In the twenty-third and final episode of the seventh season ofÂ Supernatural, the Winchesters and their allies go after Dick Roman. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watchÂ Supernatural.
Trigger Warning: For body horror
This was a good finale and a satisfying â€œendâ€ to the Leviathans, but it definitely didnâ€™t feel as shocking or as huge as many of the past finales ofÂ Supernatural. Thatâ€™s not to say itâ€™s awful or anything. But we were led to expect both Bobbyâ€™s and Dick Romanâ€™s death, so neither of them felt particularly surprising. However, I donâ€™t think they wereÂ supposed to be. This was more about the machinations of Crowley, about Castielâ€™s decision to clean up his mess, about Bobbyâ€™s acceptance of the inevitable.Â These stories were better than the plot twists, though I have THINGS to say about THE THING because NO.
So where does Bobby go at this point? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Is he a monster, or did he give himself up in time to avoid becoming that? It was sad to see him come to this, but he had goneÂ way too far, possessing LouiseÂ twice, despite that she clearly didnâ€™t consent to it. Then he nearly killed SamÂ and upset their entire plan to infiltrate SucraCorp. The longer he spent on Earth, the closer he got to becoming something he could never turn back from.
And so, becauseÂ Supernatural is the cruelest show in the universe, weâ€™ve got to watch Bobby Singer die.Â Again. And I donâ€™t think heâ€™ll play a big part at all in the next season. I really think that was it for him, the final time heâ€™ll be on this show in any significant way. Itâ€™s weird to say goodbye to him twice, you know? I found it fitting that as he burned away, the camera never panned over to Bobby. When we lose him again, the camera focuses solely on Sam and Dean as we watch them silently say goodbye to their friend. It works for me because we donâ€™t have to see Bobbyâ€™s spirit in a violent state. Heâ€™s just gone, and I imagine that Sam and Dean donâ€™t have much grieving left to do. Theyâ€™ve already done it.
THANKS FOR THE EMOTIONS,Â SUPERNATURAL.
Assault on Dick Roman
It was clear that the odds were stacked against Sam and Dean going into SucraCorp, but hereâ€™s how I figured out that Crowley had chosen to â€œhelpâ€ the Winchesters. When it comes down to it, heâ€™s a character who values himself and his own power more than anything else. So who was the bigger threat to Crowley? Who would have a greater chance of upsetting his quest for power? Dick Roman. I think Crowley sees the Winchesters as annoying insects. I think he saw Dick Roman â€“ the same creature who offered Crowley the entirety of Canada while he took over the whole world â€“ as the most legitimate threat to his own happiness and power.
He had to take Dick Roman out, because Dickâ€™s threat wasÂ real. Sam and Dean were just two humans â€“ irritating ones! â€“ who were up against a veritable empire. And because this is Crowley weâ€™re talking about, he also made sure that all his bases were covered in the event that Sam and Dean failed.
More on that in a bit. Castiel spends a good deal of this episode refusing to help in any significant way, despite that heâ€™s well aware of the stakes. Itâ€™s certainly frustrating to watch, and I was glad that the show had Dean openly remind Cas that this was allÂ his fault. Itâ€™s also infuriating that he suddenly decides to be non-violent and non-confrontational when his participation would help clean up the mess that he made in the first place. (Cas is immensely adorable whenÂ he goes and gets the Winchesters sandwiches. ITâ€™S SO CUTE. Also, those sandwiches looked fantastic. Iâ€™d like one.) I do think the show does a good job of explainingÂ why Castiel is so reluctant to get involved. We know exactly what Cas is like when he gets carried away, so it makes sense that heâ€™d want to not get involved. But is it fair of him to count himself out atÂ this point in time?
Of course, thereâ€™s another issue at hand: Deanâ€™s own anger at Castiel, separate from the Leviathan threat. I donâ€™t know where Castielâ€™s characterization is headed in the future, since we donâ€™t get any hints about that by the end of â€œSurvival of the Fittest.â€ But this most recent arc of his invokes a bit of drunk/high Castiel and takes him in a new direction. It was a chance to explore an angelic story that wasnâ€™t centered around power. But how fair is that to the world? Castiel has decided to remain neutral during one of the worst disasters the Winchesters have ever faced, and Dean voices his willingness to have Castiel by his side regardless. Itâ€™s a neat little scene,Â one that signifies that Dean and Cas might be able to be friends again while not ignoring the immense harm that Castiel has done. Just because Dean might beÂ ready to start to forgive Cas doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s going to be an easy process, you know?
But thatâ€™s something theyâ€™ll have to pick up on in season eight. Over the course of this season, weâ€™ve seen how Leviathans obey and respect the hierarchal nature of their society, so itâ€™s kind of fascinating to me that this finale doesnâ€™t wipe them all out. Edgar is apparently dead, and with the triumphant death of Dick Roman, the Leviathans will most likely scatter to the wind. But theyâ€™re not gone, and the threat of individual Leviathans still remains. IÂ am interested to see how the show will deal with this. Will we still see the Winchesters hunting them down? How could you even track them? Well, these questions are kind of childâ€™s play compared to the fact thatÂ KILLING DICK ROMAN SENT CAS AND DEAN TO PURGATORY. First of all: Samâ€™s face when Crowley tells him heâ€™s all alone? 100000% the least okay thing in this entire episode. Can a nice thing happen to Sam Winchester??? Can it??? Will you just let this poor man have a good day??? Secondly: WHERE IS CROWLEY TAKING KEVIN? What does he need Kevin for? Thirdly: THE DESIGN FOR PURGATORY IS GREAT. If itâ€™s canonically the place where the spirits of all dead monsters go, then IÂ love the idea that itâ€™s eternally a dark forest where monsters perpetually hunt one another. I mean, thatâ€™s not to say Iâ€™m totally thrilled that Dean was left there all alone with no weapons. Where did Castiel disappear to??? Hopefully to get backup??? HOW DO THEY GET OUT OF PURGATORY?
Iâ€™m definitely interested to see where this goes (particularly in Samâ€™s case, since I want to see what heâ€™ll do without Dean again). This was a solid finale, but I wouldnâ€™t say it was the bestÂ Supernatural has to offer. Just good, not great.
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