that Castiel won't kill Crowley, or vice versa. Unless one of them isn't available for season eleven.
All in all, I was surprised and pleased by how much I enjoyed this episode. I've always loved Supernatural and I still enjoy watching and reviewing it, but the show has been around so long that it's getting repetitive, let's admit it. But the reason for the Mark of Cain made so much sense and fit beautifully into the Supernatural story, and I'm very much looking forward to what they're going to do with the death of Death and the release of The Darkness next fall.
Bits and pieces:
-- The episode title is "Brother's Keeper". You'd think they'd have done that title before in ten seasons, but no. The Road So Far started with Carry On, Wayward Son from the episode "Fan Fiction". Very nice.
-- It's too bad about Death, played so beautifully by Julian Richings. I so loved the junk food feast with the bad fat that Dean made for him. His last supper.
-- Too bad about Rudy, too, whom we finally met before Dean killed him.
-- I was really uncomfortable with the "slut" talk and misogyny coming out of Dean's mouth while he was possessed. He was never, ever like that.
-- Dean giving Sam the car made me go "aww." Sam giving it back to him also made me go "aww."
-- This week: Superior, Nebraska, and I'm not sure where else. I especially liked the bar with the skeleton mariachi band Dance of Death mural. Dean destroyed a very generic bad motel room that featured cinder blocks and wood paneling. I was thinking that he was trashing it like a bad rock star, even though there were no rock aliases this week.
-- Loved the Supernatural actors in the Poltergeist movie commercial. Is that online anywhere? I'd love to see it again.
Crowley: "Who summons any more? Couldn't you call?"
Castiel: "You're not in my contacts list."
Death: "God created the Earth out of nothing, or so your Sunday School teacher would have you believe."
Dean: "What? So Genesis is a lie? Shocker."
Dean: "The Darkness."
Sam: "What the hell is that?"
Dean: "What does it sound like? Does it sound like a good thing?"
Four out of four quinces, golden calves, and immortal guys named Oskar,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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