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Supernatural Season Finale Review: Double Crosses and Cliffhangers

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Wait. What?

It's hard not to be left speechless by the last moments of the Supernatural finale. It was such a drastic veering in another direction entirely, not only was I surprised, but I'm not sure what to make of it or what it means for the future of season eight.

For the most part the episode was pretty straightforward in its endeavors of finally trying to end Dick Roman's master plan. Yes, the silent but deadly fattening up of the human race for Leviathan for consumption found its end. Right?

Apparently a grand scheme is only as good as its leader and without someone putting additives into creamer and killing off the skinny people, the black goo is now left to squiggle around aimlessly.

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I certainly appreciated the idea surrounding the baddies from Purgatory, after all, what's scarier than something you not only can't kill, but have no idea is taking over the world. It's clearly the ultimate worst form of an enemy anyone could possibly face. While I think the concept stood out on paper, the follow through was less impactful.

Simply put, the Leviathan (aside from when they first appeared in Castiel) lacked the ability to come off as scary or provide a true sense that they were the most nefariously clever and destructive. It just never really stuck with me and even their absence from a good portion of the episodes added to their flaws.

Which of course is nothing to take away from James Patrick Stuart who portrayed Dick Roman with as much smarminess, charm, and deviant form of board room corporate plotting that any character might be able to. He certainly oozed a confidence in laying out his master plan, but it was the Leviathan as a whole that really kept me from eagerly awaiting his scenes. If anything, I truly believe, his type of character would be perfect for some legal thriller or business focused television show. Stuart certainly had the evil grin down pat.

So, when it came time for Dick Roman to scoop his traveling gear and get to stepping (a la righteous bone with blood of the fallen through the neck) I was kind of glad. I truly expected the cliffhanger to end with the brothers unable to stop him, but the Leviathan seemed to get the quick sweep up and toss out. Of course, the majority of them are still out there, but they just don't have a goal in mind anymore.

Maybe it lessens their presence sure, but it does bring the show back to Purgatory which I find immensely interesting.

I mean, how can Dean and the broken Castiel manage to escape? I know the brothers have been to heaven and hell and back, but Purgatory? The place where the souls of monsters battle it out for eternity? I have absolutely no idea how they are going to get out of this one. It was definitely a great way to leave viewers hanging and allowing us to mull over exactly what just happened. I'll have images of dark woods laced with horrible red eyes in my head for a while.

Sandwich?

I'm sure Sam has no idea what to do and with no sounding board or help in any corner, he truly is alone. What do you even do in that situation when the King of Hell manages another double cross, takes a prophet of God, and disappears without a care in the world. Not to mention that Bobby has finally passed on and the usual guardian angel is so messed up that he plays board games by himself, but is now trapped in a place without an easy exit.

The vengeful ghost of Bobby may have felt like it was quickly resolved and I wonder if his return was necessary for the plot, even if I missed his character. Either way, his final (is it really though?) moment was a solemn and sad sacrifice that the gruff man admitted needed to be done. You could tell the boys didn't want it to happen but knew that Bobby wouldn't have a happy ending without it. Bye, Bobby. Rest in Peace.

I was extremely happy when the Impala roared back onto the screen accompanied by the Born to Be Wild song. The car is truly its own iconic character and I've missed seeing the brothers race around in it.

Although it doesn't seem as if even the vehicle can help Sam or even guide him in what to do? Is Crowley now in that position of power? What does he even need a prophet for? I've got a feeling the demons will be back next season and hopefully reignite the presence of the main story villain.

"Survival of the Fittest" looked to tie up some lose ends and while not my favorite episode of the season, delivered some solid moments and a fantastic cliffhanger ending. There's certainly a new positive direction the show can go after the defeat of Dick and while I'm excited to see what's in store for Sam and Dean, I just wish we didn't have to wait for next fall.

Guess we'll just have to play Twister by ourselves until then.

What did you think of the finale? How will Dean get out of Purgatory? How will Sam cope? Are the Leviathan finished for good? Sound off below!

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Kevin is a prophet, right. What I dont understand is how crowley, or leviathan could be anywhere near him without trouble .Castiel said that if anything threatens a prophet, the most fearsome wrath of heaven would smite it. So if a demon or evil were in the same room as a prophet, the most fearsome wrath of heaven would rain down on that evil. That showed when an angel almost killed lilith in the same room as the prophet chuck. Supernatural contridics itself.

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(I got cut...) About the season final, I found it an ok-after-all episode but I thought that Bobby's fate has been decided too fast and it wasn't too useful to the plot (it seemed to me almost a quick way to get rid of a not interesting (???) subplot). If I were one of the authors I'd have tried to "use" bobby in a different way, his rage could have been directed against Dick without possessions or involving "third parts" and he could have "died" (again) in a true eroic way. Also this could have given a different rhytm to the story and more appeal to the "small army of little broken heroes" launched against Dick.

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I think there are too many interrupted tracks: is Bobby definitely gone OR will he show up in purgatory? What about Meg? What's Crowley's Plan? What will he do with the prophet? Are there NO angels left at all to guard Earth? So what will happen in heaven? Who will prevent demons to take control? What will Sam do? Are we sure that leviatans won't be able to reorganize? After all, they have an enormous power and occupy very high position in economy, politic etc... What will happen with all the poisoned food already sold in USA? Also... if Meg and Bobby are actually gone for good (I hate the idea to loose Bobby, by the way), we need some new interesting characters or the show will become a monologue... (We've lost Rufus, Jo and her mother, Bobby, all the angels, lilith, lucifer, Eve and so many more...). I think they should call back Kripke! About the season final, I found it an ok-after-all episode but I thought that Bobby's fate has been decided too fast and it wasn't too useful to the plot (it seemed to me almost a quick way to get rid of a not interesting (???) subplot). If I were one of the authors I'd have tried to "use" bobby in a different way, his rage could have been directed against Dick without possessions or involving "third parts" and he could have "died" (again) in a true eroic way. Also this could have given a different rhytm to the story and more appeal to the "small army of little broken heroes" launched against Dick.

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Other option for season 8 : Sam joins Dean in Purgatory. It seems much more easier to enter Purgatory that to come out of it.

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Well, they will be facing off against dick roman again in his monster for probably, he did go to purgatory with cas and dean afterall, also azaziel will be therie along with alistare. Lilith too! meg too!

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Please, artfully make a return to Lucifer as the top bad guy. After all, God seems to make that clear..who are we really fighting. God or the devil. Remember God is the 1st, he created everything. Nothing can undermine his grand purpose. And whatever happens is by his allowance. And happens according to his perfect timing. Maybe not. :)

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This finale was disappointing. In fact it kind of went along with the whole season. It was disorganized and anti-climatic. There were good scenes and great moments but overall it missed the mark big time. They need to return to the old format of a monster each week because these overall season arks are killing the show in seasons 6 and 7. They don't have to have an ultimate big bad every season because I don't think they can pull it off anymore after they took on Lucifer. He was THE big bad and they should have left it that way.

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Loved the family guy homage with "Shut up Meg" lol.

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