Supernatural’s series finale had some good points to it, but it could’ve been improved in other ways.
After fifteen years, the beloved series Supernatural has come to an end. Dean and Sam’s brotherly bond never once ceased, and they fought monsters and saved plenty of people along the way. The series finale has long been anticipated by fans everywhere, leaving audiences to wonder what would ultimately become of the Winchesters.
Ultimately, there were things to be loved regarding the series finale, and some things that the episode could’ve improved upon. Still, both Sam and Dean each received their own version of a happy ending. Even though they were separated for a bit, they ultimately reunited, just like always.
Could’ve Been Better: An Old Case
Sam and Dean were initially living a life akin to normal when they got caught up in a case concerning a vampire nest, which turns out to be an old case of their father’s. While the one last reference to John and a root to the series’ original case-of-the-week formula is a noteworthy inclusion to the finale, the case didn’t particularly stand out.
Plus, it seemed rushed as Dean and Sam investigated, and it led to Dean’s untimely death. There have been more interesting cases that Dean and Sam have solved in the past that had to do with John, and the case in the finale paled in comparison.
When Dean gets to Heaven, he’s in for a pleasant surprise. Heaven is quite different from the way it was before. Instead of every occupant being separated, reliving their greatest hits so to speak, the residents of Heaven are allowed to all be together, just as it should’ve been all along.
This is thanks to Jack’s reconfiguration of Heaven, and, as Bobby informs Dean, Jack was aided by Castiel, assuring audiences that Castiel wouldn’t be stuck in The Empty for eternity. Heaven was the paradise that Dean and everyone else deserved.
Could’ve Been Better: Sam’s Grief
After Dean’s death, Sam is shown in the bunker alongside Dean’s dog, Miracle, grieving alone. It slowed down the pace of the episode, and it’s just unbelievable that Sam wouldn’t confide in someone.
Sam was always the better communicator out of the Winchester brothers. Why didn’t he confide in his friends, like Donna or Jody, or even Garth? Where were those friends, and why didn’t they check in on Sam? It would’ve been better to see Sam surrounded by those he loved, instead of suffering alone.
Perfect: A Potential Spinoff
Sam did go on to live a normal life and have a son, but given the final scene between father and son, it’s implied that Sam taught his son to be a hunter. As Sam’s son is expressing his goodbyes, a tattoo identical to both Sam’s and Dean’s is shown to be on his arm.
It’s implicit that Sam found some kind of balance between hunting and normal life. In any case, Sam’s son could potentially be a protagonist in a Supernatural spinoff that could cover the next generation of hunters, with Sam’s son Dean as the leader.
Could’ve Been Better: Sam’s Significant Other
The identity of Sam’s significant other, and mother of his child, is left anonymous. She’s seen in the background, but she’s still a mystery. It would’ve been nice to have just a bit more information on her. Was she a woman Sam knew in the past and reconnected with?
What about including a brief flashback to how they met to clue in audiences as to who she is? Is she a hunter too? Where was she when Sam was dying? Had she already been dead by that time, and if so, why wasn’t she shown in Heaven? Unfortunately, these questions are left unanswered, and Sam’s significant other remains a mystery.
Perfect: Dean & Bobby
Bobby was the Winchester siblings’ father figure for most of their lives. In many ways, Bobby was more like a father to Sam and Dean than John Winchester was. Bobby truly cared for the boys as if they were his own, and though Bobby was stubborn, grouchy, and oftentimes cantankerous, he was a beloved character in Supernatural anyway.
That’s why it was a great addition to see Bobby talking with Dean one last time in Heaven, giving Dean an update on what the new version of Heaven was like and reconnecting once again.
Could’ve Been Better: The People In Heaven
The only person Dean ran into in Heaven was Bobby before he takes a long drive that ultimately finds him reunited with Sam. It was good to see Bobby, but it seems like an opportunity lost that Dean didn’t meet more people in Heaven. The show could’ve brought back characters that have been long gone, like the original Charlie, Jo, Ellen, or even Sam’s lost love, Jessica.
It would’ve been nice to see more familiar faces; perhaps Dean could’ve driven by their houses and stopped for visits, or at least waved as he drove by? Either way, it would’ve made Jack’s new version of Heaven feel more realistic if everyone was around.
Perfect: Sam’s Normal Life
Sam’s ultimate dream was normalcy. He went to college, intended to marry Jessica, and wanted to live the “apple pie life”, as Dean would say. It was good to see Sam finally getting the normal life he’d always wanted after years of having it out of reach due to the fact that the world needed saving or he was trying to be there for Dean.
Sam got a family, including a son that he named Dean. Despite all the darkness Sam had been dealt, he still found his silver lining and lived many more years happily.
Could’ve Been Better: Dean’s Death
After all the things Dean has survived, the injuries he’s healed from, and the manners of death that he’d come back from, his final death was quite a letdown in comparison. Dean is known for literally fighting to the death, and it would’ve been more realistic had Dean gone out with more of a bang.
What if the vampires had overpowered him? What if his manner of death had been gorier? It seems unlikely that after 15 years of dying and coming back, Dean would ultimately be taken out by being slammed into rebar.
Perfect: The Final Goodbye
Sam and Dean have had their emotional goodbyes before, but the series finale differentiates in that it was not only the final goodbye but a goodbye in which the brothers finally let go of one another and allowed themselves to move on.
Dean’s emotional goodbye took precedence, given Sam was the listener, and Dean begged Sam to tell him it was okay to go. For once, Sam did just that, and for the first time, Dean didn’t come back from death. The goodbye was heartfelt and heartbreaking all at once.