Supernatural: why the end of the series is a little abomination

All series endings are not necessarily successful, and that of supernatural is a very good reference on the subject.

Whether it’s the season too many, or a wobbly final episode, it sometimes happens that the last moments of a series, however crucial, leave an even more unpleasant taste in the mouth than a shot of Smecta. .

between the end of Game Of Thronesan example so obvious that it is now a comparative one, that of LOSTwho never stop debating, How I Met Your Mothermore sloppy than a first teen handjob, or even dexter, whose abyssal pathos could ruin even the first seasons, bad endings are unfortunately legion in the serial landscape. And more recently, another program, cult also, had the dishonor to join this list of incompetence.

Thus, after fifteen long seasons, almost all broadcast on The CW channel (which is already a bad sign), the pseudo-horror series supernatural finally came to an end in November 2020. And if the decreasing quality of the last bursts of episodes was a good omen for the worst, nothing could never have prepared viewers for the cataclysm that the finale really was.

blank page syndrome

Finishing a series that has lasted fifteen years, however bad it may have become, remains a major challenge. On the strength of this premise, Andrew Dabb, who has overseen the series since 2008, decided that it would be wise to spread the finale over two episodes: one to end the season, the other to end the series. In itself, the idea is not bad. Devoting, after 327 episodes, an entire plot to the two main characters (who represent, without lying, the only reason why the fans wanted to stuff themselves fifteen seasons) actually seemed to be the most appropriate approach.

Nevertheless, we have the impression of discovering the construction of a “monster of the week” and not a final episode: six months after having defeated God (yes, God, with a capital D) and decided to lead a more Quiet, Sam and Dean finally return to service when a murder of children leads them on the trail of several vampires.

“Good evening, this is the script police, we have been reported missing”

After several seasons spent chasing after increasingly incredible mythological creatures (in addition to the Creator of all things, the two brothers still measured themselves against the Scribe of God, Lucifer, or even the personification of Darkness, for n ‘to name just a few), in other words thatpit the hunters against three hapless vampires in the latest installment of the series did not engage the most thrilling stakes. If some saw in it a real return to the antagonists of the first season, and a fortiori, to the sources, the general feeling was more dissatisfaction than anything else.

Admittedly, the pandemic context is partly to blame for this failure. The health crisis not only led to a suspension of filming, but also many rewrites for the last two episodes. In an interview given to Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Dabb thus admitted “ We proceeded to rewrite episodes 19 and 20 as soon as we became aware of the new health regulations. Of course, that changed things. Especially when it comes to the twentieth episode. »

Supernatural Season 15: photo, Misha Collinszombie ideas

In another interview with Glamour, actor Jensen Ackles, who lends his features to the eldest of the Winchesters, meanwhile confided that a big reunion with the old characters of the series was initially planned. Nevertheless Samantha Ferris, the actress who lent her features to the secondary character Ellen Harvelle, affirmed several times via her account Twitter never having been contacted by the producers about it.

Misha Collins, the interpreter of Castiel, is also notably absent from the last episode. Admittedly, his character passes away at the end of episode 18 in order to ensure Dean’s life. Nevertheless, it was quickly confirmed in the final episode that the character had actually been brought back from the Void by Jack, and that he had participated in the reconstruction of Paradise. So why the hell not include it in the final episode? The question still remains unresolved.

Supernatural: photo, Jensen AcklesNarrative graveyard

TIME TO GET NAILED

For some obscure reason, the executive producers of the series decided to sacrifice Dean Winchester literally an episode after the latter succeeded in slaying God. If the approach was already doubtful in itself, its execution is a real manifesto of incompetence: in what very probably represents one of the worst sequences of the series, a vampire disguised as a mime (yes) manages to impale the character on a nail lodged in a beam. The action is distressing, but it is unfortunately only the beginning.

The scene itself, more laughable than tragic, stretches unnecessarily, and seems more conducive to giving pride of place to psuedo-incestuous hints than to really paying homage to the character. After all, the two brothers are well known for literally never dying, so much so that the very concept of death has lost all credibility within the show. Choose to liquidate the character on an old rusty nail in a dilapidated barn thus smacks more of a bad joke (or even a joke), than a deliberate bias.

Supernatural: photo, Jensen AcklesTen seconds before the disaster (and twenty minutes after the start of the episode)

And even going beyond the scene in question, the circumstances in which the character dies form a spit in the face of his story arc. Dean is a character who, since the beginning of the series, sees himself above all as cannon fodder, whose sole purpose is to protect his brother. Several seasons of various disappointments and enlightening dialogues nevertheless end up removing this absurd idea from his head. So much so that in the final episode of season 13 (The Sword of St. Michael/Let the Good Times Roll), the latter confides to Sam that he wishes to give up the job and enjoy more peaceful days.

In the end, Dean dies as he had predicted in the first season, effectively annihilating any notion of free will (yet one of the spearheads preached by the series) and personal development. A conclusion which, in addition to disappointing fans of the series, is far from having convinced the interpreter of the character. In an interview given to Entertainment Weekly the day before the broadcast of the final episode, Jensen Ackles did not try to hide his dissatisfaction with the outcome of the series:

Supernatural: photo, Misha CollinsCatharsis

“During the hiatus between seasons 14 and 15, Jared and I were summoned to the writers’ room in Los Angeles. (…) It was not a brainstorming session, we were simply presented with a fait accompli. It was take it or leave it. I left quite uncomfortable.

I don’t know if it was the idea of ​​saying goodbye to a series in which I participated for the last fifteen years of my life, if it had become too personal for me to come to terms with its purpose , but I was not a fan. I had a lot of trouble with this choice of end, it’s no secret, I’ve already expressed myself a lot about it. It’s Eric Kripke [le créateur de la série, ndlr] which helped me take a step back. »

Supernatural: photo, Jensen Ackles“Who am I really?”

EVOLVE-WHAT?

Lots of things happen in fifteen seasons. The main characters evolve, a plethora of secondary characters gradually joins the adventure, while a myriad of intrigues follow one another merrily. However, in view of the episode, it is difficult to grasp that fifteen years have passed. It’s so hard to grasp, by the way, that it’s entirely possible to watch the very last episode right after the very first episode, and to be fully able to follow the course of the action.

It makes you wonder how the executive producers, and in particular Andrew Dabb, simply didn’t do it on purpose to produce such a poor finale. And in view of the statements of the latter on the occasion of the 2019 edition of Comic Con in San Diego, the question may be legitimate: ” I have been working on this series for 12 years now. What we have planned for the finale will only please 30% of the spectators. If you thought Game of Thrones’ ending was bad, just wait a bit. »

Supernatural: photo, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins“We would like a word with the producer, we promise we don’t mean him any harm”

No need to question the validity of such a press release, there are not any. But perhaps it explains a little bit the indisputable vacuity from which the plot suffers, the total non-resolution of the narrative arcs of many characters (heart on you Eileen), the radical abandonment of the initial message of the series, the inexplicable death of Dean, the absence of Castiel despite his beautiful final confession, or even the aberrant montage centered on Sam as he ages miserably, decked out in a wig uglier than the special effects of the first seasons.

Faced with such a divisive outcome, fans quickly wondered if it would not have been better, in the end, that the series ends at the end of season 5, as originally planned. The episode Swan Song (which is incidentally the highest rated in the series with an average of 9.7/10 on IMDB) thus ended with the expiatory sacrifice of Sam and the subsequent defeat of Lucifer. Following this tragic event, Dean chose to pay homage to the memory of his brother and to abandon the profession to go away, under the benevolent gaze of Castiel, to build a family with his longtime love, Lisa Braeden.

Supernatural: photo, Jared PadaleckiDabb would have done better to take notes

In doing so, the episode resolved each of the previously introduced narrative segments, and provided the two brothers with a bittersweet, but adequate ending. The conclusion couldn’t be more ideal. In fact, despite the few attempts by Eric Kripke to rehabilitate the end imagined by Andrew Dabb with the fans, the producer and screenwriter does not deceive anyone: the end of supernatural is a small disaster as we rarely see, and two years later, fans are still struggling to get over it. What to fear the worst with regard to the spin-off commissioned by The CW.

Supernatural: why the end of the series is a little abomination