The Supernatural season 4 finale, titled Lucifer Rising created a great collection of plot lines that were drawn together in a neat little tidy knot. With this, a freaking big new plot line evolved from last night's episode.
The show opened to a background theme to the tune of a classic Kansas song titled Carry On Wayward Son. The montage helped build the emotion that was going to be necessary to get through this last episode of this season. It was very well done - this is my kind of classic rock as I channel Dean continually.
Spoiler Filled Answers Follow The Break
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Everything comes down to this episode. Will Sam have what it takes to take down Lilith. Can Dean live up to his promise to serve the lord, despite his continual misgivings? Does Castiel keep towing the company line? What will Ruby get from helping Sam all this time?
We are reminded of all that happened this year and brought full circle to where Castiel lets Sam out of his detox cell as ordered, and Sam walking out on Dean from last week, despite Deans desperate ultimatum to never come back if he walks out that door.
From Dean's Side
Dean wants to stick to his ultimatum but Bobby snaps some sense into him, telling him that his father was weak in how he walked away from Sam instead of reconciling and that he (Dean) needs to quit being a whiney brat and get over it. "Family is supposed to make you miserable"
At the end of this conversation, Dean turns to say something and he suddenly finds himself in a gold trimmed white room. In the center of this room is a massive plate of cheeseburgers and beers. Dang.
In the ensuing dialog with Zachariah and Castiel, Dean humorously calls this The Suite Life of Zach and Cas. Zachariah even offers Dean Ginger from Gilligan's Island, with Mary Ann thrown in for free... which gives Dean a moment of pause. He was tempted.
We find out that Lilith has broken all but the last seal. Dean later takes the higher road and tries to call Sam but has to leave a voice mail.
As Dean wants out of this heavenly room because he wants to see Sam, Zachariah tells him it's a no-go because Zachariah wants the last seal to be broken. He's banking on that and the fact that his side can win, dispatching evil once and for all. Even if it means destroying most of humanity in the process.
On a second attempt to call Sam, Castiel shows up and tells him he's outside his coverage zone. Do you know how rich that sounded, coming from the level toned angel Castiel? It was priceless.
In the ensuing conversation Dean convinces Cas to break them out of this place, despite Cas's reservations that they will be hunted down and killed. Cas is willing to do this because they need to stop Sam. <-- Huh?
Poof, they land in Prophet Chuck's house which confused the crap out of Chuck A: This is not how he wrote it. B: He was in the middle of ordering some prostitutes to go! They learn where Sam went, and while preparing to fend off the Archangel, Cas sends Dean to the convent in Maryland where Sam will be.
From Sam's Side
We can see that Sam having walked out on Dean had its affect as he's very distracted by what just took place while Ruby seems a bit annoyed with the whole dwelling on brother thing. That and the concrete realization that there is something evil within him.
When Dean first called, Sam missed it because he was headed off to capture Lilith's chef, who is stealing babies from the hospital. Sam and Ruby catch up to her and with his powers back to fully charged, they snag her and find out where Lilith will be.
When Sam does finally get to his voicemail, he only hears a voicemail saying Dean wants to hunt him down because he's a monster. I'm not sure it that was an old message, or a trick. I'm getting suspicious here gang.
Ruby and Sam head to the convent and confront Lilith. Lilith is amused and lets Sam take the first shot. That shot puts her down hard.
Almost Together, But Too Late
Dean comes around the corner in the convent to see Sam in the process of destroying Lilith and Ruby see's Dean and slams the doors on him so he can't get in.
Sam almost vanquishes Lilith and he stops for a second, distracted by hearing Dean yelling from the other side of the door. Ruby gets all impatient and rage filled and tells Sam to finish her. <-- What!?
You see, Lilith IS the final seal. Ruby has played us all along. Dean was right about never trusting demons. What was I thinking.
Ruby has been working undercover for the downstairs bossman all along, to the point of getting Sam here to break this final seal.
Sam kills Lilith.
Dean gets in the room.
Together they kill Ruby. Beotch dead. Good.
The final seal breaks as Lilith's blood forms the key. Sam yells over the noise to Dean that he's coming. I hear for the first time, in Sam's voice - fear.
Supernatural is so well written that it's a shame it's on the CW. Rich developing plot lines laced with insidiously well timed humor that doesn't distract from the moment is pure joy to experience.
The paths that both brothers had to traverse to get to this point, I can only imagine, will make their bond stronger than ever before.
All the inner battles, the questions, the situations the Winchester brothers have endured. And they've endured it all to help save humanity, because that's what they do.
Unlike the previous show on the hour before, this story flowed and had connecting points and closure with no questions. It was an incredible closer to the season and I look forward to next season.
This show needs to be on a different channel where it can get the ratings and exposure it deserves.
I hope everyone enjoyed this finale as much as I did.
Chime in and let us know what you took away from this season closer!