The two-hour Season 6 finale of Supernatural begins with Dean's worst nightmare when Ben and Lisa are kidnapped. So, while the Team Free Will trio of Dean, Sam and Bobby are trying to figure out a way to stop Cas and Crowley from opening up the gates of Purgatory, the oldest Winchester has to take care of this latest wrinkle. How far does he go to save his family? Will Cas be a help or a hindrance? More importantly, what does Dean do to ensure Lisa and Ben never have to face a danger like this again? Yes, Dean's worst nightmare is resolved, but with one hell of a heartbreaking ending.
Then: At the end of the Season 5 finale, "Swan Song," Dean showed up at Lisa's door after Sam sacrificed himself in order to trap Lucifer in that cage in hell. In the Season 6 premiere, we learned the sole remaining Winchester had been living with his new family for the year Sam was "allegedly" in hell. But once Sam reentered the picture, Dean was lured back into the hunting life and away from Lisa and Ben. Soon, it was impossible for them to stay together and they broke up. Dean couldn't help but feel enormous amounts of guilt for bringing a constant threat of danger into their lives.
Now: Dean's still reeling from Cas' apparent betrayal and he's doing whatever he can to figure out how to stop him from opening up purgatory and gaining access to all those precious souls. Ben calls Dean after demons break into his house and kill Lisa's new boyfriend. (How long was she going out with this guy? They looked cozy.). Even though Dean suggests Ben should jump out the window to try to get away, it's too late. Mother and son have been kidnapped.
Surprise #1 of this two-hour Supernatural event: I probably shouldn't be surprised, but I was slightly shocked that Crowley did the deed and nabbed Ben and Lisa. He is the King of Hell, I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. He had his minions grab Dean's family in order to distract the Winchesters and Bobby from the whole purgatory/souls caper he and Cas have been planning. In fact, Cas and Crowley both devise ways to keep Sam, Dean and Bobby out of their way. In "Let It Bleed," it's all Crowley. Cas knows nothing about his nefarious plan, thankfully.
Like I've said over and over again, the Dean-Cas friendship has been one of my favorite parts of this show for the last three seasons. So my heart breaks at the thought of this familial bond breaking for good. But I get that sense in this episode. Even as Cas saved Dean after he let a demon he was torturing for information get the best of him, it didn't change a thing. Right now they are living on two different planets. Dean's on Mars and Cas is on Venus, and the two are set in their ways and committed to the paths they're currently navigating. I just want to tell Cas that Dean's almost always right. He already went through this with Sam and if Sam had just listened to his brother about Ruby, so much hell (literally) could have been avoided. And I want to tell Dean to try and see this from Cas' side. He just wants to make sure his much stronger brother (sister?) Raphael doesn't reignite the apocalypse. Seriously, at this point, maybe these two need some couples counseling. Just saying.
The two are at an impasse, and Dean ends up relying on Balthazar, of all angels, who decides to play double agent. He's a bit worried at his brother's actions and wasn't even aware Cas was in cahoots with Crowley, which is very telling. Meanwhile, both Dean and Sam go after Ben and Lisa, which is awesome in my book, leaving Bobby to continue investigating the H.P. Lovecraft/purgatory angle.
Before I get to the heartache and heartbreak, I loved the scene when all we saw were Ben and Lisa tied up and a couple of their captors guarding them; but we heard Dean (off screen) beating the crap out of every demon sent his way. When Dean is determined and focused and the life of someone he loves on the line, he's unstoppable. Unfortunately, it's clear Lisa's possessed when she grabs Ben and her eyes turn black. DemonLisa spews some really hurtful things, telling Ben Dean's really his dad (then she says "just kidding") and also calls him a "C-minus lay with 10 miles of daddy issues. Whatever gets you through the night, Tiny Tim." Ouch.
Just believe me when I say that's still not the most painful part of this whole episode. Dean finally gets Ben away from his possessed mom. So the only leverage the demon has is to hurt the meatsuit. So, it stabs Lisa's body giving her what's sure to be a fatal wound. Dean finishes exorcising the demon and goes into "save Lisa" mode. He's forced to treat Ben like an adult. He doesn't have time for the boy to sit there in shock, so he slaps him! I couldn't believe that moment. It was beyond harsh. Maybe a shove could have done the job instead of a slap in the face? I get that desperate times call for desperate measures, but I just felt bad for the kid. Dean then arms Ben with a gun and almost right away he's forced to kill his very first demon. Congrats, Ben, you've just been indoctrinated into the world of hunting. Thankfully, Sam wakes up after being knocked out early on in the action and takes over protection duty. Pretty soon, they're all racing to the hospital. This part of the story is still not the most heartbreaking event, however.
That's saved for the end of the episode when Cas pops in at the hospital to help. He heals Lisa, but before he goes, Dean asks for one more favor, even though the two are on the outs. Cut to Lisa waking up in her hospital bed with her son by her side. Dean shows up and... Ben and Lisa have no idea who he is! Dean had Cas erase all traces of him from their minds. This was probably one of the moments that resonated for me the most over the entire two hours. In essence, he is no longer anything to Ben and Lisa. They don't remember even a speck of him. For Dean to be able to recall every single moment he spent with them after finally achieving the family he always wanted and to now have them look at him like he's a stranger -- it's just all sorts of wrong, but all sorts of understandable at the same time. They would always be one of his weaknesses. Sam was born into the life, it's who he is. But Lisa and Ben are innocent bystanders. Although I just know Ben had it in him to follow Dean into the family business. And stranger things have happened, but this does seem like the show has put an end to this chapter of Dean's life. I pretty much lost it during this scene and in subsequent viewings, Jensen, once again, went above and beyond and nailed this emotional performance.
Sam was ready to go off on Dean for his choice to remove himself from Ben and Lisa's lives, but I think Dean had to do what he had to do. I'm sad because I liked Dean and Lisa. And I really wanted this little family to work... eventually.
-The other part of this episode had to do with famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Back in 1937, he had a dinner party where he and his crazy group of friends performed a spell to open a door to purgatory. One soul slipped through and it happened to be... Dr. Visyac, from the "Like a Virgin" episode earlier this season. She's the one that had the history with Bobby. Well, Bobby tracked her down because she was the key to opening up purgatory. I love that she turned out to be a supernatural creature that successfully integrated herself into life on Earth and is over 900 years old (she also killed H.P.). I liked her dynamic with Bobby and well, at the end of the hour, Cas nabbed her. I'm still wondering why she took so long to leave for safety after Bobby had warned her much earlier that day (well, it seemed like much earlier anyway).
-I don't know about you guys, but I totally love Cas-Balthazar scenes. Balthy can tell Cas is veering off the deep end. It's kind of scary the lengths Cas is willing to go to prevent Raphael from winning power.
-Sera Gamble's script was excellent; it made my heart ache and it was funny too, with some really great lines.
-Horror has never been my thing, so I'm like Dean (well, not exactly like Dean); I really didn't know much about H.P. Lovecraft or his works.
-I love a cleaned-up Bobby.
-Cas is such a bad liar.
-Dean's belief in what is right or is the right path never wavers. He's for damn sure that Cas wanting to open up purgatory in order to prevent apocalypse is a bad idea. And I find myself believing in him, even though I want desperately to believe in what Cas is doing.
-What have we learned from Cas and Sam? Too much power corrupts. It turns you into a smug, overly confident individual who's unable to have a clear vision of what's right and wrong. No one person should ever be that powerful.
Top 5 Favorite Lines
"Moishe?" "Of the New York Campbells."
(re: H.P. Lovecraft) "Am I supposed to know who that is?" "Horror writer? At the Mountains of Madness? The Call of Cthulhu?" "Yeah. No, I was too busy having sex with women."
"Your chocolate's been in my peanut butter for far too long."
"I do everything you ask. I always come when you call. And I am your friend. Still. Despite your lack of faith in me and now your threats, I just saved you, yet again. Has anyone but your closest kin ever done more for you? All I ask is this one thing." "Trust your plan to pop purgatory?" "I earned that, Dean."
"Who are you?" "I'm Dean. The guy who hit you. I just uh... I lost control for a minute and I just wanted to say that I'm sorry. I'm really happy you two are both OK. And uh...I'm just glad your life can get back to normal now." "That's what's important, right?" "Anyway uh...I'll leave you two alone. Take care of your mom."
(Read Tina's recap of "The Man Who Knew Too Much," Part II of the Supernatural finale.)
The two-hour Season 6 finale of Supernatural begins with Dean's worst nightmare when Ben and Lisa are kidnapped. So, while the Team Free Will trio of Dean, Sam and Bobby are trying to figure out a way to stop Cas and Crowley from opening up the gates of Purgatory, the oldest Winchester has to take care of this latest wrinkle. How far does he go to save his family? Will Cas be a help or a hindrance? More importantly, what does Dean do to ensure Lisa and Ben never have to face a danger like this again? Yes, Dean's worst nightmare is resolved, but with one hell of a heartbreaking ending...