"Sometimes in life, you're not always given a second chance, but if you do, take advantage of it, and go out with a bang! ― Aquaria

This episode had many second chances to their characters. Sam already had one when he was brought back by Lucifer. This time he had decided Lucifer would not be captured but go down one way or the other.The AU people with Bobby and Charlie got their second chance on life when Sam and Dean chose to bring them to their world. Mary also wanted to have a second chance with the people she met in AU world and she wanted to stay to help them. Even Lucifer got a second chance with his son, even though that was a mirage. Unfortunately Gabriel got his second chance to be the good guy but he died because of that. He wanted to help Sam and Dean so he put his life on the line to save them.

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE TWENTY-THREE:

The finale episode, beginning in season seven, episode twenty-three is the big bang and the shocking reveal all while lining up a whole new set of problems – much like episode twenty-two. Really, if there is one thing Supernatural knows how to do, it’s a finale episode.

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection ― Thomas Paine

Round and round we go, where we stop, nobody knows! Sam and Lucifer have played quite the cat and mouse game for many years. You could say Lucifer is Sam's ultimate nemesis. In reflection of this and the videos, that is my topic for today. In a way Sam sees Lucifer as his reflection that he can't escape - always in Sam's mind, and present, like his own reflection on the surface of disturbed water. As a trivia bit of information, I have listed every episode in which Sam has died. It is always "funny" to think we have a show where even the main character has died multiple times. 

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE TWENTY-TWO:

For the first half of the series, episode twenty-two was a finale: it packed a punch, resolved season long plots and opened paths for the next season to pursue. In later years, episode twenty-two was the first installment of a two-part finale, the set up to the pay off on an even grander scale. In either case, it comes with emotional blows, action and revelations that were an entire season in the making.

The Boys Are Back in Town

(Probably Time To Flee)

EPISODE TWENTY-ONE:

Loss. Episode twenty-one is typically one of loss, grief and even death. The boys are in a perilous situation, making desperate choices and, classically at the worst moment before the final boss battle, they are struck with a major blow that leaves them shaken.

Words: So innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sam: Dean, we're going to that place, and we're gonna save Jack and Mom. Together. And if something happens, we will deal with it together. And if we die? We'll do that together, too.

Words have power. They can be potent to rally many people to do what they believe in. Sam’s words in the end resonated with me. That is why I chose word and potent as words for this article. Together they make potent words (see what I did there?) Sam’s words were strong but were they good or bad in that situation? What would they rally? Sam wanted to lift Dean’s spirit up. He wanted Dean to make the right decision. Unfortunately, Dean’s character flaw is also to protect his brother so Sam and him dying together means Sam would die, and that is something Dean would never allow. Words can have the opposite effect people want. The more potent they are, the worse it can be. For me, those words meant that the brothers would go through everything together. They would "Carry On".

THEN:  The teenager in Lebanon gets impaled by Jack; Nick gets killed by Jack; Mary gets killed by Jack.  Dean says, “We fight.”  Cas says, “I failed you; I failed Jack.”  Dean tells him he should go to heaven and get Mary back.  Jack tries to bring Mary back – spell casting.  Lucifer (or Jack’s mind-created image of Lucifer) talking to Jack.  The burning pyre.   “It didn’t work.”

NOW:  The bunker is filled with lots of strangers  dressed in rough work clothes – these must be the surviving AU hunters.  They are sipping from open bottles and talking quietly and respectfully.  Mary’s picture in a frame and other mementos are on the lighted map table.  Dean, flanked by Cas and Sam, comes through a doorway and stands in the entrance, a few steps above the map room.  Dean thanks the hunters for being there, saying that, while she was family, “her family went beyond just us.”  He mentions how they fought with her both in the AU world and on hunts here, saying that he and Sam had gotten a second chance to get to know her.  They’d gotten to know her as more than just a mom but as someone who was tough, strong, stubborn, opinionated, skillful, able to handle their old man.  He jokes that she couldn’t cook, then, holding up his bottle, says,  “Mom, you weren’t here long enough, but we’re so glad for the time we had.  Goodbye, Mom.”  Sam echoes quietly, “Goodbye, Mom.”  Everyone drinks to Mary.  Suddenly a machete smashes in the head of one of the hunters.  He stands for a moment, eyes wide, blood spilling from the ax embedded in his skull before collapsing to the floor.  AltBobby enters in his plaid shirt and ball cap.  He smiles. 

The Winchester's family reunion has been something I've always dreamed of but never really believed would happen. I was thrilled that they were finally able to do it, even though it took 14 Seasons and 300 episodes! I only wish they had dedicated more time to the reunion, but I will cherish what has been given to us.

Wow, Episode 300! It's hard to believe there was a time when Supernatural sat on the fence of being cancelled after season 2 and then again after seasons 3 and 4. But it 'survived' much like our beloved brothers.

I very much wanted to do a tribute in honour of this monumental occasion. I know Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" is a sad song, but I felt it was most fitting for this bittersweet episode. I hope you like it.

Some of you might know that I enjoy watching a Winchester bleed, preferably while another family member is nearby.  Now, I don’t consider myself a particularly violent person.  In real life the sight of another person in pain isn’t something I relish.  I avoid confrontation, run away from fights, and abhor bullies.  Most of my favorite scenes on Supernatural, however, seem to contain pain and fear.  Go figure.

Anyways, here are some of my favorite scenes which involve bleeding Winchesters through the years.  I’m not including the times that the brothers hurt each other. I have a harder time with that.  I also won't be able to include every bloody scene in every season, but my dear readers can add their favorite scenes to the comments section. That'll be very welcome.