The synopsis of “Brother’s Keeper” starts something like this:
Dean comes to a stunning decision that will alter his life — as well as Sam’s…
Yeah, Sam’s life would have been altered, all right—in that he wouldn’t have had one. Talk about understatement!
The other night I was trying to recall the various Supernatural season finale’s over the years, in anticipation of how bad this season’s might be. We’ve had an epic car crash, a couple deaths, a crossroads deal, the beginning and the end of the apocalypse, demons released from hell, and angels released from heaven. Given the events of the last few episodes, this season was definitely heading for an Epic Cliffhanger of Winchester Angst (ECWA, for short).
Things were looking mighty bleak, and I fully expected one of the brothers to die. So, having Dean and Sam together in the Impala was, for them, a happy ending. Never mind the ominous “darkness” enveloping them. I’m more concerned about getting the Impala out of that massive rut without damaging the axle. In other words, not that scary.
It’s actually similar to the ending of season 2. A major story arc wrapped up, but an army of demons escaped hell to wreak havoc for season 3. In retrospect, Eric Kripke said the demon army story arc didn’t work because the budget wasn’t big enough to do all the things they’d wanted. Does this mean the Supernatural budget can now support fantastic visual effects? Or does it mean season 11 is going to be as unspectacular as season 3?
My biggest hope for “Brother’s Keeper” was to see the end of Rowena. I was pretty sure it would happen because she’s more than worn out her welcome. For me, she’s become the personification of fingernails on a chalkboard, not because she’s female, or because she’s evil, but because she’s tiresome. But instead, Rowena lives. And Death dies. It wasn’t a fair trade-off.
I’m on the fence as to how interested I’ll be for the next season. As nice as it is to have Sam and Dean back working together (I do believe Natalie got her wish!), will it be enough to counteract whatever shenanigans are planned for Castiel, Crowley, and Rowena? If this season did nothing else, it proved that Castiel and Crowley are not that interesting when given their own story lines.
Perhaps it’s time to stop watching Supernatural. I’m not a Nielsen ratings household, but I figure I have a doppelganger somewhere who is. If the ratings fall far enough and the show is cancelled, it will free Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki to move on to bigger and better things. Then again, that’s been my hope for five years and it hasn’t come to pass yet.