SPOILER ALERT! IF you donâ€™t do SPOILERS. Donâ€™t Read!
As we are starting the last run toward the season finale for â€œSUPERNATURALâ€, I thought a kind of summary as to what has happened so far might some ideas of where the writers are going to take the end of the arc this year.
A lot has been made of Jeremy Carver taking over the series, but so far he isnâ€™t starting until season eight if they get renewed. However the fact that WB went out and wooed Carver back seems to indicate there will be a season 8. Most of the time studios donâ€™t do that if the series will be canceled or in any danger of being cancelled. And none of the big website has â€œSUPERNATURALâ€ anywhere near the cancelation section of their predictions. So letâ€™s assume a season 8 is going to happen, seems a fairly safe bet at this point.
It would make sense for Dick Roman and the leviathans to end their arc this season. And spoilers from Singer and Gamble seem to indicate that that is indeed what will happen. Hence Carver has a clean slate to work with next year. There is also a big mystery surrounding the writer of the finale, leading some to speculate that Carver is the author, there by setting up the cliffhanger for his first season. But it seems logical they would have released that info when his appointment to co-show runner was announced. At this point if itâ€™s him, there would be no reason to keep it a secret. However, either way, he can still have, and probably did, an input into the cliffhanger which Robert Singer said we would have. (*Sigh* You know, just once Iâ€™d like to have a finale ending with Dean and Sam riding off into the sunset in Baby, all worries gone, until next season.)
We also have an interview from Singer saying *IF* they get a season 8, he would like to see less angst and more MOTW plots. That doesnâ€™t mean no storyline at all, just one in which the boys donâ€™t have to save the world again at the expense of all their friends and loved one. That has lead to speculation, or maybe just wishful thinking, that Bobby and Cass will return, and could mean the return of other beloved characters. Make no mistake about it; fans have not been pleased with all the fan fav deaths for years. In fact, itâ€™s been a standing joke on boards to not say you like a character because that means his/her death. Not a good reflection on the series at all, so if they can rectify that with a creative/original plot, not a magic reset button, or someone slipping in the shower, or a change in a timeline scenario, I think it would be accepted by fans, and if anyone can do that, its Carver and Edlund.
So how would the current writers go about ending the Roman and leviathans arc?
I thought a look at each of the active characters we have right now and weaving in some of the spoilers would possible outline a picture of what might happen. So what up with them?
Dean has been extremely depressed and grieving for those that have diedâ€¦most importantly this year, Cass and Bobby, though Dean feels the death of every friend that has been under his command since he became a hunter. He could be considered as a powder keg that was set to explode and I kind of liked that idea. Would LOVE to see him tear into Roam with blood and guts everywhere, live he did to that vampire nest in â€œLive free or Twi-hardâ€. Imagine seeing Dean sitting with Romansâ€™ head under his foot. (SMILE)
And no question he did have a *big* bone to pick with Roman when Bobby and Cass were dead. Bobby and Cass are still dead, sort of and that might diffuse the situation somewhat. Bobby is a ghost and back to help the boys if he can, (which is mentioned in a future episode synopsis) and while Cass is incapacitated for the moment, that doesnâ€™t last (which we also know from a future episode synopsis). Collins is in at least 2 more episodes, and while itâ€™s true Dean still has feelings of betrayal to adjust to with Cass, he will still work with him to get rid of the bigger common enemy, Roman and the levies.
We saw Dean verbally threatened Roman and most agree Dick did not look confident that Dean was just blowing wind. I certainly wouldnâ€™t have. Dean is not a hunter you underestimate. So while Dean might not have the big revenge push now that Bobby and Cass are back somewhat, he is still hell-bent on getting Dick.
Sam seems to be on board with the danger of the leviathans now that his personal trials and tribulations till now. The hallucinations are gone so he can focus on the big bad and just in time to help Dean and their friends, plus any new characters they pick up in the remaining episodes. But Sam is not excluded from revenge motives either. He had a big bone to pick with Cass because of the shattered wall that kept Samâ€™s hallucinations at bay. But Cass redeemed himself for that the best way he could, and Sam currently seems very concerned about Cass, so that grudge seems over. Sam also has a wish for killing the levies because of Bobby. Sam does feel grief over Bobby but doesnâ€™t want to believe that Bobbyâ€™s ghost or anything supernatural is currently helping them out (which we know will change next episode). He is more prone to feel itâ€™s a grief mechanism of Deanâ€™s to cope with Bobbyâ€™s death. Course Bobbyâ€™s ghost isnâ€™t part of Deanâ€™s grieving either, but a reality, and now that Bobby is back, Samâ€™s will have part of his grief abated just like Dean. I donâ€™t know if that is good or bad. Like Dean, I want the boys to kill the Big Bad this time. I want to see the humans defeat the monster â€¦ not an angel, or a ghost or the future prophet, or any other supernatural beingâ€¦just Dean and Sam.
Bobby has a *big* bone to pick with Roman. He killed him, (at least for now). I can see Bobby on a revenge track. That is why a lot of ghosts come back, thought they usually haunt the person that is the object of their anger, not a friend. But helping the boys is the best way Bobby has of getting his revenge too. And as a ghost, that can lend some interesting twists and turns to the episodes.
Cass also will have a *big* problem with Roman and the levies in general. Cass let them out and, like with Sam, will feel the need to redeem himself by sending them back. Will this mean another personal sacrifice for Cass? I really guess that depends on how they write the leviathans. We know that the levies took over Cass and left his body (or Jimmyâ€™s body) in water. As Cass left the river naked, Iâ€™m guessing we are to assume his body exploded and was restored by an unknown force, just like before. Castiel was been killed twice, once by Raphael and once by Lucifer, and subsequently resurrected each time. The series never revealed how Cass was restored either time he died, but after he the second time Castiel said he thought God brought him back. And God was named again when Emanuel stated Daphne found him because God lead her to him. â€œGodâ€ does seem to keep cropping up.
Do I see Bobby and Cass being restored? I think itâ€™s a strong possibility. Tweets from actors, interviews with showrunners outside â€œSUPERNATURALâ€, and convention talks seem to hint that both characters will return. And if they want to bring either actor back, they can write the cannon anyway they want. Those whose donâ€™t want Bobby and Cass back have been citing old â€œSUPERNATURALâ€ cannon as reason why they should be left dead. The series has been making up a show â€˜bibleâ€™ as they go along, so they really donâ€™t have to follow anything they have written before. They can change at will, should they feel the need to explain. Itâ€™s not like they havenâ€™t had plot holes before.
But if Bobby is staying with the show, they should make him corporeal. I just donâ€™t think a friendly ghost will be very scary to â€œSupernaturalâ€ fans or widely accepted, and with Cass and other Archangels in the episodes, that shouldnâ€™t be a huge problem. Shoot, even Crowley can do it, and he did seem to have a soft spot for Bobby once
And who want to see Bobby turn into some vengeful spirit down the road. Watching Bobby die once was enough for many, and having Dean burn the flask would be very sad. Bring him back altogether or let him go. Ditto for Cass. Cassâ€™ dry sense of humor has lent many a fun moment to the series and Iâ€™d like to see that again as would many Cass fans. NOT that I want the angels to over stage the Winchesters and do all the kills, but a helpful hand in SOME of their hunts would be fine. And now that we know there *is* a heaven and hell, why shouldnâ€™t we be visited by angels and demons. Itâ€™s not like they are a mystery anymore.
Frank does appear to be really dead right now, and his computers destroyed or stolen. In the synopsis for episode 7.20 â€œThe Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo, â€ Roman has Frankâ€™s computer and insists a computer hacker he has on his payroll crack the code and give him all the info on the hard driveâ€¦.some supposedly damaging to the Winchesters. The character, Charlie, doesnâ€™t like being a whistle-blower and eventually runs in the Winchesters, who want her to give them Frankâ€™s data and not Roman.
So what could be on the computer about the boys? I really canâ€™t see what Frank could have that Cass didnâ€™t, since the Leviathans have all the memories of the people they take over. Frank canâ€™t have their location since they donâ€™t have one. They are not using the credit cards they were before and Frank was â€˜deadâ€™ before Dean knew about Cass, so Cass canâ€™t be the information.
Dean did pay Frank money to dig up info on Roman so you would think that is what Charlie would fine. After all Frank should have done something for Deanâ€™s money. So maybe the info about Dean and Sam is a red herring from the writers and the actual info is about Roman. Did Frank finally get some dirt on Roman and thatâ€™s what led to his demise? (Not all that surprising since some people liked him so he would have to go too!)
Another player we are told will be involved at the end is the King of Hell, Crowley. According to Gamble, Crowley has his hands in everything and he has a few bones to pick himself. First with Cass because of the double crossed with the souls from Purgatory. As things turned out however, Crowley should be thankful Cass did double-cross him, as I doubt Crowley would have been any more able to handle the leviathans then Cass did.
Second Crowley is after the leviathans which he views as an obstacle to his complete domination over evil in the world. Besides, Roman personally insulted Crowley and that will not sit well with the King of Hell, and Crowley has no problem using the boys to get what he wants. In â€œSeason 7, Time for a Weddingâ€, he even agreed to keep his demons at bay so the brothers could concentrate their energies on Roman. First time we have seen demons since then is â€œThe Bourne Again Identityâ€ and it seems those demons were acting on their own.
And then there is Meg, whatâ€™s up with her? Gamble tells us she is on Crowleyâ€™s hit list for siding with Lucifer so is looking for allies of any kind. She definitely wants Crowleyâ€™s head, and what better way to get that then with a fallen angel with all his powers intact. And following the rumors about this wonder of a healer, she found Dean and an amnesiac Cass. Who better to ally herself with, at least until her own agenda could be put into play. With all the renegade demons dead, only she and the boys know Cass is alive, so she guards Cass until he recovers. That recovery takes place in episode 7.21, â€œâ€œReading Is Fundamentalâ€ which is concurrent with the mysterious appearance of two archangels.
So Dean, Sam, Crowley, Ghost!Bobby and Cass have revenge motives, and it seems only natural that they would assembly together against the common enemy and then turn on varies fractions once the Big bad is gone. Meg is after Crowley but if Team Free Will needs him to beat Roman, Meg will have to go along or find herself at odds with the group. Crowley wants Cass and Meg, but like everyone else, he will have to play nice in the sandbox with the other boys, or he too will find himself a target. It goes without saying that Dean, Sam, and Ghost!Bobby want Crowley and Meg. Cass wants Crowley too, but itâ€™s still up in the air how he feels about Meg. He may not have an issue with her this season, and they did have a â€˜something, somethingâ€™ going on in past years. Roman and his monsters want everyone deadâ€¦.including us! I guess that about sums up this group!.
So that brings us to the leviathans. What do we know about them?
According to Death, "Long before God created Angel and Man, he made the first beasts: The Leviathans." Death describes them as "clever and poisonous" and proved to be so extremely destructive, God locked them away in Purgatory. But when Cass opened Purgatory, he adsorbed them with all the souls and they were too strong to be put back. They stayed and eventually entered our world through water supplies.
In SPNverse, we know they ooze black goo, are injured with borax but killed only by beheading and relocating the head somewhere else. They eat people for food and can bib themselves as a form of punishment. (That is so funny!) They have their own hierarchy and according to Frank, are climbing into all levels of society; buying up vast amounts of property, including a field in Wisconsin, and want to cure cancer in people. We also know that their leader, Roman, feels, endangered by the Winchesters since Dean threatened him , so much so that he has put out a â€˜kill on sightâ€™ order for them. We also know they have dissenters in their ranks (George for one) and that the boys can possible use them to their advantage. (George was listed as a recurrent character and if the leviathan arc is ending, George will have to make his reappearance this season.)
In reality, the leviathans mean different things to different religions. In Demonology, leviathans were one of the Seven Demons of Hell, which are seen as the equivalent to the Seven Archangels of Heaven. Often, each demon corresponds to one of the seven deadly sins, associating the leviathans with Envy. The Hebrew bible, lists 34 attributes to the leviesâ€¦.among them that nothing on earth are their equal. (That would seem to leave the boys and Bobby out of the kill.) It says to â€˜break the heads of Leviathan in piecesâ€™ before giving his flesh to the people of the wildernessâ€; and that the monster â€œis called the â€˜wriggling serpentâ€™ who will be killed at the end of time.â€ They also give a description as a worm-like creature having a huge mouth ringed with sharp teeth. (That sounds familiar.)
Judeo-Christian lore says the Leviathans are primordial sea monsters and according to legend, can be killed by archangels, Michael or Gabriel in particular. Other legends say God will slay the beast, while yet another version of the story says that the Behemoth (the primal unconquerable monster of the land) and the Leviathan will fight a mortal battle at the end of the world. The two will kill each other and the surviving men will feast on their meat. (Yuckâ€¦I donâ€™t think I would want to eat black goo.)
Anyway I guess we can see various similarities with fact and what is written in the series, but none of that explains what their down fall will be except that the solution will be biblicalâ€¦.again. Also in many religious texts Michael and God are used interchangeably. Michael is the big monster killer o record in many religions and has a lot of stories about all the evils he has killed with his sword.
This has given rise to so speculation that the series was going to release Michael!Adam from the cage to kill the levies and then both ascend back to heaven. Many fans have been very vocal about releasing Adam from the cage and as a new showrunner will be taking over next year, this would be a good time to do that, if it was ever to be done. And for those who have been keeping up with all this speculation on the boards, yes, Jake Abel is currently in Vancouver to film a movie starting on April 16th and yes, SPN is still filming the finale until next Wednesday, April 18th. Oh and Abelâ€™s movie is REAL! But whether he would have time for a cameo appearance in the finale is unknown, if Michael is even a part of the ending.
This Michael speculation was further fueled by photos released from the a set on 7.22, buy Jim Michaels, S.E. Hilton, who was visiting last week, and Guy Norman Bee, the director of the episode. What were the photos about? Bee called it the â€œAngel of Lightâ€â€¦
Guy Beeâ€™s photos, Jim Michaels photo of Jerry Wanekâ€™s nephew, Hinton and Bob Singer
â€¦and itâ€™s a biblical painting that was also seen in â€œLucifer Risingâ€â€¦actually in the â€˜green roomâ€™ where Zach was holding Dean a prisonerâ€¦one of many paintings that were on the walls in the room.
However, the set in episode 7.22 is not the same as the â€˜green roomâ€™ in Lucifer Rising. And as the leviathans and Cass are still part of the mythology from season 4 and 5, it makes sense that the solution to them would be biblical in nature and found in a church, chapel or museum where biblical texts would be stored.
Keep in mind that this is only one possibility and that, if an archangel is needed, there are others that are in the series too. Gabriel is also written as slaying leviathans and if God restored Cass twice, no reason he can restore Gab too. Or maybe one of the new archangels will kill them, or maybe the solution will not be biblical at all. The St. Michael painting could only mean they are exploring a possible biblical connection. Remember Cass is looking to make restitution and spoilers said Cass fans would have more closure this time. Canâ€™t see how that would happen if archangels were being used as the solution.
Speaking of archangels, they appear in episode 7.21 â€œReading Is Fundamentalâ€ and are on earth for Kevin Tran (guest star Osric Chau) who becomes a reluctant prophet after being struck by lightning. Actually Dean and Sam want him too as they feel he holds the key to defeating the Leviathans. Why the archangels want him we can only guess but maybe it has something to do with Cass.
This is the same episode in which Cass comes out of his catatonic state, and you have to wonder if the appearance of the archangels has anything to do with that. Cass really wreaked havoc in heaven, killing a lot of angels who he felt were deserving of death. These archangels, on the other hand, might disagree. Maybe they have come to take him back to pay for his crimes. If thatâ€™s the case, things will get more complicated for the boys.
We also will have new characters thrown into the mix. A computer hacker named, Charlie, who could survive and return to help the boys some more, George from â€œOut With the Oldâ€ was listed as a recurring character and as a leviathan, whose story line is ending, Iâ€™m guessing he will return this season , and Kevin will be in the last three episodes. Also of interesting is that the casting call for Kevin was for a teenager of Asian descent. Lots of mythology, fables and lore associated with the Asian culture, going back thousands of years. I can see where an Asian prophet could have the solution the boys need, and something that archangels would wantâ€¦.maybe something thatâ€™s part of the cliffhanger for next season?
Itâ€™s also possible that Ghost!Bobby will save the day, that the Leviathans will appear triumphant in the cliffhanger and return in s8, that the brothers will make some kind of deal with Crowley, or that Castiel and/or Meg might be the saviors this time. Itâ€™s just too early to tell, but it does make for some interesting speculation.
We also have to have Baby back and the â€˜wrapâ€™ photo Guy Bee tweeted of his last day on set has Baby in it, so either she is back in 7.22 or 7.23, but at least she will be back. She should have returned much sooner than this.
The seventh season of Supernatural has been met with mixed reviews from both critics and fans alike and the ending of the season will decide for many how they rate the year. The return of Bobby, or even the much anticipated return of Misha Collins, would probably not do much to placate some disillusioned fans, especially with the reality of a eighth season still being up in the air.
However others are really looking forward to Carverâ€™s special blend of talent to breathe new life into the show and feel they donâ€™t care how this year endsâ€¦they just want to look forward to a new year.
So, whichever way it goes for you, letâ€™s all hope we have season 8 to look forward to!