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".

Alright, let’s move on to something totally different. In this episode we also get one of my favorite scenes from the whole season. When Kevin sets himself up to explode, Jack reacts with instinct and grabs Mary. He then pulls her down to the floor and guards her with his wings. This was an amazingly executed scene. I truly wish we would get similar ones in greater amounts. 


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I also love Norse mythology. Finding out more about Loki and Fenrir, Narfi, and Sleipnir was great. When the Trickster was revealed to be Gabriel in the later seasons, I still remember that I was wondering if there really is a real Loki and what that story might be. I thought he would be a completely different character in general so it was a surprise that the story formed this way, i.e. that he was really the "identical twin" of Loki by having his looks. The story did not disappoint. I have to hand it to Meredith. She has clearly seen the show because she knows those tiny details to add about the characters and old events. I am not even sure if the Trickster that died in "Hammer of the Gods" was Gabriel in the end or was it the real Loki jumping in to help.


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sam & dean || we die together by: Mia Winchester



Supernatural || In the end by: PinkGl8er2 


In The End by Linkin Park  

feat. Jung Youth & Fleurie

[Chester Bennington:]
It starts with one
[Mike Shinoda:]
One thing I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time

[Chester Bennington:]
All I know
[Mike Shinoda:]
All I know time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away

[Chester Bennington:]
It's so unreal
[Mike Shinoda:]
It's so unreal, didn't look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on, did-didn't even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go

[Chester Bennington:]
Watch you go
[Mike Shinoda:]
I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard

[Chester Bennington:]
I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

[Mike Shinoda:]
One thing, I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how I tried so hard

[Chester Bennington:]
I tried so hard
[Mike Shinoda:]
In spite of the way you were mocking me
Acting like I was part of your property
Remembering all the times you fought with me
I'm surprised it got so far

[Chester Bennington:]
Got so far
[Mike Shinoda:]
Things aren't the way they were before
You wouldn't even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end

[Chester Bennington:]
In the end
[Mike Shinoda:]
You kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when I tried so hard

[Chester Bennington:]
I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know

I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, and multi-Platinum in several other countries. Their following studio album Meteora continued the band's success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart in 2003, and was followed by extensive touring and charity work.

Having adapted nu metal and rap metal to a radio-friendly yet densely layered style in Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the band explored other genres on their next studio album, Minutes to Midnight (2007). The album topped the Billboard charts and had the third-best debut week of any album that year. The band continued to explore a wider variation of musical types in their fourth album, A Thousand Suns (2010), layering their music with more electronic sounds. Their fifth album, Living Things (2012), combines musical elements from all of their previous records. Their sixth album, The Hunting Party (2014), returned to a heavier rock sound. Their seventh album One More Light, a more electronic and pop-oriented record, was released on May 19, 2017.

In 2003, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart. In 2012, the band was voted as the greatest artist of the 2000s in a Bracket Madness poll on VH1. In 2014, the band was declared as the Biggest Rock Band in the World Right Now by Kerrang!. As the best-selling band of the 21st century and one of the world's best-selling music artists overall, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards.

Quotes

Gabriel: Every day, Asmodeus tortured me. Every.. day! He fed off my grace for years! He used me, he debased me until I was... What I went through... you don't forgive. Everyone who had a hand in it will die. Get me?
Sam: Yeah. We do.
Dean: Okay, you went through it. We get it. All right? But killing Loki? Not gonna change any of that. It's not. In fact, probably not even gonna make you feel better.
Gabriel: Well, agree to disagree, Dean-o. We all have our demons. Mine are here, in this town.
Kevin: You can't go. Michael... he told me to wait -- for Bobby, for all of you to be together -- but I can't. He wanted you to see.
Mary: Whatever Michael said, he was lying.
Kevin: No! Michael says... that when I get to Heaven -- when he lets me into Heaven -- I'll get to see my Mom again.
Mary: I've been to Heaven, and what's there... it's just memories. Nothing's real.
Kevin: I don't care! You don't understand. I... You don't know the things that I've done. I just want this to be over.
Jack: Your spell won't kill me.
Kevin: Michael doesn't want to kill you. He wants to break you. He said for me to tell you that, 'Even if you win, you still lose.' I'm sorry.
Dean: You remember what happened the last time we had front row tickets to the Lucifer/Michael show? 'Cause I do. You died... and went to Hell. But see, this time, the apocalypse isn't looking for us. We're actually looking for it. I don't care what happens to me. I never really have. But I do care about what happens to my brother.
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.

Music

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Trivia and Minutiae 

The episode is a tribute to the Quentin Tarantino movies Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2, which were themselves an homage to martial arts films and Spaghetti Westerns. The movies follow Uma Thurman as The Bride who seeks revenge on assassins who tried to kill her. Gabriel, like the Bride, uses (wooden) samurai swords as his weapons of choice, and both characters have a kill list.
The similarity to the plot is even pointed out by Dean:
Dean: Okay, I think I know what this is.
Sam: Okay, what is this.
Dean: You. You're so hopped up on this Kill Bill fantasy of his.
The music score in the episode by Jay Gruska also recalls themes from the Kill Bill films, and especially that of Ennio Morricone, who also scored many Spaghetti Westerns.
The "demigod faces" that Fenrir, Narfi, and Sleipnir display correspond with how they are perceived in Norse mythology. Fenrir has the visage of a wolf overlaid on his human face. Sleipnir has a horse. Narfi, who is a god associated with wrongdoing, has a skull overlaid on his face.
The pose of Jack and Mary after the blast recalls the Pieta, an image found in renaissance Christian art of Mary cradling the dying Jesus. The most famous example is a sculpture by Michelangelo.

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