Supernatural - Salt and Burn All

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So we just have to assume that's Eileen he married?

Showrunner and Executive Producer of The Boys Eric Kripke stated, "When I was a child, I had a crazy, impossible dream - to provide Jensen Ackles with gainful employment. I'm happy to say that dream has come true. Jensen is an amazing actor, an even better person, smells like warm chocolate chip cookies, and I consider him a brother. As Soldier Boy, the very first Superhero, he'll bring so much humor, pathos, and danger to the role. I can't wait to be on set with him again, and bring a bit of Supernatural to The Boys."

Kurrelgyre wrote:
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So we just have to assume that's Eileen he married?

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I don't know, but I like how they left that open.

That was too depressing for me.

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This certainly wasn't a bad episode, but it was such a needlessly cruel ending. In the last few episodes we saw how desperate Dean was to escape from Chuck and live his life on his own terms. In the previous episode, we get a bittersweet ending where the brothers are finally free from their strings after a hard-fought struggle, but they lose Cas and Jack in the process. However, the characters are hopeful and drive off into the sunset. The very next episode, the knife is twisted and Dean is killed before he has a chance to enjoy his newfound freedom. Sam does move on and gets a happy apple pie life, but after all the trauma and loss he's suffered even that is bittersweet. We even have a scene where Older Sam breaks down when sitting in the Impala while reflecting on everything he's lost in life. I've seen plenty of sad endings in my time and this was easily the cruelest I've ever seen. And no, the characters ending up in fluffy cloud heaven does not make it a happy ending.

If the writers really wanted to go this road, then a better approach would have been to end the series with the previous episode. Then in two or three years do a Supernatural TV movie that is basically this episode. That way Sam and Dean would have had a couple of happy years together and we would have had more time to flesh out the ending without COVID restrictions preventing the extended Winchester family from being in the show. It wouldn't have been perfect and it wouldn't have been my choice, but it wouldn't have so relentlessly bleak.

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I must admit it was odd they didn't end with the previous episode. It seemed like a perfect place to end it, but I'm not sad about this ending at all. Dean knew he'd basically go down swinging, and Sam got a chance at the normal life he'd always truly been wanting. I loved it.

Veloxi wrote:
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I must admit it was odd they didn't end with the previous episode. It seemed like a perfect place to end it, but I'm not sad about this ending at all. Dean knew he'd basically go down swinging, and Sam got a chance at the normal life he'd always truly been wanting. I loved it.

Last week was a logical ending, it wasn't an emotional ending.

I found like week's ending emotional. Sam and Dean are freed from Chuck's strings and drive off into the sunset to finally live their lives on their terms. It was bittersweet because they lost Cas and Jack, but overall happy.