This evaluate incorporates spoilers for the Supernatural collection finale, titled “Lift On.”
As Chuck mentioned on the finish of season 5 of Supernatural (an episode that used to be poised to paintings as a sequence finale again in 2010): “Endings are exhausting… You attempt to tie up each and every unfastened finish, however you by no means can. The enthusiasts are at all times gonna whinge. There’s at all times gonna be holes. And because it’s the finishing, it’s all meant so as to add as much as one thing.”
I’d by no means presume to disagree with God however, boy, did Supernatural do exactly the inconceivable; it ended a 15-season and 327-episode run with an episode of tv that would rival the most productive of them, and I in point of fact query what somebody may have to whinge about but even so a foul gray wig.
To provide an explanation for the triumph of season 15, episode 20, aptly titled “Lift On,” it should be damaged up into thirds. The beginning of the episode selections up simply weeks, or a couple of quick months, after the occasions of episode 19—which noticed Sam, Dean, and Jack defeating Chuck, prior to the youngest member of Group Unfastened Will undoes his Thanos-style grasp plan by means of turning into God himself.
We get a glimpse of what existence used to be like for the Winchester brothers in a in point of fact post-apocalyptic international: Dean has a canine. Sam is going for runs. There are pie-eating gala’s. Most significantly, they nonetheless reside within the Males of Letters bunker as a result of, because the display has reminded audience all over its unheard of 15 years at the air, there’s no international the place those two males live to tell the tale however depart searching at the back of. Nonetheless, there’s levity and happiness and that is the place the writers have been in a position to wink on the enthusiasts and feature their a laugh. Sam pies Dean within the face! Why now not?
Then there’s the search. This phase of the episode harks again the entire solution to season one when the display used to be simply Sam and Dean Winchester, cruising down the street of their Chevy Impala, removing baddies to a head-banging ’80s soundtrack. With director-producer Robert Singer on the helm, it used to be shot like a season one episode as effectively—entire with eerie, darkish lights and in point of fact creepy masked vampires wreaking havoc in a small the city.
(By way of the way in which, it’s no accident that the search opened by means of upending the lives of a circle of relatives of 4. Monsters break-in, killing one father or mother as two sons are pressured to run by means of the opposite. Sound acquainted? To cite Chuck once more, “not anything ever in reality ends.”)
That’s now not the place the references to the early days forestall, both—despite the fact that it’s completed extra delicately for the rest of the episode. The “Kripke and Singer” FBI aliases (a nod to the unique author and co-showrunner), the go back of John’s magazine, or even a well-known face as the top of the rampant vampire extended family have been woven into the tale simply subtly sufficient to land with out feeling like an try to squeeze as a lot nostalgia into 45 mins because the writers perhaps may.
However then, as Chuck mentioned, an finishing is meant so as to add as much as one thing. About midway during the episode, it used to be time for the large swing: Dean’s dying. For a personality who has at all times mentioned he would cross down swinging, this used to be the most productive imaginable selection. After all, he didn’t meet his fit with some random vampire—he nonetheless gained, however he’s human, or even the nice Dean Winchester can’t live to tell the tale an enormous nail during the again.
Whilst a seven-minute dying monologue can have felt a slightly overdramatic, it used to be gutting, well-earned, and gave Jensen Ackles—arguably the most productive actor at the collection—room to do what he does best possible. At that second, he gave his personality, Sam, and the viewer permission to mention good-bye. No take-backs this time and not anything to avenge.
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So, what’s subsequent? This used to be at all times going to be probably the most tricky query to reply to and the toughest a part of the episode for enthusiasts of the collection to simply accept. As “Lift On Wayward Son” in the end performs for the final time, we depart Dean in a heaven this is now not a chilly reminiscence entice: As an alternative, he learns everybody he loves and cares about is there and loose—together with Cas, which is implied by means of Dean’s welcome celebration of 1: Bobby. “It ain’t simply heaven, Dean,” he says. “It’s the heaven you deserve.”
Positive, there will probably be enthusiasts—myself integrated—who would have favored to peer Cas secure from tremendous hell for themselves—in addition to a number of acquainted faces from the previous welcoming house their prodigal son—however COVID-19 most likely had one thing to do with that. I will be able to’t make certain why Bobby used to be selected to ship Dean his destiny over Castiel, however you already know what? It labored as a result of we all know the angel continues to be round.
Plus, Bobby’s paternal presence gave Dean leeway to take that solo pressure down the freeway as we witness Sam Winchester reside out the remainder of his existence. We see Sam stay on residing, lift a kid of his personal, and damage the poisonous Winchester father-son cycle we’ve realized is multi-generational. That’s expansion, Dabb nearly screamed with this script. That’s what this all provides as much as.
And when Sam’s time in the end comes—when he used to be completed—there’s peace. Similar to the track has promised. Sam and Dean, in combination on the finish of the street, the place they have been at all times intended to be.