Much like last season's finale, I had to watch this episode more than once before blogging. Why? Because I didn't want to distract myself by actually taking notes. I wanted to just experience it without the added responsibility of having to blog about "All Hell Breaks Loose" Part 2. The second viewing was to solidify my thoughts, jot down my favorite lines, and catch anything I missed the first time. Here's the thing: There was so much goodness to be had, that I've been having a difficult time trying to put things in a way that makes actual sense. Because right after the credits came up, I pretty much had nothing except for, "Wow." Yup, must be another Eric Kripke special. I actually wish that we had gotten more of those this season, because his bookend episodes of IMTOD and AHBL2 were stellar. I mean, the Demon is gone! That rocked.
Sam wasn't the only one to get resurrected. They brought back "Carry on My Wayward Son" for the "previously" that showcased lots of Colt talk; shooting guns, reminding us about pacts with demons; and Sam and the psychic kids' network. To this day, that "Salvation" recap is my favorite, so I'm glad they used that song once again.
I know people were wondering whether Sammy was going to be dead or not. But my sister told me that a wound like the one he got was fatal, so I figured he would no longer be part of Dean's world. Poor Sammy. After Dean resurrected him, there seemed to be a little somethin' somethin' wrong with him. He didn't want to stop and rest; it seemed like he wanted to just jump back into the hunt. Sure, he had no idea that he had just been dead, but still, I thought that was strange for Sammy. And the way he shot and killed Jake, pulling the trigger over and over and over again.... You knew something was different with him. Pre-death, he couldn't go through with killing Jake. Now he has no problem with it. I'm wondering what it's going to mean for him next season. Like the Demon said, he didn't come back pure 100% Sammy. Plus, he didn't tell Dean about the whole Demon's blood that he swallowed as a baby. I'm wondering what was up with that. Even though he does seem much colder, like a part of his soul died or something, he did show emotion when Big Daddy Winchester crossed over, and again when he told Dean he was going to figure out a way to get him out of that whole deal thing. More about that later. And why did BDW touch Dean and just look at Sam? I'm probably going to be wondering this for a while. It's kind of like "Home" and wondering why Mary said "I'm sorry" to Sam and just sort of walked by Dean and said his name. And Sammy really was the Demon's favorite - he didn't just say that to all the psychic kids.
Oh, Dean. There he goes, breaking my heart once again. He's faced with a life pretty much alone, and he can't do it. The boy was devastated, even Bobby couldn't get through to him. He couldn't even eat!!!!! He wouldn't bury, salt or burn Sammy. He couldn't let go. I don't care about the fact that he was wondering what he should do. He knew what he wanted to do, he just had to get up the guts to go and do it. And you know Dean. He's got lots of guts. He probably knew right away that he was going to try to make a deal. Speaking of which, I can't believe he's sacrificing himself for one year. One year! What was he thinking? I don't know what to say about this. It'll definitely have ramifications for next season, and will probably come to a head in next year's finale. (Time out: We're getting a third season. Woo-hoo! OK, time back in.) That was a bad move on Dean's part to make the deal - especially for one year. These Winchesters really love sacrificing themselves for each other, don't they? While Sam seemed more cold than usual, Dean couldn't keep his emotions reined in: He was grieving for his brother; so desperate with the girl-demon; practically falling apart when he admitted to Bobby what he did; happy to see Sammy alive; angry at himself, at the world, at Jake, the Demon... he not only hugged Sammy, but Ellen, too. He was in tears with Sammy, and then again when he saw BDW. Dean's been through a lot this season, so it makes sense that the walls he had built his whole life and again solidified at the beginning of the season came tumbling and crumbling down big-time.
I don't know why I'm so fascinated by this brotherly relationship, but I am. In both parts of AHBL, we kept getting reminded that these two were brothers, they've got a bond that can't be broken, even when they're separated. And they're willing to do anything for each other. This bond also becomes a tad bit unhealthy - after all, Dean feels his sole purpose in life is having to protect his little brother. And he does it to the detriment of his own life, his own self-worth, his own everything. But I fall for it. All he wants to do is keep his brother safe. Makes sense. But why can't he accept that his brother would want to protect him as well? I loved what Sam said to Dean at the end after he found out about the deal:
Dean: "I had to look out for you. That's my job."
Sam: "What do you think my job is?" Dean: "What?"
Sam: "You save my life over and over. Man, you sacrifice everything for me. Don't you think I'd do the same for you? You're my big brother. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you. I don't care what it takes, I'm going to get you out of this. Guess I gotta save your ass for a change."
A strong Sammy is a good Sammy, and it just makes me excited to see how he's going to develop further in Year 3. Is he really going to be able to protect Dean? Is he going to accept his visions and whatever other ability he may have? After all, this might help in protecting his big brother. I'm also wondering if now that the YED is gone, is someone else going to pick up his plans to lure Sammy over to the dark side?
I will say that I'm slightly disappointed that there wasn't even a conversation between BDW and the boys. Sure, he helped contribute to the bringing down of the YED and he was able to climb out of hell and cross over. But, knowing that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was coming back, I had just hoped for more.
The end of the episode: not quite a cliff-hanger, but definitely a jumping-off point for Season 3. I'm very happy Sammy knows about the deal already. There was no long drawn-out secret. The Demon is gone, but the trouble isn't over. There's a war that's just beginning, and there's an army of demons that's escaped, and it's up to Sam, Dean, Bobby, Ellen and hopefully a whole new crop of awesome hunters to deal with what has been unleashed. I really loved the way it ended with Dean uttering the same exact words that Sammy said at the end of the pilot: "We've got work to do." And then Dean closes the trunk. That closes the book on Season 2 of
Supernatural. Congrats on the show receiving another season. "All Hell Breaks Loose" Part 2 was a really great way to cap off a season that had way more ups than downs, and really took things to a whole new level. Many of the episodes in Season 2 are some of the best episodes of the entire series. I can't wait to find out how they're going to top it all next year. And you know they can do it.
I just want to thank everyone for a great season of watching
Supernatural and blogging about it. As excited as I was to see this season finale, it now means we're in a summer-long hiatus. And you know what hiatus brings. Hiatus blogs. Anyway, thank you all for coming here day after day and week after week, and I hope you all have a great summer. See you back here for the Season 2 DVD release (whenever that is), and then the beginning of Season 3. But don't worry, I'll definitely try to give you a place to continue blogging this summer. We can't just quit cold turkey, can we?
- I really loved hearing Dean talking about the way Sammy was when he was young. Of course, the 5-year-old was wondering why he didn't have a mom, or where their dad was or why they had to move around so much. It was heartbreaking to hear, but it was also insightful. It gave us even more of a sneak peek into Sammy. You know from when he was a little kid, he had to have questioned the life his family was leading.
- These girl demons love to toy with Dean.
- One scene, Dean wasn't hungry but not too much later he's back eating pizza.
- Only Dean could have a year-long death sentence and still smile while preparing to hunt down an army of demons that just escaped from a devil's gate.
- I liked Ellen being a part of the action. Did anyone think she was going to actually pull the trigger and shoot herself in the head? It could've happened. So many of the supporting players have been offed.
- No one asked Ellen if Jo was still alive. I guess she would have been much more distraught if Jo had died.
- The Jim Beaver-Jensen Ackles scenes ruled, didn't they? Bobby was practically heartbroken that Dean would make the same deal that BDW did - that he would think so little of his life, that he would give it up for his brother.
- Again, are the demons expert psychotherapists? Because they all seem to be able to read Dean to a tee. They all know how screwed up the boy is.
- There were more elements of other episodes in this one. I was reminded (slightly or more transparently) of "Crossroad Blues" (the deal with the girl-demon); "The Benders" (Dean saying it's his job to take care of Sammy); "Bloodlust" (after Sammy shot Jake dead multiple times, the blood splattered on his face, much like what happened to Dean in "Bloodlust"); "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things" (The Demon throwing "the dead should stay dead" back in Dean's face); the Pilot (the ending); and "Devil's Trap" (the 100-square mile devil's trap that Samuel Colt so wisely created in south Wyoming). In fact, Samuel Colt also reminds me of "Dead Man's Blood."
- I take it that there needed to be a bullet in the Colt in order for the gun to act as a key to open the devil's gate. Because it was stupid for the Demon to leave the thing in the gun. That helped enable Dean to kill him.
- Is someone else going to pick up where the YED left off regarding Sam? Or can Sam breathe a sigh of relief?
- The instrumental music at the end seemed very Star Wars-esque to me.
- "I'm done with it. All of it."
- "Go. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Please just go."
- "It's like I had one job. One job. And I screwed it up. I blew it. I guess that's what I do. I let down the people that I love."
- "Show your face, you bitch!"
- "You kind of got your family killed... all alone in the world. It's too sweet."
- "Excuse me, you're going to have to give me a moment. Sometimes you've got to stop and smell the roses."
- "You're like a puppy. You're too fun to play with."
- "Whoa, whoa, whoa, easy Van Damme."
- "Sam. It's good to... see you up and around."
- "What is it with you Winchesters, huh?"
- "I couldn't let him die, Bobby. I couldn't. He's my brother."
- "We can check that off the to-do list."
- "I kind of don't know what to say." "I do. That was for our mom, you son of a bitch."
All right. I hope that was all coherent. What did you guys think about the season finale?
Much like last seasons finale I had to watch this episode more than once before blogging Why Because I didnt want to distract myself by actually taking notes I wanted to just experience it without the added responsibility of having to blog about All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2 The second viewing was to solidify my thoughts jot down my favorite lines and catch anything I missed the first time Heres the thing There was so much goodness to be had that Ive been having a difficult time trying to put things in a way that makes actual sense Because right after the credits came up I pretty much had nothing except for Wow Yup must be another Eric Kripke special I actually wish that we had gotten more of those this season because his bookend episodes of IMTOD and AHBL2 were stellar I mean the Demon is gone That rocked Sam wasnt the only one to get resurrected They brought back Carry on My Wayward Son for the previously that showcased lots of Colt talk sho