When I had my chance to speak with Eric Kripke at this year's Comic Con, by the time he got to us he had already defended his actions a few times about "Swan Song" and addressed one of our questions as "Open to Interpretation, make of that what you will." After seeing all the reports filtering in from the other interviews though, all I can say is that I never thought I could love this man more, but I do. He says in his words of wisdom what I always interpreted from the finale, but he says it so much better.
This is Eric's exact words at one of the press tables when asked in a roundabout way if Dean's role was diminshed in the finale:
"Everything can be open for interpretation. Far be it for me to tell fans what they think of the show is, it's for them. I can just tell you what it meant to me. This show has always been about family from page one to page five thousand. It's never been about one brother, it's been about the relationship between the both of them. For me it's like a ying/yang thing. Salvation of the planet depended on both of them acting equally. And had Dean not decided to sacrifice himself and go to be with his brother because of the love and relationship between them trumped all. Had he not learned to do that, to forgive his brother and love him over the years of training and learning experience of the show, then he would have never gone out there and Sam would have never seen him, never would have seen the car, and he would have never had the strength to take over his body and save the world. So to me, that's a two man alley oop."
(Question) He played the role he was intended to play.
Yeah, and one he would have never done in the Pilot but learned to do in the finale. To me that's what it's all about. But people, you know...as long as they're watching they can think whatever the Hell they want.
Kripke also was open when Maureen Ryan asked about where Sam and Dean are in their epic hero's journey right now.
"I think they finally reached a massive amount of growth and maturity. For me in "Swan Song" one of the thing I insisted about ending it the way I ended it whether it was the series finale or not is not just wrapping out the story line but getting them to an end point that we've been building towards since the beginning of the show. For me, that's always been what the show's been all about. Certain fans have complained that it wasn't big enough and my point was sorry but, I wish you guys love it but, the show has always been about these two brothers and their growth as characters, ultimately reflected in Michael in Lucifer, in how Sam and Dean could do all the things that Michael and Lucifer couldn't. They had to accept each other as grownups, they had to forgive each other their faults, they had to come together, they had to mature. Dean had to learn to not just accept Sam as a freak but accept that being a freak is good and okay and smart in its own way and he's not a little brother anymore and Sam had to grow up too and appreciate Dean as the two of them. For us, that's what the show is about and that's what saved the world. That the two of them could forgive each other.
Now, in season six, just to be honest, we look at season six as a sequel to a movie, there's going to be a new story line and there's going to be a new series of problems, and in a way I think is going to be lovingly, which I think the audience is going to love and drive them nuts at the same time, new problems. So they've reached a point and they've come together but now there's going to be new problems. They're going to have new issues that they've got to work through. Their therapy isn't done yet."
This is my take on everyone's attitude at Comic Con, especially Eric Kripke's from being in that press room. What's done is done. Season five and the whole apocalyptic arc are in the record books. Sure, some fans were upset, but Kripke was not apologetic and had no regrets. No one had regrets. Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund are following their visions and are accepting that they'll find out when episodes air if fans like it or not. They don't seem to be worrying too much about that though. Jensen, Jared, Misha, and Jim are all very excited about the new changes and have no problems whatsoever with the directions their characters are going.
So, in other words, everyone is moving on with renewed invigoration and ready to do something different. As a viewer, I'm excited and honored to be part of that as well. I will watch with open mind and full trust. I really really hope everyone else will too.