Supernatural: Dicks Everywhere!

Supernatural S07E23: "Survival of the Fittest"

No one except card-carrying members of the Becky Larson Fan Club would call Supernatural's seventh season the series' best, and most would admit that Season 7 isn't even in the show's top five. With that said, my anticipation going into Friday's finale, "Survival of the Fittest," was about as high as my anticipation for a trip to the grocery store! A cool grocery store, at least. With food samples and stuff. And a bar.

Booze would've been a good thing to have on hand for "Survival of the Fittest," a disjointed hour of television that threw everything at us (kind of like Season 7 as a whole!). But that's not to say it didn't have its entertaining moments, because the finale hit that sweet spot where humor and horror have babies, something Supernatural does better than any other show right now.

With both the blood of an Alpha vampire and Castiel's juice in hand (as obtained over the last two episodes), there were only two things left to acquire for the assembly of the Dick Stabber, the magic weapon that could kill Mr. Big Leviathan Dick Roman. Sam and Dean had no problems grabbing the bone of a righteous person from a mausoleum filled with rotting nuns, and Crowley gave his blood willingly because he was pulling a double cross on Dick Roman or maybe a triple cross on the Winchesters or a quadruple cross on us because can anyone tell me what the purpose of the all this hubbub about multiple crossing was if the initial double cross on Dick Roman didn't even really matter? Dick signed Crowley's comically long agreement, but he would have been a fool to trust Crowley and vice versa. Eesh! It just seemed like some pretty unnecessary scheming, if you ask me.

Dick's plan to zombify America through tainted corn syrup was in full swing, and his agreement with Crowley would have given demons full reign over Canada, which is a raw deal because I hear Canadians are actually full of gravy due to all the poutine they eat. That Dick really wanted America for himself because Americans are fat, he said. I suppose we're all supposed to rally around Dick's anti-American sentiment, but he's got a point. Did you know that America actually sinks into the Earth because of its obesity? True story. But that's how Dick likes it, and he actually concocted a new type of corn syrup that targets skinny, smart people and kills them, and even brought in a dainty blonde girl in her underwear to sacrifice as an example.

Castiel also returned, though his mind was mostly on lipstick-wearing monkeys. It was a good thing he came back, though; since he'd once served as a condo for all the Leviathans, he was the only person who could tell the real Dick apart from the clones made from the original non-Leviathaned Dick Roman's severed arm. You know, typing that, it seems really silly. So that ended up being Castiel's excuse to join the fight—and it was pretty much only that, as the multiple Dicks served no purpose except to give Castiel a reason to show up.

Probably the biggest waste of the episode was everything Bobby. Here we had one of Supernatural's most beloved characters pretty much just occupying space until he could be written out of the show in a way that was a qualified as a proper send-off. So what did the writers do? They made him a pissed-off ghost who possessed a roach hotel maid until everyone realized he would be better off ghost-busted into ghost heaven. It wasn't exactly a happy ending for Bobby, who deserved a lot more... or at the very least, some purpose in sticking around after being shot by Dick. Is this how Bobby is to be remembered? Ugh. Not cool, Supernatural.

But we still need to talk about the final fight! After finally getting the Impala back (another character that's been hosed all season long), the Winchesters, Cas, and Meg assaulted Dick's Sucrocorp headquarters. Well, technically it was just Meg who "assaulted" the evil corporate lair, showing off some sick driving skills to the tune of "Born to Be Wild." Nothing like some Dad Rock to get yer motor runnin' before you hit the highway and crash through a corporation's extremely shatter-y sign. I guess she was just a diversion, because next thing I knew, Sam, Dean, and Cas were inside the heavily secured building. That's one way to get them in: Just cut to a shot of them inside!

The dispatching of Dick was actually relatively easy, given all the build-up. It went something like this: They found him in a room, Cas gave the thumbs up that it was actually the real Dick, Dean stabbed him with the Dick Stabber, except it was a fake Dick Stabber, but then he stabbed him with the real Dick Stabber. I still don't know why Dean needed a fake Dick Stabber, but I guess it made the second stab THROUGH DICK'S NECK (awesome!) that much better. Dean said they needed to "catch Dick off guard," but stab number one was pretty much a direct hit so I'm not sure the effort to make a fake Dick Stabber was really worth it. There was lots of extraneous stuff in this episode, guys.

And that was it! Dick was dead. But because Supernatural was renewed for an eighth season, we needed to leave on some sort of cliffhanger. After Dick exploded into black goo, Cas and Dean both disappeared as a side effect of the weapon. Okay, Supernatural, I'll play along. It turned out that using a Dick Stabber sends its wielder (and his nearby companion) to Purgatory! So we left Season 7 with Sam confused, Crowley mobilizing a demon army, and Cas and Dean in monster-filled Purgatory, where Cas promised they'd be torn to shreds.

"Survival of the Fittest" got the job done in the most average way possible, finishing up Season 7 with a sudden conclusion to the season-long Leviathan storyline shoehorned-in cliffhanger to give us something to anticipate in Season 8 besides more of Sam's "acting" faces. Bobby got totally screwed, and now I will forever remember him as a grumpy ghost instead of the awesome father figure he was for six-and-a-half seasons. "Survival of the Fittest" brought the laughs, but what it needed was more of the emotion or suspense that Supernatural has done well in the past. There was a huge opportunity to achieve that with Bobby's farewell, but the show was too busy shooing him off stage to capitalize on it.



Super-note-urals

– HUGE apologies for not getting to last week's episode. Pre-Upfronts news was breaking all around me late last week and this week, and that occupied all of my life for several days. Next year, I will make sure I clone myself for this time of year. For the record, I though last week's episode had a lot of the same problems as the finale.

– Cas was on fire all episode with all kinds of great cracks. "Do we need a cat? Doesn't this place feel one species short?"

– I actually started to enjoy the Leviathan plan of turning America into a feed lot, but the way it was built up all season long was pretty sporadic and just plain weird. Had the arc been better developed and unfurled, Season 7 could have been a lot better.

– Seriously, WTF with the Bobby stuff? Not cool, Supernatural.



Supernatural Season 7 Power Rankings

"Survival of the Fittest" cleaned up the mess of Season 7 by wrapping up the Leviathan storyline, and gave us a hint of what's to come in Season 8. There were plenty of funny moments, so it wasn't a total loss, but the Bobby situation was a disaster that ticked me off. I'm still wondering what the point of making him a ghost was. Just extending the goodbye? Ugh. (I've also placed the previous episode, "There Will Be Blood," in the rankings!)

1. "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" (Episode 14)
Sam and Dean investigated mysterious deaths around a kid's pizza-and-games party house. Unicorns farting rainbows, ball pit sharks spraying blood, and octo-vamps giving fatal hickeys made this a fun episode.

2. "Party On, Garth" (Episode 18)
A Japanese ghost can only be seen by drunks, Garth returns, and Mr. Fizzles the sock puppet! But we finally learn the truth about what Bobby is up to in the afterlife.

3. "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" (Episode 5)
A pair of witches needed some couples counseling in a gory fun-fest that guest-starred Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters.

4. "Death's Door" (Episode 10)
Bobby fought for his life and delved into his past as he tried to deliver a message to Sam and Dean from beyond the plane of the living.

5. "The Mentalists" (Episode 7)
More standalone fun as the brothers investigated murders in a town full of psychics.

6. "Reading Is Fundamental" (Episode 21)
Academic Asian stereotype Kevin became the prophet as Sam and Dean got instructions on how to kill a Leviathan. Plus, Cas came back!

7. "Meet the New Boss" (Episode 1)
Castiel got all righteous on those who didn't respect The Good Word, and it was great.

8. "Repo Man" (Episode 15)
The brothers visited a man they saved from a murderous demon four years ago, and Lucifer blabbed Sam's ear off.

9. "The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" (Episode 20)
Sam and Dean got a lesbian hacker to sift through Dick Roman's emails and Bobby ghost-pushed a lot of people.

10. "Born-Again Identity" (Episode 17)
Sam ended up in a mental hospital after too many chats with mind-Satan, and Castiel returned to smite and then get left behind.

11. "Adventures in Babysitting" (Episode 11)
Sam and Dean coped with Bobby's death and met a fellow hunter's young daughter.

12. "Out With the Old" (Episode 16)
A tale of cursed ballerina slippers became a story about a Leviathan real estate agent.

13. "Of Grave Importance" (Episode 19)
Sam and Dean headed to a haunted house, where Bobby learned a thing or two about ghosts and finally became visible to Sam and Dean.

14. "Survival of the Fittest" (Episode 23)
Season 7 finale! Dick got stabbed, Bobby got burned off, and Dean got zapped to Purgatory.

15. "Slash Fiction" (Episode 6)
Two Leviathans disguised themselves as Sam and Dean and took off on a cross-country shootin' spree!

16. "There Will Be Blood" (Episode 22)
Sam and Dean get some Alpha vampire blood to create the Dick Slayer.

17. "The Slice Girls" (Episode 13)
Dean had a one-night stand with an Amazonian lady, and Sam took Dean's Daddy card away.

18. "Hello, Cruel World" (Episode 2)
The Leviathans set up a buffet at a hospital after spreading into the water supply.

19. "Time After Time" (Episode 12)
Dean traveled back to 1944 and battled the God of Time with Eliot Ness.

20. "How To Win Friends And Influence Monsters" (Episode 9)
Hyperadrenalized cannibals and stoner sandwiches! Dick Roman's plan was sort of unveiled! And Bobby got shot!

21. "The Girl Next Door" (Episode 3)
Via flashback, we saw Sam's first kiss... with a monster! Then Dean killed her.

22. "Defending Your Life" (Episode 4)
Dean went on trial before Osiris because of the guilt he carries. Jo came back to blow him up!

23. "Season 7, Time for a Wedding" (Episode 8)
Too. Much. Becky. Larson.



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Come on guys. The ones who complain that the show is nothing like it used to be are clearly not even paying attention. Kripke's original dream was that the brothers roll in and out of town week to week. No home, (aside from the Impala) and no one except each other. I will miss Bobby and it is a major shame that he had to go in the way that he did and it's sad what has happened to Cass as well but that is what it's going to take to take the show back to JUST Sam and Dean. The house needed burned down as well. The season was much better than season 6 and I agree it is not the best. I think honestly part of why the show has had problems the last two seasons is because Sara was under a large amount of stress and was just not prepared to step up and take over as show-runner. Also I get that everything may not be original but ya know what? That is that story. It's never over and it is just one thing after another. For example wouldn't you think the brothers would be tired of ghost hunts? It isn't that big a deal. Cass can be in Purgatory. It's just like Earth, Heaven, and Hell. It's a different place than used before in the show but still a place in the folklore. Sorry those are just the facts.

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I finally got to see the finale. So again one of the brothers is stuck somewhere. Wow, so original. I wish the show had ended with the third season, really! Fifth, tops!

I don't think the season was bad, it was interesting. I just feel the show has run out of fresh ideas.. :(
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Awesome neck stabbing, but the kill should have been Bobby's. He deserved to destroy Dick.
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This was an Awesome reveiew!!!! but don't you think that these new episodes are nothing like they use to be?? I use to wait again and agin for supernatural to come on but then they started playing really old reruns all the way from the beginning, It really pissed me off!! how about you?
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Wow, what a review. To be expected I guess from a reviewer who states right at the start that they anticipated watching it as much as they anticipated a routine trip to the grocery store. The reviewer already had their mind made up that the finale stunk before they even watched it. The ONLY thing I agree with the review is how the Bobby character was treated. He was reduced to pretty much just standing around with a scowl and saying idjit and balls. Other than that, I think the finale was very good. Looking forward to next season!
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6. Don't forget the hilarious comment Sam made when hearing about the prophecy stone was written by Medathron - thinking it was written by Megathron from Transformers LOL I just allmost peed my pants
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This season was not bad, but sporadic. They tried to focus on the Leviathan but had too much other stuff going on. It would have been better if they would have focused solely on them.



As for Bobby it would have been better if they let him die and be dead. But now as a vengeful ghost and then destroyed...where did he go? From Season 1 to now we have always asked the question where do destroyed ghosts go? Could Bobby be in Purgatory?



Also Cas as an Angel in Purgatory, come on. He has no soul he either goes back to Heaven or he is gone.



This season we also saw 2 Gods bite it (Kronos and Osiris). I'm getting kinda ticked that it is so easy to go and whack a God. What is that?



Lets jump to Season 6 real quick. I don't understand bringing Grandpa back just to ditch him that easily. Bring in another hunter to get rid of.



The last 2 seasons have been sporadic and a jumbled mess
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It was a suitable finale for a mediocre season. BTW, mediocre season in Supernatural means worst season of all 7, even though season 6 was not that much better. Hopefully the'll make amends next season, now that Sera Gamble leaves the boat (I'm blaming seasons 6 & 7 on her, at least until I get a taste of season 8).



The whole Bobby arc was lousily handled, but it did give us the by-far best episode of the season: At Death Door (you placing it fourth Tim, and even worst behind Dr. Phil, Party on Garth and Plucky is just heresy, big ol' frigging heresy).



Oathbreaker's Bobby-theory would be cool (that as a vengeful ghost he also ended up in Purgatory after being exorcised), but unless someone (hopefully the new executive producer) returns the wits to the writers, I wouldn't bet on it coming true.
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Three best finales of the season: POI, Mentalist and Supernatural.
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POI I'll give you, the other 2, not so much unless it's by default.
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Explanation for Bobby as Ghost: No one knows where ghosts go after exorcism. Answer: Purgatory.



Just a theory.
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I will forever "hate" you for placing "Shut up, Dr Phil" in top 10, Tim, and let alone the top 3. The episode that was disjointed just like the whole season, and filled by illogical actions of our protagonists. One of the worst I've ever had to suffer through. Now, with that out of the way...



Admittedly, there were quite many insufferable episodes this season. There seems to be little doubt and little to no argument that it was the weakest run in the show's history. If I were to describe it in one word, I'd go with 'goofiness'. At times the show was moving dangerously close to self-parody, and it was a sad thing to watch for a longtime fan.



Leviathans were ultimately portrayed in a silly way - not menacing, not scary, not coming across as overly cunning. Yes, their plan was quite sophisticated, come to think of it. It was the 'smart evil' thing - no brute force applied, but rather whipping up an efficient method for cultivating 'food'. And yet - why did it all feel so uninspiring?

We've probably explored all possible Dick jokes there were, and Dick himself rarely gave the impression the enemy of his stature should.



Castiel was great in the first episode of the season, but then we've lost him for far too long. And while his comeback was one of the finest moments of this year, it was quickly squandered by turning him into a comic relief of sorts. I won't claim that he didn't have a number of funny lines, but.... these come at a cost. Instilling Dean with so much fake self-righteousness didn't help the whole situation either.

While I enjoyed meeting Lucifer now and then, the whole "Sam's mental issues" subplot dragged on and was resolved in a rather anti-climatic way.



It was sad to see Bobby go... twice. Death's Door was possibly the best episode this season (at least if we agree not to treat SPN as pure comedy), with a lot of valuable insight into the character. But the actual cause of death and the following vengeful ghost deal... I don't know, just didn't feel right. I actually think that Bobby The Ghost wasn't a bad idea in its own right, but his final send-off could've been done much better.



In the end, the finale felt more interesting than most of the season - which doesn't say as much about the quality of the finale as it does about the doubtful quality of season 7. There was the immortal Kansas song, there was muchos Crowley, there was the Impala, and there was even a sorely missing darker vibe towards the end, with Dean and Cas landing in Purgatory.

I'm glad that Supernatural will be back for another season, if only because I'd hate it to end on such a poor note. Hopefully there will come a chance for the show to redeem itself under the new guidance.
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I'm really not sure why you have Pennywhistle as number one, because it belongs somewhere in the middle. Still thought Dr Phil was the best.. I've enjoyed pretty much every episode of the Winchester boys and I'm staying till the end...
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I enjoyed the season and the finale was good, but it could have been so much better. Why do these writers always have great villains with awesome master plans only to see them easily dispatched with little focus on their plans. I look forward to seeing what they do with season 8!!!!!!!!!
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It did have one of the best lines, though, when Sam asked Dean if they should try calling Castiel again.

"Dude, last time he showed up naked on the hood of my car... covered in bees"

At least he brought homemade honey next time he popped in.
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The "fake stake" was quite odd. UNLESS there was a line of text on the tablet that hinted it had to go through the neck or something.



In which case, Dick wouldn't have tried hard to stop it from going into the abdomen and then laugh at their failure. And with his guard down allowed Cas to immobilize him while Dean put the real one through the neck. Maybe a line about severing the head and the body will die?



Alternatively, someone's suggestion that using a fake one to allow Crowley to meet his deal works as well but we would've needed a quote from Crowley about that. Like "I'll give you my real blood if..."
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Keep in mind though that it was vague God text. Cut the head off and the body will flounder. If you take the time to read between the lines it can be a bit more than just metaphorical as well as a diversion to make Dick think they couldn't kill him.
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"Alternatively, someone's suggestion that using a fake one to allow Crowley to meet his deal works as well but we would've needed a quote from Crowley about that. Like 'I'll give you my real blood if...'"



I've read that take as well...and that would make some sense...of course better writers would have made that clear instead of weakly having Dean saying something about catching him off guard.
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That bothered me a great deal... demons aren't supposed to be able to break a deal... which seemed to be the point of the whole contract gag. What needed to happen was a revelation that Crowley had found a loophole so cunning that even the real Dick Roman wouldn't have seen it coming. Instead, we may have got a fake stake, may have not. It's like they're not even trying.



Supernatural used to be my favorite show (and one of my favorite shows of all time), so much so that when summer came I'd watch the episodes I'd recorded all over again such that I didn't have a week without Supernatural for years. Unfortunately, this show ran out of things to do a while ago and has been rehashing material since. Vampire Diaries became my favorite show as the writing gets better and better as it goes on. I've noticed SPN trying a few VD-style hooks this season (like the boys heading to the same hospital as the Leviathans to end an episode, in the same manner that every VD episode ends with a plot twist in the last 10 seconds that sets things up for the next ep) but it's not enough.



Next season we'll have Sam trying to get Dean and Cas out of Purgatory... the way he tried to get Dean out of Hell and Dean tried to get Sam out of Hell before. Maybe Bobby will come back to life the way all of the characters have, multiple times. Perhaps Sam will develop yet another mental problem and Dean can worry about him... again. I'm sure one brother will lie to the other and trust issues will develop... again. They've got to either really shake things up or give the show a formal ending. Kripke has said that there was one idea he had that they hadn't done such that if there was a last season maybe they'd do that. I think it's time to get him on the phone and divulge that last idea he had to the new showrunner... and maybe bring some new talent into the writing room with fresh ideas too.
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I thought D&D Tattoo would be higher. Having Felicia Days Charlie Bradbury being put in harms way reminds me of Chloe O'brien being put in the field to hack a computer.



Charlie is the best new character Supernatural has had in a while, I hope she comes back in some kind of overwatch role - similar (but better) to what Frank briefly did.
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PLease.please. pleasepleaseplease
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Supernatural doesn't allow strong female characters... that don't get blown up, anyway. With Sara Gemble no longer show runner, as good as that otherwise might be, we probably won't get any more strong female characters.
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I love Felica Day, but that was stunt casting at its worst.
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Unfortunately, it seems like Felicia Day has a love-it/hate-it kind of thing going on... at least with the Supernatural / Eureka crowd. Some people have hated her appearance on both shows.



Personally I thought she was great on both.



- She was a ray of sunshine and comedy in Supernatural; an otherwise boring season (except for the witches).



- And her quirky attitude matched well with Eureka... where the random guest-star scientists are usually quite odd. Plus, a girlfriend for Fargo was nice... since he lost the old one when the timeline reset and I doubt they could bring in Claudia that much from WH13.
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I love Felicia Day and as an actress she was great in the supernatural episode, But the writers put in far far far too many nerd references. It felt just way too manufactured my opinion.
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Season 7, Time for a Wedding - Dean's reaction were funniest on this episode.



And Welcome to Purgatory.. Castiel should be a regular special cast on the show again. I think he's back to normal when he spoke to Dean at the purgatory.



Carry on my wayward son.... oh i love this song every finale, really feels like a finale (or is it just me..)
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My main gripe with this season and this episode, is that Supernatural used to be a show where everything happened for a reason. The show was one of the best in terms of continuity and fluidity. Even most of the "throw away" episodes played a purpose. But now things don't really make any sense. This whole season accomplished what? The Leviathan became comical and Bobby died for no reason whatsoever, and the list goes on and on. I love this show, I really do, but if season 8 isn't significantly better then I hope it's the last (I can't believe I just said that), because there is nothing sadder than seeing one of your all time favorite shows die a slow, unceremonious death.
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Agree 100% It started before Bobby though. Remember last season they brought Samuel back from the dead for... what? He didn't serve any real purpose and they killed him unceremoniously without doing anything with him either. I thought for sure he would reveal that he was helping Crowley in exchange for bringing the boys' mother back to life, which would have been an AWESOME conflict of interest. Instead, he only told the boys he "had his reasons" and got killed before ever explaining them, suggesting even the writers didn't know why he has helping Crowley.
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First, on Episode 22: The Alpha Vamp's line when the boys left, "See you next season" has got to classify as one of the coolest lines I've heard on tv. Simply Wow! As for Bobby, he'll be back. They still haven't revealed the 'big surprise' they hinted at. I've been biting my tongue but will mention it, only I'll burble enough to make sure it is below the fold for people who hate spoilers. The season was weak, unless it is used as a springboard for next season. I loved the constant political and social satire/commentary, but they got so caught up in it they neglected the most important part, the whole story arc. (Still, when Dick was reading the letter about the delivery of the relic, and I caught the words, "Compliments of Mr. Trump" I poured myself a celebratory drink. They hadn't gone totally brain-dead.) And I wonder when we'll find out where God has been keeping himself. (Why do I think he's renting a shack in the Keys from Jimmy Buffet?) I still wonder, when Cas' lady says she went to him "because God told her to" it was meant more literally than those words generally are. Okay, we're safe now. But i insist the Elliott Ness episode had to have been important -- for itself and because they promised no more time travelling and had to have had a good reason for breaking the promise. The only possible explanation was so Dean could meet the 'Lady in Red.' She's a hunter, and we know hunters run in families. And we know hunters have an *ahem* somewhat freewheeling approach to romantic encounters. We aren't told that Dean 'hooked up' with her, but it is certainly likely. We know one other thing, if we were listening. At one point she uses a very familiar word and tone, when she calls Dean and Ness "idjits." Now where have we heard that before? And I don't think we know Bobby's age, but mid to late sixties is a distinct policy, and the whole show has been playing so many games with the idea of the relationship between fathers and sons. The question i have is, "Did/does Bobby know? Is that why he has been so protective of the Winchesters, and particularly Dean?"
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So this isn't below the cut so *THEORIES FOR SEASON 8 BEWARE*

"Okay, we're safe now. But i insist the Elliott Ness episode had to have been important -- for itself and because they promised no more time travelling and had to have had a good reason for breaking the promise."



Or it could be the writers are just bad (because they are).



I can't say I care much for the theory, I thought it was pretty well established that Bobby became a hunter because of what happened with his ex wife, and wasn't a hunter all along. Definitely could be wrong on that, but I'm rewatching the good seasons (I'll stop with 5 seconds left in Season 5) so I'll be able to find out.



So if he ends up being Dean's son and then just HAPPENS to become a hunter by coincidence, and then meeting John by coincidence, that's just really weak. Even if they try retcon in something...I dunno, something really dumb like maybe yellow eyes was behind what happened with his wife? That would be pretty terrible.
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Supernatural always takes care of its fans they will do something with Bobby storyline i am quite sure of it .I like season 7 its obvious every season cant be like szn 1 ,2 or 3 .and it is still my favourite show on tv
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Why can't every season be like Season 1, where something from every episode ties in to season's meta-plot, some character development occurs, and every episode gets better? It can when you have consistently good writers who aren't burnt out and out of fresh ideas.
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Then I hope it's the only tv you watch...
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yeah if u cancel revenge TVD ,POI OUat revenge touch fringe misfits common law the killing the summer seasons include suits BB alphas as a tv shows then i just watch supernatural but after breaking bad its the 2nd awesome series i watch
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I say this as formerly a huge SPN fan... you can't possibly think Supernatural (currently) is better than the vampire diaries, especially the writing, can you? TVD has multiple plot lines running per episode, let alone season (something SPN has only tried in about 2 episodes this season, finally realizing something different can be happening to Bobby than Sam and Dean and the half season Eve/ half Cas purgatory thing). Every TVD ep ends with a shocker or cliffhanger or plot twist. Most SPN episodes are still.. hey look, there's something odd in the paper, let's go check it out formula completely dropping the season's plot until the last few episodes.
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Well you do watch a bunch of garbage...and apparently revenge twice.



Still out of that list Supernatural isn't as good as at least 5 of those shows.
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thts what i wrote in 1st place that every season can't be like season 1 2 or 3 oh and writing revenge twice was a mistake .
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It was a jerk thing to say, but to pretend that Supernatual is even a shadow of its former glory is kidding yourself.



For the record Touch and The Killing stood out as "yikes, that is totally" awful...the rest of the list is pretty decent...even Revenge twice.
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That was a jerk thing to say, Aye.
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these shows are not garbage everybody knows that these are some of the best out there or i think you are biggest fan of ringer so u think those shows are garbage
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I apologize in advance for this HUGE meandering comment...

Allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment...the way Bobby's story played out was pretty damn terrible, and I can understand why you might hate it...BUT I don't think we've seen the last of him. He was borderline monster by the end, so my guess is we'll see him in Purgatory teaming up with Dean/Cas. What's more is I bet they bring him back through whatever method the show's (increasingly inept writing) uses to get Dean/Cas out.

This could go go one of two ways:

1) He comes back good...so basically nothing changed and it totally undercuts his sacrifice and entire story in Season 7 - needless to say if this happens I'll hate it.

2) Coming back from Purgatory turns him evil...I mean imagine Bobby as something Sam and Dean have to deal with. I don't trust that even if he's evil that they could do it well, but at least I could see a way in which that could work and not be completely terrible.

3) If he doesn't come back (maybe sacrifices himself so Dean/Cas can get back) that can maybe be good. I don't think this is likely because it probably doesn't allow a final moment with Sam, but I guess I can't discount it.

So...maybe it won't be SO terrible.



Moving on from there I imagine the "big bad" in Season 8 will be Crowley (which, yawn) because I hope to Bob it won't be something completely new AGAIN. One of the many reasons Season 7 didn't work is because the Leviathan were new. (For the record, I think the best Season 8 setup would revolve around Bobby being evil and the Anti-Christ kid coming back and either saving the day or being evil - but I'm pretty sure that storyline has been dropped/forgotten)



Now, please, keep in mind I haven't been looking around so I have NO idea if Jim Beaver is even signed up at all for Season 8, so I suppose you can blow the lid off my theories immediately if any of you know that...anyway...Season 7 was so terrible I know I won't be back.
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For the record, I had plenty of booze while watching this episode and it still wasn't enough to make it any better.



Words cannot describe how frustrated I am with how Supernatural is being handle. After investing my time into this show for seven years, is this joke of a season really the best they have to offer us? I'm annoyed all the time was spent on figuring out how to kill Dick Roman, and they basically killed him in less than two seconds. Where's the epic showdown? I miss the days when Supernatural's season finales left me screaming my head off like a stark-raving mad lunatic. So basically I agree with what almost everyone has already said.





I'm pissed Bobby and Cas were basically treated like crap all season. They were only used when they were needed, and when they were needed it was pointless. How could they send Bobby off like that? In my opinion though, the best part of the episode was Dean saying Cas appeared before him naked on top of his car covered in bees, and they don't even show that...



At this point I'm tired and bored. I'm still trying to decided whether or not I care Dean and Cas are trapped in purgatory. Really, how is purgatory any different from hell?
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Bobby deserved a better send off, I felt like we were all cheated by they way they handled that. They should have just postponed that part until Season 8 and devoted more time to it.
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Truth.
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Or just kept him around as a helpful ghost. There's a lot of comedic potential to be mined in that, and could also possibly be the catalyst for several adventures.
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Didn't Bobby he end up a vengeful ghost, right? Is that not a monster? is it not plausible that he was sent to Purgatory. Which means he can return and help Dean and when they leave Purgatory Bobby will be back from the dead.
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Yeah, I'm with you. This season has been one of my least favorites. I think that the story line would have worked had they developed it more throughout the season instead of just these last couple of episodes.



Also--poor Bobby! He deserved better.



I'm super glad they brought Cas back though. He was the best part of the episode.
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It makes me wonder if Bobby and possibly John Winchester being purgatory to only make season even more epic because we never are told where evil spirits go when they die. Lame ending but Dick was just too much. Glad he's gone.
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I was so sad for the killing off of Bobby. I hope that they bring him back along with Castiel with better storylines. I almost gave up watching the show until I know that Castiel is back.
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Seems like I'm not the only one that wasn't a fan this season. I pretty much found myself on the laptop surfing the net as the show was on and half paying attention this season. I found when I paid full attention I just got mad, like killing off Bobby and then ruining him by making him a ghost. Killing off Cas and then ruining his character by making him weird and insane and having Dean treat him horribly. Not driving the impala for like 90% of the season only to bring her back and crash her. Having Meg come back.... can't she die and not Bobby? Dick was just annoying (too many jokes) and the Leviathans seemed like apacolypse 2.0 switching out croatoan zombie people bird flu vaccine for corn syrup brain dead people. Hope season 8 is better or I'm done.
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Every Meg they cast is just worse and worse. With the last Meg I asked "Who do you have to sleep with to get cast as Meg?" and then found out Jared Padalecki married her, so I had the answer. ;-) His wife and the latest one sound like they're reading from cue cards (and don't even try to act like the original, fantastic Meg).
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Well, I will grant you that the original Meg was amazing, though I quite like the current incarnation, actually, but you've got your facts a little confused on the rest. Jared Padelecki married the girl who played the second (third?) incarnation of RUBY. Remember the weird alternate reality episode? I'm pretty sure there have only been 2 Megs, unless you count the equally weird episode where she was possessing Sam.
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Anybody notice they only showed like 4 or 5 episodes during the Road so Far part.
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Yes I did! I'm glad someone mentioned this because I thought I was the only one. They only showed 4 or 5 episode because they FINALLY just realized this season has been a HUGE waste of time and only a sparse few episodes had anything to do with the plot.
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They love those stand-alones 15% plot 85% Monster of the Week
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Once The Vampire Diaries came on (a show that can have 5 plots running at once) that became so obvious to me, although they did it even back when Dean was trying to keep his soul. He'd just tell Sam "there's nothing I can do about it" and then they'd go off for about 5 eps on completely random adventures and finally start worrying about his soul again at about episode 20. The sad thing about Supernatural now is that you could watch a season's episodes in random order other that maybe the first and last two and it really wouldn't matter.
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This episode was lackluster almost as boring as the Levi's themselves. Although i'm looking forward to both Sam and Deans situations.
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SNORE.



I actually haven't hated the Leviathan story as much as many others, but something about the directing of these last 5 episodes or so (or longer -- I didn't care enough to remember them) made these episodes SO BORING to watch. Also, like you, a lot of the stuff in this episode was just so pointless. Bobby sucked... the bone-stabbing-thingy switcharoo was stupid... the contract writing thing between Dick and Crowley wasn't at all funny or uh, anything... blah.



I wouldn't be at all surprised if the writers came up with this whole season JUST for all the dick innuendos.



"Hey guys! Since the censors allow us to use the word dick, let's use it A LOT this season."

"Okay, how? We don't have a story yet."

"Well, big dicks are fun, so uh, let's have a guy named Richard... and make him powerful!"

"Okay... How about Leviathans? They're powerful."

"Great! Whales! Moby Dick! Perfect!"

"Well, they aren't just whales... they're more like--"

"Whatever. As long as there's dick!"
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As I was watching the contract gag I was CONVINCED the whole point was that Crowley must be trying to buy time, knowing the boys would come to rescue him. But no... it was just a pointless gag, especially since it seemed Crowley broke the deal anyway, something demons aren't supposed to be able to do.
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That's part of it, but the political stuff is also a reason, from the victims of Cas' Godwrath through the idea of people being turned into cattle for the upper 1% to feed on, through Dick making a contribution to "The Conservative Party" etc. I think there was a lot more, like a leviathan as real estate agent -- biting to anyone who's gone through foreclosure -- etc.



(Even "Leviathan" makes no sense in the biblical sense, but Hobbes' most famous work was called that, and Hobbes' "War of all against all" is a familiar intellectual conservative theme.)
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This was not a great season of Supernatural, but it had it's moments. With Dean in Purgatory seems that me might get to see Bobby again. And I am curious what is the backdoor out of Purgatory.
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it was an ok episode and finale i guess.. but really? if I see a monster literally pulsating the air in front of me I'm not going to stand around, I'm going to run the hell away! then I won't get sucked into purgatory with it. way to go Dean! lol one thing I never liked about Supernatural is how it ends and then sets up the next season, and one day that kind of format will come back to bite it and it's fans in the ass because if it's ever cancelled, they'd have set it up with a cliffhanger and then piss everybody off. I think Buffy did it right, the big bad threat was mostly introduced in the first episode of the season, not the previous season's finale. Honestly, the whole purgatory/leviathans storyline hasn't been that interesting, it kind of bores me.
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Just in case it DOES get cancelled one day, I've been hearing this is the path the writers want to go:

S8 cliffhanger: Sam is stuck in limbo.

S9 cliffhanger: Dean is stuck in heaven.

S10 cliffhanger: Dean is stuck in hell.

S11 cliffhanger: Cas dies. Bobby is back.

S12 cliffhanger: Bobby is stuck in hell.

S13 cliffhanger: God dies. Cas is back.



Beginning of every season: We see the missing person mysteriously appear within the first 2 minutes. You're welcome ;-)
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Hilarious!
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so dumb
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I agree that there were a lot of issues with this season. Isn't Sera Gamble leaving as showrunner though? Being replaced by Edlund? I may be wrong, but I think most, if not all, of my fave episodes were done by Edlund, so I have faith that if he is showrunner next year that season 8 will be great.

I have to admit tho, that how this show has been going I feel like I should read Dante's Inferno, Paradiso and whatever the word for purgatory is....I feel like I might have a better idea on what to expect from this show if I did...
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Jeremy Carver is coming back as the showrunner. Edlund is still on board.

All my favourite episodes were done by both of them. So I'm looking forward to see what comes next.
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Thanks for the info..did not know Carver is showrunner now:)

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WORST. FINALE. EVER. From the SECOND to worst season ever. I hate to admit it, but it killed Supernatural for me. After that finale, I took SPN off my season pass. I can no longer watch a show where the writers become bitches to the fans and the studio. I mean, even though a show is renewed, if the writers and stars aren't under contract or what have you, they don't HAVE to come back, right? Jared JUST had a baby. The ratings were abysmal, by SPN's normal ratings. They could have said no and just let the show die. Instead, they're gonna strap it down for yet another season and let the fans strangle it to death. Kripke himself said the worst moves the show ever made was when it capitulated to the fangirl outcry, mainly Jo and Bela. And what did Gamble do? CAPITULATED TO FANGIRL OUTCRY. God, Cas was just awful. Nice to know they're totally fine with reducing what was once a great character into crappy comic relief, with almost nothing for him to do, other than appease the fangirls... What good is a show when the writers can't even stick to their guns for a plot? Or realize that it just doesn't have the oomph that it used to? I mean, think about it. Season seven is just a rehash of season five! An almost invincible big bad who hated demons, causing nationwide harm, blood was the key to bringing him down and at the very end, a Winchester got sucked into a hole. I just... I'm past the point of caring anymore.
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Totally on board with this sentiment!
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Do you know where you read this complaint from Kripke? I still enjoy the show, but it really has given into the fangirls writing fanfic on Friday nights after the show. I have two female friends who LOVE all that "Dean/Cas gay subtext" and the stupid "watch Cas say dirty things" that are on the rise since Sera took over. I would love to read how the original creator feels about it all.
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Watch the panels from Comic-Con and the commentary on the season box sets with Kripke. There are some very interesting nuggets. Like how the writer's strike pretty much ruined season three. Half the stuff that happened in season four was supposed to be in three, the angels were never supposed to be introduced, etc... As for Bela, Kripke stated he hated what they did with Bela -the whole abuse back story instead of making her just a badass thief/fence- and it was because of the fans. As for Jo, the fans screamed their heads off because the writers tried to pair her with Dean and they lost their minds. Once they turned her into a sexual non-entity, the fans embraced her. It's ridiculous...
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I understand the dislike at the uneveness of this season. The Leviathan story could have been handled a lot better but I think the finale wrapped up that storyline for the most part, and we were left with a few cliffhangers: Dean and Cas are stuck in Purgatory, it will be interesting to see how they make their way out and who or what they will bump into while down there. As someone mentioned below, both Mary and John's souls could possibly be there since neither of them are in Heaven or Hell. Sam is left completely alone, and now has to figure out his next steps. Crowley has the Prophet Kevin and Meg. There are alot of possibilities for next season.

I agree that Bobby was mishandled after his death, because his swan song episode was perfectly done. There was no need to turn him into the vengeful ghost, but the reality is once he chose to stay there was no way he wouldn't eventually become that.
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Felt like purgatory in advance to watch season 7, waiting for an hell of comeback in season 8.

Long live Supernatural
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This season wasn't bad. It was just plain mediocre...sort of like season 6 of Dexter. Bobby's re-emergence as a ghost was unnecessary. It ruined the whole persona of Bobby Singer.
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This season WAS like season 6 of Dexter. They both were sorely lacking and affirmed the fact that it's time for both of them to go.
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So true. Amen to that.
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this finale was pretty rough to watch.
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Never really cared for the Leviathans storyline but i will miss Dick..there was this invincibility about him that totally fascinated me!...Ah well! Here is hoping for a better season 8!..
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There was just so much wrong with this episode.... I'm hoping next season will be a lot better. This show deserves better writing than this!
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I don't care for Supernatural anymore...I do watch it, but in my mind season 5 finale was the finale. Still entertains me the interaction between characters but I think the plot was boring as hell. The finale felt like a regular episode with a rushed finale and a look alike ending. We didn't have any sense of emergency. I mean, til last episode the world wasn't going to end, there wasn't a ticking clock...they added a crappy one right in this episode, which Sam learned about in the last 5-10 minutes of the episode and it wasn't solved yet ( oh no they're going to kill all skinny people ).

So...they killed Dick...there's tons of leviathans left...they didn't stop shit. There are several CEO leviathans...they still have that arm so any other leviathan can take Dick's place...IDK...only one leviathan died.

What's the deal with the 2 bones? Were the two soaked in blood or just the second one? I don't get why get two bones...

I'm pissed what happen to Bobby all season long. He needed to go out as a goddamn hero. He died because of a bullet, then he was a ghost...then he went kinda dark side and then he cease to exist. That's not the exit mother fucking badass Bobby needed.



Not as bad as last season, but not even near the first 5.
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at least the season is finally over. hopefully the next one is much much better.
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I think the 'fake' weapon might have been part of Crowley's double-cross. He gave Sam and Dean the fake demon blood to make one defunct weapon, but was then free to give them his blood for a second, real one. Perhaps?
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Last season of supernatural was undoubtedly the worst, but this season was much better and personally I was left satisfied with the ending and I overall enjoyed the whole season. It's always great to hear Carry On My Wayward Son at the beginning of supernatural finales, that always puts me in a good mood. All in all I think this reviewer is all too harsh withe everything he reviews because everything I read of his points out all the negatives and very few of the positives, it's almost as though he wants them to be bad and even if they aren't he says they are. This season wasn't as good as past seasons but it was still great, living up to past seasons of a show like supernatural is hard so it shouldn't necessarily be chewed out for the fact it failed to reach such a mark.
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I actually thought the finale was quite good. And the ending...that really was something.

Purgatory!! very interesting set up for the next season.

Sam so lost with no idea where dean and cas are. Always fun to watch how these two cope when apart.

Dont think Cas actually bailed on dean considering he just earned his forgiveness. That really bro-mantic scene between them with the impala in the background.

With Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer returning and Edlund as awesome as ever, I'm TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEASON 8.



P.S. Anyone notice Cas sounded like his old self in purgatory?
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For some reason, I hate that they still use the Carry On My Wayward Son recaps. For the first five seasons, it made sense, It was fitting because of what happened, but then the overarching plot ended in season 5, and my mind just went "Well, that's that for the recaps", but they kept using it, and I really dislike it.



As for the episode itself, I never cared for the Leviathan storyline. (Or the Castiel storyline, or the Eve storyline, or the Alphas storyline, all of which I guess tie together) The leviathans themselves reminded me about the season 6 villains of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, funny to the point where they never feel like a real threat. Because unlike you, I think Supernatural can do the horror thing alright, and the comedy thing alright, but when they try to mix them, it never works out.



The way they ended it with Bobby also felt really disrespectful. I thought he got a great ending in the episode where he decides whether or not to stay in this realm as a ghost. I liked that we didn't know the answer, it would have been way more effective for me if they had sort of hinted that he could possibly be there, but never answered if he chose to go to heaven, or keep tabs on the Winchesters. Never hinted at it as aggressively as they did in Party On, Garth either..



I also dislike the way Castiel acts now. I miss the old one..
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The finale left a bit to be desired. They got the Impala back only to ram it through a sign and have it get shot up, They never answered what happened to Frank and if he is alive or dead, and I think they were better off leaving Bobby dead after he passed in Deaths Door rather than what they did after.



There are lingering questions of course. Like what else is lurking in purgatory. Is it possible that demons killed by the colt, the knife, or other means ends up their. Maybe even ghosts who have been sent packing end up their meaning Bobby may return. Also there is still the question as to where John and Mary's souls are. Ash said they are not in heaven and John escaped from hell, could they be in purgatory.
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Thought they were going to ruin the show by putting Felicia Day in it, like they did with Eureka, luckily she was in only one episode, hopefully we won't see her back anytime.
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I was kind of disappointed in the finale as well. And season seven overall. I think the main problem was that they had a good idea in the leviathans but failed to pull it off. I liked the idea of the leviathan, because out of all of the Monsters they were at least the smartest. There was a simple yet smart way they went about trying to rule the world, and battle the Winchesters. it was smart it was tactical and great. But the leviathan's in general were rather 1 dimensional. We need food, people are our food. Lets turn people into chattel. Ta da. It was very practical, but lacked nuance and fun. Also making them impervious to everything was stupid. Because of the futility of the battle would lose its flare. And then as if the writers were in a THC fueled haze, they choose an industrial cleaner to be the only thing that combats these super beings that can kill Angels. Really?



I think a quarter of the way through the season they realized their errors in the development of the season itself. Which is why there were so many stand alone episodes. They probably had to try to figure out what they were doing. And had to appease the fans as well. But they really should have reorganized their thoughts about the leviathans and gone about it a different way. But they didn't and it culminated in the season finale. Which epitomized the faults of the season as a whole. The death or redeath of Bobby in such a bad way. The dealing with Dick. Etc.



Also, I think they had the fake bone simply because they were going up against the super leviathan and maybe they didn't think they would get a good first shot in.



Back to the problems. I agree with your overall critique of the season. The problem with the finale however, is that it sets up next season for a similar spotty season.



Cas and Dean are in Purgatory. OK. First, if they had dealt with the biggest and baddest monster in all of purgatory in the leviathan. Then what is the bother with the rest. I think personally, that purgatory was the weakest storyline of all of the seasons. It was silly. And then you have Dean and Cas in a locked place. like Dean was before, like Same was before etc. Kind of repetitive. It is going to take the writers some skills in order to write a great season, based on what they left themselves from the finale.



For questions. What is going to be the big bad. Something from Purgatory? they already beat the "Mother" and the Leviathans. Crowley? Though he is my second favorite big bad behind Pellegrino playing Satan. But he is largely a toothless enemy because they have beat him so many times. Are they going to bring forth something we haven't seen yet? Should they? Who is going to be the new Bobby? Please tell me it isn't going to be the asian kid.



Now for me as a fan of the show. I enjoyed the promise of a battle between Sam and Dean ala the apocalypse. I thought they were going well with that. I say go back to it. Bring back satan, find god (chuck) and have them battle it out.



I don't know what they are going to do with next season. But I hope it is going to be good. And whatever it is, it doesn't seem like it is going to be a series finale. Next season, I can't foresee any scenario where it would nicely and deservedly wrap up the story of Sam and Dean.



I don't know maybe I am rambling. I just expect better from the series.
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