The Boys Are Back in Town
(Probably Time To Flee)
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.
Often these are some of the best-known moments in Supernatural history:
Season: 1 “Devil’s Trap”
Local de Hunt: Salvation, Iowa; Sioux Falls; Jefferson City, Missouri Featured Creature: Yellow Eyed Demon
Season: 2 “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part Two”
Local de Hunt: Cold Oak, South Dakota Featured Creature: Yellow Eyed Demon
REVEAL/TWIST? Mission Accomplished. For mom.
Season: 4 “Lucifer Rising”
Local de Hunt: Ilchester, Maryland Featured Creature: Angels & Demons
REVEAL/TWIST? Lilith is the final seal. Ruby finally gets her due.
Season: 5 “Swan Song”
Local de Hunt: Lawrence, Kansas; Detroit, Michigan Featured Creature: Lucifer
REVEAL/TWIST? Sam takes control & says goodbye.
Season: 6 “The Man Who Knew Too Much”
Local de Hunt: Bootbock, Kansas; Sioux Falls Featured Creature: Crowley, Castiel, Raphael
REVEAL/TWIST? Bow before the new god, Castiel.
Season: 7 “There Will Be Blood”
Local de Hunt: Hoople, North Dakota; Missoula, Montana Featured Creature: Leviathan, Alpha-Vamp, Crowley
REVEAL/TWIST? All the elements gathered and no allies remaining in the Leviathan war.
Season: 8 “Clip Show”
Local de Hunt: Colorado; California; Prosperity Indiana; St. Louis, Miss. Featured Creature: Crowley, Abaddon
REVEAL/TWIST? An ultimatum with a deep price. Is Sam willing to pay it?
Season: 9 “Stairway to Heaven”
Local de Hunt: Heaven; Dixon, Missouri; Pray, Montana; Colorado Featured Creature: Metatron; Angels
REVEAL/TWIST? Dean’s calling the shots while the First Blade is in his hand – for better or worse.
Season: 10 “The Prisoner”
Local de Hunt: Shreveport, Louisiana; Concordia Kansas Featured Creature: Styne Family
REVEAL/TWIST? Vengeance belongs to he who wields the First Blade – and nothing will stand in Dean’s way.
Season: 11 “We Happy Few”
Local de Hunt: Fall River, Mass.; Grand Isle, Louisiana; Lewis, Oklahoma Featured Creature: Amara
REVEAL/TWIST? Amara will see the Earth burn.
Season: 12 “Who We Are”
Local de Hunt: Lebanon, Kansas; Sioux Falls, South Dakota Featured Creature: BMoL
REVEAL/TWIST? Brainwashing, BMoL and Bonding.
Season: 13 “Exodus”
Local de Hunt: Apocalypse World; Ohio; Kentucky Featured Creature: Michael, Alt-Castiel
REVEAL/TWIST? Lucifer and Michael strike a deal. Gabriel says goodbye.
No matter which episode I look at, almost every season has a phenomenal scene, exchange or speech in episode twenty-two. Of course, we all remember Dean’s monologue to Sam’s body in AHBL2 and the infamous moments in Swan Song between the brothers. Yet nothing gets me quite like the controlled execution of the Styne family in The Prisoner. What stands above the rest for you?
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