SUPERNATURAL Season Finale Recap: 'Let it Bleed'/'The Man Who Knew Too Much' - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

SUPERNATURAL Season Finale Recap: ‘Let it Bleed’/’The Man Who Knew Too Much’

May 20, 2011 by  

Well…now that was definitely a twist I did not see coming.  I guess it’s safe to assume that my wish that the show would be able to get back to its simple, monster-killing roots in season 7 did not come true.  I made a comment in a recent post that the only real next step the show could take with respect to the heaven and hell aspect of the SUPERNATURAL world would be to have God himself return from wherever he’s been hiding. Well, that didn’t happen, but it looks like “God” will be a major issue next year nonetheless.  But there is much to discuss before we get to that, so let’s start from the beginning.

The first half of the two-part finale was a really great showcase for Jensen Ackles’ trademark emoting.  I thought that he was fantastic expressing Dean’s absolute horror that Lisa and Ben had been placed right in the middle of the battle for purgatory and his determination to keep them safe.  And then, of course, there was that last scene.  After Cas saved the day by healing the damage Lisa had suffered while possessed, per Dean’s request, he wiped her memory clean, as well as Ben’s.  Dean evidently felt that the best way to keep them both safe was to sever all ties connecting him to them.

Despite the fact that he surely felt some relief that they wouldn’t remember the terrible things they’d seen, done and heard since meeting him, he wore his broken heart on his sleeve and it was pretty powerful.  I’m assuming that this is a permanent solution to the Lisa and Ben Problem that we’ve all been wondering about since the season started, so I guess that’s a good thing but it all just seemed like a bit of an easy fix.

The first episode also saw Team Hunter searching for the key to opening purgatory before Cas and Crowley could get to it.  This involved a fictionalized version of real-life horror writer H.P. Lovecraft and a dinner party he hosted in 1937, at which they managed to free a soul from purgatory.  It turned out that this soul took over the body of one of the attendees, and had been residing there ever since.

It’s a little amazing that Bobby didn’t notice his one-time girlfriend, the previously-seen Dr. Visyak, was actually the soul of a 900 year old creature considering how paranoid he normally is about these things.  She told him the ingredients to the key to purgatory, but unfortunately Cas found it first.  And unfortunately for Dr. Visyak, her blood was part of that key and Cas had no problem taking what he needed.  Armed with the necessary components, all that was left was to perform the ritual.  To keep the pesky kids from trying to stop him from seeing his plan through, he decided to keep them busy by tearing down the walls in Sam’s head.

The final hour was divided between Sam’s struggle inside his own mind and Dean and Bobby’s attempt to stop Cas from opening the doors to purgatory.  I thought that the journey into Sam’s mind was pretty great – I had no idea what to expect when the walls ultimately came crumbling down, but I really liked the idea of three separate Sams – Sam as he’s been since getting his soul back; Sam-less; and the broken version of himself who had the burden of remembering hell and everything he went through there.  Presumably he remembers everything now – Hell and what he did during his “lost” year.  It’s hard to say what kind of impact this will have on him going forward.  He seemed healthy enough at the end of the episode so I’m choosing to remain optimistic, even thought it would be a little anti-climactic considering all of the dire warnings we heard about scratching at the walls back at the beginning of the season.

This brings us to Cas.  Cas, everyone’s favorite angel, the one who has routinely saved the day and countless lives, actually left a trail of dead bodies behind in his quest to take on the power of the purgatory souls.  Dr. Visyak, Balthazar(!), and ultimately Raphael each died by his hand.  The doctor and Raphael I was fine with, but Balthazar hurt a lot.  At least Crowley is still out there; we couldn’t lose all of the British charm on this show in one episode.

The last scene of the episode was a whirlwind.  First Cas disposed of Raphael in the same way he was ended last year – in a burst of blood and guts.  Soon after that Sam returned from his internal journey to stab Cas with the angel knife, which accomplished…absolutely nothing.  It was at this point that I was nervously looking at the clock and wondering what the hell could happen in less than a minute that would be appropriate to end the season on.  And then…

Cas announced that he was the new god in town, and that Team Hunter had two choices: bow down and worship him, or die.  Whoa.  Did NOT see that coming.  At all.

Of course, this raises a ton of questions for next year, but one thing that seemed obvious was that Cas would be playing a big role in season 7, right?  Only, that doesn’t appear to be the case.  According to an interview with showrunner Sara Gemble, Misha Collins is not returning as a series regular next year.  Color me both confused and pretty sad.

I have no idea what to expect next year.  We don’t know what kind of state Sam is in, really.  We don’t know where the real God is, the one who’s been MIA for two seasons.  We don’t know what kind of god Cas plans on being, but something tells me it’s not a benevolent one.  Where does that leave Sam, Dean and Bobby?  Only time will tell.  But at the very least, I’m excited to find out.

I’d love to hear your opinions on how things went down.  Were you happy about the resolution to the Lisa and Ben problem?  How sad were you to lose Balthazar and his crazy-deep v-necks?  What did you think of the depiction of Sam’s internal struggle?  Most importantly, how are you feeling about that ending and what do you want to see happen when the show returns for it’s seventh season?  Thanks for reading, everyone!

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7 Responses to “SUPERNATURAL Season Finale Recap: ‘Let it Bleed’/’The Man Who Knew Too Much’”

  1. Ryan G on May 20th, 2011 10:50 pm

    Too heavy on the castiel for me, I mean I prefer my eps especially the finales more heavily Sam and Dean but i did enjoy it. Sam trapped in his own head was five kinds of epic. Jared was incredibly good this episode. I just hope Castiel stays the big bad and then they fight him and take him down because he was boring as a goodie.

  2. freelancer on May 21st, 2011 6:34 am

    Jensen Ackles should win an Emmy for LET IT BLEED.

    Castiel should get his redemption arc next season.
    Crowley will be back, I’m sure, and that’s a good thing.
    I like Jared, I thought he did ok in his scenes, but please no more, ever, I beg of you on everything that is sacred in Supernatural (oh, wait a minute…oh, never mind, you get my point) scenes Sam vs Sam. Vs Sam. Never. Again. Please.

  3. Kristin on May 21st, 2011 4:28 pm

    I am still confused about the whole Lisa and Ben thing. Sure, they don’t remember Dean, but that doesn’t mean Dean and the “bad guys” don’t know who they are. Now if they get captured, they will just have no freaking idea what or why they took them, but it will still have the same impact on Dean if they are taken.

    I’m curious about the Sam thing. I want the whole “wall” in his brain thing wrapped up, but at the same time, how could something that would utterly destroy him be reintegrated so easily? Shouldn’t the Sam-from-behind-the-wall in his head be a little more damaged? I imagined more of a creature filled with torment, curled up in a ball or something, not some stoic blood-covered guy. Didn’t fit for me.

    As for Cas….they sent him down that path, but it just seems so against character for me. This whole arc, aligning with Crowley, and becoming vengeful just never fit the angelic hero type that Castiel is supposed to be. I’m not sure I buy it for his character.

  4. ColoradoKila on May 23rd, 2011 3:33 pm

    Not crazy about how this is wrapping up with Cas. Right after he won the “favorite non-human” award too, sort of a slap in the face to the fans. And really confused on how it will play out next season, since he won’t be a regular. Wondering about Sera’s vision here. But am hopeful it will all work out in the end.

    Can we please stop tormenting Dean? Between Lisa and Ben, Sam possibly going crazy and the betrayal by Cas, enough is enough already.

    My love for this show never really ends though. “Let is Bleed” may be the best episode of the season.

  5. Lee Marion on May 25th, 2011 6:32 am

    I see three things happening next season… in no paricular order: I may have temporary amnesia, but whatever happened to the weapons of heaven? If I know my Christian mythology theres this one weapon, The Spear of Longinus that can theoretically kill a god; another road they may take is to actually look for the actual God and let him fight off Cas. Finally I think sam and dean (with Crowley’s help) might find a way to release Lucifer and Michael and restore the balance, postponing the Apocalypse so they can fight off a common enemy and ending the Supernatural series. oh well, in any case I am soooooooo looking forward to the next season.

  6. Mary on May 26th, 2011 11:19 pm

    I have been wondering for the past two seasons how they would tackle the God issue (knowing how much of a minefield that could be), and it seems that it will be through a “false” one–Castiel. I am glad that they did not “deal” with the Lisa/Ben issue by killing them, like so many others Sam and Dean have cared for on the show, which leaves some hope for those who were rooting for Dean to be able to have some semblance of a life and love outside the hunting world. The melding of Sam’s fractured self–souled, soulless and hell damaged–was very well depicted and excellently shown by Jared Padalecki’s subtle changes in stance, voice, and facial expressions. The opening title sequence of the shattering glass is a perfect summation of the season–Sam’s fractured self, Dean’s breaking with his hunter past only to end up making clean break from the woman and boy he loved, breaking down of natural order relating to monsters not acting as in past, and even Castiel’s journey from angel to mega godlike tyrant which was a
    definite break/divergence from what he was at end of last season. I am grateful for a season 7, and can’t help but hold out hope that the show allows Sam and Dean some chance at emotional peace if not happiness after the unrelenting grimness of loss.

  7. debs hanley on June 17th, 2011 1:01 pm

    i never considered lisa and ben to be a problem i love supernatural and always have but i think now in its seventh season it needs more than just sam and dean they need more than just each other to keep it interesting they are both growing up and should have something more in there lives than just hunting dean is very upset and obviously loved lisa and ben and i m never happy if deans upset