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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.

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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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This is the first time I write a comment in this site, I'm guessing just because this Season finale looks pretty much creepy than ever, look at those trees or should I say dark woods dean is trapped in, obviously alone because he can't depend on his BFF's angels anymore.-
Season 3 Dean went to Hell, now is worst than ever because he must going to face every single little monster he had killed in the past years.-
WELCOME TO PURGATORY SUPERNATURAL'S FANS.-
From Chile.-

Fifty

Well First TBBT then HIMYM and now Supernatural all had some fantastic finales. Completely caught me flatfooted when Dean went to purgatory and Crowley's master plan. Wow...Can't wait for September.... Love Mark Sheppard's portrayal of Crowley. He totally rocked it. Hopefully next season has Demons and Angels and be done with boring Leviathans.

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Dean and Sam will most likely be reunited by episode 3 i mean that would be horrible if they were separated for any longer, i think bobby is going to show up in Purgatory after all his spirit wasnt at peace he was "vengeful" as for Leviathan obviously they have a big role to play or dean would not have been taken into purgatory, after all that i can honestly say i am looking forward to September and i'm excited for next season :]

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Like someone said before, it was not the best episode of the season but it was definitely a chilling cliffhanger and I cant wait to see where Jeremy will take this storyline next season. It definitely had solid points and Dean and Cas being stuck in Purgatory is a scary thought. Sam is well and truly alone, and it'll be interesting to see how he will find out about where Dean is and how he will be able to get him back. I honestly can't wait to see what season 8 has in store for the fans. Loved Baby's entrance too :)

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The Leviathans better be finished for good.

Jose-t

Does anyone think Sam should get his demon powers back?.... if Crowley is the big bad next season it would be easier for same to take on them with his demon powers since he is alone now....

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Unfortunately, our local station decided they needed more commercials so they cut the show in two places. They completely cut the scene where Sam confronted Bobby/maid, and didn't start the segment until Cas was saying they needed a cat. They also cut the last scene where Crowley showed up to Sam after Dean and Cas disappeared. It only picked up where Crowley left with the prophet. Luckily I was able to go rewatch it online, but am disgusted that I missed that much of the show. When I was watching it last night all I could think is that the editor needs to be fired for the hatchet job they did. Soured the whole episode for me.

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I say Cas was playing the role of fallen angel (ie: acting crazy) because he knew the boys needed fallen angel blood for their weapon. Now that the weapon has been used, I am betting he'll return to his normal self.

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@Jaybro7 Actually they all are. Lilith was the first human turned into a demon by Lucifer. Every single demon was human once. That's why the Word of God called them Fallen Humanity. John and Mary may not be in Heaven but they aren't in Hell either, so where might they be. Anyone's guess really. LotN

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The whole season was sad everything the brothers had got ripped from them. Bobby cas even the car. And right at the last minute they got ripped from each other. That's what the season was about not dick. Dick was just another random monster.