Supernatural's Series Finale Ending & The Winchesters' Fates Explained
After 15 seasons, Supernatural finally brings the story of Sam and Dean Winchester to a close. Here's our full breakdown of how their adventure ends.
What fate befell Sam and Dean Winchester in the series finale of Supernatural? It's no understatement to suggest that Supernatural has been a television staple over the past 15 years. Eric Kripke's story of monsters and myths defied the odds to build a passionate and loyal fan base, and earned the right to bow out on its own terms. After running out of ways to raise the stakes season upon season, Supernatural season 15 was confirmed as the show's last, with a showdown set between the Winchesters and God after Chuck was revealed to have masterminded every misfortune and tragedy in Sam and Dean's lives as part of a grand storytelling exercise.
Supernatural's penultimate episode took care of the overarching Chuck narrative, and ended with Jack installed as the universe's new God. The threat of the apocalypse passes and the Winchesters are freed, but with one more episode still to come, more twists and turns inevitably awaited down the winding road of Supernatural season 15. "Carry On" strips Supernatural down to its core components - Sam and Dean Winchester saving people and hunting things. The simple and character-driven finale reveals how the journey comes to an end for both Winchesters, and delivers a series of tear-jerking exchanges between brothers on the way to definitive conclusion that leaves little room for ambiguity.
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As with the previous episode, Supernatural's series finale has clearly been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, which must be taken into account when judging the episode's merits. Nevertheless, the immediate online reaction has been mostly negative. Here's what happened in Supernatural's "Carry On" and everything the episode revealed about the fates of Sam and Dean Winchester.
Sam & Dean Winchester's Last Supernatural Hunt
Fresh from defeating God, the Winchesters face another daunting challenge as Supernatural's finale begins - normal life. Sam makes his bed, Dean eats some pie, and the brothers have adopt Miracle the disappearing dog from last week's episode. Sam confirms that nothing has been heard from Castiel or Jack, and the brothers resume their everyday lives, seeking out mysterious happenings on the internet and travelling the country to investigate. Few expected Supernatural's last episode would take the form of a standard "monster of the week" story, but that's the template "Carry On" plumps for nonetheless. Using the pseudonyms "Singer" and "Kripke" (a nod to Supernatural producer Robert Singer and creator Eric Kripke), the Winchesters investigate a nest of masked vampires systematically attacking families and abducting children.
Despite masquerading (very convincingly) as a run of the mill mission, Supernatural's final hunt is full of symbolism that calls back to the show's roots. As in earlier seasons, Sam and Dean use their father's journal as a lead, and by raiding the vampire nest (a surprisingly well-lit abandoned barn), the Winchesters save two young, captured brothers. A parallel is drawn between Sam and Dean, and the two unnamed children. Just as a traumatic paranormal event stripped the Winchesters of their childhood, the youngsters freed from the vampire nest will be defined by their experience for years to come, perhaps even becoming hunters themselves, or swearing revenge on bloodsuckers like the Winchester family swore to kill Yellow-Eyes. There's a certain poetry that Dean's final act on Earth is saving two young brothers who just lost their parents.
And, yes, you did read that right. Dean's final act on Earth. During the fight against these burly masked vampires, Dean is defeated by his greatest nemesis, and the true big bad of Supernatural season 15... a, er...*checks notes* rusty spike? The vamp who actually ends the mighty Dean Winchester is both masked and unnamed - a faceless goon in a series chock-full of faceless goons - and landing on a spike is pure misfortune. Although there's nothing in the finale to suggest so, Dean's death could be attributed to the fall of Chuck. Supernatural season 15 previously revealed that Chuck's "story" protected the Winchesters from harm and bad luck. In his first mission as a free man, Dean gets killed - maybe God really was doing all the work.
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While the manner of Dean's death is questionable, the performances of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki carry the entire episode. As the Winchesters say their goodbyes, Dean reveals how proud he is of Sammy, and asks his brother to reassure him as death looms. The scene pays off Supernatural's very first episode. Back in 2005, Dean recruited his brother from a promising legal career to join the hunting lifestyle, and the pair have been virtually inseparable ever since. The emotional farewell resolves any remaining tension between the two and gives Sam the closure he always longed for as the "outsider" of the family who chose a college education over monster hunting. Dean implores his brother to tell him "it's okay, you can go now" and Sam tearfully obliges. This line acknowledges how Dean Winchester was always the fighter of the team - the one who would die on the battlefield instead of settling down. With God gone, the battle is over, and Dean can finally rest.
Dean's Life In Heaven, Castiel & Jack's Fate
More often than not, death is just the beginning in Supernatural, and so it proves with Dean Winchester. After being afforded a COVID-friendly hunter's funeral, Dean appears in heaven where he's reunited with Bobby Singer. Not Apocalypse Bobby. Not Bobby Singer, producer, director and writer. The actual Bobby Singer. Previously, Heaven was organized into rooms, with each resident living out their most cherished memories inside, but Bobby reveals that once Jack became the new sheriff in town, changes were made. Firstly, Jack busted Bobby out of celestial jail. Back in Supernatural season 10, Bobby's soul broke the rules of Heaven to help Sam and Dean one last time, and the grizzled hunter was last seen being apprehended by some grumpy-looking angels. Presumably as a way of honoring his adoptive parents, Jack has released Bobby. The new God has also broken down the barriers of the afterlife. Instead of each soul being confined to a specific room, Heaven is now one giant playground for the wholesome, and Bobby (kicking back outside Harvelle's Roadhouse) reveals that Rufus lives just down the road... as do a certain couple by the names of Mary and John Winchester.
Although Castiel doesn't appear in Supernatural's final episode (a decision hopefully made due to COVID restrictions and nothing more), Bobby reveals a promising fate for the Winchesters' favorite angel. Castiel was absorbed by the Empty several episodes previously, but Bobby claims the angel lent Jack a helping hand reforming Heaven. This implies Castiel was released from the black goop, and is now allowed to walk Heaven as a free angel. The audience can only assume that Castiel eventually reunited with the Winchester brothers, perhaps pursued his feelings for Dean, and everyone lived happily ever after.
Following his chat with Bobby, Dean's first order of business is to drink some beer, drive his car, and listen to Kansas. How long Dean's ride lasts isn't clear, but he's soon joined by a familiar face...
Sam Winchester's Life After Dean
Sam Winchester was always the brother who envisioned a life outside of hunting - the one who went to college, had a long-term girlfriend, and ate his vegetables. It's perhaps fitting, then, that Sam receives the happier ending out of the two Winchester brothers. When a Winchester has died before in Supernatural (and there's no shortage of examples), the surviving brother has almost always found a way to bring the other back, such is their devotion to each other. When Dean passes away in "Carry On," he asks Sam not to head down that dark road, referencing all the trouble their resurrections have caused in the past. Unlike previous seasons, Sam agrees and keeps his promise. This might reflect how much the Winchester brothers have grown during their adventures. On the other hand, maybe the presence of Jack and the apparent lack of major villains in Earth's future means Sam never found a justifiable reason to revive Dean.
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Mourning the loss of his brother, Sam Winchester finds himself alone in the bunker (Miracle is still there, at least), but after receiving a request for help from Donna Hanscum of the Wayward Sisters, Sam resolves to resume hunting as a lone wolf. But hunting was always Dean's dream, and Sam held wider aspirations. Fortunately, the younger Winchester manages to successfully balance a rosy family life with his monster-killing duties. While Dean drives the Impala through the Canadian glades of Heaven, Sam has a son, whom he names after his fallen brother, naturally. Sam also forces the child to wear a pair of hideous name-labelled dungarees. As Dean Jr. gets a little older, Sam's family life is revealed. Although the audience don't clearly see Mrs. Winchester (once again, this is presumably down to COVID rules), it's safe to assume that Sam married Eileen, the fellow hunter he's been dating throughout Supernatural's final season.
By the time Dean Jr. hits his teenage years, Sam hasn't aged a day, but the next clip in the "Carry On" closing montage advances the timeline even further. A graying Sam, complete with cardigan and glasses (how else do we know he's old?), shares an emotional reunion with the Impala, which has been kept in a garage throughout the years. Finally, Old Man Sam passes away with his adult son by his bedside. The camera lingers upon a tattoo on Dean Jr.'s arm, which confirms the lineage of hunters has continued into the next generation. It appears that Sam and Eileen continued hunting monsters, and raised their son into the family business. Through sheer coincidence, Dean Jr.'s final words to Sam and the very same lines Sam spoke to Dean earlier in the episode, ushering him forth into the afterlife.
In Supernatural's final scene, Sam and Dean Winchester reunite in Heaven. For Sam, decades have passed since he laid eyes on his older brother, but it's not clear how time has progressed from Dean's perspective. Bobby claimed that time worked differently in Heaven, and Dean's Impala drive is interlaced with the montage of Sam's life, with the brothers meeting again when Dean finally parks up.
TV finales are inherently tricky beasts, and it's clear that Supernatural's ending falls closer to Game of Thrones than Breaking Bad in the minds of fans. You can certainly question some of the creative decisions in "Carry On," and even taking COVID-19 restrictions into account, the Supernaturalseason finale was unsatisfying in places. One thing that can't be questioned, however, is the chemistry between Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Supernatural's leading duo have sustained the show through difficult times and less-than inspired storylines, and their relationship has always been the beating heart of the show. It's perhaps fitting that in a divisive finale, Sam and Dean Winchester ride to Supernatural's rescue one last time in the final episode.
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The road so far has come to a devastating end: Supernatural wrapped up its 15-season run on Thursday with a series finale that found Dean dying during a hunt and saying an early goodbye to his brother Sammy, who went on to live a long life.
The episode begins with a leisurely, ordinary morning of breakfast, jogging, making beds, doing laundry and cleaning guns for Dean and Sam. (The dog is there, too!) Sam can’t find anything weird over the wire, but Dean’s got something: Pie Fest! It’s his destiny, he says excitedly when they pull up to the event. His brother, however, has “sad Sam face,” Dean notes. Sam admits that he’s thinking about Cas and Jack, wishing that they could be with them.
“I think about them, too,” Dean replies. “That pain’s not going to go away. But if we don’t keep living, then all that sacrifice is going to be for nothing. So quit being a freakin’ Eeyore.” With that, Dean starts digging into his big box of pies, and Sam shoves one of the pieces in Dean’s face, which makes him feel better.
Soon after, Dean and Sam finally find a case: Men in skull masks have kidnapped a dad, ripped out his wife’s tongue and taken their kids. Agents Kripke and Singer (nice!) show up on the scene and immediately recognize the drawing of the suspects from John’s journal. Dean and Sam track down the vamps and shoot one of them with a bullet soaked in dead man’s blood, after which the vamp admits that they kidnap children every few years for a harvest. After beheading a bunch of the baddies, Dean recognizes their leader as Jenny from an early episode.
They successfully take down the nest, but during the fight, something pierces Dean’s back, leaving him unable to move from the post he’s up against. “Stay with me, please,” he begs Sam. “You knew it was always going to end like this for me… It’s OK. It’s good. We had one helluva ride, man.”
Sam vows to find another way, but Dean replies, “No bringing me back. You know that always ends bad.” He’s fading pretty quickly, so Dean tells Sam that there are two things he needs him to know: “I’m so proud of you, Sam. You know that? I’ve always looked up to you… You’re stronger than me. You always have been.” Then he confesses that the night he came to Stanford to get Sam, he stood outside his dorm for hours because he didn’t know what Sam would say. He was scared Sam would tell him to get lost, and he didn’t know what he would have done if he didn’t have Sam. “It was always you and me. It’s always been you and me,” Dean adds.
“Dean, don’t leave me. I can’t do this alone,” a tearful Sam begs.
“Yes, you can,” Dean replies, to which Sam sadly says, “Well, I don’t want to.”
And if you’re not destroyed yet, Dean then places his hand on Sam’s chest and says, “I’m not leaving you. I’m going to be with you right here, every day, every day you’re living and you’re fighting, because you always keep fighting… I love you so much. My baby brother.” He then makes Sam promise that it’ll be OK, so Sam lays his hand over Dean’s and says, “It’s OK. You can go now.”
“Goodbye, Sam” are Dean’s final words as his hand drops and a tear rolls down his cheek.
After that, Dean makes it to Heaven, where he is greeted by Bobby, who explains that Jack set some things right up there. Heaven is no longer about just reliving memories. It’s what it should have always been: everyone happy and together. (John and Mary have a place nearby!) “It’s the Heaven you deserve,” Bobby emphasizes. Dean marvels that Jack did all that, and Bobby adds that Cas helped. And now that he has all the time in the world, what is Dean going to do with it? Go for a ride in Baby, of course, to the sounds of “Carry On Wayward Son.”
Meanwhile, a grieving Sam gives Dean a hunter’s funeral, before taking on a new case and fighting on, just like he promised his brother. Jumping ahead through time, we see that Sam has a son named Dean, then an elderly Sam takes the sheet off the Impala and gets inside, slowly putting his hands on the wheel and breaking down. Finally, Sam’s son (who has an anti-possession symbol) stands over his father on his death bed and tells him, “Dad, it’s OK. You can go now,” as a haunting cover of “Carry On Wayward Son” starts to play and Sam takes his final breath.
Cut to Heaven, where Dean pulls up on a bridge in Baby and gets out. As he stands at the railing, he feels something behind him and smiles. “Hey, Sammy,” he says and turns around to find his little brother. The two happily hug as the camera pans out.
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'Supernatural': Heartbreaking Series Finale Met With Sobbing and Outrage From Fans on Twitter
*Caution: Spoilers ahead! Do not read if you haven't watched the season 15 finale!
After 15 seasons, Supernatural came to a definitive end on Thursday with a series finale that left many fans divided. The finale undeniably closed the book on the Supernatural saga, and fans responded with a mix of outrage and uncontrollable weeping.
After the previous episode, "Inherit The Earth," wrapped up all the season's storylines, Thursday's series finale, "Carry On," opened with the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) ad Dean (Jensen Ackles) sitting around, bored, with no evil to fight.
Soon, however, they come across a group of vampires who are kidnapping children and they hunt down their nest. In a sequence that feels like a freak-of-the-week episode from the first season, Dean and Sam duke it out and decapitate some bad guys.
That is, until, Dean gets inadvertently impaled on a piece of rebar sticking out of a wall during the fight, right as Sam kills the final vampire. Dean then delivers an impassioned and heartfelt monologue to his brother about the importance of carrying on and living his life, and then he straight-up dies.
Needless to say, this fairly shocking turn of events threw many viewers for a loop. There were quite a few who couldn't contain their tears over watching a beloved character get killed off after all these years.
I’m not crying your crying 😭😭😭😭— AlyssaShyanne (@AlyssaRasmus) November 20, 2020
what the HECK. not me sobbing over this. STOPPPPPP #Supernatural— faith💜 (@purplefacey) November 20, 2020
But we're only halfway! What are they gonna doooo? Arggh I can't handle this #supernatural— Em ⎊ (@EmTheSimp) November 20, 2020
ive never cried on supernatural so much in my life #supernaturalpic.twitter.com/rcq92bQ1ZD— 🇵🇸 | on my block spoilers ! (@_sogetthis) November 20, 2020
However, there were a whole lot of fans who were downright enraged that this was the unceremonious end for Dean. After 15 full seasons of battling all-powerful gods and demons and every bad guy under the sun, Dean meets his end because of a sharp thing sticking out of a wall.
When we said we wanted a Dean monologue. After Cas,Jack and Sam had all had one. THIS WASNT WHAT WE MEANT. #spn#Supernatural#ThankYouSupernatural#SPNFamilyForever— Madd09 (@madalynn09) November 20, 2020
this better be a joke, it’s only been 10 minutes :/ #SupernaturalFinale#Supernatural— Peppa Pig stan acc 😳💋💅🏽 Suicide TW (@negroaang) November 20, 2020
CW_SPN really hates us. I see now why jensen hated this ending#Supernatural— G | EM'S DAY 🎉 (@28fearlessdean) November 20, 2020
#Supernatural yall better not pull a game of thrones with a shit ending rn— 🖤🙃 spooky jenni (@jennifreda) November 20, 2020
Dean's death, however, came about half-way through the show, so there were some who were still holding out hope that Sam would somehow save his brother or bring him back to life.
However, this didn't pan out. The finale saw Sam moping around heartbroken for a few minutes before revealing that Dean made his way to Heaven -- which the show presents as a beautiful forest filled with babbling brooks and open roads.
Dean is reunited in Heaven with Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver), as well as "Baby," his 1967 Chevy Impala, which he gleefully drives through the dirt roads with Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" blaring loud.
I just screamed so hard OH MY GOD DEAN MADE IT TO HEAVEN WITH BOBBY AND EVERYONE IS LIVING TOGETHER OH MY GOD DEAN GETS PEACE #Supernaturalpic.twitter.com/w941KeYaqU— nethmi (@lwtsvelvet) November 20, 2020
I honestly don't understand. I am loosing hope too. #Supernatural— I don't like much, GET VAXXED AND WEAR A MASK (@MostlyUsesWords) November 20, 2020
Meanwhile, fans get a chance to watch Sam spend time with his baby boy, whom he named Dean. We see Sam and "Baby Dean" grow up to be a teenager, then a young adult -- all the while Sam grows older as well (we can tell because of his white hair).
Eventually, we see Sam in a hospital bed in the family's living room as an old man, and his son gives him permission to die. Then he flatlines and ends up in Heaven (young again) and joins his brother on a bridge over a river. Not exactly the blaze of glory ending many might have expected.
Needless to say, fans were split when it came to the emotional afterlife reunion that capped off the show's lengthy run.
Sam uncovering baby and sitting on the driver's seat and the tears are rolling again 😭😭#Supernatural#CarryOn— Toni ▪︎ Saddle up Sheenie▪︎ (@JensFloofHair) November 20, 2020
idk wtf is going on in supernatural rn but it rlly shouldve ended at season 5— jimothy 🍄🎃 (@jameswilsons) November 20, 2020
it’s not even funny anymore this just sucks #Supernatural— tha ⚯͛ (@scarIetbitch) November 20, 2020
I think I missed the ending because my eyes were filled with tears 😭 #Supernatural#ThankYouSupernatural#SPNFamilyForever— Shay ¹ᴰღ ♛ (@NarrysXCake_) November 20, 2020
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‘Supernatural’ Series Finale Recap: [SPOILER] Meets His End, As Others Find A Way To “Carry On”
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains details about tonight’s series finale of The CW’s Supernatural, “Carry On.”
On Thursday night, The CW’s longest-running series, Supernatural, completed its 15-year run in dramatic fashion. In “Carry On”—directed by Robert Singer, from a script by Andrew Dabb—the beloved monster hunter Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) meets an untimely end, with brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) in the room.
Episode 1520 opens on an average, relaxed morning for the pair, in which they go about their routine, eating breakfast, doing chores and wiping down their guns. While waiting for any word of supernatural activity, the brothers are met with none, deciding to use their down time to attend an event called Pie Fest. Dean, for one, feels he was fated to attend this gathering. Sam, on the other hand, is caught up in his head, mourning his two lost friends, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Jack (Alexander Calvert). The former was recently sucked up into the celestial void known as The Empty. Meanwhile, the latter has taken on the role of God, following the demise of Chuck (Rob Benedict) in last week’s episode. Like Sam, Dean is dealing with a great amount of pain—but from his point of view, Sam needs to keep on living his life. After all, that’s precisely what Jack and Cas would have wanted for him.
After turning Sam’s mood around, Dean joins his brother in gorging himself on pies, until they come across a new case, involving the kidnapping of a man and his kids. A profile of the suspects is drawn up, depicting men in skull masks, and when Agents Kripke and Singer—clearly named for Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and co-showrunner Robert Singer—arrive on the scene, they recognize the masked men. Naturally, they turn out to be a pair of vampires, that Sam and Dean promptly hunt down.
Gaining the attention of the creatures by shooting one of them with a blood-soaked bullet, the brothers learn that the crime of the episode is part of a ritual involving the semiannual kidnapping of children. During this supernatural encounter, Dean then comes to a second surprising realization: The leader of this nest of is Jenny (Christine Chatelain), a young woman who had been turned into a vampire in Season 1.
Several vamps meet their bloody end, though Dean is badly wounded in battle, and subsequently immobilized. “You knew it was going to end like this for me,” he reassures his emotional brother. “We had one hell of a ride.” While Sam seems intent on letting Dean die and bringing him back from the other side, Dean declines the offer, sharing in his final moments how proud he is of his brother, who he’s always admired for his strength. Dean also takes the opportunity for another reveal, admitting that the night he first came to see Sam at Stanford University, he almost didn’t pursue their reunion, out of fear that he’d be rejected by his brother.
After one last tender moment, in which Dean tells Sam to go on with his life—as he had earlier in the episode—Dean passes on. Later, he goes to Heaven, where he’s reunited with his father figure, Bobby (Jim Beaver). The deceased hunter tells Dean that with Jack up in Heaven, all has been set right. At the same time, Dean learns that his parents, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Mary (Samantha Smith), are nearby, and that he’ll soon be reunited with them, as well.
While Dean goes for a ride in his Heavenly version of the Impala known as Baby, Sam is mourning the death of his brother, giving him a hunter’s funeral, and then jumping back into life, with a new case to pursue.
Flashing forward, we learn that Sam has a son that he’s named after his late brother, and we watch him grow up. Then, in a scene mirroring Dean’s last, we see an elderly Sam pass away, with his loving son nearby. Ultimately, Sam and Dean are reunited in Heaven, where they can experience peace at last.
Debuting in 2005, Supernatural holds the record as the longest-running fantasy series in the history of American television—and its reputation as one of TV’s great genres series will undoubtedly “Carry On.”
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"Carry On" is the series finale of the American television series Supernatural. It serves as the 20th episode of the fifteenth season, and the 327th overall. The episode was originally broadcast on The CW on November 19, 2020, and was written by showrunner and executive producer Andrew Dabb and directed by co-showrunner Robert Singer. The show stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. The episode shows Sam and Dean's final hunt together which ends in tragedy.
In January 2019, the CW renewed the series for a fifteenth season. In March, various cast members revealed that the new season of the show would be its last, with the series finale scheduled to air on May 18, 2020. However, production was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic with two episodes left to film, which resumed in August, and concluded in September 2020. The finale, which was rescheduled to air on November 19, 2020, was preceded by a special titled The Long Road Home. In its initial broadcast, "Carry On" received positive reviews from critics, who deemed the episode a satisfactory conclusion to the show.
After the events of the previous episode, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) resume their regular lives hunting monsters. Sam is still expressing sadness with his allies Castiel (Misha Collins) and Jack Kline (Alexander Calvert) gone but Dean reassures him that they now have a chance to live a "more normal life".
In Akron, Ohio, intruders break into a family's house. The father is killed with his body drained of blood, the mother has her tongue removed and the children are kidnapped. Sam and Dean investigate and use their father's journal to identify the intruders as vampires he had hunted in 1986, predicting that their next target is Canton, Ohio. Following them, they kill one of the intruders and force the other to reveal the location of the children, who are at a barn. Once there, Sam and Dean free the children but they fight the vampires, with Sam being knocked out.
One of the vampires is Jenny (Christine Chatelain), a woman that they had failed to save from being turned into a vampire 14 years prior. Sam wakes up and they kill the vampires but Dean is impaled in the back by a spike. Sam intends to leave to find medical supplies but Dean has him stay, as his wound appears to be fatal. Dean reassures him that this was always how it was going to end for him and thanks Sam for everything, telling him he loves him and is proud of him. After saying goodbye, Dean dies in Sam's arms. The next day, Sam burns Dean's body in a funeral pyre.
Dean finds himself in Heaven and reunites with Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) outside of the Roadhouse bar. Bobby reveals that after becoming God that he, Jack, and Castiel reshaped Heaven to give everyone anything they wanted and tore down all of the walls keeping the souls separated from each other. After being told that his friend Rufus Turner (Steven Williams), and his parents John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) live in the surrounding area, Dean takes the Chevrolet Impala for a ride through Heaven as "Carry On Wayward Son" plays on the radio.
Sam continues with his life, getting married and having a child, whom he names "Dean". As he grows older and his health deteriorates, he is visited by his son, who is revealed to have become a hunter as well. Sam then peacefully dies of natural causes. In the afterlife, he is reunited with Dean on a version of the bridge from the first episode.
In January 2019, The CW renewed Supernatural for a fifteenth season. In March 2019, cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins confirmed that the fifteenth season would be the last. Series creator Eric Kripke commented that "In a show about family, it is amazing, and it is the pride of his life, that it became family. So thank you guys for that." With 15 seasons and 327 episodes, the show holds the title as the longest-running show in The CW's history.
The series finale was originally set to air on May 18, 2020. However, in March 2020, Warner Bros. Television shut down production on the series due to the COVID-19 pandemic with two episodes, including the finale, left to go. Showrunner and executive producer Andrew Dabb revealed that the season would go on hiatus after episode 13 of the season, broadcast on March 23. Dabb clarified that the series had completed production on 18 of the 20 episodes for the season, but the post-production process could not be completed on the episodes because of the shutdown in production. Dabb also assured that the series' cast and crew, The CW, and Warner Bros. were fully committed to filming and airing the unproduced episodes with its proper finale.
In August 2020, The CW announced that the season would resume airing on October 8, 2020, and that the series finale would air on November 19, which was preceded by a special titled The Long Road Home. Filming on the last two episodes began in Vancouver on August 18, and concluded on September 10, 2020.
The episode received 1.4 million viewers and was the most-watched Supernatural episode since April 2019.
"Carry On" received mainly positive reviews. Emily Tannenbaum of IGN gave the episode an "amazing" 9 out of 10 and wrote in her verdict that "the Supernatural series finale took its time, gracefully balancing reference and nostalgia with a hunt and endgame worthy of its legacy." Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club gave the episode a B+ and praised the episode for its story, conclusion of major character arcs, and its ending that gave him an "emotional gut punch" and ended the series as "a damn good one." While Saim Cheeda of Screen Rant lauded the episode for focusing on the Winchesters, Maryann Sleasman of TV Guide wrote, "I may not be thrilled by where we ended up, but the trip has been incredible."
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Supernatural recap: Sam and Dean's story comes to a peaceful end
Last week'sSupernatural answered a lot of the season's bigger questions: What was going to happen with God? Could Sam and Dean win? And we all know how that turned out. The question heading into the series finale was: What was left to wrap up? And how would Sam and Dean's story end? And now, we know that too.
I'll start, as I always do — somehow that sentence made me emotional? — at the beginning: It's 8 a.m. and apparently it's chore day in the bunker! Living their happy, Chuck-free life, Sam and Dean workout! Or rather, Sam does. Then they do laundry! Again, just Sam. And then they make their beds... Sam better than Dean. But don't worry, Dean's cleaning the weapons, so he's staying busy. Dean also finds them a case.
Actually, it's less of a case and more of a pie festival. Grabbing six pieces for himself and his brother, Dean joins Sam on a bench, where they briefly discuss Jack and Castiel. As Dean reminds Sam, if they don't keep living, then their sacrifices were for nothing. Sam takes that to heart and shoves a piece of pie in Dean's face, something he says he's wanted to do "for a very long time." And I believe it.
Cut to our case of the week: A family of four is attacked by two guys wearing skull masks. The father is killed, and the mother's tongue is removed. The two sons? Taken. Sam and Dean — sorry, Agents Kripke and Singer (!!!) — arrive just in time to discover that the father's body was drained of blood. When they hear about the mom's tongue, they whip out dad's journal!!! Apparently, this reminds them of an old case John worked back in the day. Dean's best guess? Vamp mimes!
Together, the brothers track down the vamps, kill one, and interrogate another for the location of the nest. Turns out it's at a barn, where Sam and Dean free the two young boys before facing off against four vamps... actually, make that five. Jenny, from the show's first-ever vampire episode, "Dead Man's Blood," in season 1, is back! But not for long because Sam decapitates her.
In one final fight scene, the Winchesters once again come out winners. Except. Wait. One of the vamps shoved Dean up against a post in the barn, and when he did, he shoved a very large piece of rebar into Dean's back. Instantly, Dean knows it's bad. When Sam starts to go for help, Dean asks his brother to "stay with me."
Dean very quickly realizes this is it for him. And he tells his brother it's okay. "Saving people, hunting things, it's what we do." Dean tells Sam not to bring him back this time before letting him know that "I'm so proud of you, Sam. I've always looked up to you. When we were kids, you were so damn smart. You never took any of dad's crap. I never knew how you did that."
Dean tells Sam that he's always been stronger than him, and then, he brings in the pilot callback, telling Sam that the night he went to get him at school "when dad hadn't come back from his hunting trip," he stood outside his door for hours because he wasn't sure if Sam was going to tell him to "get lost or get dead."
Dean continues, "I didn't know what I would've done if I didn't have you. Cause I was so scared, I was scared because when it all came down to it, it was always you and me. It's always been you and me."
Sam asks his brother not to leave, but Dean assures him he can do this alone, even if he doesn't want to. Dean tells his younger brother that he'll always be with him as he keeps fighting. "I love you so much," Dean says. He then asks his "baby brother" to tell him it's okay.
Placing his hand on Dean's, Sam tells his brother that he can go now. And with a "bye, Sam" and one final (man) tear, Dean dies, his head resting on Sam's shoulder.
Sam gives Dean a proper hunter's funeral, wakes up the next day, and keeps hunting. Someone from Austin, Texas — get it? — calls Dean's other, other phone needing help, and Sam heads that way, leaving the bunker behind for good.
Cut to Dean in heaven, where Bobby(!!) is waiting for him at Harvelle's!!! Bobby explains that he's not in a memory because Jack fixed heaven. There are no more walls. You can make new memories. Rufus? He lives five miles down the road. John and Mary are close, too. "It ain't just heaven," Bobby tells Dean. "It's the heaven you deserve."
When Dean asks if Jack did all that, Bobby says, "Cas helped," thereby confirming that Jack got Cas out of the Empty and he's okay! Bobby and Dean then share a couple of beers. As Dean puts it, it's "almost perfect," but Bobby assures him that Sam will be along. It seems time works differently in heaven, so he won't have to wait too long for his little bro.
Dean then, given the choice to do absolutely anything, chooses to go for a drive in Baby. And that's when "Carry On Wayward Son" starts playing. Dean says, "Love this song," before driving off.
As Dean drives, we watch Sam's life unfold on earth. He gets married and has a son that he names Dean. He plays catch with him, helps him with his homework, and eventually, grows old. (The one downfall of this montage? Sam's terrible wig and the decision not to age him up when he's clearly supposed to be in his 60s?)
Then, after his full and happy life, Sam is on his death bed. His now-grown son comes up to him, showing off his anti-possession tattoo, so we know the family business is alive and well and puts his hand on Sam's. He tells him it's okay to go, and Sam, mirroring Dean's death, dies with a single man tear.
Cue the "Carry On Wayward Son" cover as Dean parks Baby on a bridge in heaven and gives us one last "hey Sammy" as he turns and welcomes his brother to what they've always deserved: Peace. The brothers hug and enjoy a moment together, looking out at all the good that awaits them.
That was the final shot of the show, though they also included Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles thanking the fans, and the crew waving goodbye as Bob Singer called "cut" one last time. And for some reason, that final "cut" really got me.
The task of ending a series as massive as this seemed impossible. And yet, I don't know how else I would've wanted it to end. Dean died on the job, the way he always said he would, and Sam remained a hunter but also got to live a more domesticated life, which is the thing he always wanted. We got to see our Bobby again, and it was evident where we would've seen others if the script hadn't been changed with new protocols. If I had to guess, pre-COVID we would've seen John and Mary, along with Jo and Ellen, in heaven. Maybe even Rufus.
Sure, maybe there's a world in which the show ended with Sam and Dean continuing to hunt, but eventually, they would've died. And I like that we got to see them happy together in a better heaven. Heaven as it should be.
For a show that's killed the boys, and especially Dean, SO many times, there was power in having this one stick, and in showing us what comes next for them. I can now carry on knowing that there really was peace when Sam and Dean were done.
Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki star as the Winchester brothers, hellbent on battling the paranormal forces of evil.
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Supernatural (season 15)
Season of television series
Season of television series
The fifteenth and final season of Supernatural, an American dark fantasy television series created by Eric Kripke, premiered on The CW on October 10, 2019. The series was initially set to conclude in May 2020, but a hiatus occurred after the March 23, 2020 episode owing to production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The season resumed airing on October 8, 2020, and the series finale aired on November 19, 2020. The season consisted of 20 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 8:00 pm (ET), with the exception of two March 2020 episodes aired Mondays at 8:00 pm. This was the fourth season with Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as showrunners.
Special guest stars
See also: List of Supernatural episodes
On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a fifteenth season. On March 22, series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins announced that the 20-episode fifteenth season of Supernatural would also be its last, making it the longest-running series on The CW. Ackles, who last directed the episode "The Bad Seed" from the eleventh season, directed the first episode filmed for the season, which aired chronologically as the fourth episode. Other cast members directing episodes for the season include returning director Richard Speight Jr. and young John Winchester actor Matt Cohen. Jake Abel reprises his role as the Winchesters' long-lost half-brother Adam Milligan, who last appeared in the fifth-season finale.
The series finale was originally set to air on May 18, 2020; however, in March 2020, Warner Bros. Television shut down production on the series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in March, showrunner Andrew Dabb revealed that the season would go on hiatus after the March 23 episode. Dabb clarified that the series had completed production on 18 of the 20 episodes for the season, but the post-production process could not be completed on the episodes because of the shutdown due to the virus outbreak. Dabb also assured that the series' cast and crew, The CW, and Warner Bros. were fully committed to filming and airing the unproduced episodes with its proper finale. In August 2020, The CW announced that the season would resume airing on October 8, 2020, and series finale aired on November 19, which was preceded by a special titled The Long Road Home. Filming resumed on August 18, and concluded on September 10, 2020.
Based on 9 reviews, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 100% approval rating for Supernatural's fifteenth season with an average rating of 8.93/10.
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