Sam's attempts to rid Dean of the Mark of Cain finally come to a head ... and things get dark.
“She’s all yours” might very well be the saddest words in the history of Supernatural—a.k.a. Save My Brother or Die Trying—because the moment that Dean gives up Baby is the moment that you know he’s given up all hope. And yet, that was only one of the memorable moments in tonight’s beast of a finale, which once again did the thing that this show does best: Put a Supernatural twist on a Biblical story. And I don’t know about you all. but watching the arrival of The Darkness—which was sort of Sam’s fault for making Rowena do the spell—took me right back to Sam letting Lucifer out of his cage. And that twist ended up giving us season 5, a.k.a. my favorite of the series. So if The Darkness is anything like Lucifer, I’m in.
Let’s get to it!
We start with Sam in the bunker, where he’s busy leaving Dean voicemails, building fancy bullets, and convincing Castiel that no matter the consequences, “We save Dean.” With that, the two of them meet up with Rowena, who offers to do the spell to remove the Mark in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and she also wants the codex … because THAT is a good idea.
But Sam really is willing to do whatever it takes, so he agrees. From there, we learn that the spell has three ingredients:
1. The forbidden fruit—otherwise known as THE apple from Adam and Eve.
2. The Golden Calf, which they previously destroyed.
3. And Rowena’s heart, or rather, something she loves. And although she claims not to love anyone or anything, Cas sees inside her mind and discovers that she once loved a Polish boy named Oscar when, 300 years ago, Oscar’s family took her in and showed her kindness.
Meanwhile, as Sam tries to find a way to save his brother, Dean is in Nebraska, drinking himself into a stupor and being incredibly blunt with those around him. And who’s around him? Hunter friend Rudy, who found a vamp case and called Dean. Only, when Rudy discovers that Dean isn’t exactly himself, he gives Sam a heads up, and he does it just in time too: By the time Dean gets to the vampire nest, Rudy’s being held as leverage, and well, Dean doesn’t care much for leverage. Let’s just say Dean doesn’t do anything to prevent Rudy’s death, and that will be the thing that sends him over the edge.
Leaving Castiel with some of Dean’s hair—which he got how?—Sam chases after his brother. But by the time he finds Dean’s trashed motel room, he also finds the world’s most heartbreaking note. Sitting under Baby’s keys, Dean has written, “She’s all yours.” NOOOOOOOO.
Dean then heads off to summon Death and ply the lovely foodie with queso and taquitos. Why? Because Dean wants Death to do what he does best—kill him. (Also, can we talk about how Death is a foodie? Because it might be my favorite thing this show has ever done.)
Death tells Dean that, thanks to the Mark of Cain, killing Dean is impossible. However, it is possible to get rid of the Mark. And here’s where we get to the fun stuff. Remember how your Sunday school teacher said God created the earth out of nothing? Well, as Dean puts is: “Genesis is a lie? Shocker.”
Turns out, before the earth, there was just the Darkness. And God fought alongside his arch angels in a war to push back the Darkness. When God locked the Darkness away, he used the Mark of Cain as the lock and key to hold the door shut, and therefore the Darkness back. God then entrusted the Mark to his most trusted soldier, Lucifer. But when the Mark revealed itself to be a curse and began to corrupt Lucifer, Lucifer was banished to Hell, where he passed the Mark to Cain. And now, Dean has it.
Yes, Death could remove it, but only if Dean agrees to share the Mark with someone new so that the lock remains unbroken and the Darkness remains bound. Death then offers to relocate Dean off the earth, still alive but no longer a danger to himself or others. So, does that mean Dean would go to another planet? Well, that’s Sam’s first question when Dean calls him and says the second heart-shattering thing of the hour: “Brother, I’m done. Grab a pen. It’s time to say goodbye.” I repeat my sentiment from earlier: NOOOOOO.
NEXT: So. much. darkness.