In the Bunker, Sam and Dean go through their daily morning routine. Dean wakes up and is immediately greeted by Miracle. Sam goes for a run, pausing on the way to look at the world. Sam makes breakfast, warning Dean the toast is hot. Then Sam walks into his room shirtless, fresh from the shower. We see him neatly make his bed, while Dean messily makes his. Dean cleans weapons while Sam does laundry in an old washer. In the library, Dean is on his laptop along with Miracle, when Sam joins them. Looking for hunts, Sam tells Dean he's found nothing, but Dean has.
They roll up to a small town. Sam asking if Dean is ready; Dean assures that he is, as they step out of the Impala and enter a Pie Fest. While Dean goes to buy pie, Sam looks forlornly at a passing family. When Dean returns, Dean asks about Sam’s sadness. Sam tells him he misses Castiel and Jack. Dean says he misses them too, but that they will honor their sacrifices by living. As Dean begins to dig into his tray of pies, Sam picks one up and shoves it in Dean's face, laughing as he tells Dean he has wanted to do that for a long time.
The family from earlier is attacked by masked intruders and the kids are taken. Sam and Dean show up as FBI agents Singer and Kripke. They learn that the two children were taken, and that the mother survived, but had her tongue ripped out. The local sheriff show's Sam and Dean a drawing of the attacker, which is just a skull. Looking through John's Journal, they find an old case of a string of kidnappings he never solved, and figure out it’s vampires that prey on rural families with kids. And wonder who fits the description nearby.
A van drives up to a house, the masked vampires get out. Only for one to be beheaded by Dean, and the other shot by Sam. Sam and Dean interrogate the captured vampire, who says they kidnap and raise the kids as a food source, after threat of a slow and agonizing decapitation, the vampire tells them where the children are.
Sam and Dean pull up to a creepy barn and get their weapons ready. Inside, they save the boys, only to be confronted by the masked vampires. A fight ensues. At one point, Sam is knocked out. And Dean is captured. Jenny, the woman who was turned into a vampire on Sam and Dean's first vampire hunt appears to a surprised Dean, who uses the time to banter, letting Sam recover. When she goes to bite him, Sam beheads her. The fight continues, while Sam kills the vamps, Dean is impaled on a rebar hook by one, who Sam also decapitates. Sam thinks they’ve won. But Dean tells him something is wrong with him, and soon realizes he’s dying the way he knew he should, saving people, hunting things. Sam doesn’t want to believe, offering to get help. But Dean begs him to stay. Wanting him to come closer as he tells him things he needs to say. He tells him how proud he is of him and everything he admires. He admits to being so scared that Sam wouldn’t have wanted to see him when he came and got him from school. Because he didn’t know what he would do without Sam. It was always them. Just them. Sam begs him not to leave. Dean says he will be with him everyday in Sam’s heart. And he wants Sam to not bring him back. He tells him to always keep fighting. Dean tells Sam he loves him so much. Dean tells Sam he needs him to tell him it’s okay, that he can go. After sometime, Sam is finally able to. They touch foreheads, say goodbye, then Dean breathes his last breathe, collapsing into Sam’s arms, trembling from his wracking sobs.
Sam and Miracle give Dean a hunter’s funeral. Afterwards, Sam morosely goes about the Bunker. Miracle not leaving his side. He looks at the names on the table. Later, he sits in Dean’s untouched room, crying, and petting a sad Miracle. Then, a phone rings from the desk drawer. It’s Dean’s "other other cell phone." An officer from Austin, looking for an Agent Bon Jovi, has bodies with missing hearts. Donna Hanscum told him that he’s the one to call. After a pause, Sam says he’s on his way. Sam, packs up and walks through the Bunker library and Crow’s Nest one last time. He turns to look around once more before leaving and shutting down all of the Bunker lights a final time.
From Dean’s funeral pyre, we see Dean rise and go to Heaven. Happy that he ended up in Heaven, Dean is surprised to see Bobby Singer waiting for him. Thinking he's in a memory, Bobby tells him he isn't and that Jack released him from lock up and changed Heaven, with Castiel’s help. It’s no longer endlessly remembering your greatest memories. It’s living all together with the people you love, happily, revealing that John and Mary, Rufus are all nearby, telling Dean that it's not just Heaven, but it's the Heaven Dean deserves. They share a beer that tastes likes Dean’s first with his father, which was bad at the time, but he gets nostalgic. When Dean says it’s almost perfect, Bobby assures him “He’ll be along,” knowing who Dean needs to make Heaven perfect, also mentioning that time works differently in Heaven. When Bobby asks what Dean wants to do, Dean sees Baby with the original license plates. He decides to go for a drive while Bobby says "Have fun."
As he turns over the engine, “Carry On Wayward Son” plays from the radio. He declares he loves that song and drives. While he’s driving we see Sam raising a son, appropriately named Dean. An aged Sam uncovers a still mint condition Baby, and sits behind the wheel, looks forlornly at the passenger seat he occupied for so long, grips the wheel where his brother Dean used to grip, and cries. The music changes as we see a dying elderly Sam lay in medical bed at home beneath pictures of his beloved long gone family. Dean, his son, is an adult now with an anti-possession tattoo on his forearm comes in to hold Sam’s hand. As Sam struggles to breath, Dean tells him, “It’s okay. You can go now.” And we see Sam tearfully breathe his last breath, like Dean did all those years ago.
In Heaven, Dean stops at a bridge and gets out of Baby. He walks to the railing to enjoy the view, when suddenly his demeanor changes. He smiles and without turning calls, “Hey, Sammy.” As he turns, we see Sam in the clothes he wore when they hunted the Woman in White, he smiles as replies with, “Dean.” They look at each other, smiling, then hug a joyous hug. Dean leads Sam to enjoy the view, his arm around his shoulder. They’re free to enjoy the perfect Heaven together forever, having finished their work and are finally at peace.
No, come on. I know that face. That's, uh... That Sad Sam face.
Sam: I'm not Sad Sam. I'm just... I'm thinking about Cas, you know? Jack. If they could be here.
Yeah, no. I think about 'em, too. You know what? That pain's not gonna go away. Right? But if we don't keep living, then all that sacrifice is gonna be for nothing.
You know what this is? Mimes. Evil mimes.
Sam: Yeah, or vampires.
Vamp-mimes. Son of a bitch.
Vampire: What'd you hit me with?
Dean: Oh, it speaks. Not a mime. Still evil, though.
Okay. P-Please. I'm fading pretty quick, so...there's a few things that I need you to hear. Come here. Let me look at you. Yeah, there he is. I'm so proud of you, Sam. You know that? I've always looked up to you. Man, when we were kids, you were so damn smart. You never... You never took any of dad's crap. I never knew how you did that. And you're stronger than me. You always have been. Hey, did I ever tell you... Did I ever tell you that night that, that I came for you when you were at school? You know, when dad hadn't come back from his hunting trip?
Sam: Yeah, the Woman in White.
The Woman in White. That's right. I must have stood outside your dorm for hours...because I didn't... I didn't know what... What you would say. I thought you'd tell me to... to get lost or get dead. And I don't know what I would've done... if I didn't have you. 'Cause I was so scared. I was scared, 'cause when it all came down to it, it was always you and me. It's always been you... and me.
Dean: Hey. I'm not leaving you. I'm gonna be with you... right here... every day. Every day you're out there and you're li... and you're living and you're fighting, 'cause you... you always keep fighting. You hear me? I'll be there every step. I love you so much. My baby brother. Oh, man. Well, I did not think this would be the day. But it is. It is, and that's... Man... that's okay. I need you to... I need you to promise me. I need you to... to... to tell me... that it's okay. I need you to tell me that it's okay.
Well, at least I made it to Heaven.
Dean: What memory is this?
Bobby: It ain't ya idjit.
Dean: Yeah it is, 'cause the last I heard you... you were in Heaven's lockup.
Bobby: Was. Now I'm not. That kid of yours before he went... wherever, made some changes here. Busted my ass out. And then he -- Well, he set some things right. Tore down all the walls up here. Heaven ain't just reliving your golden oldies anymore. It's what it always should've been. Everyone happy. Everyone together. Rufus lives about five miles that way -- with Aretha. Thought she'd have better taste. And your mom and dad... they got a place over yonder. It ain't just Heaven, Dean. It's the Heaven you deserve. And we've been waiting for you.
Dean: So, Jack did all that?
Well... Cas helped. It's a big new world out there. You'll see.
It's almost perfect.
Bobby: He'll be along. Time up here, it's... it's different. You got everything you could ever want... or need or... dream. So, I guess the question is... what are you gonna do now, Dean?
Dean: I think I'll go for a drive.
Dean: Hey, Baby. Ah! I love this song. Whoo!
Dean II: Dad. It's okay. You can go now.
Dean: Hey, Sammy.
On 27th August, filming began on the last ever episode of Supernatural
, and we all got emotional. Jared posted the photo
above with the message:
- "As I head out to the first day on my LAST season finale, I can’t help but be incredibly grateful for all that #Supernatural and the #SPNFamily mean to me. It’s been an incredible journey, to say the least. I, for one, am hoping that #SupernaturalNeverDies."
- "Here we go, brother. This one’s for all the marbles."
Jensen posted a video
- "So last night we completed 326 of Supernatural. And at the very end of every one of those scripts are three words: To Be Continued. Today we start episode 327, and at the very bottom, of the very last page of this script are only two words: (He holds up the script showing the words The End) Happy Friday everybody."
On the post Jared commented:
- "Let's bring it home brother"
- "Don't make me cry. Again."
In a Variety article
, director Robert Singer
talks about COVID-19 restrictions, quarantine, and which cast members were on set for the series finale. Some fans were upset by the news that Misha wasn't included.
Jensen also confirmed
that there had been changes to the script due to COVID. Both Misha
and Jared later went into detail
about these changes to the ending, specifically saying that there was supposed to be a large scene in Heaven of all of Dean's friends, family, and loved ones from earlier episodes, but that it wasn't possible because the 14-day quarantine would've been inconvenient to cast members. However, Kat Ramdeen said on Twitter
that she was already available in Vancouver and was not contacted, but also stated that if she were to have appeared it would have had to serve the story. Samantha Ferris said on Twitter
that she and Chad Lindberg
weren't approached about being in Season 15
at all (despite many other Season 15 Callbacks
prior to COVID restrictions being enacted), and were surprised to see Harvelle's Roadhouse
in this episode.
Eric Kripke revealed in an interview with EW
, that after learning of the show's planned ending, he had attempted to think of different ones to pitch back to Andrew Dabb and Bob Singer, but ultimately came to the conclusion that their planned ending was the right one. Saying of his proposed alternate ending:
- "There's only one scene that I haven't done that I would've done for the end of the show and I'm certainly not going to give it away, maybe one day I will. But I can assure the fans that my ending was so much darker than the ending they're going with, so anyone who's like, 'Kripke should've ended it,' I'm like, 'You would've hated my ending!' Because it was a horror movie and it was going to have a horror movie ending, so I can promise you the ending [they went with] you'll love much more than if you had let me end the show."
Nearly 1.4 million viewers
watched the finale which represented Supernatural
’s largest audience since April 2019. It also marked The CW’s biggest total viewership in the Thursday 9pm time slot since the Arrow
: the tenth episode from the sixth season released in January 18, 2018 with 1.384 million viewers
Jared revealed during a Q&A
that about five years had passed between "Inherit the Earth" and "Carry On" for Sam and Dean. However, a released script
for the finale revealed that it has been six months since the end of "Inherit the Earth."
Unlike the prior thirteen seasons, the final episode of the season did not open with "Carry On Wayward Son
" playing over the "Road So Far" montage. Instead the song played towards the end of the episode over a montage of Dean
driving around Heaven
waiting for Sam
and Sam living his life to old age. Unlike previous times, the music is diegetic
and playing from the Impala's radio as shown with Dean commenting on how much he loves the song.
The truck at the Pie Fest is called "Dabb's Pies" after showrunner Andrew Dabb
When Sam shoves the pie in Dean's face, the extra in the background who appears shocked is director/producer Robert Singer
. Jared revealed at a Creations StageIt event
that this scene was scripted, and that he got to enjoy hitting Jensen with the pie multiple times as needed for filming.
The tree that Sam and Dean park near to go over John's Journal
is the Kim Manners Memorial Tree, a spot where Kim Manners
had his last location survey in Season 4 before passing away.
Sam and Dean once again use John's Journal as a primary source on a case as they often did in the earlier seasons, particularly the first season.
Come on, one time.
- Dean wants to use a shuriken (star knife) as a weapon. This has been seen in their weapons cache throughout the series, but never used.
Jenny. Son of a bitch.
Jenny: Hey, Dean.
Dean: Well, look at you. You know, we tried to kill each other back in the day. Yeah. This is so weird.
- A reference to the events of 1.20 Dead Man's Blood where Jenny and Kate were the only vampires to escape the Winchesters on their very first vampire hunt.
Dean's death also mirrors Sam's first death from 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
. Both are stabbed in the back, with the other brother seeing blood on their hands from the wound. Dean similarly asks Sam, "Come here. Let me look at you" during both death scenes.
I can't do this alone.
Dean: Yes you can.
Sam: Yeah, well, I don't want to.
- Sam and Dean's exchange as Dean is dying is verbatim from 1.01 Pilot, when Dean asked for Sam's help in finding their father. When asked at a StageIt Creation event the weekend after this episode aired, Jared said,
- "It was written that Sam says, 'I can't do this without you.' I thought it was neat to throw back to the pilot and say, 'I can't do this alone,' instead, like to reverse roles."
- He also said he and Jensen were given license by writer Andrew Dabb and director Robert Singer to "just go with the flow" during Dean's death scene.
Dean tells Sam, "You always keep fighting." This is a reference to Jared's Always Keep Fighting
The metal rebar Dean is impaled on was written in the script as a "hook" according to On-Set Props Assistant Maisie, who posted a picture
of it on Twitter. Jensen Ackles also posted a picture of the prop, joking about the danger of it on his Instagram.
Regardless of whether you call it a rebar or a nail though, we fans are forever indebted to the prop for all the tetanus memes
it gave rise to.
Dean's death on a random vampire
hunt can be tied back to 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
. In the episode Ash
reveals that Sam and Dean have both died "more than anyone I’ve ever met", but were always sent back with their memories wiped by God
or the angels.
After Dean's death, Sam starts wearing Dean's Watch
and is seen wearing it up until his death. Jared revealed at a Creation StageIt event
the weekend after this episode aired that this was an idea of his and Jensen's, that Sam would keep Dean's watch after Dean's death, and he was surprised fans noticed. Fans also noticed that Sam is wearing Dean's gray hoodie in the scene in the kitchen after Dean dies. This isn't the first time the boys have worn each other's clothes
and yes, the fans ALWAYS notice. In 1.12 Faith
, Dean wore Sam's gray hoodie, so Sam wearing Dean's hoodie now may be another example of circular storytelling on Jared's part.
Sam's first case after Dean's death is in Austin, which is home to both Jared and Jensen. Texas is also the location of Jared's next project on the CW: Walker
is revealed to have been locked up in Heaven's prison for his actions in 10.17 Inside Man
but was sprung by Jack
. Until now, this had only been confirmed by Bob Singer during a con panel years ago.
Dean and Bobby meet in Heaven
outside of Harvelle's Roadhouse
where they share a beer. Before the Winchesters burned his flask in 7.23 Survival of the Fittest
, Bobby expressed hope to see them again in Heaven after they die. In addition, in 7.19 Of Grave Importance
, after learning that Bobby stuck around as a ghost, Dean commented that Bobby could be in Heaven drinking beer at Harvelle's instead. The carved monkey next to Bobby used to sit on the corner of the bar in the original Roadhouse.
Heaven was reshaped by Jack
to be a version of Earth where the souls
are no longer separated from each other. In addition, Bobby reveals that Jack brought Castiel
back from the Empty
and he helped Jack with reshaping Heaven for the better.
The monkey figurine makes its final appearance outside Harvelle's. The figurine had been introduced in Season 2, and after the Roadhouse was burned down, the figurine made sporadic appearances throughout the series in the backgrounds of scenes as an Easter egg. Bob Singer has said that the monkey would be the one item he would take with him when the show was finished.
The face of Sam's wife is not seen as she is only shown at a distance. She was dubbed Sam's Blurry Wife
by fans. In a private online meet and greet with Jared after a Creation StageIt event, a fan asked if this person is anyone specific. Jared answered
that no, this person's identity was left open to fan interpretation. Many fans were disappointed that this person was not Eileen
, and showed an outpouring of love and support for Shoshannah Stern
on her Twitter.
In the script for the episode the character is simply designated as "WOMAN".
In the scene with Sam and young Dean a white Samoyed can be seen walking past. This is Kevin Parks
' dog Kuma Blu
, who has appeared in a number of episodes.
Many of the pictures seen in Sam's house are ones seen often over the course of the show. The biggest is an image of the entire Winchester family together from 14.13 Lebanon
. From left to right the pictures are of:
's statement in 15.02 Raising Hell
that a soul cannot go to Heaven once it has been condemned to Hell, Dean still reaches Heaven when he dies despite his deal having previously condemned him to Hell, suggesting that Jack changed the rules of entry in addition to restructuring Heaven. This also implies that the rest of Sam and Dean's allies who died, went to Hell, and was resurrected or released like Kevin Tran
and Eileen Leahy
were also allowed admittance into Heaven. Sam also made it to Heaven, despite having been sent to Lucifer's Cage
When Dean drives the Impala through Heaven, the car has the original KAZ 2Y5 license plates while on Earth Sam's Impala has the current CNK 80Q3 license plates. When Sam dies, the Impala was left to his son Dean Jr.
Dad. It's okay. You can go now.
- As he described at the November StageIt panel, it was Jared's idea to mirror Dean's death with Sam's. The line "You can go now" was inspired by what director Bob Singer related he had said to his own father.
According to Dean's watch that Sam is wearing, Sam dies around 1:40PM (it looks like there is light outside the window).
Though Sam's son has an anti-possession tattoo
on his arm, there are no other signs of hunting in Sam's life after he leaves the Bunker. Jared confirmed at the November StageIt panel
that Sam has not been hunting "in honor of Dean" because Dean wouldn't have wanted him to, but that Sam did tell his son about hunting and about his Uncle Dean, and that the decision to get the tattoo was Dean II's.
The clothes Sam and Dean are wearing when they meet up in Heaven are similar to the outfits they wore in 1.01 Pilot
. Significant scenes in the pilot also occurred on the Centennial Highway Bridge in Jericho, California. Jared revealed at a StageIt Creation event after this episode
that for Sam, the outfit was his idea, as he asked the wardrobe department to put him in the outfit from the pilot, and since they no longer had it, they matched it as much as possible.
Dean's death and Sam's life after it are an echo of what Dean told Sam in 8.14 Trial and Error
(an episode also written by Andrew Dabb
- Dean: And you told me yourself that you see a way out. You see a light at the end of this ugly-ass tunnel. I don't. But I tell you what I do know – it's that I'm gonna die with a gun in my hand. 'Cause that's what I have waiting for me – that's all I have waiting for me. I want you to get out. I want you to have a life – become a Man of Letters, whatever. You, with a wife and kids and – and – and grandkids, living till you're fat and bald and chugging Viagra – that is my perfect ending, and it's the only one that I'm gonna get. So I'm gonna do these trials. I'm gonna do them alone – end of story. You're staying here. I'm going out there. If landshark comes knocking, you call me. If you try to follow me, I'm gonna put a bullet in your damn leg.
Much like when Castiel told Dean he could find Sam by following the Axis Mundi; the beholder's pathway that runs through Heaven in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon
, upon arriving in Heaven, the first thing Dean does is drive until he meets up with Sam.
- Another reference to the first word spoken by Sam to Dean in 1.01 Pilot, adlibbed by Jared with the circular storytelling of returning to the pilot in mind.
At the end of the episode, Jared and Jensen appear on the same bridge as the final scene and still in costume:
- Jensen: Thank you, the fans. Through blood, sweat, laughter, and tears, you've kept us on for 15 years.
- Jared: There's no way we would have ever been here without you and your support and your love, so thank you. We will remain forever grateful for the opportunity and the honor to play these characters for so long, and we felt you guys here with us all the time. So thank you.
The shot pulls back to reveal all the crew also on the bridge alongside Jared and Jensen. As they wave goodbye, Bob Singer can be heard calling "And cut."
Following the airing of the finale, some fans were upset that Castiel did not appear and that his declaration of love was not addressed by anyone (particularly Dean) in the last two episodes. This was heightened when it was discovered that in the Latin American dub
of 15.18 Despair
, Castiel uses the specifically romantic version of "I love you," with "Te amo," and Dean responds with "Yo a ti, Cas," which is the romantic version of "Me too, Cas" though the English subtitles remained, "Don't do this, Cas." (This was later proven to be a line added by the director and supported by Guillermo Rojas
, Dean's LATAM voice actor.) In the fan uproar to this revelation, Tumblr was overloaded and briefly went down while #TheySilencedYou trended #1 on Twitter in the U.S. as fans encouraged each other to boycott The CW for presumed censorship of the English version of the show, while "YO A TI CAS" and "DEANCAS" trended internationally. The campaign expanded to note other cases of poor representation on the show notably character like Eileen, Kaia and Charlie (all of whom were written off prior to the final two episodes) with #TheySilencedYou and #TheySilencedMe.
On November 29th and there was a hashtag #SomethingtoSay used to highlight poor representation of LGBTIA+, People of Color and disabled people on the CW Network, although according to a GLAAD report
CW had the highest percentage (15%) of LGBTQ people as series regulars compared to other broadcast networks in 2019. However it has killed off a queer characters in the same episode they come out before in the Lexa controversy in The 100
Fans started a number of fundraising campaigns including:
Many conspiracy theories
, nicknamed "Destielgate" by fans, arose on Tumblr, including that an alternate ending of both episode 15.18 Despair
and the finale, which included a romantic reunion between Castiel and Dean, had been shot or scripted but was deleted by the CW. This was later refuted by Misha Collins in a Twitter post
, as well as purportedly disproven by leaked scripts and members of the fandom who claimed to know crew members with inside info, none of which has been publicly verified or refuted by any Supernatural
writers, executives, or representative of The CW at this time.
In an interview with Variety
, Jared gave his thoughts on a number of subjects regarding the finale.
On Dean's death:
- “It was a success story — it was Dean’s success story,” Padalecki reflects on the “Supernatural” series finale. “This guy gave his life for years and years and years and ultimately gave his life to have his No. 1 on the planet live as normal a life as possible.”
Jared also disclosed that no version of the script revealed who Sam's wife was after he quit hunting.
- “I think it was very, very purposely ambiguous and strangely I agreed with that,” he says. “I feel like a lot of what Sam did after Dean died was almost in honor of what Dean would have wanted, and Dean would not have wanted his little brother to marry Eileen, Ruby, someone in the life.”