‘Supernatural’ Season 6 Finale Review & Discussion

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 21st, 2011 at 10:26 am,

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As expected, the Supernatural season 6 finale manages to once again raise the already lofty bar for one of television’s greatest series.

Presented as two separate episodes (“Let It Bleed” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) shown back-to-back, Supernatural’s makeshift two-hour season finale expectedly suffered slight pacing problems with the episode’s plot transitions – especially as the second hour began.

Starting things off with a tale of betrayal, the kidnapping of Dean’s former family – Ben and Lisa, served to perfectly set the tone for finale, and prepare viewers for what’s to come. With Castiel becoming desperate in his actions, it’s intriguing to see a series such as Supernatural delve into the grey area of what may, or may not, be acceptable in a situation – given its perceived importance.

Even though transforming the fan-favorite character of Castiel into a quasi-villain was one of the simplest ways to enact television’s familiar “twist,” there’s still something to be said for the series’ ability to slowly blur the lines of what is right – and allow the audiences to come to their own moral conclusion.

With Castiel’s newly renegotiated plan set, Dean makes one of the hardest decisions of his life and asks Castiel to erase him from Ben and Lisa’s memory. As Smallville fans are all too familiar with the so-called “memory wiping” trick, it makes the actual inclusion of this plot mechanic extremely difficult. Fortunately, in the scene that followed the wipe, the overall emotional weight of the situation is most certainly felt.

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As this marked the end of the first episode and start of the second, there was (as previously mentioned) a slight problem with the transition between episodes. Since these two episodes weren’t originally cut to be played back to back, it quickly becomes apparent that the general energetic nature of the finale began to dip slightly during the transition.

Unfortunately, this is not the only moment where the energy dips. Now that Castiel has removed the wall from Sam’s brain, the famed Winchester brother is now forced to battle himself in some physiological land containing the multiple “aspects” that make up his soul. While I’m sure that, on paper, this philosophical conundrum appeared sound, the fact that these scenes are peppered throughout Dean & Bobby’s quest to stop Castiel made an almost roller-coaster-like effect of highs and lows.

Reminiscent of last year’s Supernatural finale, the producers warned fans of the death that awaits some of the series’ familiar characters. Unfortunately also like last year, the actual number of fan-favorite characters that ended up dead remained at zero. While the loss of Lisa and Balthazar was certainly shocking, the Supernatural producers once again misrepresented their intentions of wanting to progress the series with the loss of an integral character.

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When it comes to seasonal cliffhangers, Supernatural has always been the kind to completely wrap-up their current story-arcs and then progress into an introduction which will serve as the cliffhanger for the months that the series is off the air. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

With a set of final shots that would certainly fit in any 70s grindhouse production, fans are met with close-ups of the character’s eyes – a mixture of a modern day showdown and a lapse of knowing how to actually please your fans, if you will.

While Supernatural’s finale is extremely entertaining and generally well-planned, the fact that The CW made the rare decision of extending the presentation to two hours slightly spoiled the fans – in respect to instant gratification. With over 90 minutes of storytelling, the episodes were able to provide so much content, that when it finally came to the episodes last moments, you simply wanted them to continue.

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As both episodes of the Supernatural season 6 finale were largely episodic (despite obviously continuing the story-arcs) neither episode would have generally been acceptable for a season finale – even though they were admittedly entertaining in their own right. With the combining of these two episodes, Supernatural was surprisingly able to save itself from letting (most) fans down with the continuing tales of soulful Sam.

Even though fans will have to wait four months to see what eventually happens between Castiel, Sam, Dean and Bobby, everyone can rest easy knowing one thing…

Crowley will be back!

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As expected, the Supernatural season 6 finale manages to once again raise the already lofty bar of one of television’s greatest series.

Presented as two separate episodes (“Let It Bleed” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) shown back-to-back, Supernatural’s makeshift two-hour season finale expectedly suffered slight pacing problems with the episode’s plot transitions – especially as the second hour began.

Starting things off with a tale of betrayal, the kidnapping of Dean’s former family – Ben and Lisa, served to perfectly set the tone for finale, and prepare viewers for what’s to come. With Castiel becoming desperate in his actions, it’s intriguing to see a series such as Supernatural delve into the grey area of what may, or may not, be acceptable in a situation given its perceived importance.

Even though transforming the fan-favorite character of Castiel into a quasi-villain was one of the simplest ways to enact television’s familiar “twist,” there’s still something to be said for the series’ ability to slowly blur the lines of what is right and allow the audiences to come to their own moral conclusion.

With Castiel’s newly renegotiated plan set, Dean makes one of the hardest decisions of his life and asks Castiel to erase him from Ben and Lisa’s memory. As Smallville fans are all too familiar with the so-called memory wiping, it makes the actual inclusion of this plot element extremely difficult. Fortunately, in the scene of that followed the fan-favorite memory wipe, the overall emotional weight of the situation is most certainly felt.

As this marked the end for the first episode and start of the second, there was (as previously mentioned) a slight problem with the transition between episodes. Since these two episodes weren’t originally cut to be played back to back, it quickly becomes apparent that the general energetic nature of the finale began to dip slightly in this moment.

Unfortunately, this is not the only moment where the energy dips. Now that Castiel has removed the wall from Sam’s brain, the famed Winchester brother is now forced to battle himself in some physiological land containing the multiple “aspects” that make up his soul. While I’m sure that on paper this philosophical conundrum appeared sound, the fact that these scenes are peppered throughout Dean & Bobby’s quest to stop Castiel made an almost roller-coaster-like effect of highs and lows.

Reminiscent of last year’s Supernatural finale, the producers warned fans of the death that awaits some of the series’ familiar characters. Unfortunately also like last year, the actual number of fan-favorite characters that ended up dead remained at zero. While the loss Lisa and Balthazar was certainly shocking, the Supernatural producers once again misrepresented their intentions of wanting to progress the series with the loss of an integral character.

When it comes to seasonal cliffhangers, Supernatural has always been the kind completely wrap-up their current story-arcs and then progress into an introduction which will serve as the cliffhanger for the months that the series is off the air. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

With a set of final shots that would certainly fit in any 70s grindhouse production, fans are met with close-ups of the character’s eyes – a mixture of a modern day showdown and a lapse of knowing how to actually please your fans, if you will.

While Supernatural’s finale is extremely entertaining and generally well-planned, the fact that The CW made the rare decision of extended the presentation to two hours slightly spoiled the fans in respect to instant gratification. With over 90 minutes of storytelling, the episodes were able to tell so many stories that when it finally came to the episodes last moments, you simply wanted them to continue.

As both episodes of the Supernatural season 6 finale were largely episodic (despite obviously continuing the story-arcs) neither episode would have generally been acceptable for a season finale – even though they were admittedly entertaining in their own right. With the combining of these two episodes, Supernatural was surprisingly able to save itself from letting its many fans down with the tales of soulful Sam.

Even though fans will have to four months to see what eventually happens between Castiel, Sam, Dean and Bobby, everyone can rest easy knowing one thing…

Crowley will be back!

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  1. the Actress playing Ellie Visyak was terrible. also they should have killed her off better. I forgive the show for these things though. because the production is so good.

  2. I got a pretty creepy theory: what if God will punish Cas by taking all his powers among angelic ones… cause then he will be futur!Cas like what dean saw… “remember what ever you do you will always end up here”-Detroit yet happend?! damn! what you think? can I be right?

  3. I hope God will finally make an appearance. Castiel didn’t exactly become God himself but just sort of claimed the title. I believe God is still out there and would, hopefully, show Himself next season

    • I honestly wouldn’t like to predict what will happen next. I’m thinking the whole of next season the boys will be trying to either save Cas from himself or kill him. which wouldn’t be that easy for the writers to do justice to. so probably they will try to save him from himself. pretty much the only thing that could stop him would be god but if god became a character, other than the implied ‘Chuck’ it would do damage to previous stories. Crowley will help, no doubt.
      this could be the best series ever though. I mean they derailed the apocalypse and so they’re worth nothing to either the Angels or Demons. they just have to survive now, that could be tricky. I just hope they will bring back the horror and gore.
      you know what would be cool? if Cas with all his new powers became the target for all the unnatural things on this planet. he could try to ignore early on in the season but later on when everything he comes into contact with turns to ash and dies. he soon comes to realise his own powers turning against him and becomes terrified. goes on a massive guilt trip. that would be cool if it can be done right.

  4. my god what a bunch of wank to get through to get to a totally unclimatic ending. The whole season we’re made to worry about Sam remembering Hell and Cas seems to make him remember for no reason whatsoever. “Glad you could make it Sam”, ‘thanks for being a totally pointless plot piece and sticking that angel spear into me, really made for dramatic effect’. Last season’s finale was a let down and so was this one. I just love angel and demon story’s but my love affair with Supernatural is over. They have no idea how to finsih a season. We see the build up of so many things in the season but tune in next year to find out what happens kids. We don’t even get to see Cas gain his powers? not nothing? I mean ripped off. He pisses off for 2 mins and pop he’s back as a God. Gee that was easy. rant over. supernatural over.

    • Sam remembering will be something they’ll have to deal with next season. I’m confident it will be good. I mean, the chips are stacked against them. this should be the toughest season yet. Dean and Sam both insignificant to Angels and Demons. then just make it like Die Hard.

  5. This season was completely pathetic. Last season they were really pushing it and they pulled it off, I was still glad to be a loyal fan. I really thought they should have ended it with Sammy dieing ( not returning). I know we all love the brother Duo but lets be realistic the show has run its course. I didnt want Sammy to die either but it would have been an Epic way to end the season and a great note. The story line was starting to get away from the orginal point of everything. Did everyone forget when the boys used to to just kill stuff instead of chasing some pathetic story with new monsters that suck. There was a few seasons that didnt completely dissapoint me but to say the least I am very sad and upset that they completely ruined my favorite show. Sadly I dont think I will be watching Season 7 or buying season 6. I hate to be even writing badly about the show. And I just read that Chuck is god?! what a Load of **!@^% fill in the blanks guys. Signing off…sadly forever :(

    • I kind of have to agree with you, It would have been better if it had ended with Sam jumping into the pit, and not coming back. it would have been tragic but epic like you say, it would stick with you. I do think the show should go back to basics. just killing monsters. after stopping the apocalypse where can the characters go from there? nowhere! if the writers understand that then the show could still produce great things. instead of trying to out do previous seasons, go back to killing monsters. make them harder to kill. with absolute no help from Cass. they maybe unimportant to the destiny of the planet but if the egos of the characters will allow it they should go back to basics fighting demons and ghosts, try and get Sam well. cause thats what makes this show so good.

      • wtf…”go back to killing monsters??”what the hell is this…if it wasnt for this season we wouldnt know how those ”monsters” they were hunting were created..you say u enjoyed this whole monster hunting stuff…without having the slitest idea of those monsters origins..apocalypse stopped..i guess they made cas god for a reason not for him to be saved by sam or dean..probably a new threat who knows..so just keep watchin and enjoy spn..it always get better and better

        • man, you’re replying to a comment I wrote 7 months ago. and seriously. the producers did half of the things I suggested they should do. season 7 is in full swing and you’re talking about season 6 like it’s current affairs. if Micha Collins hadn’t jumped ship when he did they probably would have gone more in depth with the whole saving Cas. they did however try. even if they failed. LOL Can’t say I’m loving the whole Leviathan thing too much. Dean and Sam should set a massive trap for them, using the floor cleaner or Bleach or whatever it is. I want to be surprised too. cause the whole Supernatural universe is getting too small, now that everyone is dead. its just guest stars and Dean and Sam. there needs to be some sub plots going. I kind of feel like the whole Angel Demon thing never happened, that should be addressed. I’d write a brilliant story for a negotiable fee. seriously. cause right now i’m not that invested.

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