I don't know about you but I'm going to be thinking about that last shot the entire summer. I feel like I read an Eric Kripke interview where he said we weren't going to see hell. But we got a glimpse of it. Oh my. Everyone was wondering whether Dean was going to actually die and go to hell. He did. I really felt that this season had to end this way. And poor Sammy he was going to do anything he could to save his brother. Unfortunately, Dean didn't let him. And speaking of Sam, Lilith couldn't kill him. Have you wrapped your minds around that one yet? She couldn't kill him. What does that mean? Just how powerful is Sammy? I had a feeling he was powerful, but Lilith's mojo didn't work on him. That kinda scares me for next season. The only thing I really wanted to see in this finale, but didn't get was Sammy going dark side. But hmmI guess we can look forward to that in Season 4, right?
I still have to process this finale so I'm not sure it outdid "Devil's Trap," but it came close. This episode was creepy and suspenseful and funny and sad and just plain awesome. The brotherly moments were plentiful; it was a great way to close out what was such a weird season for so many reasons. The main reason being it was shortened by the writers' strike. I did find "No Rest for the Wicked" difficult to watch at times. Here's why:
" Stubborn Dean Winchester: I know it was his life on the line, but when Dean wouldn't cave into Sam and Ruby, I just wanted to scream at him. I know he had good reasons, but I just wanted him to let his brother handle things. If Sam could use his abilities for something good, to save him, he should have let him. I get why he was so apprehensive about it, but I still wanted him to trust Sam to do his job and save Dean. Plus, the way he talked to Ruby and ended up punching her first, that was hard to watch. So was Ruby kicking Dean's ass.
" Dean Winchester on the run: I always think of Dean as confronting everything head on. But in the beginning of "No Rest" I know it was a dream but watching him run from the hellhounds was just scary. To know he was scared enough to run was so sad.
" Dean's death: I know I'm harping on Dean right now, but bear with me. Watching those hellhounds tear at him that was beyond disturbing. To see one of the lead characters ripped to shreds like that is not something you see every week. To top it all off seeing him all tethered in hell ended things on the scariest possible note.
Let's get to Sam. First of all, Jared Padalecki totally stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park with his performance. The pain was so evident on his face after he lost his brother. I really thought at that moment his eyes were going to turn black, his smile would transition into a sexy smirk and evil Sam would be back. It didn't happen, but I'm still holding out hope for whenever the show returns.
" There was Lilith's "shore leave" with her new "family." It was a different little girl playing her this time, but the results were still as creepy. I felt like I was watching an episode of the
Twilight Zone. And that's a huge complement. And later, as Ruby, she kissed Sam. After all, Lilith's a destroyer of children and seducer of men. Wonder what's going to happen between Lilith and Sam in Season 4.
" "Carry on Wayward Son" made a comeback loved that they once again set the recap to what's probably the show's unofficial theme song. Every season finale should kick off with that song.
" And speaking of music: OMG. The Bon Jovi portion of the show was totally unexpected and totally rocked! I really wanted Sam to sing along with Dean and he did. That was just hilarious in so many ways, truly one of those scenes that instantly became a classic. However, that look on Dean's face when he stopped singing "Wanted Dead or Alive" was crushing.
" Bobby supporting the boys was a thing of beauty, especially when he didn't let the Winchesters go to Indiana on their own.
" Bobby rigging the sprinklers to spray holy water was inspired.
" How sad was it when Bobby got Dean to reveal he was having hallucinations. Sam seemed surprised by that. And the progression of it was scary. He saw Sam's face turn hellhound like "Crossroad Blues." A few hours before deal time, and Dean could spot demons like the cop, or the neighbors. A few minutes before and he could even tell Ruby wasn't really Ruby.
" Ruby called Sam out on his insecurities. He didn't want to be different and he knew when Dean looked at him like he was a freak. I wish he had defied Dean and tried to tap into his abilities anyway. It's funny how Sam never listened to BDW, but in the end, he listened to Dean.
" Jensen Ackles was nine kinds of awesome in this episode as well. From acting out Dean's stubborn ways, his inappropriate humor, those crushing looks of despair and doom and Dean's death the man can play it all.
" Where was Bobby while Sam and Dean were facing Ruby/Lilith?
" So glad to see that the Colt was gone for good (well, for now) and the boys had to rely on Ruby's killer knife. I love that knife.
" The demon cop thought Dean's last name was Hagar. As in Sammy "I Can't Drive 55" Hagarlove it. (And oh yeah, he fronted Van Halen for a while too.)
" What did you think about Dean leaving Ruby stuck under that Devil's Trap?
" Of course Dean would ask Sam to take care of his wheels.
" Sam almost had to kill a little girl. So glad he didn't have to go through with it.
" Ruby/Lilith told Sam that it would take time to go all dark side. I wanted him to not listen to her and try anyway. After all, demons lie. I know, earlier Ruby said she never lies to Sam, but Sam has his own mind. I think he would've or at least should have tried.
" Part of me wanted Dean not to just scream "Sam" at the end, but "Sammy." That would have ripped my heart out even more.
" There were elements of "Devil's Trap," "Salvation," "Crossroad Blues" and "Mystery Spot" in this episode.
" There were definite moments between the brothers but unfortunately no hug or "no love ya, bro" or anything like that. That's so not the Winchesters. Fortunately, Sam and Dean show they care in other ways.
" At what point did Lilith take over Ruby?
OK, this is going on way too long once again, so I'm going to continue with the favorite lines in the first post. I wanted to also tell you guys that after three seasons, this is my final column as the
Supernatural blogger. I'm hanging up my keyboard and I'm going to become a civilian
Supernatural fan once again. I just wanted to say I loved every second of writing this blog. You guys are the best posters I've loved reading everyone's wild theories, reports from conventions, and of course, your in depth analysis of each episode. Thanks for the good times and don't worry, I'll still be watching our show. Once again, congrats to
Supernatural on getting the early nod on a Season 4. Looking forward to seeing how Dean gets out of hell (or wherever he is), whether Sam is going to realize his full potential and how in the world Mary Winchester fits into all of this. So what did you think of "No Rest for the Wicked?" What did you think of Season 3?
I dont know about you but Im going to be thinking about that last shot the entire summer I feel like I read an Eric Kripke interview where he said we werent going to see hell But we got a glimpse of it Oh my Everyone was wondering whether Dean was going to actually die and go to hell He did I really felt that this season had to end this way And poor Sammy he was going to do anything he could to save his brother Unfortunately Dean didnt let him And speaking of Sam Lilith couldnt kill him Have you wrapped your minds around that one yet She couldnt kill him What does that mean Just how powerful is Sammy I had a feeling he was powerful but Liliths mojo didnt work on him That kinda scares me for next season The only thing I really wanted to see in this finale but didnt get was Sammy going dark side But hmmI guess we can look forward to that in Season 4 right I still have to process this finale so I