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YAY!

Oh wait, there's a whole lot I have to do before I jump too far ahead...

Firstly, as you could no doubt tell by my previous post - usual rules apply! I've been drinking! All quotes are approximate, and if you don't have anything nice to say, then just say "I don't have anything nice to say" and I will KNOW YOUR PAIN, without having every remnant of joy ground out of me.

Now to the episode....

YAY!

I DID NOT THINK THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. Well, okay, I should specify, I had successfully guessed what the cliffhanger would be, but I seriously thought they'd string Lucifer along with them and I've to put up with him until the series end and EVERYTHING WOULD BE HORRIBLE FOREVER! But I was wrong! I've never been so happy to be wrong.

But let's actually get there organically - sorry I just spoiled the end for you, but if you're reading this first, you knew what bed you were laying in.

I love the little spoken intro before Carry On, courtesy of Dean and Rowena. Very cute. I was sad that Rowena wasn't in this episode, but pretty thrilled when we found out where she was... but again, jumping ahead.

Sam is giving the AU-people the rundown of what our universe is, and AU!Bobby gets to make a quip about how he's not sure they should really be calling HIS world the apocalypse world. And it's funny, but I object to the diss to The Shape of Water, because that movie is awesome and I love it, and it totally deserved Best Picture... well, Get Out, I think, may have been the only film that I think could have won over it, but this is a rant for another time...
Then the boys go on a random werewolf hunt, and I'm like... what the? I am so not used to season finale's starting off with "I guess everything is amazing now and life is good" but this is exactly what this one does. It lets them revel in victory only to then be crushed. So, ouch.

The werewolf hunt shows us how well they work as a team.
Meanwhile, Mary and AU!Bobby (who I'm probably just going to have to start calling Bobby) are having a leisurely stroll through the woods, recounting to each other what their lives are like now that the rift cannot be reopened. It seems the AU!people weren't all THAT attached to saving their own world, because they don't seem to put out about being trapped in this one, and instead they're setting out on their own and living their best lives.

And still we get ABSOLUTELY NO REACTION FROM MARY when Bobby talks about Ketch. I think she must honestly believe that Ketch is AU!Ketch and not her Ketch, that's the only way it's explicable.

We find out that Rowena and Charlie are roadtripping together - which is pretty nice now that Rowena has turned over a leaf. I'm sure Dean is happy that there's A Charlie in his world again, even if it's not HIS Charlie. I'm still sad about Charlie though, I still contend that AUversions aren't the same as the real thing.

Even Bobby isn't sure he wants to go back now. And anyway, they can't.

And then Mary and Bobby find blood, and follow it to find the corpse of a girl named Maggie.

My notes just say "Maggie's Dead!" like that means something to me, but really I think this is the first time we're meeting Maggie.
Back at the bunker, Dean is super optimistic about the team, and even starts talking about retiring - like, maybe it IS possible to kill all the monsters, with Jack's help, and then go sit on a beach somewhere with Cas and Sam, wearing matching hawaiian shirts. Meanwhile, my notes say "YOU'RE JINXING IT!"

Dean is interrupted from his optimism by Jack shouting. Dean runs to his room and wake him up from a nightmare. Dean then comforts him, telling him that everyone gets nightmares, and that Dean often has dreams about those he couldn't save - Jack berates himself for not being strong enough, but Dean argues - it's not about being strong. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes - it's about trying to get better every day, and staying together, and looking out for your family. And it's all very much the speech that Jack wanted to hear at the beginning of the season.
Then, Sam runs in with the news about Maggie's death. And we have a straight-up murder investigation, because it doesn't appear to be a monster-related death. Jack is SUPER MAD, because Maggie was yet another person that he had sworn to protect.

They question Maggie's friend and find out that she had a crush on a boy at the gas-station not far away. Jack assumes the worst, it seems, and bamfs out of there to go confront this OBVIOUS MURDER.... Jack, my boy, this is why we wait for evidence and presume people are innocent until they're proven guilty.

Luckily, this gas station must be like RIGHT BESIDE the bunker, because Sam, Dean, and Cas arrive in about 30 seconds somehow, and they DROVE... like...how?
I love Dean shooting Jack twice in the back to get him to snap out of it - but, I just gotta say. Nate (Maggie's crush) proves his innocents by being like "WHAT? MAGGIE'S DEAD?" and then Jack is upset because once again he hurt someone innocent when he was trying to do good.

So, he bamfs out of there again, but this time it's to walk in those thick, temperate-rainforest, woods of northern Kansas... you know, you know the ones, right? They're on all the travel brochures. Jack's solution to hurting people, it seems, it to berate and hurt HIMSELF instead, so he's punching his chest and arms as he walks and yelling at himself.

Meanwhile, back at the gas station, Cas quickly gives Nate their Destiny's Child FBI alias and tries to convince him that some dude didn't just have glowy eyes and try to kill him. But that excuse soon goes to shit because there's a massive earthquake and a piercing noise...

Meanwhile, back in the woods, Jack runs into Lucifer. Fun times. Which tells us who that earthquake in the gas-station was, because if Lucifer's back, that means Michael is with him.
The guys leave the gas station after Dean shouts "run!" but, really, only Dean is running, Cas and Sam are both doing a power-walk - which means Michael can through them into the side of the impala. Dean quickly makes a holy-oil molotov cocktail to buy them some time - and then they all pile into the car and leave.
Jack is unaware of this as he talks to Lucifer - who tells him that Sam left him behind. He dodges the question of how he got back, and instead just starts trying to woo Jack over to his side again. He finds an in by saying that humans make him do wrong things (or words to that affect), and Jack agrees, even though they mean two different things. Lucifer suggests that the only way to avoid this is to leave and go live amongst the stars, rather than say on earth.

Jack is keen to be in Star Wars, which Lucifer promises that he could do - that he could make him a lightsaber, or a wookie - but then feels bad, because he knows Sam would miss him (awww)... but Lucifer insists that he needs to take the opportunity to escape and start over.

Back at the Bunker, there's no leads on the murder case.... and then Jack shows up with Lucifer in tow, and Mary quickly passes her phone to Bobby and tells him to call Sam, while she tries to sort out what Lucifer is doing there.

It turns out, that Jack will only go with Lucifer if Lucifer first resurrects Maggie. Lucifer is hesitant and tries to tell them that Maggie might come back different - Jack points out that Sam didn't come back different, and Lucifer argues that Sam has always been different. Meanwhile, we find out later, that Lucifer is just trying to keep a witness dead.

When Sam, Dean, and Cas finally get back - Jack and Lucifer are gone, but Maggie is alive.

Dean puts an APB out on the devil, determined to find Jack.
Mary questions Sam about how they're even going to kill Lucifer, since they LITERALLY CAN'T. But that's never stopped Sam before. (I wonder what happened to the other horseman rings, btw... like, I assume Death got his back and probably still has it, but what about the others? Surely Billie would do them a solid here like Death did before.

Sam, bless him, takes the time in all this mess to keep pursuing Maggie's murder investigation, this time, sitting Maggie down and asking her what she remembers. She only remembers her assailants eyes... DUN DUN DUN.
Jack and Lucifer go to look at the stars and contemplate where they want to go.

And then the Bunker falls under siege. They quickly send Mary and Bobby off with Maggie, telling them to go through the garage to escape. Mary is NOT IMPRESSED, but she goes.

It's Michael! Apparently the Bunkers warding really can't stand up to archangel power.

A fight ensues, but it's rather short-lived. Michael ends up with Dean by the throat, giving him a slow death of asphyxiation. In a last ditch desperate move, Sam prays to Jack in the hopes that it'll work.

It does! (and man, I love what that symbolizes in terms of Sam's faith in Jack.)

Jack comes to the rescue and squeezes Michael's insides, causing him to drop Dean.

Then the jig is up for Lucifer, as Jack hears how he made a deal with Michael - he would get Jack and be able to leave the planet, and Michael would get all of earth.

Oh, also, since it's in my notes - I just want to say that I love Lucifer's "whoa" when Jack squeezes Michael's insides. I think it's at that point where Lucifer realizes that Jack is actually TOO powerful for him to feel safe around, and so his plans start changing.
Sam also reveals that the last thing Maggie saw before she died was her killer's glowing red eyes.

Jack whammies Lucifer with a truth-power and Lucifer confesses not only to the murder, but to the enjoyment of the murder.

And this is when Jack truly rejects his biological father, with the words - "You're not my father; you're a monster."
Meanwhile, my notes say "FINISH HIM OFF JACK!" because seriously, don't just stop halfway through killing Michael! Ugh... but I guess I can't complain too hard, seeing as how Michael enables my DREAM COME TRUE LATER (also a horrific cliffhanger, but *shrug*)

Lucifer primal screams at everyone like a true entitled male not getting his way.
He argues that humans don't matter, but Jack points out that Jack is ALSO HUMAN.

Sam does an awesome thing with his face here when Jack yells back at Lucifer... it's sort of, a face you make when realize that two super beings are about to fight right in front of you, and also a face you make when your kid is one of those super beings and you're super proud of him, but also super concerned - and it's really hard to describe, but it's a great face.
Lucifer rants about how he was going to remake the universe with Jack - that they'd be better gods than Dad. (Uh, how were they going to UNMAKE the universe without killing God in the process? I doubt Jack is strong enough to kill God.)

Then, Lucifer goes for plan B, and steals Jack's grace/power, and then reaches forward to take Jack somewhere, but Sam dives in and clasps on to Jack also - then they all disappear.

Dean is PANICKED.

And Michael, I think, knows his opening, because he bluntly confirms all Dean's fears - telling him that Lucifer just won, that he'll kill Sam and Jack, etc. Dean, as we've seen, is already primed to believe this, since he already believes that Sam fighting Lucifer = Sam death.
BUT, he hasn't killed them yet. Lucifer takes them to a church to chat with them some more - or at least, rub it in Sam's face that he's going to kill him now.

Back at the Bunker, Michael needs a new meatsuit if he's going to try to fight Lucifer - and my (and I think everyone else's) speculation proves correct, as Dean says, "What if you had your sword."

Back at the Church, it's archangels choke out the Winchesters day! Because Lucifer has his hands around Sam's throat.

Then Lucifer decides that he's sick of how loving the Winchester's are, so he decides to prove that family always turns on you by getting Jack to kill Sam...
Castiel isn't going to be able to stop Dean from doing this stupid thing. Dean thinks he has no choice. He tries to make a deal - like Michael is going to keep his word, for chrissakes - that Michael would just use him once, let him drive, and then leave. Yeah... I doubt that's going to happen.
In the church, it's Hunger Games Lucifer style - Sam and Jack, one blade between them, and whoever lives gets to live, otherwise Lucifer will kill both of them.

Sam picks up the blade, much to Jack's initial confusion, before giving it to Jack and telling Jack to kill him, and then get his powers back. Jack takes the blade, but instead of killing Sam, he starts trying to kill himself - telling Sam that he loves him (all of them). And I'm super touched, you guys, because that's like Sam's son right there.
Dean arrives in the nick of time (mostly because Jack doesn't know how to stab himself quickly and is giving himself a really slow painful death)... and Dean flashes his wings (though, I quibble that no wing reveal has been as awesome as Castiel's initial one - there's something about the starker lighting they used back then, and the quicker flash of wings rather than the linger)

Then they fight - and it's a vampire fight! - seriously, that's what my notes say. I am NOT a fan of wire-rigging fights where the characters are supposedly flying. It just... looks stupid to me, every time. BUT, whatever, I know there are people who really hate when angels have regular ground-bound fist-fights - but honestly, I love that - there's a REASON God made a rule that all angels had to be in vessels if they wanted to hang out on earth, and in my mind, it was to limit their ability to have aerial battles.
Lucifer is winning the fight, but then Sam throws Dean the arch-angel blade, and Dean is able to stab Lucifer!

LUCIFER IS DEAD! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, YES, I would have liked if Sam had done the stabbing with some biting remark - but he got his biting remark last episode, and he WAS instrumental in this fight as well. AND, I'm actually kind of happy that Dean finally was able to save his brother from Lucifer - like, as much as it's big for Sam to kill his abuser, it's also big for Dean to make up for what he surely saw as his greatest failure.

And Sam's right, when they have their moment to celebrate - "We did it!" - they both did it. They killed Lucifer, and Sam is SO HAPPY, you guys, like - he's AS HAPPY AS I AM.

Of course, Michael doesn't let them celebrate for long.

"Thanks for the suit" he says, and then Dean's gone.
Leaving Sam heartbroken, standing next to a STILL BLEEDING JACK! Sam, patch up your son!

Back at the bunker, we close on Cas looking distraught.

And then we see Michael, looking very dapper, out walking in the rain.

I REALLY don't like freeze frame endings, you guys, especially freeze frame with a weird close-in after the freeze frame. Just let Michael flash his eyes and then walk off out of frame! It's not hard to make it less cheesy. :P

So, cliffhanger is what I expected, but I'm super glad that Lucifer is dead, as I'm sure you can imagine - I honestly thought that I'd be stuck with him until the SERIES finale, because it seemed everyone loved him except for me.

I'm also (and stick with me here) glad that they depowered Jack, because this way he can stick around. They can't actually have a being that powerful with them all the time, it's why they had to depower the angels so much. And I honestly thought that Jack might die, because I KNEW the writers love inventing super-powered beings, but also don't know how to write around why they don't just solve everyone's problems with a snap of a finger.

I'm curious now what will happen with Jack... I know he's a bit like...uh, you know, Leo DiCaprio on that sitcom I used to watch, where Kirk Cameron, who WAS the rebel teenage son became a teacher and then adopted a homeless/abused teenager, because the show had been on so long. But, that was like, my favourite storyline of that show (which I can now not remember the name of - GROWING PAINS! I looked it up.)

But does he regenerate his power like Gabriel and Lucifer seem to do even when it's taken? Or is he like Cas, and once his grace is removed he becomes fully human?

As much as I'm worried about Dean, I know that it's Dean, so EVENTUALLY they're going to save him, yeah? So... it's just a question of how, and how long. I think the 300th episode lands around 14x14, so my guess is before then.

Meanwhile, what's going to happen with heaven? And when's Gabriel going to come back, because we all know he's not really dead. And how are they going to reason getting rid of Mary NEXT season.

So, still stuff I look forward to seeing how they approach. (that's a tough sentence for a non-native english speaker, I apologize to any of you out there.)



As per usual, let me know your thoughts in comments!

I'll hopefully have the timeline posted soon, and then it's the long summer hiatus where I may just disappear for a while.

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