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Season 5 Episode 22

Swan Song

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 13, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

To stop the Apocalypse, Dean and Sam have no choice but to make decisions that will change their lives forever... and cost them everything they hold dear.

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  • Those idjits did it!

    I've watched this episode dozens of times and it always makes me sigh. It is so well written, so what I wanted for the end of the series. It gives that "end of all things" kind of feeling, but I am more than happy that Supernatural is still on. So even if the series finale is awful, I will always have Swan Song to calm me down.
  • The show finale?

    I can't believe they made such a heart-wrenching, well-written, beautiful, awful episode--as a season finale. I just--I love, love, LOVE Supernatural, and of course I want to see more of the characters, get to the gifs I've seen on tumblr, etc. But--but--

    Shouldn't this have been the end?

    The brothers, and destiny. The sacrifice. The rolling onwards storylines of side characters. Lisa and Ben and promises. I just... I just... Can you tell I'm emotional?

    I think I will watch the rest of the series, but if they hadn't included that last shot of Sam, I don't think I would. I'll judge later, but right now I feel like that was the end of Supernatural.

    At least Version 1.moreless
  • This episode was breathtaking and had in a fetal position sobbing which no movie/show has ever really done to me before. Maybe I was just moody, maybe not.


    This episode was amazing, definetly the season finale of this series. The writing was genius and the acting was breathtaking. And although some people may argue that it would've been better with music, the silence when all the flashbacks happened about the impala were so perfect to me. The whole story about it is just simply astounding. I never really write reviews but I just felt like I had to. Most of you probably don't even care about my opinion anyways. I especially loved Chuck's narration, don't ask me why. I give it a 9.5 because I didn't feel like it was perfect, but very close.

    Finally, in reply to the review "Like soap opera for teenagers", I have no idea what you would want the episode to be like. It sounds like you want Dean to lead a lonely, lonely life pretty much like how Sam was doing when Dean went to hell. He made a PROMISE to Sam, saying that he'll go back to Lisa and have that normal apple pie life. And boohoo Lisa doesn't seem like the right girl for Dean, your fingers don't belong on a keyboard. And you sir (or ma'am) are in WAY over your head if you think Dean of all people, would hook up with demon Casey. And no offense buddy, but Sam will not go back to being sweet and sensitive little Sammy after all of this.moreless
  • Like soap opera for teenagers

    *****Contains spoilers*****

    I am very disappointed with the last episode. It did not have the

    spirit of the hole Supernatural series, e.g. Chuck's narration like in

    the fairy tale.... come on! The ending was the worst. I was hoping Sam

    & Dean would die (Dean always had a bad feelings about his future, and

    in the finale episode he says, he can't let Sam die alone). But instead

    what did happen? Dean is living a "norlmal life" with Lisa. This is

    stupid. If producers wanted Dean to grow up and evolve, they could have

    at least pick a better chick (like demon Casey: beautiful, hot, sexy,

    rock'n'roll girl). The Lisa girl does not suit Dean at all. And he is

    not the type who could live with such a desperate house wife! He was

    always saying he loved hunting and that it was in his blood. I know he

    was tired, but come on, after little rest Dean should go on a hunting

    again (after all the Apocalypse is over). Lisa's place is on Wisteria

    Lane making muffins, not in Supernatural. So guys, you screwed up this

    story. Sam... what can I say. It was strange that he appeared in the

    last scene. Is it 100% pure Sam? I do not know... I was hoping for a

    different ending: 1. Sam & Dean dieing or 2. Sam & Dean win the fight

    (go go "free will team") and they are back to family business, hunting

    monsters! The "old" Sam & Dean. I hope that in season 6 Dean is going to be very unhappy leading an "apple pie life" (he looks unhappy sitting by the table) and that he would leave Lisa and her kid. I would like to see him being the funny, joking man, who likes frisky women! I would like to see Sam becoming so sweet and sensitive as he used to be. What was served in the last episode, seems to be a prelude to a dull soap opera. So producers, change the title at least. "Supernatural" will not fit anymore, as nothing supernatural is going to happen.moreless
  • What the Chuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    That's all I can say, I usually don't write reviews but on an episode so amazing, I just have to! I mean from beginning to end this episode was just art at its finest. I mean from the "Carry On Wayward Son" to Sam standing outside Lisa's window looking at the family, I mean it was just amazing, the acting from Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles was just phenomenal. I mean, long time fans will be pleased at how this episode concluded the main story as it tied up so many loose ends that I'm almost not looking forward to a sixth season due to the fact that this episode serves as a perfect conclusion. All in all 10/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Chuck: On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville--a blue two-door Caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches, the lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have. because that 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car--no, the most important object--in pretty much the whole universe.

    • Dean: I'm on board.
      Sam: You're gonna let me say yes?
      Dean: No, that's the thing. It's not on me to let you do anything. You're a grown--well, overgrown--man. If this is what you want, I'll back your plan.
      Sam: That's the last thing I thought you'd ever say.
      Dean: Might be.

    • Sam: Take care of these guys, okay?
      Castiel: That's not possible.
      Sam: Then humor me.
      Castiel: Oh. I was supposed to lie. (chuckles) Uh... sure. They'll be fine, I...
      Sam: Just--just stop... talking.

    • Chuck: The Impala, of course, has all the things other cars have... and a few things they don't. But none of that stuff's important. This is the stuff that's important. The Army man that Sam crammed in the ashtray--it's still stuck there. The Legos that Dean shoved into the vents. To this day, heat comes on, and you can hear 'em rattle. These are the things that make the car theirs. Really theirs. Even when Dean rebuilt it from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. 'Cause it's the blemishes that made her beautiful.

    • Lucifer: Sorry if it's a bit chilly. Most people think I burn hot. It's actually quite the opposite.
      Dean: Well, I'll alert the media.

    • Castiel: It's starting.
      Dean: Yeah, you think, genius?
      Castiel: You don't have to be mean.
      Dean: So, what do we do now?
      Castiel: I suggest we imbibe copious quantities of alcohol... just wait for the inevitable blast wave.
      Dean: Yes, well, thank you, Bukowski.

    • Chuck: In between jobs, Sam and Dean would sometimes get a day--sometimes a week, if they were lucky. They'd pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool, like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jayhawks game. And when it was clear, they'd park her in the middle of nowhere, sit on the hood, and watch the stars... for hours... without saying a word. It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls but they were never, in fact, homeless.

    • Dean: Hey. We need to talk.
      Lucifer: Dean, even for you, this is a whole new mountain of stupid.

    • Lucifer: Did you just Molotov my brother... with holy fire?
      Castiel: Uh... no.
      Lucifer: No one dicks with Michael but me.
      (Lucifer snaps his fingers and Castiel explodes)

    • Dean: Cass, you're alive?
      Castiel: I'm better than that.
      Dean: Cass, are you God?
      Castiel: That's a nice compliment. But no.

    • Chuck: Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There's always gonna be holes. And since it's the ending, it's all supposed to add up to something. I'm telling you, they're a raging pain in the ass.

    • Chuck: So what's it all add up to? It's hard to say. But me, I'd say this was a test... for Sam and Dean. And I think they did all right. Up against, Good, Evil, angels, devils, Destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well... isn't that kinda the whole point? No doubt--endings are hard. But then again... nothing ever really ends, does it?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The tape Dean loads into the cassette deck in the Impala is labeled "Kick It In The Ass." This was the catch phrase of Supernatural producer and director Kim Manners, who died in January 2009.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: June 23, 2010 on LIVING
      Sweden: September 24, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Spain: January 17, 2011 on AXN
      Germany: March 14, 2011 on Sky Cinema Hits
      Australia: April 11, 2011 on Eleven
      Czech Republic: December 9, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: August 5, 2012 on Sub

    • Music: Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas), Rock of Ages (Def Leppard)


    • Sam: This thing goes our way and I Triple Lindy into that box, you know I'm not coming back.
      Referencing the nigh-impossible dive performed by Thornton Melon in the 1986 movie Back To School.

    • Dean: As always, Yoda.

      Referencing the wise Jedi Knight of the Star Wars universe. Originally voiced by Frank Oz, Yoda was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back and went on to appear in the subsequent sequels and prequels. Although he has a tendency toward complacency, he is considered the wisest of the Jedi.

    • Lucifer: A fiddle of gold against your soul says I'm better then you-ou.
      Referencing the 1979 song The Devil Went Down to Georgia, performed by the Charlie Daniels Band. The Devil challenges a young man, Johnny, to a fiddle-playing match, a golden fiddle against Johnny's soul.

    • Lucifer: Such anger, Young Skywalker.
      Referencing the character from the Star Wars franchise, Anakin Skywalker. Although trained to be a Jedi, Anakin refuses to embrace tumultuous feelings. As a result, he eventually gives in to his anger and embraces the Dark Side, becoming Darth Vader.

    • Dean: Thank you, Bukowski.
      Referencing Charles Bukowski, writer and poet who was famous for his gloom, doom, and despair attitude.