The fine folks here at Bleeding Cool‘s Department of Television Excellence have taken it upon themselves to “save” some of your favorite series (like Supernatural) by designing “ultimate” episodes/seasons that will keep them from the water skis and sharks for a little while longer or save them from the fates that befell Game of Thrones and Dexter with their series finales. Consider these the episodes you need, want, and deserve. You’re welcome.
A Look at ‘Supernatural’ Season 15, Episode 20 “Lay Your Weary Head to Rest”
● Sam and Dean awaken in the bunker. The air around them is cold and dense. The EMF reader in Sammy’s hunting bag starts buzzing as Dean bursts through the door with a double-barreled shotgun [Aw yeah! Looks like we’ve got a good old fashioned haunting]. Time to go hunting…
● The bunker is supposed to be an impenetrable fortress, but we’ve seen baddies squirm their way in before. You never know how or when something will follow the boys back home. We know the drill – they line the doors with rock salt, gather all the iron weaponry, and load-up on salt bullets. The EMF in Sammy’s pocket isn’t simmering down, he turns it off as they start down the hall – opening one door at a time, wondering what horror any given room could hold.
● Dean gets a head start and kicks in the door with a raspy grunt. The door swings open to reveal the Roadhouse’s interior. Ash swaggers out of the back and grabs a seat at the bar next to Ellen, while Jo serves up a whiskey. Ellen quips, “What took you so long, kid?” [Goosebumps!!!]
● Pale-faced and disgruntled, Dean beckons for his brother, “Son of a bitch…Saaam!” Sam rushes over and sees the same thing. For a change, the boys tackle this puzzling case together.
● Side-by-side they open each door and find the welcoming sight of a fallen friend – Garth, Henriksen, Gordon (before turning), Bella, Adam, Sarah, Missouri, and even Crowley. Every time they step out of a room, they’re met with a near-miss shot breezing past them. Who or what is shooting at them?!?
Well it’s about damn time we finally saw some of these people again. I mean they jumped the shark with Adam and then locked him in a box for eternity without a second thought. I always wanted Sammy to end up with Sarah. I wish they kept her around. Don’t get me started on Crowley’s death. He went out like a hero but did he really have to leave the show?
● What the Hell is happening? Maybe one of the books will have an answer. They dodge blasts while heading to the library and they suddenly find themselves walking into Bobby’s den. He and Rufus are enjoying a bottle of Blue Label and invite the boys to join them. “Have a drink and take a second to think it through, ya idjits.” Hell, Bobby’s spirit probably knows more than any book could tell them…right?
● The boys take a seat and lose track of time reminiscing with their beloved Uncle Bobby [Alt-Bobby just isn’t the same #sorrynotsorry] when Castiel finally appears. He knows where they need to go, so the three of them get in the Impala and drive.
● Dean turns on his classic rock tunes but his AC/DC track keeps changing to Bon Jovi – new Bon Jovi. That’s weird. At last, they reach their final destination and it is a house we know all too well. Baby’s doors slam shut and the boys jump out of the car in a panic.
● In a baritone whisper, Castiel warns Dean not to shoot. We follow the bullet barreling out of Dean’s gun [Who is he aiming at?!?]. Cass steps in front of the gun and takes the hit. He drops to the ground and ends up in a hot blonde’s tender embrace [Where the hell did she come from???]. The camera pans out revealing two strapping young men towering over Castiel and the mystery girl.
● Sam and Dean look on in disbelief as Castiel catches his breath and introduces the trio: twins Johnny and Bobby and their cousin Mary. The Winchester score starts playing as the boys take a closer look and recognize a reflection of themselves. [Chills!!!]
● This whole time the boys have been working a case, but it turns out they are the case. A flashback montage reveals the hunt from the kids’ perspective. They were firing salty shots, blasting Bon Jovi in the Impala and working with Castiel – essentially following in their fathers’ footsteps, sort of.
● Suddenly the front door swings open. John and Mary invite the boys inside. “I made your favorite! And pie,” Mary says with a smile. John lovingly mumbles, “It’s good to see you boys. Welcome home.”
●Sammy’s eyes water and he sniffles, while a single tear trickles down Dean’s cheek. The brothers peer over their shoulders, meeting the tearful gazes of their children, and then look at each other.
They turn to face the camera, Dean winks – breaking the fourth wall. “Carry On My Wayward Son” plays as the screen fades to black…
Some thoughts on Our ‘Supernatural’ Season 15…
I’ll admit that there is a level of wish fulfillment in my ultimate episode of Supernatural. Especially as we approach the final season. There are characters I’ve missed and questions I want answered. But I don’t expect to get either. Instead, I brace myself for the next over-the-top stunt. Which is exactly what we get at the end of this installment.
This show has been rebellious from the beginning. Deaths don’t always stick, cliffhangers are expected (if not required at this point), and any character can stage a surprising return/resurrection because there are no rules. The only constant is the boys’ relationship with each other and their family (blood or otherwise).
Supernatural goes balls to the wall, gives zero effs about the consequences for brash actions and sometimes doesn’t even bother to address events after the fact. But they always succeed in bringing the feels, no matter how ridiculous the Supernatural world seems to get.
In many ways, this show is about the ride more than the destination. We buckle into the Impala and follow wherever Baby takes us. So in a perfect episode I want to be moved in every way – ghostly thrills, heartwarming chills, and jaw-dropping kills.