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"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." — Abraham Lincoln

Alpha and Omega, Amara: "I was the beginning and I will be the end. I will be all that there is." I was very exited about the finale and scared how it usually goes with SPN finales. This seasonal year of TV shows has not been kind to fans. Beloved characters have died here and there, everywhere! So why would the Supernatural finale would be any different? But wouldn't you know - compared to all those other shows, I was very happy with the finale.
Also, I speculated about the matter of Amara and God being in human vessels. Chuck actually confirmed this, so saving Amara and Chuck actually kept to the code they took at the start of the season: Saving people.

I am so glad that we finally got a happy-ish ending and I can well see the potential it has for season 12. SO many questions! The show introducing Toni was no different than Delphine, the French MoL in the episode "The Vessel". I HOPE they are not turned to be the bad guys, though. I have hope Sam can show them the error of their ways. (Yeah, I think he wasn't harmed in any way in the end.) I think Castiel popped back pretty fast to guard Sam or she shot a warning shot past him. Also, when Sam said Dean was dead, she reacted to that in a way it makes you wonder, so can't wait to see how that will go. The reaction was like she doesn't want them dead; that they are more than just strangers to her?  Also, she told us about "The old man" and I think that will be a huge character reveal in the next season. For some reason I saw William Shatner's face in front of my eyes. Anyway, I loved Delphine so I'm giving Toni the benefit of the doubt.

I know there were a lot of scenes that should have taken place. I know fans can imagine quite a bit but still it is getting ridiculous how much we do need to do that, but that is also what I have loved with the fandom. Do you know that we have great imaginations and ideas? I can't deny that for some ideas I would have hoped that the show would have gone as complex and detailed as we imagined. Some of the fan fiction is as good as what the writers do. I sometimes hate the shame they are shadowing on the brothers. That is what I have loved to read on this site - the real speculation and the bumping heads in a nice way.

In Afterbuzz review (with Lisa and Alaina as quests), they really pulled an idea that I have not heard from anyone else: that where Dean was with Amara was "The Garden of Eden" and the pigeon lady Amara talked with was actually Eve. Just with a Supernatural twist again. It made me blow my mind with ideas. Also, Lisa said that she doesn't think she is Death but she imagines that Billie is trying to resurrect Death in some way. Who knows if we will get that story next season - the Winchesters helping her with it? Also, the eye flirting with Crowley and Billie was so intended.

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If you examine Toni's MoL "wanted" wall, it is clear that they do not know everything. There were mistakes on the board that need to be corrected. Among them was that Castiel was made the equivalent of the real world archangel CaSsiel.

I am not certain that we got the "big bad" announced yet. I don't think it is MoL, but whatever the brothers end up fighting or converting to allies is where Mary comes in. She opens up tons of possibilities. I am intrigued about Mary. Does she recognize Dean? Has she lost her memory? Does she remember where she has been all this time? Has she been in the Empty and Amara brought her back? Does a monster follow with her where ever she has been? Is Dean in the past? Heaven? The Void? I think we haven't heard the last of "The Empty". Is John there too and will they try to get him back too? Will Supernatural actually end that Sam and Dean will have their family back fully in the end? Will they be rewarded like that and then the show "ends" when they all continue the hunting life together? Or Mary and John on their own and Sam and Dean on their own but they return always to home after their hunt? That would give me so much joy.

The finale, which had a strong family theme, also mirrored the brothers in a way. For me, it was rewarding. It also rewarded Sam's faith even if it wasn't talked about that much. Chuck and Amara were the story of Light and Dark. Two sides that were needed to make the world whole or it would be destroyed. For me, Sam is Chuck - He prayed, had faith, rallied everyone for the last battle. He is the light. Dean is Amara. Bonded with her because he has lost his faith and has always had that darkness in him. He doesn't trust in God and felt betrayed by him. Dean still had faith in his brother and a love that Amara didn't seem to have anymore for her brother. That is why I understood why the world is safe because Sam and Dean are there. They are the balance. This doesn't mean I think Sam is only good or Dean is only "evil". Amara wasn't evil. The boys are just human and complex and that is why the world is a better place. Also, the firewall talk might have been a hint again that a battle will come where the brothers will the deciding factor.

All in all, I can't WAIT to find out where we are headed. I think Dabb mentioned he would like to bring "The Kraken" (Not meaning the sea monster but something else) as bad guys to the story. I don't think we have been introduced to the main nemesis yet because I still hope it is not MoL but rather something they are up against. The MOTW were so great this season. I do hope the get down to grass-roots with their story but make it complex. You can't really top the sister of God now can you? In my honest opinion, the finale to this season was episode 20 "Don't Call Me Shurley" and the episodes after that paved the way for season 12.

One more thought came to my mind after writing. What if the happenings in "The Vessel" made them find out about the Winchesters somehow - when Dean and "Cas" went to the past and the Hand of God stuff?  You can see Henry and Millie Winchester on the board. I wouldn't mind stories involving them. Also Alaina Huffman could make a cameo not as Abaddon but Josie Sands as a MoL.

I guess I had a lot to say about the finale so I will give a rundown of the +/- that I would give it.

+ A happy-ish ending for all. Cheers!
+ Castiel is back
+ Brothers as a unified front the whole season
+ Cemetery scene
+ Cast
+ Lead on to season 12
+ MoL lore
+ VFX (Top notch)
+ Lucifer and Amara alive!
+ Mary (So many possibilities)
+ "Wanted" wall and comeuppance (So many possibilities)

- Many characters needed some scenes that were not there
- Fans had more complex ideas
- Too much left for viewer imagination
- Too many "finales"
- Continuity. Things were dropped and not mentioned again (Samulet)
- Simplified encounters/scenes with characters

-/0 MoL, depends on season 12
-/+ Returning more to grass level storytelling with complexity

Anyway, Enjoy the fan videos for the finale!





Mary Winchester- So Cold made by Sami's Edits

So Cold by Ben Cocks feat. Nikisha Reyes

Oh, you can't hear me cry
See my dreams all die
From where you're standing
On your own.
It's so quiet here
And I feel so cold
This house no longer
Feels like home.

(Ooooooohhhhh mmmmhhhhhhh...) [x2]

Oh, when you told me you'd leave
I felt like I couldn't breathe
My aching body fell to the floor
Then I called you at home
You said that you weren't alone
I should've known better
Now it hurts much more.

(Ooooooohhhhh mmmmhhhhhhh...) [x2]

You caused my heart to bleed and
You still owe me a reason
'Cause I can't figure out why...
Why I'm alone and freezing
While you're in the bed that she's in
And I'm just left alone to cry

(Oh woah oh oh, oh whoa oh oh, yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, yeah, yeah...) [x4]

[x2:]
You caused my heart to bleed and
You still owe me a reason
'Cause I can't figure out why...

Oh, you can't hear me cry
See my dreams all die
From where you're standing
On your own.
It's so quiet here
And I feel so cold
This house no longer
Feels like home.



SPN - Mary Winchester - Darkening Sky made by: MissStabler

Darkening Sky by Peter Bradley Adams

Oh come with me forever my love,
Under the darkening sky.
Come hide with me,
I'll save you my love.
Hear me, I'll beg for you life.

Her hair is damp,
Her skin has turned cold,
There's hardly a sound as she breathes.
Oh stay my love,
Please open your eyes,
And promise me you'll never leave.

Oh, my love,
Stay, my love...

Hey angel there over her head,
Tell me the time hasn't come.
Have mercy please on the one that I love,
Her body's to weary to run.

Now suddenly a thunderous sound,
Like wings that have taken flight.
Straight up, straight out,
From under the ground,
She's gone in the darkening sky.

Oh my love,
Stay my love...
Oh my love,
Stay my love...

High on the wind the angels they fly,
Hovering over her grave.
I'll dig this hole as deep as my love,
And bury her memory away,
And bury her memory away...

Oh my love,
Oh my love...

Peter Bradley Adams, is a folk-pop Americana singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama. Before embarking on his solo career in 2005, Adams was a founding member of the critically acclaimed folk/pop duo eastmountainsouth. Within a year of forming eastmountainsouth in 2001 (with Kat Maslich Bode), they were signed by Robbie Robertson to DreamWorks Records (founded in 1996 by David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg). Adams co-produced their debut album (Release Date: June 17, 2003) with Mitchell Froom[2] and toured extensively for the next year and a half with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez and Nelly Furtado. Their single, "You Dance" was a #1 AAA radio hit (top 5 for 2 months) in 2003 and eastmountainsouth performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on September 24, 2003. DreamWorks Records was subsequently sold to Universal Music Group in October 2003 which shifted their rights to a couple of different labels until Adams and eastmountainsouth eventually negotiated their official release.

Eastmountainsouth performed their last show in September 2004 at the Hollywood Bowl with Shelby Lynne and Lyle Lovett. It was not long after that when Adams decided to venture on his own and become a solo artist. Peter's arrangement and interpretation of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times", the opening track on the eastmountainsouth CD, appeared in Cameron Crowe's film, "Elizabethtown" and also was included on the soundtrack album. Adam's songs and music from eastmountainsouth (as well as solo) has appeared in over 30 films and television shows in the US (including One Tree Hill, Smallville, The Mentalist and Alias). Years later sales of eastmountainsouth's self-titled and only release rank in the top 20 in Amazon.com sales under the Alternative Folk category.


Quotes:

Sam: Are you, uh... H-How do you feel?
Chuck: You know when you're driving and a bug hits your windshield? I'm the bug.
Amara: I just wanted to hurt Him. I wanted to make Him pay.
Dean: Yeah, that's revenge. It'll get you out of bed in the morning, and when you get it it'll make you feel great, for about five minutes. I've been there. Me and Sam, we have had our fair share of fights. More than our share. But no matter how bad it got, we always made it right, because we're family. I need him. He needs me, because when everything goes to crap that's all you got, family. And you may be an all-powerful being, but I think you're human where it counts. You simply need your brother.
Amara: Just stop.
Dean: You don't want to be alone, not really. I mean, hell, maybe that's why you wanted me. But deep down you really didn't want me, 'cause I'm not Him. Maybe I can kill you, or maybe I can't. Maybe if I pull this trigger, we all live happily ever after, or maybe we all die bloody, or maybe it doesn't matter. Because maybe there's a different way. So I'm gonna ask you again, put aside the rage, put aside the hate and you tell me. What do you want?
Toni: We've been watching you, Sam. What you've done, the damage you've caused -- archangels, Leviathans, the Darkness, and now, well -- the old men have decided enough's enough. I mean, let's face it, Sam. You're just a jumped-up hunter playing with things you don't understand and doing more harm than good. Now, where's Dean?
Sam: Dead. Listen, lady. I don't know who the hell you are or what the hell you want-
Toni: Stop.
Sam: Put the gun down.
Toni: I said stop.
Sam: You and I both know you're not gonna pull the trigger.
Minutiae:

Lady Antonia Bevell's cork board tracking the Winchesters includes:

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Sam and Dean's mug shots,

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photos from security camera footage of Demon Dean from 10.01 Black, photos of their Leviathan doppelgängers from 7.06 "Slash Fiction", photos from 2.12 "Nightshifter". Also included are photos of Jimmy Novak, the stained glass window of Castiel from 7.01 "Meet the New Boss", a photo of Castiel as "Steve", and "Cassiel", the name Castiel is derived from, scrawled on a post-it. A Winchester/Campbell family tree can also be seen, along with a photo of Henry, Millie and a young John.

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Sam's birth certificate can also be seen (through zooming in)' it reads Sam's full name as Samuel William Winchester and John's full name as John Edward Winchester. However, Sam's birth date is listed as April 13, 1983, and Mary's full name is written as Mary Catherine Howard.

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"Alpha and Omega" is one of only four episodes of Supernatural to not include a death of any kind (exception: The flowers Amara touch). Previous episodes with that distinction include: 4.18 "The Monster at the End of This Book", 4.21 "When the Levee Breaks" and 10.17 "Inside Man".

Dean: Come on, you know the drill. No chick flick moments, come on.
Sam: Yeah, you love chick flicks.
Dean: Yeah, you're right I do. Come here.

In the 1.01 "Pilot", Sam apologizes to Dean after an argument and Dean says, "No chick-flick moments."

Onward to season 12! Carry on.



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