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  • TV Series: Supernatural
  • Episode: Let It Bleed and There's a New God in Town
  • Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins
  • Written by: Sera Gamble and Eric Kripke
  • Directed by: John Showalter and Robert Singer
  • Network: The CW
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Supernatural: Let It Bleed and There's a New God in Town

Supernatural wraps up Season Six in style.

By Joe Oesterle     May 24, 2011


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 Ever been friends with this person, and then you think the person is becoming a dick, so you stop being friends, and tell the person you don’t like them anymore, and then that person goes on and becomes God?  I hate it when that happens. The season six finale wasn’t big on epic battles, but what it lacked in majicks and fisticuffs it made up for in keeping the viewers salivating for season seven.

Cas has been the boys biggest ally at times, and a trusted friend as well, and it his past loyalty to the Winchester boys will prove interesting down the road when Cas has to make some even harder decisions. Villains like Crowely are fun, because Mark Sheppard is a fine actor who enjoys spitting out his well-written lines as he stomps about and chews up the scenery. Now that it appears Castiel is the chief baddie, the audience will be torn between their allegiance to the stars of the show, or their love of the good-intentioned fallen angel. Personally I think Cas has created a fail safe somewhere for Sam and Dean to find if he can’t control his new powers.

Now if only a certain other “super” CW show knew how to come up with a finale one quarter this good. Eh, I shouldn’t get into it. I don’t need more hate mail.

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acidsquall73 5/24/2011 1:30:29 PM

I loved the representation of Sam's "journey" out of his own mind after Cas took down the "dam", ultimately coming to terms with his tortured soul to break free. That was my favorite part of both episodes. Very well done and effective IMO. 

Since next season is supposedly the final season, I hope they bring in all the past big guns to defeat Cas. It's gonna take all the help they can muster up to defeat the equivelent of a god. I guess really, the only one they can bring in is the real god himself. Every season has gotten a bigger and bigger big-bad. A corrupt, or at the very least, an angry, vengeful god would probably be hard to top.

vdogg71 5/24/2011 3:33:56 PM

i think it is awesome too bro- the show though im mad it didnt end after season 5, has pretty much never let me down- i think what they did with cas is awesome- it shows the trueness of free will- he chose this path- well done supernatural

tjanson 5/24/2011 9:04:44 PM

Joe...jeezus you gave us a novel on why the smallville finale sucked and here we get two paragraphs?  I'm just glad the show will be back.  I personally think that the boys will need to find *GOD* for sure this time to bring down Cas.  The natural order has to be restored.

fatpantz 5/24/2011 9:13:49 PM

So as the finale of Smallville sucked so bad and this finale was just plain badass....it gets a mere 2 paragraph review?  That is an outrage. 

Now as for a very shaky season that seemed to not really know the direction it was going, it seems that they found someone to pull their asses out of the fire and put together some sense of their foolishness in the last half of this season.  It did seem a bit rushed in the few episodes leading up to the finale, but I was happy that they were able to put a bit of it together....now let's also not forget that Sam is filled with the fires of hell and is a ticking timebomb of instability going into next season. 

I think they ended the season perfectly on a high note with so much room to put together a very solid next season....and c'mon....Cas as a villian (Can I call our new God a villain without getting into trouble? Gulp!  Ummm all hail our Lord Almighty Castiel!!)!!??  HELL'S YES!!!

fatpantz 5/24/2011 9:15:30 PM

Uh oh...and now you have angered Tim....I am sure Tim possesses some sort of smiting powers too!!  Double Gulp!!

Hobbs 5/25/2011 5:41:10 AM

Good way to end the season.  Too bad it took so long for this show to improve this year and I'm happy to report that I don't see where they hacked anyones ideas for the season finale.  Like they did a lot this season.

paradigm 5/25/2011 8:28:12 AM

I agree, Joe. This is how you do a season finale. But I was a little disappointed that with so much power at stake, neither Raphael nor Crowley suspected anything was amiss when Cas just tossed the blood over to them. Although I suppose they might have been so blinded with arrogance that they really did think Cas was just giving up in the face of his own possible destruction.

Anyway, I doubt Cas is anywhere near as powerful as the real God. He probably just thinks he is. It'll be interesting to see how things play out in the season premiere. Will Sam and Dean pretend to worship the new Cas just to buy themselves some time? If they refuse, will Cas not destroy them because of the history they have together? (But I can see him playing it up as heavenly forgiveness and/or longsuffering so as not to appear weak.) Will he just leave them alone because he no longer sees them (or anyone else for that matter) as a threat?

And here's the biggest question on my mind: Will we see Jesus next season? He was briefly referenced by Gabriel in season five. Would the writers be bold/crazy enough to bring Jesus into the mix? And even if they did, Jesus is the ultimate pacifist. Other than the one incident when He was enraged at commerce being conducted on the temple grounds and started overturning their tables (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46, John 2:13-16), He's never been even remotely violent. In fact, Jesus even told one of His disciples that those who live by the sword will die by the sword (Matthew 26:52). So even if Jesus did come into the picture in the next season, what (if anything) would He be willing to do?

trazalca 5/25/2011 9:42:14 AM

Paradigm, that's what's been driving me crazy the last few seasons of Supernatural - the determined subtle and almost non-existant reference to the Son of God, in addition to the whereabouts of God Himself. I will say that, to add to Gabriel's reference of Jesus, He was quickly referred to in a very brief but direct way by the trucker who was the first to come across Eve, before she infected him with that wormy-thing that made him kill his dear wife. (It's the ep that did that nice homage to the Thing, IMHO). And that was just a few months ago this season.

Still, the lack of reference and talk about God or His Son seems intentional, no? Like they're working all they can to hold back or avoid plots involving them.

Question; is it just me? Or am I wrong in thinking the writer dude that was considered a prophet in Season 5 God all along? The way he vanished into a mist of gold at the end of that season made me think so. Plus, the analogy of God as a writer seemed too much of an idea to pass up.

I keep hoping or expecting to see that character reappear in Season Six, but no luck. Was that intentional?

Sigh. So many questions! I hope they get answered next season. 

GreatOne 5/25/2011 12:30:30 PM

Paradigm and Trazalca: I'm right there with you wishing they would write Jesus into the story, since they've already employed most of Christian theology already. In the Supernatural comic book, Castiel says that Jesus was "A nobody, a carpenter with delusions of grandeur." That doesn't give me too much hope. Probably too difficult for the writers to deal with. He is after all, the Son of God, so that means he's probably more powerful than the angels, so it'd be hard to put in harm's way. And if Jesus is around, hard to write, "Where's God?" Also, any put downs (like in the comic book) would mean strong condemnations the writers and producers don't want; conversely, they're probably an equal number of people (a lot of them living in Hollywood) who probably aren't excited to see a positive portrayal of Christ on t.v. Still would love to see them try. After all, can't imagine who else they're going to get as a foil to Castiel, now, other God or Death.

tjanson: I apologize for being too harsh with your comments on the Smallville finale thread. Got too angry over a dopey t.v. and was not as general in my comments as I should have been.

 

tjanson 5/25/2011 12:57:58 PM

greatone...don't worry about it.  I'm a big boy.

I don't like the idea of bringing Jesus into the mix.  I tend to think of shows or films that depict Angels/demons/God as being strictly Old Testament religion.  Jesus just don't jibe with the moral context of the show in my opinion.  Plus i think it would be setting themselves of for too much possible controversy from bible thumpers.

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