SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the Season 14 finale of Supernatural.
The penultimate season of Supernatural closed out on Thursday with “Moriah,” a hellacious, reality-shaking episode that shares its name with the Biblical mountain region that was divinely designated as the site of Isaac’s sacrifice in the Book of Genesis. The knives were certainly out in the intense episode which began with familial division and ended, essentially, with the end of the world as we know it.
The show’s family of characters are divided by the out-of-control actions of Jack (Alexander Calvert) and the proper way to respond to a reckless hazard who also happens to be a close compatriot and has sacrificed parts of his soul to save the Brothers Winchester, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). The two Hunters feel the conflicting tug of their emotions and the savage imperatives of the situation. It’s a struggle for Sam, who has strived to see the good in the half-angel, half-human son of Lucifer. Dean, meanwhile, sizes up the Nephilim and now sees a mad dog that must be put down.
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“He meant a lot to me, he was family,” hard-liner Dean rasps during an intense exchange with his bro. “But this? This is not Jack anymore. He’s hurting. He’s killing. We’re going to have to do the hard thing. We’re going to have to do the ugly thing. Ain’t like it’s the first time, though.”
The desperate situation catches the attention of a higher-up – in this case, God, or, as he is known more familiarly, Chuck (Rob Benedict), who doesn’t approve of the rippling consequences of Jack’s actions (which include a global cessation of dishonesty, which leads to a rather jarring Washington, D.C., press conference regarding presidential ties to both Moscow and Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard), the king of Hell. Chuck has a silver-bullet solution — a firearm that can take the Nephilim down. There’s one catch (and isn’t there always a catch?): Chuck’s gun (much like the Ultimate Nullifier from Marvel Comics) works against any foe but whatever it does to the target it will simultaneously do to the shooter.
The show reaches a crescendo in a cemetery scene where Dean has the gun in hand and his target passively submits, sinking to his knees. “I understand,” Jack says in a detached tone. “You were right all along. I am a monster.”
But, wait, what’s this? When the mercy within Dean lowers his weapon, Chuck has a tantrum. It turns out the Big Guy was yanking the strings of the situation for his viewing entertainment. This does not sit well with Dean. “This isn’t just a story. This is our lives. So, God or no God, you go to Hell.” God/Chuck is not amused and expresses his ire by taking his toys and going home, more or less. “Fine, that’s the way you want it? Story’s over! Welcome to the end.” And, as darkness and a zombie horde engulfs the Hunters, the gates of Hell are sprung and every person, monster, or entity sent south by the Winchesters is back with a vengeance. It is, literally, the most hellacious season-ending cliffhanger in the considerable brimstone history of the Supernatural saga.
Finding any new “firsts” for the siblings at this late stage of the game is impressive for a series that has been alive and kicking for a decade and a half. The end of the road is on the horizon, however, for the longest-running series on the CW. The cast members were the ones who announced in May that Supernatural will be giving up the ghost after next season, which will be its 15th. That will end the charmed life of a series with seemingly supernatural stamina: 327 episodes, by the end, but it’s already the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in American broadcast television history.
(Internationally, however, the 26-year run by the UK’s original Doctor Who series remains unrivaled in sci-fi/genre history.. The Time Lord’s show premiered in November 1963 the same day as the JFK assassination; it ended in December 1989, the same month that Mikhail Gorbachev and President George H. W. Bush declared the end of the Cold War.)
Created by Eric Kripke, Supernatural stars Padalecki and Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, respectively, who follow in the footsteps of their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as “Hunters,” the vigilant warriors who dispatch evil menaces of every stripe (e.g., monsters, demons, gods, ghosts, vampires, zombies) as they trek across the country in their brawny 1967 Chevy Impala. Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino and Alexander Calvert also star.
Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner executive produce. Supernatural is produced by Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision.
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