Let me start by making it clear how much I love this show. I remember seeing the ads when it first began. I thought it looked interesting, and I took a shot. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made. For the following five years, I didn’t miss one episode. I was in front of my television every Thursday, watching Dean and Sam Winchester hunt the supernatural forces of evil.
With that said, season five should have been the end. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching the show. It’s not like it went completely to shit. It just could have been legendary, if it had ended with the episode entitled “Swan Song.”
The fifth season of “Supernatural” is one of the most complete, well-told stories that I have ever had the pleasure of watching unfold. To explain why, and how, I’ll have to take it back to the finale of season two.
So, Sam gets shanked by the guy who played MC Ren, and actually dies. To bring him back to life, Dean makes a deal with a demon, but in exchange, he has to surrender his soul. Now, in a deal like this, the human usually gets ten more years, and then the hell hounds come to collect. Unfortunately, Dean is a Winchester, and the forces of hell do not much like the Winchesters.
Can you blame them? The Winchesters have killed a lot of their buddies.
Where was I?
Right, because Dean is a Winchester, he only gets one more year to live, before the hell hounds come to collect his soul and drag his ass down to hell. That’s exactly what happens in the season three finale.
I still remember the feeling I got when I watched that, by the way. I couldn’t believe the violence. Not that I was offended by it, or anything. It’s because the show is on CW. I never expected that violent an end to come to any CW characters.
The next season began with Dean, somehow, making his way back from the depths of hell. The whole season premiere was about the mystery behind how he came back. Then they found out – it was an angel named Castiel.
He gripped Dean tight, and raised him from perdition, leaving behind a burnt in handprint on Dean’s shoulder. That was one of my favorite touches.
Unfortunately, while it seemed like no time at all, Dean actually spent about 40 years in hell. Every day, year after year, Dean would get tortured by a demon named Alistair. At the end of every session, his torturer would offer Dean a deal: no more torture, provided the older Winchester bro did some torturing of his own. For thirty years, Dean said no.
That’s thirty straight years of torture. Finally, when he couldn’t take it anymore, Dean agreed to the deal, and started to torture souls.
Well, as it turns out, breaking Dean was all a part of the plan.
“The first seal shall be broken when a righteous man sheds blood in Hell.”
It was supposed to be John Winchester, but that man was unbreakable. He spent 100 years in hell, and never took the deal. Instead, he took his torture, night after night, week after week, month after month, and year after year. 100 years of torture. That guy is a straight G.
Now, if you don’t watch the show, you’re wondering what seals are. As Castiel explains it, they are locks on a door. When the last one is sprung, then Lucifer shall walk free. Yeah, that’s right – THE DEVIL!
Suddenly, the show isn’t all about two brothers hunting demons in the middle of nowhere. Now, things are on a global scale. Sam and Dean do their best, but in the season four finale, Lucifer is freed.
We find out later that the odds were heavily stacked against them the whole time. Not only did the demons want their father out, but the angels are a bunch of corrupt fucks who also wanted Lucifer out, so that he could kick-start the apocalypse. It was inevitable.
That brings us to season five.
Let’s do a quick recap of the most important elements of this story. Sam dies, and Dean trades his soul to bring him back to life. In return, he gets another year to live before a hell hound is going to come collect, and drag him down to hell. That happens, and while in hell, Dean inadvertently begins the process of unlocking Lucifer from his cell. Castiel then saves Dean, and tells him that he and his brother have to stop what’s happening, because Lucifer cannot be allowed to walk free.
Unfortunately, during all this, Sam is being manipulated by a hot demon, who gets him hooked on demon’s blood. It’s not as weird as it sounds (somehow). The blood basically turns him into a supernatural jedi. He can exercise demons with his mind, and shit. It was slowly turning him evil, though. You know what? No. Let’s move on from that. I’ll be here all day.
Season five begins with Lucifer free, and Sam and Dean somehow on a passenger plane. From there, Dean finds out that he is the sword of Michael, which means he is the angel’s vessel. Angels need someone to possess in this world. For if a human saw their real form, then their eyeballs would burn up, same way they did with that hot psychic who saw Castiel’s.
A few episodes later, Sam finds out that he is Lucifer’s vessel. That’s where everything was headed. Season 1-5 was all buildup to get to the season 5 finale, where Lucifer finally possessed Sam, and confronted his brother Michael, who possessed Sam and Dean’s half brother Adam, because Dean refused to say yes to him.
During this confrontation, Dean was supposed to stay scarce. However, he wasn’t about to leave his brother to Lucifer. So he hopped in his car, and drove to the battlefield. A horrific beating soon followed.
If you’ve read this far, then odds are you’re a fan of this show, and you know about everything that I didn’t mention. If you do not watch this show, then I highly recommend you start. Watch seasons 1-5, but turn it off when you get to the shot of Dean eating with Lisa and Ben in the season 5 finale. If you let it go a couple more seconds, you’ll see Sam standing outside, being all creepy and watching his brother. I hate that part.
If they had cut to black over the shot of Dean, Lisa, and Ben – and the show actually ended forever – it would be the best series finale ever.
No doubt in my mind.
Instead, it’s simply the marker for when a great show slowly started to go downhill.
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