I just want to say a few words to everyone who is dealing with the finale of Supernatural and the end of our beloved show.

What you’re feeling and experiencing now? It’s quite and absolutely normal.

The grief, the feelings of loss, the sadness, the anger, are all ok. Doesn’t matter if you loved or hated the finale, the fact is that Supernatural is over. It’s hard to believe that we won’t be turning on our TV’s next Thursday or Friday (depending on where you are) and getting lost in our favourite show.

For many of you, this is the first time this has happened, especially with a show you've invested so much in, and it’s probably a bit overwhelming to feel so much for a TV show and the characters. But, for some of us, it’s not our first go round the block with this.

This is how this works: I will give my TOP 5 choices for the Good and The Bad of each season 15 episode that has aired thus far, PLUS a random fact that may or may not have anything to do with the episode. It depends what I am thinking at that moment! After you read my opinions, I would like to hear your TOP 5 Good/Bad list from the same episode. The point is that every episode must have both good and bad stuff for you, or you are not being honest with yourself. 😉 “The Bad” stuff might be easier to write when the episode is not to your liking, then other times “The Good” will be easier. The Good/Bad stuff can be silly things - that is alright too!
"Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

How nice was it to come back after a LONG Hellatus and watch "Last Holiday", the episode of warmth and pending goodbyes?  And what an hour it was! It was lovely to see Sam, Dean and Jack celebrate the holidays and have fun. I think that was the best thing. Mrs. Butters, in the end, was not that bad either. She just wanted to protect her family (but in the wrong way). That was truly the last holiday we'd spend with Supernatural, so I found the above quote to be quite accurate. Now that the end has arrived, we can be grateful for Supernatural as we celebrate Thanksgiving!

I know, I hear a lot of you, why did it have to be this ending?  There are many reasons and the blueprint has been there for years.  After everything, this finale was really the best way to tie to whole story together and be true to the show’s canon.  This episode was not going to resolve all the loose ends.  There were just too many and its mind boggling to think anyone could wrap up much in 40 minutes when dealing with 326 episodes behind them.  The only hope was to deliver something satisfying at a high level while staying true to the overall themes.  So, was that accomplished? 

(Miss part one of this review?  Check it out here)

Oh man, talk about a middle-aged woman having an ugly cry…

I’m stunned, but probably not in the way most of the SPN Family are.  When I interviewed Andrew Dabb at Comic Con in July 2019, he already knew what the ending was.  He pitched it to Jared and Jensen, and was now breaking the waters with the media.  He joked that about 30 percent would like the ending.  Knowing how controversial Dabb’s scripts are most of the time, part of me was thinking he was dead on. 

I’m floored to say that I ended up being one of those 30 percent (if it’s that low).  I never thought that would happen.  I loved “Carry On.”  The last few days I’ve watched it numerous times, so many thoughts racing in my head that once I committed it to paper, I had one long ass review done.  So, the choice was I could ask you all to grab some coffee and dig in for the long haul, or just break it up into two parts so you all can digest it a bit more.  I opted for the latter.  

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In terms of a finale, this wasn't quite “Swan Song.”  The script was very basic, but it did all it needed to do. What knocked the episode into the stratosphere was a collective effort.  Outstanding acting, directing, cinematography, score, music, editing…in other words everything else.  The visual storytelling (show, don’t tell) is perhaps the best in the series.  The emotional scenes are stronger than any other.  Everyone must have been fueled with pure emotion when they put “Carry On” together and it showed.  As a fan, I am so grateful. 

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Bottom line, this was a series finale.  It was tasked with one main purpose, wrap up the Sam and Dean Winchester story.  “Inherit the Earth” took care of season fifteen, so this episode started with the “What happens next?”  The rest of their lives it seems, even if one was cut tragically short.  Family has always been the primary theme in this show above all else.  That is exactly what they sold here in the most spectacular way.   

Thoughts on Supernatural 15.20: “Carry On”

How do you begin to sum up the end of an era like Supernatural? I sit here in my basement apartment, surrounded by years of Supernatural memorabilia, collectibles, autographs and photographs of nearly ever cast member and find myself at a loss to begin my last review for this incredible series. It feels like an impossible task for this reviewer to say goodbye and do Supernatural any justice along the way – but I’ll try my best.

My heart is currently residing in my stomach. In a good way. Thursday, I tweeted:

Good morning.
I’m not quite sure how to feel today. But what I do know is that no matter which way this cookie crumbles, this family will never end. The community that has been built around this miracle of a show will never end. Actors, crew, and fans will always remember this little miracle that entered our lives. No matter if it was 15 years ago or 15 minutes ago, Supernatural changes you. It changed me, and I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Supernatural, for being a light in the darkness. For being a little miracle in the middle of the mundane.

After watching the finale, that sentiment still holds true. No matter what you felt about the way the show ended, I think there is something to be said about the fans and what we've done for the show. Seeing actors past and present talking about their experiences working on the show proved to me that we really did allow a miracle to happen. There was something in the air when Kripke was creating the show, and it allowed for this brilliant, magical thing to come out of it. Whether you loved or hated how it ended, there's no denying that this show made an impact.

Now, onto the details.