5.04 The End
|Episode #||Season 5, Episode 4|
|First aired||October 1, 2009|
|Directed by||Steve Boyum|
|Written by||Ben Edlund|
|On IMDB||The End|
|Outline||Zachariah takes Dean five years into the future to show him the consequences of not helping the angels.|
|Timeline||August 4th - August 7th, 2014|
|Location(s)||Kansas City, Missouri|
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Dean enters a hotel, passing a man preaching outside the front door. Once in his room, Castiel calls to tell him that he believes the Colt may still be in the possession of the demons. Castiel gets Dean's location and plans to arrive immediately, but Dean says he needs rest and that Cas should get there the next morning. After going to bed, the phone rings again - this time, it is Sam. He wants to rejoin Dean, but Dean says that their enemies will find a way to exploit their relationship, that being together makes them weaker.
Dean wakes up in the hotel, which is trashed and decayed. Outside, Kansas City appears destroyed and deserted. He finds a little girl crying in the street who attacks him with a knife before he knocks her unconscious. He sees the word Croatoan spray painted on a wall just as a large number of Croatoan infected people begin to chase him through the streets of Kansas City. They corner him, but members of the U.S. National Guard arrive and begin killing the infected people.
Dean escapes into a nearby alley, hiding while watching the battle. Later that night, he emerges from his hiding place, seeing a warning sign that shows that the year is 2014. He hot wires a car and leaves the city. Zachariah manifests in the car with a newspaper and talks about how the Croatoan pandemic has spread as far as Australia. He tells Dean he wants him to see what the future will be like if he says no to being Michael's vessel. Zachariah says he will live in this reality for three days.
After Zachariah vanishes, Dean goes to Bobby's place. The house is torn apart, and he finds a wheelchair with bullet holes in it. Dean retrieves Bobby's journal and sees a picture of a group of people including Bobby and Castiel outside of a place called Camp Chitaqua. On arriving there, Dean sees a ruined Impala just before he is knocked unconscious.
Dean wakes up cuffed to a wall. Future Dean begins interrogating him. Dean explains that he is from the past and about how Zachariah sent him to this time. Future Dean doesn't believe him until Dean mentions how an old girlfriend made him try on her pink, satiny panties. Future Dean talks about how the demons plan to finish off the human race with the Croatoan virus.
Future Dean says that Sam, who he hadn't spoken to in five years, got into a showdown with Lucifer in Detroit and didn't make it out, then leaves on a mission. After picking a nail out of the wooden floor, Dean manages to free himself from his cuffs. He escapes and finds Future Chuck, who appears to be in charge of organizing supplies. Future Chuck begins asking about the mission Dean was supposed to be on, as a woman, Risa, confronts Dean demanding to know where he was last night. After she leaves, Dean asks Chuck where he can find Castiel.
Dean finds Castiel talking to a group of women, and telling them to prepare for an orgy. Cas instantly knows that Dean is from another point in time, and reveals that he no longer has his angelic powers. Future Dean returns with a group of men and as they disembark their jeep, Dean shoots one, proclaiming that he had been infected with the Croatoan virus.
Future Dean leads Dean back to his cabin, and they argue about methods of dealing with the Croatoan infected. Dean asks about the mission and Future Dean says it was to retrieve the Colt, which he has wrapped up in a jacket. Future Dean explains how the demons had been moving the Colt around and how after five years he located it.
He tells Dean that he plans to kill Lucifer later that day, and gathers Risa, Chuck and Castiel to meet up with him and his past self. Future Dean reveals they captured an important demon during the previous week, who revealed Lucifer's location. Castiel comments that the named place is filled with Croatoan infected and demons and about how dangerous the plan is. After the others have left, Dean begins asking his future self questions. Future Dean tells him that five years ago in Detroit, Sam agreed to be Lucifer's vessel. He pleads with Dean that when Zachariah sends him back, he must agree to be Michael's vessel.
Dean argues that if Michael possesses him and fights Lucifer, half of the planet will be destroyed. Future Dean retorts that half a planet is better than no planet. He says he wishes he'd consented to Michael when he had the chance, but by the time of the battle at Detroit, it was too late. As they drive to the mission, Future Castiel tells Dean that he misses being an angel and that he figures he might as well indulge in drugs and sex while he can.
The group searches the city for Lucifer and finally locates the building that they need to break into. Future Dean, Risa, and Future Castiel gather their weapons. Dean realizes Future Dean is planning on using his friends in a suicidal diversion, while he sneaks around the back, but when Dean confronts him, Future Dean knocks his past self unconscious.
Dean wakes up hearing gun fire and screams as Castiel, Risa, etc... are killed in a battle. As Dean runs toward them, he meets Lucifer, wearing Sam as his vessel with his foot on Future Dean's neck, which he casually breaks.
Lucifer says that killing Dean would be redundant and tells Dean his story of how he fell from grace. Lucifer says he loved God, but when humans were created, he refused to love humans more than God, which God had instructed. Dean insists that he will find a way to kill Lucifer and that he will not say 'Yes' to Michael and would never kill Sam. Lucifer begins to lecture him telling him he will inevitably end up at this point. Lucifer leaves and Zachariah takes Dean back to where he fell asleep in the motel room.
Zachariah tells Dean that he needs to say "yes" to Michael to prevent the death of billions, but Dean continues to refuse. Zachariah is upset and threatens Dean, but suddenly, Castiel uses his powers to transport Dean to Cas' location.
Dean calls Sam, and they meet up the next day. Dean apologizes for leaving Sam and states they need each other to hunt together, that they keep each other human. Dean says they need to create their own future.
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Future Dean
- Future Castiel
- Future Chuck
- Rhonda Hurley
- Alternate Universe
- Back to the Future
- Bobby's Journal
- Camp Chitaqua
- Castiel's Cell Phone
- The Colt
- Dean's Amulet
- Ruby's Knife
- Singer Salvage Yard
- "Do You Love Me" by The Contours
- (plays when Dean watches the shooting)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Synopsis from SpoilerTV
- Jensen Comments on Filming from EW
- Promo Pics
- Promo Video
- Three Teaser Clips from Chicago Tribune
- Space TV Promo
- 5.04 The End: We Keep Each Other Human by bardicvoice (October 2009); archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Bond, Silvia. 2009. Through With the Twostep: "The End" Season 5, Episode 4. Pink Raygun, October 6; archive link, spn-heavymeta
- Chan, Suzette. 2009. Supernatural Talk: Tarts talk about Supernatural 5.04 The End. Sequential Tart, November 16; archive link
- There's a Reason To Hope: The Cinematographic Use of Lighting & Shot Composition in SPN 5.04 by zimshan (October 2009); archive link
- The Writing On The Wall: a study of the graffiti in The End by andreth47 (October 2008); archive link