3:20 pm EDT, October 22, 2020

‘Supernatural’ season 15: 4 of the show’s biggest pain points to land before the finale

This time next month, Supernatural will have finally said goodbye. We’ll know how it all ends – love it, hate it, we’ll have to come to terms with it. But before then, the show still has quite a lot to service, and time is running out.

When Supernatural returned after such an epic and unexpected hiatus, I thought that we’d be getting into the main endgame plot fast. We didn’t, not really. “Last Holiday” had some small threads to bring forward – Dean and Jack’s repairing relationship, a mention of finding Amara.

Gimme Shelter” gave us a bit more, plus a big reveal. Sam and Dean began working towards leading Amara to her doom, with some success. Jack and Cas were more focused on a monster of the week situation, but on the way home Jack dropped a bombshell – literally. For Billie’s plan to work – take out Chuck, take out Amara, restore balance – Jack will also have to die. She’s been turning him into a cosmic bomb.

So we’re reaching the part of the story where they usually tell you about all the worst case scenarios that a character will have to be subjected to. How this usually goes on Supernatural is that those things don’t come to pass, but due to their “other way” something else equally bad does – or sometimes, just sometimes, things work out better than expected. But we are running out of time to conclusively fix or end all the big “pain points” that the show currently has on the board.

Realistically, a show spanning the sheer breadth and depth of content that Supernatural has created is never going to be able to wrap up every single loose end in the show’s history, and I don’t expect it to. We’ve seen some of the more recent, more important ones regarding supporting characters’ unfinished business – the resolution of Kaia’s story, for example, which was intended to be the plot of the first season of Wayward Sisters, and the raising of Adam and Michael from Hell (to be continued) – but there are plenty of others that will likely never get any play. (Wonder how that Antichrist is liking Australia? Or if that Kitsune kid is still plotting revenge against Dean?)

Along with these memorable unresolved periphery characters that Supernatural has left on read (in the canon, you could call this Chuck’s doing – setting up potential stories to come crashing back into the guys lives’ again years later) the Winchesters have probably forgotten about more unfulfilled threats, unknown consequences or even simply unresolved personal matters than we can even remember. Some for good reason, and some simply lost to time.

And there are probably a million and one random questions about the worldbuilding of the Supernatural universe that we’d all love answers about but that literally do not matter to the story right now at all.

However, there are a number of huge and glaring items on the agenda pertaining to our core characters and the state of their world – questions that do need answers, problems that do need solutions, stories that do need endings – that the show needs to address in some way in order for Supernatural to go off the air in a satisfying way.

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Most of these are elements that Supernatural has intentionally been building up in recent years – they are coming into land one way or another – but as of yet, with only five episodes to go, we’re still circling the runway and the fog hasn’t cleared yet at the show’s destination of choice.

Leaving aside the literal main question of “what’s going to happen?” – as in “how are they going to solve this big Chuck problem, regain their right to free will, and get to the ‘there’ll be peace when you are done’ ending that has been promised,” here are a few of the final issues that need to be cleaned up in order for that level of true finality to be possible.

The Deal With The Empty

I bring this one up first because I know a lot of fans were expecting this to play a part in last week’s episode “Gimme Shelter,” due to a cliffhanger-y Cas line in the trailer which ultimately ended up being about something new and different and equally traumatic. Cas and the cosmic being that personifies the Empty have a long history and a very upsetting standing contract that the Empty entity is yet to collect on, and it’s going to have to come crashing down in some way, sometime soon.

To recap: when Jack’s prayer woke up both the murdered Castiel and the entity itself back in early season 13, we first saw into this space that has existed before the Universe, before God and the Darkness. Allegedly, nothing – not even God – had any pull there. It is the nothing that came before, well, anything, and it is the final fate of all dead angels and demons. The angelic and demonic souls, or whatever counts for them, lie totally unconscious and unaware, blank, nothing, forever, and the Empty entity slumbers with them.

Or it did, until Castiel woke up. Jack’s power was apparently strong enough (so, stronger than God’s, then?) to pull Cas’s spiritual self back into consciousness even from the depths of the Empty, and the Empty was so annoyed at being roused that, after a psychological, depression-metaphor-heavy battle of wills in “The Big Empty,” it sent Cas back to Earth – but it was stuck awake, and it held a grudge.

When Jack himself died in season 14’s “Byzantium,” he went to Heaven due to his human soul, but because he was also angelic, the Empty tried to claim him for its domain instead. The Empty’s intrusion to claim into Heaven threatened Jack’s chance at resurrection and destabilized the very existence of Heaven itself, risking its collapse and the release of some 46 billion human souls.

When Jack is not resurrected in time to get the Empty off of Heaven’s back, Castiel offers himself up instead, as the person the Empty truly hates for waking it up, challenging it, and winning. This deal is struck and the Empty holds the right to take Cas at the time of their choosing – aiming for the most cruel and painful option possible.

I want you to suffer. I want you to go back to your normal life and then forget about this and forget about me. And then, when you finally give yourself permission to be happy and let the sun shine on your face, that’s when I’ll come. That’s when I’ll come to drag you to nothing.

Castiel accepts. And of course, he doesn’t tell Sam and Dean. Castiel’s tragic fate, still presumed to come true, is a secret between himself, Jack, Kelly Kline, and the entity itself.

However, since those events, Supernatural has played a little fast and loose with the status and scope of this cosmic player. Nick’s prayers were able to rouse Lucifer, though his attempt to bring him back was foiled. Nick is obviously no Jack in terms of cosmic power, so one theory is that the Empty may hold less control when it’s awake. And Chuck was also able to bring back Lilith from the Empty, which contradicts the initial lore that God has no pull there, although season 15’s Lilith might have been a copy Chuck popped into existence, and not the original flavor Lilith – I trust nothing about Chuck’s claims right now.

Most recently, in “Destiny’s Child,” the last episode before the COVID hiatus, we also learned that since we first met the Empty, it’s no longer unconscious oblivion for the angels and demons there. It’s now been re-canonized as a conscious dreaming torment of all their worst regrets.

We heard this from Ruby, who Cas visited the Empty to get information from, and because of that factor, she begs him to try and find a way to free her from the miserable experience. I’m kind of wondering if this is a factor of the Empty being awake, not asleep anymore, given all the depression and suicidal ideation subtext we got from the Empty’s first big ugly fight with Castiel. And while Cas was there to find Ruby, the entity, taking the form of his dear lost Meg, reminded him – and the audience – that their deal is still very much in play.

But it gets more complicated than that yet again. Right from the season 14 finale, we’ve known that the Empty is an ally of sorts, in on Billie’s plan to train Jack up and take down God, and in “Destiny’s Child” we learn that the Empty is helping because it’s been promised the chance to go back to sleep. But, as the entity meanly points out – Billie didn’t mention Castiel in the grand plan. Sam, Dean and Jack, yes – but not Cas. Which means that no matter how on-side the Empty is with the plan that Team Free Will are following, Castiel is apparently still fair game.

But given the new Empty developments – the eternal torment dreamscape sitch – would that really be a fitting final end for one of Supernatural’s most important heroes? A noble death is one thing, even if “oblivious nothingness” is kind of a low bar as far as narrative reward goes. But dreaming of regrets forever – that would be something else entirely, and it just doesn’t sit right. Plus, Castiel isn’t exactly in a position right now to be so happy with his life that he forgets this was ever a threat, as per the terms.

Whether the deal comes to pass, or whether the entity wipes it clean due to the role it might still have to play in the endgame, whether the circumstances of what the Empty experience is like gets changed up again, or whether Jack or some other being is able to break the deal for Cas – we’re going to be staring the situation in the face in the next few weeks. After all, the Empty’s last words to Cas? “See you soon.” And given that Cas is going around telling Jack’s secrets to Dean against his wishes, I wonder if he might see fit to fill his family in on a few of his own before it’s too late.

The supernatural of ‘Supernatural’

Saving people, hunting things – the basic bread and butter of the show, right? The original concept of what became an epic saga about free will vs determinism, the power of story, the cruciality of finding family connections, was simply this – two brothers, raised “in the life” as hunters, aware of the secret world of the supernatural, going from town to town protecting the unaware masses from the things that go bump in the night.

When we first met Sam and Dean, they had never even tangled with a vampire, let alone a demon. Then came the demi-gods, angels, and so much more. Given all that’s been discovered, the conclusion of the show is set to be nothing short of epic, and Supernatural is in many ways unrecognisable as the monster of the week procedural that it once was.

For a long time, before the Puppetmaster Chuck reveal, I thought that the end of the series might look something like this: the guys are able to find a way to shut off all the cosmic scale meddling, Heaven and Hell and all the rest, and get back to simply hunting – that Supernatural might end with Sam taking all he’s learned from the British Men of Letters and the Apocalypse World and Bobby and Rowena and creating a functioning hunter network once and for all, utilizing the Bunker and even magic to the best of his capabilities, with maybe Dean and Cas out on the road as one of the teams working efficiently under their General.

This isn’t really meant to be an article about theories, but nowadays, I feel fairly confident that that particular one isn’t going to be how things play out. The guys continuing to hunt, albeit more safely and with less on their shoulders, is not really the level of finality that the voices surrounding the show have promised us. What we’re getting is – in one way or another – a version of Done. A true ending to the fifteen years story we’ve followed about these hunters, some kind of peace that allows them to walk off the screen, the stage of their lives that was bracketed by These Events finally over.

In all likelihood, however Sam and Dean end up, they’re going to be relieved of their duty and they’re going to escape the thankless life path that Chuck laid out for them. They will no longer be forced to act as the heroes or main characters of a story. And like, good for them. While each brother has come to terms with their lot in life at various points and even said that they enjoy the hunting job at times, they’ve both also expressed anger, resentment and grief about it, wishing it could stop or could have been someone else.

And all of that was before the Chuck reveal showed them that their situation was cruelly orchestrated for his favorite story. We know the answer to “why does it have to be us” now – and it’s a pretty gross answer, one that makes the audience root for them to get to leave it all behind. To gain their real autonomy, they have to Catching Fire this juke joint – break through the walls of the maze that Chuck created, and hunting was a huge part of that maze.

But say they do that. What about the monsters? Regardless of the fact that the Supernatural universe’s original baddies may only exist because of Chuck’s intentional entertainment-value worldbuilding, they very much do still exist and are out there eating and haunting all these random people who have no idea that they’re just NPCs.

Before he died in season 12 finale, Crowley promised to close the gates of Hell once and for all, keeping demons off of the Earth. With Rowena now ruling Hell, there might be a chance that the demons will stay under control, but “Gimme Shelter” left some hints that something may be amiss – some big, glowy red hints. Rogue demons are very likely still on the board, but even without them, how about the stray vampires, werewolves, shifters, ghouls, djinn, sirens, wendigos, vetala, wraiths, sirens, and all the rest?

Over the past few seasons we have gotten a bit of an eye-opening tease that the monsters that Sam and Dean are aware of are merely the tip of the iceberg. Season 13’s “Breakdown” revealed that the monster population of the USA was in the hundreds of thousands – ten to a hundred times more populous than the brothers ever expected. What they and other hunters deal with are simply the ones who can’t pass.

The British Men of Letters, for all their many flaws, were operating on a much larger and more efficient scale than Sam and Dean had ever been able to – that’s why Mary and Sam ended up joining, after all – but even their numbers didn’t compare to the implications of “Breakdown.” So what’s going to happen about that? How does the world become safe enough for the Winchesters to be allowed to step down?

The idea of a bigger, more final solution has been floated many times, of course – even if it’s simply a heart’s desire. Sam’s Trials in season 8 were all about closing the Gates of Hell, and wiping out monsters permanently was his aim with the British Men of Letters too. Later, in season 13’s “A Most Holy Man,” Sam muses about the possibility once again – reflects on how no matter what they do and who they save, something else is always going to be around the corner. “You ever feel like we’re doing nothing but playing defense? You know, bouncing from one apocalypse to the next?” he wonders.

You think we could ever change things? I mean, really change things? You know, stop all the monsters, all the bad?

Solving this feels like a fairly crucial part of his character arc – even more so since season 15’s “The Spear,” where Sam learns about what will would have happened if their plan to cage Chuck had worked. The scientific details of it are a little hazy, but it seems that despite the fact that Chuck had creative control over the world, if he is trapped the evil forces will overtake the world and the monster plague will become uncontrollable. They’ll go from playing defense to playing Whack-a-mole, not even saving people anymore. Is this the inevitably of the world without Chuck’s light, or is this a consequence he allowed to happen as some sort of spiteful punishment?

So… how to defeat Chuck and wrap up Supernatural without the monsters being left behind as a threat? Do they establish a new-generation hunter network that actually works and retire? Do they make the knowledge of monsters public, like the sheriff suggested in season 14’s “Don’t Go Into The Woods” – show proof, put it on YouTube, arm the world? Does Jack simply snap them out of existence? What about the more benevolent supernatural beings, like Garth? Could they all be turned back to human by one of the many cosmic forces?

For Sam and Dean to find peace, they can’t spend their offscreen futures cleaning up Chuck’s messes, therefore their original foes need to be removed from the playing field. The monsters may not be very consequential to the big picture of Supernatural any more, but they’re pretty damn consequential to all the people out there not getting saved, and apparently the scope of them was and has always been far beyond the hunters’ worst nightmares. We’re really just going to leave that there? No. Surely not.

The Problem with Heaven

Or should I say problems. The current system for human afterlife in the Supernatural universe is deeply flawed in a number of ways, and there are three specific things that cannot remain the way they currently are if the Supernatural universe is to continue existing in a way that means our lead characters can be done with their duties, safe, and at peace – whether that’s alive or dead. And one way or another, as humans, they’ll eventually die, whether that’s a part of the finale or not.

So the first one is the actual ability for Heaven to keep on existing. As far back as the Great Fall at the end of season 8, the angels have been trying to restabilize Heaven in any number of ways. But in season 13, we learned that the lack of actual angels present in Heaven is causing it to fail. Back in “Funeralia,” Naomi mentioned that there were barely enough left to keep the lights on – 9 in Heaven, a handful more on Earth. More have died since then, including Dumah, who was killed by Castiel when she tried to manipulate Jack into creating more angels – presumably, again, to help restock the power supplies of Heaven.

Over the course of the last few years, the angels have not been able to help very much with Earthly matters – even if they wanted to – because they need to stay put in Heaven, acting as a dying battery. They’ve been keen to get any major players back upstairs to help with this – Gabriel, for one. They even put up with Lucifer for a little bit, and it’s what they’ve wanted from Jack for several years too.

The lack of grace pooled up in the bank may also explain why Castiel’s powers are so weak – he’s gotten a little bit back in more recent episodes but during the early part of season, his power failing was both made visibly evident when healing people and lampshaded as a plot point when he spoke about it in his big fight with Dean in “The Rupture.” Maybe Heaven is draining every bit of grace available in order to keep itself alive. And if it isn’t replenished – well, Heaven as we know it will come to an end, and that sounds like a bigger problem than the Winchesters have time to fix.

In time we’ll burn out. Heaven will crumble, and all the souls that have been entrusted to our care will fall back to earth. Picture it, Castiel– billions upon billions of ghosts unleashed upon the world. All that chaos, all that death.

Then there’s the issue of the unfairly rejected souls. The ghost of Kevin Tran is still wandering around in the wind, unable to go to Heaven because his soul has been in Hell. This discovery shook Sam and Dean at the start of season 15 – both the reveal and the fact that Chuck bent the rules for the sake of their story. In fact, given that Chuck told Sam and Dean he was sending Kevin to Heaven back in season 11, he probably intentionally stashed him in Hell as a future plot point to throw at Sam and Dean – another tragic and heroic rescue of a loved one whose death they were a part of causing.

This new development about souls carried through to the return of Eileen – dragged to Hell by a borrowed hellhound, and though she’s alive now, what about when she dies for good, as we all must do? And of course that train of thought leads us to – what about Sam and Dean? Say they survive in a world Chuck stops messing with. If that’s the system, the real system, the way it works when no one meddles – then they’ll go to Hell too. Sure, they have a hookup down there, but still not exactly a great thing to imagine in their futures.

And then finally, there’s the matter of what Heaven actually is, in the Supernatural universe. We’ve gotten some very mixed messages over the years, and some glimpses of personal Heavens, some of which were the real deal and some which may have been manipulations. What we can agree on is that generally, the party line is that your Heaven is a cycle of your best memories.

But your memories involving other people are generally not those other people’s real souls – Jack’s Heaven featured holograms of Sam, Dean and Cas on the way to the case in “Tombstone,” for example. Dean’s memory of lighting fireworks with Sam was not really Sam, it was a moving photograph of a memory of Sam, and the Mary he saw was not the real soul of Mary.

Ash, for example, did become conscious of Heaven’s functionality, and was able to “hack” it, moving between Heavens and interacting with other real souls, like Pamela, as seen in “Dark Side of the Moon,” – though I still feel like much of that particular episode was a manipulation on the part of Zachariah, even though it did show Sam and Dean and the audience the basic premise of what Heaven actually is for human souls for the first time. “Each soul generates its own Paradise,” as Cas puts it, which sounds okay, but you don’t seem to be particularly aware that you’re dead and that it’s all fake until someone pulls you out of it, and that element has always troubled a lot of fans.

Jack was conscious of the construct of Heaven due to his grace, but Kelly only became conscious of it when Jack and Cas showed up in “Byzantium,” interrupting her childhood memory. Bobby had to have things explained to him when they made contact in “Inside Man.” Mary Winchester, on her return in season 12, remembers being together in Heaven with John and her kids – all implied as copies. And Mary spoke negatively about the fake element of it once she came back to life – that “it’s just memories. Nothing’s real.” After her second death, it’s implied that she’s in Heaven with John – the real John’s soul, being conscious together – yet her door does not share his name, so I feel like that’s still actually a question mark.

The only Heaven we’ve seen that felt to me like a genuine shared experience – in which the participants are conscious that they’re dead, one has been waiting for the other, where they’re in control of themselves, able to create new thoughts without external meddling from an angel or other outside source, and spend time together in the ‘present,’ was actually the reunion of Jimmy and Amelia Novak at the end of “Angel Heart,” and this is really the only level of Heaven that I feel comfortable with in the show – one where the people’s souls are able to engage with one another for real.

While a special few outliers or pairs of people may share Heavens in the current system, that doesn’t make it much better. The current Heaven construct has always been deeply creepy to me – individual souls, lined up in white clinical boxes, reenacting memories where no one else has any sort of autonomy. Ultimately, the souls are isolated, oblivious, and alone. I don’t want any of our beloved characters be doomed to acting out home movies with fake hologram people.

A massive theme of Supernatural has been that the idea that connection with another person – even one single other person – fundamentally changes and multiplies your world. Sam and Dean have this with each other but experienced it even more when they started bringing people outside of one another into the fold. There’s a reason I call Castiel their “gateway drug” in terms of accepting a wider safety net. And I think those connections need to apply to Heaven as well in order for it to be a more positive experience.

From what I can patch together from the canon, when souls become aware of the framework of Heaven they’re able to be more conscious, and that awareness usually comes from contact with another being – rather than just playing alone in memory puppet theater. Ash was able to visit other people and have, presumably, present and aware conversations with them, the way Kelly became present and aware when Jack and Castiel visited her. Maybe they’re able to stay present and aware – if still isolated – after being ‘woken up.’ But however it works, I am just not interested in an afterlife of those lovely but fake memory cycles in isolation. It’s numbing.

So if Heaven continues to exist in the Supernatural universe, they need to a) stabilize it to prevent the 46 billion souls falling to Earth, b) overcome the whole unfair Hell-touched issue and c) at the very least, fling open the doors between individual Heavens and let everyone hang out and spend conscious, present time together, if not redux the system of afterlife completely. There are a few power players that might have a hand in it, but ultimately I think that it will come down to Jack.

The Role of the Savior

Because at the end of the day, it’s always been Jack. Right from his first proper episode, he’s been called the “Golden Ticket,” and that is what he continues to be. Jack’s presence on the show and the scope of his power gives Supernatural the means, motive and opportunity to pull off pretty much any ending or fix that they choose to.

Jack has been pretty well established as the most powerful being in the universe, and right now, we are told that he’s the key to taking out Chuck and Amara, even if he dies in the process. I’m pretty sure that killing those two won’t actually be the final endgame, but if Jack does in some way die, or return to the universe as a cosmic power that doesn’t reside in the body of a human boy, I’m sort of prepared for that.

Jack has been a lot of things for the show – a mirror to each of the guys, helping them to learn and accept things about themselves and their relationships by way of their teaching of him. He’s been a binding agent and a source of connection and hope, acceptance and growth. He is a pretty classic Christ metaphor, and it is very likely that he was put into this world to help our guys ascend to the next stage of their lives and potentially die to set them free. I’m good with him scoring the big “win” and the guys not even lifting a finger (they’d disagree, of course) because I feel that Jack was brought into this show specifically to be the thing that allowed the guys to step away from the role of being heroes. I want him, ultimately, to free them of that burden.

But before Jack was even born, we’ve repeatedly heard a certain idea about him that feels… important, to say the least. During season 12, Kelly’s pregnancy with Lucifer’s child was a source of great contention – while the guys were butting heads with the BMoL over the right to supernatural personhood, the nephilim plotline was over on the left waiting for the same realizations. The turning point really came in “The Future,” in which the fetal Jack reached out to Castiel with his power and showed him… well… the future.

Cas saw visions of the world that Jack would bring into being and it gave him an almost evangelical level of faith in what Dean would later call his “unborn baby god.” At the time, this was played as a red herring – you were kind of meant to think that Cas was brainwashed, and indeed Dean did think this himself until Jack helped Cas to come back from the dead.

By the season 13 finale, in the calm before the storm, a satisfied Dean imagines a world where Jack’s power gives them the potential to truly change things forever – where he, Sam and Cas can retire and hang out on a beach drinking cocktails, knowing the world was safe, because they’ve earned it. And I mean, that might sound like a fantasy pipe dream ending, but they have earned it, and so Dean’s little slice of paradise is his own way of buying in to the promises made about Jack’s role.

But Castiel’s dedicated image of what sort of future Jack would bring about was, to put it lightly, pretty extreme. More than matching-Hawaiian-shirt level.

KELLY: Tell me again. Tell me again what you saw.

CASTIEL: Right, I saw… I saw the future. I saw a world without pain or hunger or want. I saw the world that this child… that your child will create. And it is a world without fear and without suffering and without hate. I saw paradise.

Since then, each of the times Jack has died, we’ve heard a version of the same line from Cas – that he didn’t think this was how Jack’s story would end, that he still had a role to play, that Jack’s not done yet. He repeated this adage after Jack lost his soul – that he believed Jack would be good for this world – and most recently, in “Galaxy Brain,” he talks happily with Dean about how he feels conviction about how right he was in his faith and instincts about Jack, harking back to his time with Kelly before Jack was born. If this is all stemming back to the life and faith altering visions Cas originally had – what exactly did he see? What are the details of Jack’s actual role and the Paradise world Cas claims he’s destined to create?

Because there’s kind of a gulf between “helping fix the cosmic-scale issues that most random people aren’t even aware of” and “creating a whole world without any fear or suffering” – which implies, like, for everyone. Is Jack going to solve racism? World hunger? Disease? Armed conflict? Transphobia? I’m not trying to be flippant here at all – I’m trying to work out the level of literalness that should be taken about Jack’s promised fate.

Given that Paradise is generally used by Supernatural refer to Heaven, the idea of Jack creating a painless and beautiful paradise sounds more like a redux of the afterlife or the creation of a new world than a repair of the current state of things. I have a hunch that due to the nature of Chuck’s design, the Winchesters’ world is too broke to fix – it’s been too interfered with. If Jack is a Christ child, then, in literary metaphor terms, we could also look at him like Aslan, and I can’t help wondering if his big finish is going to be something akin to sucking them from the metaphorical train wreck into his own version of Narnia.

In writing this article, I’ve come to feel that a lot of the issues I’ve described are simply too big and too broken to fix one by one. I did actually expect a little clarity or movement on even just one of these by now, but given that there hasn’t been, it seems that Supernatural might be wrapping everything up all at once, which sounds a bit ominous and extremely final. I mean, we’ve been told repeatedly that it’s final – that whatever the ending is, it would be quite difficult to do a movie from or something. It sounds like a level of final where perhaps the story we get will make us not want to see the guys drawn back into drama and plot – we might not want to force them to be main characters again, to pull them out of Paradise.

Last week’s episode “Gimme Shelter” introduced for the first time the concept that Chuck and Amara’s birth and split into two distinct beings was what we scientifically know as the Big Bang. I cannot help wondering if Jack might be capable of a Big Bang of his own, and slate-wipe all of Supernatural’s problems by sneezing a new and heavenly universe into existence or something – the pain-free world of Castiel’s moment of revelation. No more crappy fake and hypocritical Heaven or crappy Chuck-modeled monsters that he’s lost control of. Cleaning house of all the things that would – if not remedied one by one – would leave the Winchesters with Work To Do at the end of the series.

We don’t know the entire truth of what Jack experienced in the Garden of Eden. We don’t know anything about the little girl, or the snake, and whether they are going to be major players as well – whether we’ve only just started to glimpse the actual scope of power, whether the game is bigger than we can imagine. I do feel fairly certain that Jack’s role on this show and in this family is to make things so that the Winchesters no longer have work to do – to free them of the shackles of main-character-hood. But if Jack IS going to change the world, for everyone, not just the guys in question who know they’re being messed with, the question is simply – how? How will Jack’s unborn vow to Castiel actually come into being? When all is said and done, what’s that going to look like at the very end?

322 down. 5 to go.

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