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All hell has literally broken loose
Are you still breathing? Jensen Ackles wasn't kidding when he said that Supernatural's final season was going to be "BIG!!! REAL BIG!!!" From what I can tell, it's going to be epic. The Season 14 finale literally unleashed hell on earth in one of the show's best, boldest, and most insane episodes to date.
The mind-blowing hour begins with Jack (Alexander Calvert) rising from the Ma'lak box like a Terminator hell-bent on destruction, leaving Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Ackles), and Cas (Misha Collins) at their wits' end over what to do with their adoptive son, who murdered Mary (Samantha Smith) and burned the rest of his soul off. Because of his unchecked power, he poses a huge danger to everyone and must be stopped. If this were anyone else, it would be a simple matter of finding him and killing him. But this is sweet baby Jack we're talking about! He might be a soulless threat to the world, but deep down, he's also the adorkable kid still learning about the world around him. Weighing their options, the Winchesters hit up Rowena (Ruth Connell) to create a soul bomb with the intent of "putting a dent in the kid," as Dean puts it.
Before they can get to tackling the Jack issue, however, the boys hit another wall: Humans, demons, and angels are no longer able to tell a lie on Earth. This, of course, has incited chaos all around the world, with everyone confessing their deepest secrets, including Sam, who reveals that his favorite singer is Celine Dion. Are we really surprised by this?
A dilemma like this requires major reinforcements -- like the creator of all things, Chuck, (Rob Benedict), aka God. Answering Cas' desperate prayer, Chuck makes his long-awaited return and fixes the whole "no one can lie" problem with a quick snap of the finger. But his real business on Earth actually concerns Jack, and he knows just how to put down the sandy-haired Nephilim. Unfortunately, stopping Jack means killing him with a weapon called "the Enforcer," and it comes with a catch: Whatever happens to the target also happens to the shooter, meaning whoever kills Jack will also die.
Dean knows what must be done, even if Jack is family, but Sam believes in finding another way. After all, he's been right where Jack is, lost and soulless, and they managed to find a different solution. And as Cas points out, not too long ago the gang was contemplating locking Dean in the box forever when Michael threatened to bust out of his mind prison because they saw that as their only option.
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But this is different, and Dean has to make the hard choice. The elder Winchester finds Jack with Cas in a graveyard in one of the episode's most heartbreaking moments. With the gun pointed at Jack's head, Dean is seconds away from changing everything. Can he do it? Will he do it? You can see that mental war raging on in Dean's mind, rationalizing whether or not he could actually kill Jack and end his own life in the process. Man, this show really knows how to wring your heart like a wet rag.
In the end, Dean can't pull the trigger, so he doesn't. Upset that his favorite show didn't play out the way it was supposed to, Chuck tries to bargain with Sam and Dean. If they kill Jack, he'll bring back their mother. They know that this is something Mary would never condone and quickly shoot down that tempting offer. The Winchesters have played many roles over the years, but they will never, ever be someone's lackey. Realizing that Chuck has no intention of helping them, Dean delivers one fist pump of a moment and rightfully tells the creator of the universe to go straight to hell. Finally taking matters into his own hands, Chuck responds in kind by killing Jack. Yeah, you read that right. But there's really no time to process that unspeakable loss because all hell breaks loose... literally. Sam shoots Chuck and experiences the same wound. This does nothing but anger the all-powerful deity, who then decides that playtime is officially over.
"Story's over. Welcome to the end," Chuck says. With the snap of a finger, he unleashes hell on earth. Oh dang!
In true Supernatural fashion, a gloriously bizarre, terrifying, stunning scene unfolds. Souls escape from hell, the dead rise, and Team Free Will is left wondering what in the hell is happening. Over in the Big Empty, Jack reunites with his creepy blob of a father, Lucifer, along with Billie, the Angel of Death, who needs to have a special talk with the newly deceased Nephilim. Yeah, you know it's bad when Motörhead's "God Was Never On Your Side" hits.
With the dead now walking among the living -- are we in The Walking Dead now? I'm totally into this -- that certainly opens the door for other familiar faces to return, like, say, Crowley (Mark Sheppard), Papa Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and even Sam and Dean's forgotten half-brother Adam (Jake Abel)! We have yet to see the implications of Chuck's big move, but judging from this batsh-- crazy finale, they're going to be astronomical. I can't wait!
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