Warning!!!!! If you haven't seen the "Supernatural" season finale, "Survival of the Fittest," read no further! There will be discussion about all the events, so you'll get spoiled!
First and foremost, thank you, Sera Gamble, for a great season finale. I'm really, really, REALLY excited about season 8 now. I think this premise is excellent and has so much potential. Now it's up to Jeremy Carver and the rest of the writers to capitalize on the setup! All right, let's just dive in here, shall we? The sooner I get this done, the sooner we can all join in the speculating!
We all knew that they were going to have to burn the flask to release Bobby. I mean, really. I'm glad that he pulled back from going truly, no-coming-back vengeful spirit, but it had to be done. And that he recognized this fact with grace at the very end was so very Bobby. And I loved how they didn't actually show Bobby burning, just showed the flask and the reaction on Sam and Dean's faces. That was beautiful. And if Bobby is gone for good this time, I'll be really sad because Jim Beaver is amazing, and I'm going to miss him a whole hell of a lot. But is Bobby really gone? Let's discuss this further later on in the purgatory section of today's speculation.
He's pretty screwed right now, isn't he? Man, he looked so lost after Crowley pointed out how alone he is and then disappeared. But Sam's not totally alone out there. He can team up with Jody Mills or Garth, to name two people. I would love to see more of Jody. She and Sam worked really well together in "Time After Time." And if he can spring Meg, maybe she would help, too, but Sam's track record of working with demon women...not so good, so that might not be the best of plans. I think he's going to open a gate to purgatory again and go after Dean and Cass. FInd Kevin Tran and you get virgin blood, right? I mean, I'm just guessing there, but seems possible. Lots of leviathans still running around out there, so you could get some of their blood for the purgatory resident part, or just grab some off the walls from the Dick explosion. And perusing NASA's website tells me there's a total solar eclipse on November 13, 2012. Okay, Sam, I just figured it all out for you! Get to work!
How about that ending, huh? That was pretty cool. The creatures in purgatory are really, really creepy. They remind me of the mothman from "Mothman Prophecies," a movie that scared the pants off me. I'm probably going to have nightmares for weeks after that finale, so thanks for that, special effects department. I'll send you my therapy bill. Dean and Cass are so screwed, aren't they? I think Cass will be back next season for sure, and he didn't just abandon Dean. I'm guessing he just flitted off so he could do a proper recon, see what they're up against. And to give the show a nice "Dean's alone in Purgatory" shot. Dramatic!
But the real exciting thing about having Purgatory as a viable option now is that the show has an opportunity to write the rules about who ends up there. For example, do ghosts who have started to go vengeful spirit go there? Bobby. Do ghosts who stick around for years after their deaths and can't be found in heaven? Mary. Do angels go there when they die? Gabriel, Balthazar, Zachariah, Anna, Raphael, etc. Leviathans end up there? Dick Roman is back, baby! Monsters go there when they die, so who will we see again? Lenore, Gordon, Amy, Madison, alpha shapeshifter, the list is endless. And what about if you're a demon and you get killed by the demon knife? Do you go to hell or purgatory? What if you're killed by the Colt? (Thanks to some Twitter friends for bringing this up. Really interesting topic.) The possibilities are endless, and the show has a chance to set up some very interesting rules. What about Azazel's psychic kids? What if you're possessed against your will and get killed? What if you're turned into a monster against your will and then get killed? How epically screwed is Dean once the monsters in purgatory realize who he is? You know some of those things will want revenge.
So if the show decides that ghosts who turned slightly vengeful are monsters, Bobby could come back in purgatory and help Dean and Cass get out. Would you want to see Bobby again in that capacity? I think I would, as long as they don't try to kill him off again. Because I adore Bobby and couldn't take it again if they killed him. Either keep him dead for good (oh, Bobby) or bring him back and let him stay alive or alive-ish, whatever. Also, I love that alive-ish is a viable option. Oh, show. *hugs show*
Okay, time for some bullet points!
* Dick Roman was such a great bad guy, and I really hope we haven't seen the last of him. He just amused me to no end. Really horrible creature, but so damn entertaining.
* Baby was back! Meg drove the hell out of her, but crashing into that glass sign? Well, it looked cool as hell, not gonna lie.
* Dean, your inappropriate humor always makes me laugh. "Let's go bone this nun." Yep, I am a horrible person, but that was funny.
*Cass playing Twister. And making sandwiches. And communing with flowers. And covered in nothing but bees. And harvesting honey. He's a hippie angel for sure. But when push came, he fought for Dean, like he always does.
* I don't mind that Sam and Dean are separated right now because there's no animosity between them. They're going to fight to find each other again. Not because they have to to save the world or anything but because they want to.
* Kevin Tran, I still like you. I hope you come back next season and are in one piece.
* Crowley did a lot of finger snapping this episode, didn't he? Remind you of anyone? We've never seen Crowley's eyes flash, and Mark Sheppard keeps teasing us about that, so maybe Crowley isn't a demon at all. Maybe he's a trickster playing at being a demon.
* Dean was so subtly scared in Purgatory. That little hitch in his voice was perfect.
* Something to look forward to during the long summer hellatus: Sam and Dean are gonna have one epic hug when they reunite.
What did you think, everyone? Were you satisfied with the finale? Are you excited by this setup? Who is on your wishlist of people to see in purgatory? And a little plug before I set you all free to comment: I will be doing live tweets on the official WinFamBusiness account of past episodes on Fridays, probably at 9:00 EST, throughout Hellatus. So check us out if you're on Twitter! I'll possibly post a schedule at the site, if I can get organized enough to do so. Thanks for the great season of speculation, everyone!