Samifer’s eye catches a gleam on light on the Impala hood. There’s a closeup of his pretty hazel pupil retracting and having its own little beacon of light. Then he spots the green army man in the ashtray through the window. He studies it carefully and oh the look in his eye. Something is triggering. Then the flashes start. He and Dean as kids in the Impala, Sam playing with the army man and sticking it in the ashtray and Dean sticking the legos in the vents. Each flash is quick and gets quicker. He and Dean carving the initials into the Impala, Sam looking at the box of tapes in the Pilot, and suddenly five years of memories in that Impala fly by with nothing more than a howl of the wind in the background. Good times, bad times, all the times, going by faster and faster and then it all ends with one scene. Dean hugging Sam after he was resurrected in “All Hell Breaks Loose Part II.” Wow! What a flashback.
There’s a closeup of the pained eyes taking all this in and I honestly believe that’s Lucifer. He never tried to see that part of Sam’s noggin. No, only the pain and suffering. Given how he’s always longed for this relationship with his own brother, Sam’s memories triggered something that has been masked for years by resentment and pain. He’s truly overwhelmed. He lowers his Dean pounding fist and with one grimace Sam is back in control. Oh my, how beautiful!
Of course did anyone notice that when Sam does take control, the sound effect from a screeching car slamming on its brakes plays? Very interesting. Sam is now hyperventilating, fighting for composure and looks over at a battered and crumpled Dean who’s now on the ground leaning against the Impala. He’s scared, very scared, but he thoughts are of Dean. ”It’s okay Dean, it’s gonna be okay,” he says in comforting reassurance. ”I’ve got him.” Dean is in stunned disbelief but can only watch as Sam pulls the rings out of his pocket, throws them on the ground, and recites the Enochian chant to open up the cage. He watches the hole grow larger and then turns his attention back to Dean. Both brothers are petrified over what’s about to happen. Hell, I’m petrified!
Sam sees the hole is getting closer and looks at Dean with fright, but gives him a nod that it’s time and it’ll be okay. Dean is NOT okay. We can tell through that battered face he wants to stop him, but knows he can’t. Oh, but wait, Adamichael will try. “Sam!”he shouts and he’s worried. ”It’s not gonna end this way, step back.” “You’re gonna have to make me,” Sam challenges. “I have to fight my brother Sam, here and now. It’s my destiny.” Your destiny sucks dude. The touching score comes on, Sam looks at Dean, Dean looks at him back, and they exchange one more set of goodbyes just with glances. Those glances are gut-wrenching. Then Sam closes his eyes, puts out his arms and starts falling backward in slo-motion.
Adamichael freaks out and tries to stop Sam from falling, but Sam’s already got momentum on his side. He grabs onto Michael and they both fall into the gaping chasm in the ground. Sammy!!! No!!! They disappear out of view and Dean is left behind in horror. Then the hole explodes in white light and closes up. SAMMY!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, right about here. Kripke has just damaged my psyche for life. I thought “No Rest For The Wicked” was bad. Sam’s fate is infinitely worse right now. The rings smolder and a completely devastated Dean sits against the Impala. He is the last man standing. Oh, poor Dean. He can’t even celebrate the fact that they saved the world because the personal cost was too great. Crud, he and Sam are never going to catch a break, are they?
I’m already a weeping, crying, broken down mess (I’m not exaggerating!) and then this next part only makes it worse! There’s the shot of Dean on his knees on the ground, the slumped shoulders, the battered face, inconsolably looking down at where a hole used to be. The camera starts wide, then moves in closer, moves in closer, and then there’s a close up of his face. Dean is completely shattered. Physically, mentally, emotionally. All he's left with is a set a rings, a closed up hole in the ground, and in so fitting fashion, the Impala behind him. This takes us back to "All Hell Breaks Loose Part II" when he was weeping over Sam's corpse. It's tragic and that weepy score isn't helping. I think it's worse this time though for he is truly all alone in the world. He's the last one left.
Oh wait, maybe not. Dean looks up and there's Castiel, looking at him with that extreme look of sympathy that melts my heart. "Cas, you're alive?" Dean asks, still on his knees. "I'm more than that," and he does the angel-touchy thing on the forehead. Suddenly Dean's face is back to normal. Whew, that irreparable damage to the pretty was killing me.
Castiel and Dean share a very touching moment with glances, and thank God Misha Collins is on this show. This moment is more powerful than words can say. "Cas, are you God?" Dean asks. It's a fair question. Cas slightly smiles. "That's a nice compliment, but no. Although I do believe he brought me back." Then he turns toward Bobby's corpse. "New and improved." Cas all angelic like goes over to Bobby and revives him, giving him the same sympathetic look while Dean watches with hope. What a beautiful scene between these three. Team Freewill feels so empty without Sam though. Oh, Sammy... (cries). Dean looks down at the rings in his hand and realizes they just earned an empty victory.
Back to Chuck, who's finishing the final touches on his story. "Endings are hard. Any chapped ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch, there's always going to be holes, and since it's the ending its all supposed to add up to something but I'm telling you they're a raging pain in the ass." Ha, projecting there much Kripke? That's okay, you earned it and I'm laughing. But wait, Chuck's out of his bathrobe now and wearing a white buttoned shirt. He looks so...heavenly.
Dean and Castiel are in the Impala, traveling at night. Dean asks Cas what he's going to do now. "Return to Heaven I suppose." Dean can't believe that. "With Michael in the cage, I'm sure its total anarchy up there," Cas explains. "So what you're the new sheriff in town?" Cas smiles. "I like that. Yeah. I suppose I am." Dean is resentful, noting that God gives him a shiny set of wings and suddenly he's his bitch again. No, I think Castiel is taking something back from this experience. "I don't know what God wants. I don't know if he'll even return. It just seems like the right thing to do."