â€˜No one dicks with Michael but me.â€™ Lucifer is not amused at the development of this moment and turns Castiel into a fragmentation bomb of flesh, bones and blood, just snapping his fingers. A moment later he breaks Bobbyâ€™s neck, after he tried to shoot Lucifer â€“ but he only hit Samâ€™s body with no effect on the inhabitant. Alas, I realize through tears, should Sam get rid off Lucifer, his body probably would not survive this â€“ one bullet pierced his right shoulder, the other was lodged in his chest, near his heart.
This might have dawned on Dean, too, but he has no time to think on it, as Lucifer is at the end of his patience with this human maggot. He starts punching at Deanâ€™s face, and he will break pretty much everything, nose, jawbone, maybe blind his left eye. But all Dean cares about is his brother whom he keeps trying to reach:
Dean: â€˜Sammy, are you in there?â€™
Lucifer: â€˜Oh, heâ€™s in here alright! And heâ€™s gonna feel the snap of your bones. Every single one. Weâ€™re gonna take our time.â€™ (What happened to â€˜I want you to be happy, Samâ€™?)
Through pain and broken teeth, Dean keeps repeating his words like a desperate mantra: â€˜Sammy, itâ€™s okay, Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m here, Iâ€™m not gonna leave youâ€¦ Iâ€™m not gonna leave youâ€¦â€™
As Lucifer prepares to deliver another blow, and it looks like this one is going to be lethal, the magic of the Impala happens. Light catches Luciferâ€™s eye and draws his attention to the little army man in the ash tray â€“ a memory so intense that it reaches Sam in thereâ€¦ who remembers countless little, important moments that tie him to his brother. If God intervened at some point, it might have been this one.
This scene is done beautifully. Again the sound effects editing is award worthy â€“ as Samâ€™s mind rushes through those scenes familiar to us all, we hear the howling wind, and then, at one crucial moment â€“ Dean hugging Sam tightly after bringing him back from the dead â€“ there is silence. Nothing else. All I can hear is my own breath coming in gasps. I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s happening to me. Iâ€™m completely at the mercy of this show right now.
Sam is capable of getting a hold of Lucifer, at least for a short period of time, enough to open the cage and prepare to jump into the pit. â€˜Itâ€™s okay, Deanâ€™, he tries to comfort his brother whom heâ€™s beaten up to the point of almost killing him, â€˜Itâ€™s gonna be okay. Iâ€™ve got him.â€™
Dean canâ€™t respond, he just watches silently as Sam nods at him, before Michael appears again, claiming he had to fight his brother, it was his destiny! Sam pulls him down with him, and the hole closes. Well, Archangel. This time Team Free Will wins nonetheless. But it comes with a terrible price tag.
As in Hamlet, â€˜the rest is silence.â€™ Dean is left there, mourning his brother, his friends. As Castiel arrives, restored and improved, Dean wonders whether he might be God. Well, he isnâ€™t. But he has enough angel mojo now to bring Bobby back to life â€“ and my heart leaps another time. Losing Bobby would have been more of a blow I could have digested at this moment. To hell with â€˜itâ€™s only a tv show.â€™
â€˜They chose family. And, well, isnâ€™t that kinda the whole point?â€™
Chuck muses about the difficulties of endings, the problems of tying up loose ends and the expected bitching of the fan base (well, surely there are some fans out there who are already bitching over this episode and the showâ€¦ well, I donâ€™t care. For me, this is still the best show on television. Bitch as much as you likeâ€¦you know who you are.)
Later he will return in a splendid white shirt, well groomed, a very attractive gentleman, emphasize the importance of family and free will, the making of right choices. And then â€“ he will disappear. Oh, hello and good-bye God.
More good-byes are in order. Dean and Castiel have an almost fight in the car, and Dean and Bobby wonâ€™t see each other for a long time. Once more, Dean is broken. â€˜Every part of him ,every fibre heâ€™s got wants to die or find a way to bring Sam back. But he isnâ€™t going to do either â€“ because he made a promiseâ€™ to his dying brother.
So, Dean does what he promised to do: he finds Lisa. The moment she opens the door, she knows the state Dean is in. She sees that he is lying upon claiming to be okay. Why does Jensen have to go and break whatâ€™s left of my heart with a performance like this? This extraordinary actor again puts so much in these few minutes that I can hardly believe what Iâ€™m watching.
â€˜If itâ€™s not too late, Iâ€™d like to take you up on that beer.â€™ His voice shaking from the tears that are going to fall any second. As she invites him in and he starts to move, he pulls her into a tight hug, burying his face in her shoulder. â€˜Sh, sh, shâ€¦ itâ€™s okay, Dean. Itâ€™s going to be okay.â€™ And finally he can let go and weep, and find something like comfort with a loving and warm woman.