‘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. Whoa…so Cass is God now? What happened to the original God hmmm

    • Thats what im wondering..hopefully they bring the old god in season 7..but cas is really feeling himself now

    • Just started watchn this show a couple months ago and now that crowly seems like a non factor, im really interestd in seeing how far they are willing to take this show, as in to ‘new’ heights. It mite be just me, but what if they get real religious and create somethin like a Holy Trinity, a trio of men who play the roles of god, the son, and the holy ghost, now that may sound far fetchd, but that would take this show out of this world. Literally

      • Oh, you have GOT to see the earlier shows! Just AWESOME! Buy the earlier DVD years, they are even better than what you’ve just started watching!

    • Well, you remember Chuck? The “prophet”? It was heavily believed that he was the original God. And when he dissapeared in the last finale, it was assumed he died (or whatever, not too sure on that). With him gone, and after Sam and Dean killed a good majority of the angels who wanted the apocalypse incoming/Michael to kill Lucifer, heaven went into all out civil war. And that’s what led to the battle between Cas and Raphael.

      At least, that’s just my understanding :) Don’t know if I’m too wrong. Feel free to contradict me anyone! lol

    • We have probably seen God, but just didn’t know it was him. It may have been a child or that writer who was a prophet. We just don’t know.

  2. I think “God” in this show has been absent since the MANY years that they showcased with H. P. Lovecraft. After all, who’s to say that ‘thing’ that killed Lovecraft WASN’T something that could compete with God? My evidence is when Castiel was talking to God… and no reply.
    Notice God has NEVER replied to ANYONE in this show?
    I think EVER since the demons were summoned back in Lovecraft’s time…. God has been absent. If Cas is the new God… I think Season 7… we’ll see the REAL God… How do we know God isn’t a DOG or a DRAGON… or heaven forbid, A HIPPOGRIPH?! God is whatever we think he is in our eyes <- that last line is from my MOTHER after the 10 minute discussion we had after the finale.

    • I say Chuck is GOd… I mean he’s been writing the Supernatural books (they refer to it as at one point in the series as the new bible) and at the end of that season he just vanishes after writing their story… Pretty sure prophets aren’t supposed to have power like that, I think he was god all along and that was their way of telling us so… You say there’s no reply from God, but maybe it’s just not so obvious a reply as you think, I believe God saved Castiel’s life when Lucifer killed him, he brought him back…

    • Remember the angel Joshua talked to God in Season Five when Sam & Dean were in heaven & he promised that both Sam & Dean would be in heaven after the apocalypse. So that God must be somewhere or gone & we don’t know it yet. And Joshua said that God was on Earth. Unless the writers forgot about that tidbit, then God should show in some form next season.

  3. I have been kinda wondering when God would come in man, ever since they pretty much (in my opinion) showed Chuck as being God, I have been waiting for him to step in somewhere and I really though it would be here in the finale but… Nothing :(

  4. Wow. The dumbest finale ever. Way to never bring god in it or have anyone find what happen to to him. And way to have a boring 2 hour finale that doesn’t even show what castiel ends up doing with the world.

    • I liked the finale but I do agree also lol… It felt more like the show before the finale for me… Guess we have to wait until next season to see what he does and where God (CHUCK!) hopefully will finally come in…

  5. Wow. The dum best finale ever. Way to never bring god in it or have anyone find what happen to to him. And way to have a boring 2 hour finale that doesn’t even show what castiel ends up doing with the world.

  6. A season finale is supposed to be a cliff hanger…I have been waiting for things to get really exciting like the last story arc. I am not disappointed…I will be tuning in when the new season starts in the fall.

  7. Dean is God or the son of God did u not hear Cas say we are family and u doubted me. I am the new god meaning the anti-christ, Cas proclaims as in Revalations. Chuck can not be God because when Dean goes to him Dean’s charm around his neck did not glow hot. I think Dean, Sam and Bobby are the Holy Trinity.

    • You could be right, but it was said in one of the episodes, that if God doesn’t want to be found he will not be found… Magic amulet or not.

  8. for the last time ppl. Chuck is NOT god. god talks to the joshua in s5 as well as castiel states god is the one who brought him back from death. If there’s a s8 ull see the kid who anything he imagines come true be a bigger part. Maybe eves counterpart adam?. But in the end god will be a elementry school teacher and the excuse is god gaves us free will and he’s been silent letting them use it doing whatever they want.

  9. It was a really good finale I thought.

    Though some of you are a little incorrect, Cas does not say it will be the new bible, he says it will be the Winchester Gospel.

    Bardock is correct they said if God did not want to be found, he/she/it could not be found.

    Also they are Correct Joshua does speak to go in season five and says that god is not going to help sam and dean anymore.

    Remember God brought back Cas not once but twice, and also placed sam and dean on the airplane when Lucifer’s cage was opened, right after sam killed Lilth.

    I am sure we will see God (who is probably chuck) next season.

  10. Ok..so i guess there actually is a god character in this show, but according to everyone else, some guy named ‘chuck’ is the real one and not castiel. And can someone answer me this, who really killed hp lovecraft? Couldnt have been anyone from pergatory, we know that. So who could it have been and can castiel with all his powr even put up a fight?

    • It said it in the first of the two episodes, it was the woman bobby was sleeping with. Remember when the guy in the mental hospital said that the “thing” went into his mother.

  11. We all know what this means boys and girls, right? That mean its time for another visit from Death to straighten God out of Castiel can’t do it by himself.

    Remember in Season 5: Two Minutes to Midnight Death claims that he is as old or older than God, but neither can remember who is older.

    Julian Richings plays his role super scary and I enjoy when he’s on the show.

    • What I want to know, is at what point did the writers know that the series was going to be renewed? This might have affected the quality of the ending. I.e., did they had to quickly find a way to make the show have a need for a new season? Whatever the answer to this, I agree with the people they didn’t like the ending. A “power corrupts” theme, just isn’t that creative. Been there, done that.

      As for the resolution, how about finally bringing back the kid who is the son of the Devil and a human? That’s a loose end that I’ve been waiting to have them resolve. Wouldn’t he have the power to fight Castiel?

      • I was just think that! When he disappeared, my first thought was, that kid is going to pop up later and bring someone down. Maybe the half demon/ half chid is the only one with enough power to stop him. He might be the weapon they use against Cas…

  12. Cas isn’t really the new “God” he is just a power crazed nut bar that’s hopped up on purgatory souls. Basically it’s a more intense version of the whole Sam demon blood addiction, what started as good intentions became something much more sinister. If Sam and Dean had trusted Cas this whole situation could of been avoided, but Cas felt betrayed by his only friends so he has basically snapped into a egotistic psycho. I think the real God (coughCHUCKcough) is going to return and basically cast Cas down and make him the new Lucifer.

    • I agree with you. This means Chuck should return because last season made it obviouse that he was God. But I hope they save Cas from himself because his character is awesome.

  13. Yo, Chuck is NOT God. Prophets are always brought up to Heaven after they are finished writing their books and when Chuck finished writing it his job was done and the real God probably cast him up.

    • or in a blackout- they still call him every once in a while.

  14. Ok… Why do people think that Chuck is God? I don’t remember them making it obvious that Chuck was god. Also there was no planning going into this season. Eric Kripke originally planned on season 6 being the last season so he didn’t set things up for a new season. It was renewed for this season with a new writer because of fan requests not because the story had farther to go. I don’t personally like where they took things this season and while I am still happy that supernatural is continuing, I would have rathered the show have gone in a different direction. Cas was one of my favorite characters on the show but now they have ruined him. I feel like the only reason they ended the season like they did was to have a reason for a new season. Ok my rant is over.

    • Amen my sister for you comment! Chuck is not God… i promise.
      Cas on the other hand, was the most charismatic person on the show. His character is brilliant- flawed- and of course, childish. That what I love about this character. I hope this is not going to turn season 7 into Cas the enemy… If the writers are turning him evil just to make it easier to kill him off at the beginning of 7, I think it’s a cheap shot. COMMON!!!! ITS CAS…

  15. They were written as two different episodes, the only reason they were put together as a 2-hr finale was because of the 2-hr finale of smallville last week which took sipernaturals time
    Slot; instead of extending it out another week, they put the two episodes together as a 2 hr, this is why the “road so far” segment happens at the beginning o the second hour, instead of at the beginning.

  16. Actually I came on line because I was afraid that was the FINALE. Here is Los Angeles that’s what the announced it as. It’s the SEASON Finale. Whew, almost lost my best show, what a relief! I LOVE THIS Show, best thing on TV.

  17. I think in the end Cas will end up having his wings clipped by God next season (CHUCK!!!!) lol don’t care what yall say :-P Chuck is GOD! People keep saying stuff like “It can’t be Chuck cause Joshua talked to god!”… So these people think God couldn’t be Chuck and still be able to speak with Joshua? Doesn’t make sense to me that they would think that way lol.

    • Yeah, pretty much, since God, being God, can DO ANYTHING, even be multiple places at once and in any guise. Whether Chuck is or isn’t, I’ll leave it up to the show to tell me… Although, the idea that he disappeared because he was a prophet and was called up to heaven (hence disappearing) because his work was done seems flawed to me because, if he is writing the Gospel of the Winchesters, his work wouldn’t be over, would it? Cause the boys story is still going, and is still intricately twined with the goings-on of Heaven and the Angels… But in either case, let’s have more Ghost Facers next season, yes? :D

  18. For those of you who are still stuck on this whole “is Chuck God” question, it was confirmed at the 2011 Jus In Bello Rob Benedict Panel that Chuck is in fact God. Search youtube for “JIB 2011 ROB panel chuck is god.AVI” and you’ll quickly find a video where the actor himself confirms it.

  19. It was a damn final… The part with Sam was EPIC.
    Very smart and amazing…

    But Cas… oh Cas- all my true love for him is gone.
    “The New God”? Come on! there is only ONE god and its your father! So preper feeling whats to be punish realy is cause you just fail your test.

    Kripe, I must say very nice of you making Cas kill Raphel like the devil killed Cas in season 5- makes us feel even more bad…

    I just hope it will be fixed next season, because-DAMN IT! I STILL WANT CAS! BUT RIGHT NOW I JUST WANT TO KILL HIM!

    TEAM FREE WILL!

  20. I can’t believe this… What happened? Cass can’t be god! … this leads to no good… something bad is going to happen next season… Ou why ou why, did you have to make Cass change? His was PERFECT!

  21. The original god left. Few ange;s even knew where he’d gone, since most had never seen him. So now that Cas has god-like powers, what happens if the first god returns and wants his old job back? Cas only got the position because there was an empty seat. So yep wondering where this will go next seaon. But how did Cas become good evil? All that absolute power corrupting absolutely?

    • oh! thank you… I didnt thougt about it that way. for some reason I just cant disconnect from riality and fiction… Cause God is everywhere and he always whach us- I dont think he will like the new Cas- and will do something about it- the time of tests is over! time of action is here!

      • Did you notice Cas said he was going to be a BETTER God (boy, everyone has lots of daddy issues, even angels!)

  22. To anyone who thinks were dumb for our opinion bout chuck being God here’s the link for proof
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Ni7uidj9Rx8
    Or go to YouTube & type in : JIB 2011 ROB :)
    & the ending was Epic in my eyes , not the best but still epic, think bout it if u were in Sam Dean Bobby shoes, ur best friend just went drunk with power & now he’s one of the most powerful being in the universe & he’s not afraid to just kill someone on the spot if they don’t worship him now??? SCAARRYYYY

  23. Why was it that Lucifer originally fell? I can see Castiel eventually bbeing banished to Hell and take up some of the power vaccume that Crowley spoke of at the beginning of the season.

  24. I just saw the last 2 episodes of season 6. after my disappointment over the Smallville finale, which sucked as did every episode with its insultingly bad writing and wooden acting, a show that I should of loved but instead hated cause it went out of its way every week to suck. I am so happy my favourite show on TV ‘Supernatural’ did not let me down and it never has and never will. even after the huge breaks Supernatural takes between episodes which I have literally been counting the days between. this show is awesome and well worth the wait.

  25. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! CAS!
    Argh, I really loved Cas, from the moment he was introduced he quickly became one of my favourite characters. I really hope they don’t kill him off next season. I don’t know why, but I found this seasons finale to be a bit disappointing. It just didn’t seem to be as good as the previous seasons. Kudos to Jared for his performance though – that was amazing. Jensen played Deans emotions amazingly too.

    I also didn’t really like how they took up an enire episode focused on Lisa and Ben. I’m glad we’ll probably be seeing no more of them though…

    Anyway, looking forward to and dreading the next season!

    • More disappointed that the Sam’s mind wall crashes thing wasn’t more spectacular. The build up and all.

      • when Sam has his flashbacks it could have been more gory despairingly painful I guess. blood pouring from his eye sockets, flesh being torn that kind of thing. and he could have been a bit more sympathetic to his other self before stabbing him seeing as he went to hell for him.

  26. I miss Gabriel (Richard Speght). The speech he gave to Lucifer about how he sides with “them”, meaning humans, was so awesome. Loved that character when he finally grew some cojones. Then they killed him off. I wish he could be brought back to help Dean and Sam, since Balthazar is meatloaf now.

  27. You know this is why I love supernatural. Me and my wife watch it and she kept saying, you know Cas is going to turn out to be right! The funny thing is he may have! And yet he may be wrong at the same time. It is those things, plus the chemistry between the cast that make it such a fun show to watch.

    I wish they made more shows like this.

    • I know what your saying, this show does keep you guessing. its intelligent. very cool twists. Great acting by Jensen and Jim Beaver, they looked real scared by Cass Almighty by the end! lol I would have been too. all that power went straight to his head and he is seriously ill equipped mentally. probably the most dangerous foe they’ve ever faced! not probably.

  28. everyone is talking about Judgment Day being the 21st of May, 2011 do you think the producers timed it this way or just a happy coincidence? haha

  29. This entire Supernatural season was a joke, it was so choppy at times I couldn’t follow it. I merely watched out of loyalty. I really love this show and the finale was a disappointment. It really didn’t close or resolve anything. Cas is a god now, so what. So now season 7 will be about how to kill or un-god Cas. They had plenty of stories to work with and just killed them episode by episode. Sam’s return and lack of soul to him getting his soul back with a wall and the originals of the supernatural creatures etc.. could have easily been season 6 and 7 to possibly beyond. There was really something to work with. The breaking of Sam’s wall could have been an epic season finale as was season’s 3 finale of Dean being in hell. The purgatory storyline was awful. I hate to say these things because I was a fan from day 1. Supernatural is one of the most intelligent and entertaining television shows to date , they could have done better. Just saying

    • I agree. When I heard that spn was possibly finishing last season, I wanted another season badly but now I can see that the show should have stopped with 5 seasons. This season’s painful-to-watch eps are destroying my love for the program. I give up. Been in it from the start too but I don’t even have enough loyalty to watch the next s7…

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