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TV Review: Supernatural 11.23 “Alpha and Omega” (Finale)
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Supernatural
Season 11 Episode 23: “Alpha and Omega”
Created by Eric Kripke
Directed by Phil Sgriccia
Written by Andrew Dabb
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 9:00pm

THE ROAD SO FAR: This season on Supernatural, the boys have been to hell and back – literally. But that is usual, isn’t it? They got rid of the Mark of Cain, but released the Darkness, Amara (Emily Swallows), who appeared in the form of a baby. She grew up with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) for a while, feeding on souls, but left because she wasn’t interested in his goals. Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) spent the season hunting Amara, yet working cases. They tried talking to Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) in the cage with the help of Rowena (Ruth Connell) and Crowley. Castiel (Misha Collins) said yes to Lucifer to stop Amara after Sam said no. Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) redeemed himself by writing God’s autobiography after Chuck (Rob Benedict) revealed himself, giving it to the Winchesters. He then sacrificed himself to save Lucifer, mankind’s only hope. After God and Lucifer hashed out their father and son issues, Amara came and mortally wounded God.

“Welcome to the end.”

Spoilers below.

NOW: “Alpha and Omega” is the obvious choice for the title because it’s the final showdown between God and Amara, and God is dying. Lucifer is gone. The sun is fading.

“How are we supposed to fix the freakin’ sun?” That is not a question ever uttered before.

Mystery girl is on the case, with a board filled with pics and clippings of the brothers.

Everybody is drinking and sad, but Crowley is still funny. Castiel and Dean go on a beer run. Dean tells Cass he’s a brother. It is a “feels” moment for us too.

The plan is now to balance the scales by killing Amara since God will die. Capture souls from heaven and hell, and a bunch of ghosts so Rowena can build a soul-bomb. They all fail at this task, but Billie the reaper comes and gives them souls, and flirts with Crowley. That was cute. I thought Crowley was gay?

Loving the everyone is a team thing they have going on. Everyone is in this together, and there is no good and evil, just existence or non-existence.

They are ready. Dean is going to sacrifice himself. The only way for the soul bomb to get inside Amara is for Dean to “merge” with her. He wants a Sabbath cover band at his funeral. Me too.

The others go to the Lazy Shag Bar (love the name!) to await the end.

Dean tries to talk to Amara about family and it works, after she sees right through the soul-bomb. God and the Darkness are reunited siblings and go away together. The Darkness gives him one last gift. What could it be?

Sam and Castiel are devastated because they think Dean died to save the world. The U.K. Men of Letters sent the British girl to take Sam away (after doing that bloody angel sigil repellent to banish Cass) because of all the damage he’s done. She’s not wrong. So will next season be a game of “Where in the world is Sam Winchester?”

Dean stumbles around the forest and runs into his… “Mom?” Yeah. I don’t know where they are going with this.

That cannot be the end of Lucifer. I need more Mark Pellegrino!

I don’t know how Supernatural does it. Eleven seasons in the books and it still manages to be completely entertaining. It has to be the comedy mixed in with the monsters, with a lot of Winchester charm thrown in. Bringing the story back to Chuck after all this time was a nice circle. The ending had so much closure and peace, it seems like they might not have expected renewal. Which is totally fine because 11 seasons is way ahead of most shows’ lives. Some of my favorite gems included “Baby,” told from the Impala’s perspective, “Just My Imagination,” about Sam’s imaginary friend, any episode with Mark Pellegrino, the wrestling themed “Beyond The Mat,” “Safe House” because anything with Bobby (Jim Beaver) in it is fantastic, and the fascinating “Don’t Call Me Shurley,” which brought back Supernatural author Chuck Shurley (who is also God).

I don’t know how they up their game next season after almost winking reality out of existence with God and The Darkness, but I’m sure however they do it, we will be there drinking a beer and cruising in the Impala alongside them.

The CW’s synopsis:

Supernatural
Alpha and Omega (Ep# 11123)
GOD VS. AMARA — God (guest star Rob Benedict) comes to a decision about Amara (guest star Emily Swallows) that has direct repercussions for Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1123). Original airdate 5/25/2016.

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The Winchesters must face The Darkness on their own on tomorrow’s season finale of Supernatural at 9/8c!

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