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Supernatural’s tenth season concluded with yet another bromantic Sophie’s choice and possible end of days scenario.
First off, I should apologize for my lack of weekly Supernatural reviews. The truth is I haven’t had time to keep up with the Winchester’s weekly shenanigans, but that gave me the perfect opportunity to binge watch 11 episodes like a true professional. The second half of the season was filled with highs and lows, but here are just a few.
In this episode Dean’s consciousness wakes up in his 14-year-old body. It was silly and awesome and all things wonderful about this show. Dean couldn’t drink, he couldn’t drive the Impala and he certainly couldn’t, well, do other things Dean likes to do. Dylan Everett reprised his role as Young Dean with absolute perfection, right down to the husky voice, clenched jaw and sassy eyebrows.
This episode was arguably the best of the entire season. First, Sam is starting to look like a Labrador puppy that lost his favorite chew toy, which is never a good sign. That face usually means he’s about to do something very stupid in the name of brotherly love.
Which is exactly where the storyline leads when he makes a deal … not with the devil because we’ve seen that a million times … but with the devil’s witch mother. Cue the hottest Scottish vixen on TV! #sorrynotsorryoutlander
This episode also included the much-anticipated moment when Charlie (Felicia Day) met our #1 broken winged angel, Castiel. He healed her carpal tunnel and now they’re best friends forever.
From the best to the worst, this episode was undoubtedly the most shocking of the season. [SPOILER ALERT] Charlie freakin’ dies! You guys, it takes a lot to shock me on Supernatural and this shocked me. Charlie has been the quirky “little sister” character for several seasons and her exit felt too rushed. I can see, though, where Charlie was needed as a plot device, a tipping point for Dean to say enough is enough when it comes to Sam sacrificing absolutely everything to save his brother and vice versa.
Which brings us to the season finale, Brother’s Keeper.
We catch up with Dean on the run and pretty well wrecked. He’s haunted and guilty about the sum of his life with the Mark of Cain and #cannoteven with Sam’s actions to make it all better. In a last ditch effort he makes a deal with Death. In exchange for removing Dean from the equation … he’s being sent somewhere not on Earth where he can’t harm anyone, what? … Death wants Sam’s head, literally. Sam shows up, hears the plan and is actually willing to let his brother kill him if that’s what it takes to save his soul. Geez Louise these two are complicated. Anyway, Sam kneels on the floor, produces two old Winchester family photos and closes his eyes…
Fortunately, this is Supernatural and Dean kills Death instead! It’s a credit to Jared and Jensen’s acting skills that I actually thought Dean might kill Sam. I had everything clenched … everything. Whew.
Meanwhile, Rowena cracks the code she’s been working on most of the season and finally releases Dean from the Mark of Cain!
Then, of course, all hell breaks loose.
Season 10 had its problems – awkward pacing, unresolved character arcs, the whole Styne family – but overall it was a fun ride. It brought the series back to a core religious mythology missing since the conclusion of season 5. Similarly, the Darkness is the first full-scale threat to the Supernatural universe since the Apocalypse. The Darkness is next level evil, reminiscent of the Hexxus in Fern Gully or the Nothing in The Neverending Story. It’s ’bout to get real.
Did Dean saying, “Close your eyes, Sammy?” make you cry like a baby? Were you as concerned as I was about the Darkness scratching Baby’s paint? Give me a shout in the comments section!