Crowley (from out of nowhere): Not to worry. I have a small army of demons outside. Cut off the head and the body will flounder after all. (Aside – how did he know that? Did he read the whole tablet translation at some point?) Think if you’d had just one king since before the first sunrise. You’d be in a kerfuffle, too.
Sam (breathing hard): Which is exactly what you wanted.
Crowley: So did you. Without a Master Plan, the Levi’s (aside – he actually said it that way) are just another monster. Hard to stop, sure. But you love a challenge. Your job is to keep them from organizing.
Sam (voice cracking): Where’s Dean?
Crowley: That bone has a bit of a kick. God weapons often do. Should put a warning on the box.
Sam (bellowing): Where are they, Crowley?!
Crowley: Can’t help you, Sam.
He snaps his fingers and two demons appear on either side of Kevin.
Crowley: Sorry, Sam. Prophet’s mine. You got what you wanted. Dick’s dead. Saved the world. So, I want one little prophet. Sorry, Moose. Wish I could help. Looks like you are well and truly on your own.
He’s gone – with Kevin – and Sam is left alone in the lab. And suddenly, he looks very small, and very young and I wanted to give him a hug and tell him that it was okay, Jeremy was going to fix it. But not too quickly, because….
A wooded area. In the dark. Dean lying unconscious on the forest floor.
Cas (sounding more like himself, with the Batman Voice): Wake up.
Dean blinks his eye open, glances around, then climbs to his feet.
Cas: Good. We have to get out of here.
Dean: Where are we?
Cas: You don’t know?
And I sweat to Pete, people, I didn’t know myself until this exact moment and when I realized it, I gasped and went, Oh no, oh wow, oh wait…yay! Yay, this could be such a good storyline!
Dean: Last I remember, we ganked Dick.
Cas: And where would he go in death?
Dean: Wait…are you telling me…?
Cas: Every soul here is a monster. This is where they come to prey upon each other for all eternity.
Dean (voice shaking with disbelief): We’re in Purgatory? How do we get out?
Cas: I’m afraid we’re much more likely to be ripped to shreds.
Dean turns to see creatures in the trees with red, glowing eyes, hearing low, threatening rumbles.
Dean: Cas, I think we better g—
He turns around and Cas is gone.
Dean looks terrified. As the camera pulls up, we can see the creatures circling him and he looks small and vulnerable and very, very alone.
*takes a breath*
Okay, this? Is a tremendous set up for Season 8. The possibilities are vast.
Sam – having no idea (yet) where his brother is – will have to decide to go on faith that he’s alive somewhere and either try to get him back or believe he’s coming back…or, he’ll have to decide that Dean is dead and try to go on without him somehow. Meanwhile, he has to keep the Leviathans from organizing, killing them off regular-monster-style one-by-one, he’s lost his demon ally, he’s lost his mentor, his angel ally is gone, and right now he has no clue if any angels are still alive. Crowley has regained his throne as the Big Bad and the Alpha Vamp is going to be watching for a chance to strike.
That’s a lot to take on when you are completely and utterly alone. I just hope that this time Sam doesn’t resort to another Ruby situation. No more demon blood addiction, pleasethanks.
Dean is trapped in Monsterville like a cop who just got sent to prison. He probably put a good number of these creatures here. He’s with Cas, sure, but Cas isn’t strictly Cas right now and obviously has a penchant for poofing out. Plus those monsters are going to be even less fond of an angel. Dean’s not dead, so I’m assuming he can be hurt and get hungery and get tired. There’s no angel who’s going to pull him out of this one. And there would have to be something in it for Crowley to help. And who in their right mind is going to open the door to Purgatory again after what happened before?
And when he gets out – because he will have to…right? Eventually? Not too soon, but…eventually? What sort of world will he be returning to? And will his time there trigger memories of Hell? I mean, how could it not? Will he carry all of that back with him? Eeep! *SO MANY POSSIBILITIES*
Good season, good finale, great way to make us anxious for a highly anticipated new season with a new show-runner.
Thanks for reading!
Remember, new night on the CW next season – Wednesdays at 9/8 CT. And unfortunately, it’s going to be a hella long hellatus – new season doesn’t start up until Ocfreakintober. I don’t know the date – I’m sure someone will be able to post it in the comments, though. In the meantime, we have DVDs and fic to sustain us.
If Real Life plays nice, and if ya’ll want me, I’ll be back next year to Ramble On.
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