Recap: Supernatural S7 Finale, “Survival of the Fittest”

Down in the basement of the cabin, there’s a hot, hot fire with glowing coals burning in what looks like a blacksmith’s kiln. Sam’s on one side, Dean on the other, Bobby behind Dean.

Bobby (smiling softly, sadly, his gaze taking both brothers in): Here’s to running into you guys on the other side. Only…not too soon.

Dean’s face…. *rubs heart* His eyes are large and wet and he’s staring at Bobby like he’s memorizing him. Sam’s breath is hitching a bit and he’s holding himself very still. Dean drops the flask into the fire and it starts to melt. We don’t see Bobby flame out – we watch Dean’s face and the glow of the fire reflecting on it, lighting up his eyes and showing his sorrow plainly.

They’ve had to say goodbye twice. No one should have to do that. Not like that. And as the camera panned the room, showing us Cas sitting on the stairs watching them, I had this feeling of true loss – unlike in the episode where Bobby actually died. This was different. Somehow more real. I didn’t cry like I had when Ellen and Jo died, but it felt like that. This time, he wasn’t coming back. *rubs heart again*

Upstairs, Cas is playing UNO and Mastermind. I have to wonder at their choices of board games. Sorry when he was trying to apologize. Twister when Dean got angry and Cas felt all tangled up. UNO and Mastermind – an allusion to taking out Dick, the leader and creator of the Leviathan Master Plan? Or maybe that they’re all alone and there may be someone else “in charge”? *ponders*

Dean: Cas, I need a wingman.

Hee. Wingman.

Cas: Dean….

Dean: You don’t want to jump into the jaws of death, that’s fine. How about we run a little errand?

In some random old barn somewhere in the U S of A, Dean and Cas appear (thanks to Angel Transportation). Behind them is a car under a tarp. *squee!*

Dean: Thanks for the lift.

Cas: Dean—

Dean: Cas, we’ve been over it. I get it. You can’t help.

Cas (processing out loud): If we attack Dick and fail, then you and Sam die heroically, correct?

Dean (blinking): I guess…?

Cas: At best, I die trying to fix my own mistake. Or I don’t die or am brought back. I see now, it’s a punishment, resurrection. It’s worse every time.

Yes, see? This is what I was saying! Death gives life weight. And meaning.

Dean (tooootally confused): We’re talking about God crap, right?

Cas: I’m not good luck, Dean.

Dean (sighing a bit, face weary, eye level and determined): Bottom of the 9th and you’re the only guy left on the bench? Sorry, but I’d rather have you. Cursed or not. We’re all cursed. I seem like good luck to you?

Cas smiled. A genuine smile, not a Cuckoo’s-Nest smile.

Dean: What?

Cas: I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, but I detect a note of forgiveness.

Dean: Yeah? Well, we’re probably all gonna die tomorrow, so….

The look of half-amused, half-resigned doesn’t it just figure on his face had me wanting to pause my TV to just look a bit longer.

Cas: Well, I’ll go with you.

Dean looks up, surprised.

Cas: And I’ll do my best.

Dean: Thanks.

Cas (a cute, conspirator’s grin): Can I ask? The plan?

Dean: According to Crowley, Dick knows we’re coming. So we’re going to announce ourselves. Big.

And then everything is quiet and we’re looking down an abandoned highway, lined by trees. I swear I held my breath. Two heartbeats later, THE IMPALA roars up on the screen and as “Born to Be Wild” plays, we get 30 beautiful seconds of full-on Impala porn. Grill, fender, wheels, front, rear…she was BACK, baby!

Then…she crashed through the guard rail at Sucracorp, fish-tailed in the parking lot, then drove STRAIGHT FOR THE SUCRACORP SIGN, crashing mid-way through it. GAH! Then Meg gets out. MEG! Driving Dean’s car! Well, desperate times and all, but…crimeny! She’s got a gallon of Borax in one hand and takes some bullets – as does the Impala—as the Leviathan guards rush her.

The boys and Cas sneak around the back and into the building. I remember last week in the previews there was a brief moment where the boys looked at each other and said, “Don’t die.” I expected that here, but it didn’t happen. So, delayed editing, maybe. Anyway, while they’re sneaking in, Meg Borax’s and then beheads the three guards. Handy. But then, as she’s walking away, she senses someone behind her and turns to see two demons standing there. They knock her down and tell her that the King of Hell will see her now.


Inside, Dean sees Dick #1 in a conference room, but Cas says it’s not him. Sam has separated from Dean and Cas and finds Kevin in the random office room, duct taped to a chair. Kevin says they can’t go yet and Sam’s like, yeah, we really can.

Kevin: You don’t understand. Dick’s got creamer in his lab. He’s gonna kill all the skinny people. We have to blow up the lab.

Sam’s face goes from what?! to crap! to yeah, okay in about 2.5 seconds.

Meanwhile, down in the lab, Dick’s there with Lab Guy and the creamers and is telling him he smells promotion when *splat* Dean and Cas sneak in and behead Lab Guy.

Dick: A little abrupt, but okay.

Dean holsters the knife (and at first I was like, are you insane?!) and pulls out the bone (and then I was like, oh, okay I get it).

Dick (to Cas): Thanks for the ride into paradise. (to Dean) And good on you, pulling that together!

Dean: Oh, you don’t think this will work, do you? You trust that demon?

Dick: You sure I’m even me, Dean?

Dean: No. (head bop in Cas’ direction) But he is.

Dick looks worried. Cas looks dangerous. NICE.

Dean (expression in full-on bad-ass mode): Here’s the thing when dealing with Crowley. He will always find a way to bone you.

Sadly, those words are true for all players. Mulder said it best: trust no one, especially demons. Well, he didn’t say the demons part, but you’re following me.

Dick: This meeting is over!

He reaches out for Dean, but Cas shoves Dean back and steps in front of him at the last minute. LOVED that. Dick grabs Cas and tosses him across the room. Dean stabs Dick with the bone. Dick pulls it out. And breaks it. *gulp*

Dick: Did you really think you could trump me?

Dean (pulling out the REAL bone from beneath his coat): No. Figured we’d have to catch you off-guard.

Cas steps up and grab’s Dick’s hair, pulling his head back as Dean shoves the bone through his neck – sideways. *mini happy dance for Dean getting to kill the bad guy!* Just then, Sam and Kevin burst in. Dick goes Big Mouth for a moment then starts to seep black goo as weird, sonic blast waves emanate from him like a heartbeat. Dean looks scared for the first time. Before anyone can do anything else, Dick blows up – black goo everywhere just like in the title card. Sam covers Kevin. Dean ducks.

And then…silence. Sam straightens up and he and Kevin are okay, but the lab…is empty. No Dick. No Cas. No…Dean. *gulp*

This is when weird, sonic blasts started emanating from me like a heartbeat only it really was a heartbeat. I spent the next few minutes thinking “Where’s Dean?!?!” so loudly that I almost missed the dialog.

Kevin: Sam? We should go.

Sam: What. The. Hell.

Kevin: More chompers any second, Sam!

Honestly, I was like, shut up, kid, his brother just vanished in a black goo explosion!


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

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