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|title=The End
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|title= The End
 
|episode= Season 5, Episode 4
 
|episode= Season 5, Episode 4
 
|firstaired= October 1, 2009
 
|firstaired= October 1, 2009
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|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1488984/ The End]
 
|imdb= [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1488984/ The End]
 
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-end/id329061978?i=334229048 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R9QKJW Amazon.com]
 
|download= [http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-end/id329061978?i=334229048 iTunes], [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R9QKJW Amazon.com]
|outline= [[Zachariah]] takes [[Dean]] five years into the future to show him the consequences of not helping the angels.
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|outline= [[Zachariah]] takes [[Dean]] five years into the future to show him the consequences of not helping the [[angels]].
|motw= [[Lucifer]]  
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|motw= [[Lucifer]]
|timeline= August 2014
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|timeline= August 4th - August 7th, 2014
 
|location= Kansas City, Missouri
 
|location= Kansas City, Missouri
 
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|prevep= 5.03 Free to Be You and Me
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|nextep= 5.05 Fallen Idols
 
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Dean enters a hotel, passing a man preaching outside the front door. Once in his room, Castiel calls him to tell him he believe spoke about how finding the Colt may still be in the possession of the demons. Castiel got Dean's location and plans arrive immediately but Dean says he needs rest adn that Cas should get there the next morning. After going to bed, the phone rings again - this time it is Sam. He wants to get rejoin Dean but Dean says that their enemies will find a way to exploit their relationship, that being together makes them weaker.
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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 was trashed and messed up. Outside Kansas City appears destroyed and deserted. He finds a little girl crying in the street who attacks him with a knife. Dean knocks her unconscious. He sees the word [[Croatoan]] spray painted on a wall just as a large number of Croatoan infected people began to chase him through the streets of Kansas City. They corner him but members of the U.S. Army came and began killing the infected people.
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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. Army arrive and begin killing the infected people.
  
Dean escapes into a nearby alley hiding, while watching the battle. Later at night he emerged from his hiding place seeing a warning sign that shows the year was 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 leave in this reality for three days.  
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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 wheel chair with bullet holes in it. Dean retrieves Bobby's journal and see a picture of a group of people including Bobby and Castiel outside a place called [[Camp Chitaqua]]. On arriving there, Dean sees a ruined Impala just before he is knocked unconscious.  
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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|Future Dean]] begins interrogating him. Dean explains he is from the past and spoke about how Zachariah has sent him there. 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 planned to finish off the human race with the Croatoan virus.
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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.
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Future!Dean says that Sam, who he hadn't spoken to in five years, got into a showdown with Lucifer in Detroit and died. Future!Dean leaves on a mission. For the next few hours Dean picks the wooden floor getting a nail out and manages to free himself from his cuffs. He escaped and found [[Future!Chuck|Future Chuck]]. Future Chuck spoke about how they were running out of hygiene supplies and Dean suggested sharing. Future Chuck began asking about the mission he was suppose to be on, and Dean spoke about how he was leaving to go to his mission. [[Risa]] came trying to harm Dean who hid behind Future Chuck. Dean asked Future Chuck about [[Castiel]] and left to find
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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 [[Future Castiel|Castiel]].
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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.
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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.
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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 began to label Future Castiel, who instantly knew that Dean was from another year. Future Castiel knew it was Zachariah and Dean wanted to get back to his present team. Future Castiel revealed he wished he could take Dean back to present time, and announced he was stoned.  Future Dean returned with some men all drinking beer and one man turned out to be a Croatoan infected. Future Dean killed him quickly, and Dean had revealed his presence. Future Dean led Dean back to his cabin, and they argued about the methods of dealing with the Croatoan infected. Future Dean had decided to kill them and spoke about how in 2014 killing Croatoan infected was a common thing. Dean apologized and the two shared some beer. Dean asked about the mission and Future!Dean revealed [[the Colt]] which had been wrapped up in a jacket. Future Dean stated how the [[demons]] had been moving the Colt around and how after five years he located it.
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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.
  
He planned to kill Lucifer later that day, and later gathered Risa, and Castiel, to meet up with him and his past self. Risa asked about finding Lucifer and Dean spoke about why she was upset. Future Dean spoke about how an important demon they captured last week, had revealed Lucifer's location. Castiel spoke about how useful Future Dean's torture methods were, and Dean commented. Castiel spoke about how it was a spot filled with Croatoan infected and demons. He spoke about how dangerous the plan was and with Risa decided to gather the other soldiers. Dean began asking his future self questions, and the latter wanted Dean to see Sam. Future Dean spoke about how Sam agreed to be Lucifer's vessel, and Future Dean knew he had to kill his brother. Dean was sad his future self was going to kill Sam, and Future!Dean warned him that when Zachariah took him back to the past, to agree to be Michael's vessel.
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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 spoke about how if Michael possessed him and fought Lucifer half the planet would be destroyed. Future Dean spoke about how half a planet was better then no planet. Future!Dean spoke about how he yelled yes multiple times and how he had lost the battle against Lucifer. Future Dean knew Dean would never agree to be Michael's vessel and Future Chuck told Dean to hoard toilet paper. Future Chuck remained at the base, while the group left to kill Lucifer. Later Dean spoke to Future Castiel about the drugs and other things wrong with him. Future Castiel spoke about how he was no longer an angel, and knew it had something to do with the other angels leaving. Future Castiel spoke about how he missed about being an angel,and how he was depressed. The next morning the group of soldiers lead by Future!Dean arrived in a city torn down by the infection.
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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.
  
The group searched the city for Lucifer and finally located the building they needed to break into. Future Dean, Risa, and Future Castiel gather their weapons. Dean knew Future!Dean was lying about something and they went to talk alone. Future Dean revealed how the area should have been infested with Croatoan infected and how they had made a path. Dean was upset after learning his future self planned to enter through the back, while letting all his friends die including Future Castiel. Dean decided he would stop Future!Dean's plan, but the latter knocked his past self unconscious. Dean woke up hearing gun fire and yells. Dean ran towards the building seeing a fight ensuing inside. He sees Future!Lucifer, in Sam's meat suit, in the garden with his foot on Future!Dean's neck which cracks. A storm ensued when Lucifer appeared and Dean suggested Lucifer kill him.
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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.
  
Lucifer stated that killing Dean would be redundant and he told Dean to be friendly. Lucifer spoke about how beautiful the Earth was and he spoke to Dean about how he fell from grace. Lucifer told Dean about how he loved [[God]], then humans were created, and he refused to love humans more than God. Dean spoke to Lucifer about his ego and told him to kill him now. Dean stated he would find a way to kill Lucifer and the latter stated he would not say "Yes" to Michael and would never kill Sam. Lucifer began to lecture him telling him he would end up in this future. Lucifer teleported away and Zachariah found Dean ready to return him to the past.  
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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.
  
Zachariah told Dean that he needed to say yes to Michael, to prevent the death of billions but Dean continues to refuse. Zachariah was upset, and Dean stated he had another lesson. Suddenly Castiel used his powers to get Dean to his location and the latter told his angel friend to never change. Castiel asked questions about how Zach located Dean and the latter didn't have enough time. Dean stated to stay away from Jehovah's witnesses and called Sam, meeting up with him the next day. Dean had Ruby's knife and he gave it to Sam. Dean apologized for leaving Sam and stated they needed each either to hunt together. Dean decided they needed to create their own future.  
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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.
  
 
|Characters=
 
|Characters=
 
* [[Sam Winchester]]
 
* [[Sam Winchester]]
 
* [[Dean Winchester]]
 
* [[Dean Winchester]]
* [[Future!Dean]]
 
 
* [[Castiel]]
 
* [[Castiel]]
* [[Future!Castiel]]
 
 
* [[Lucifer]]
 
* [[Lucifer]]
 
* [[Zachariah]]
 
* [[Zachariah]]
* [[Future!Chuck]]
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* [[Future Dean]]
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* [[Future Castiel]]
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* [[Future Chuck]]
 
* [[Risa]]
 
* [[Risa]]
 
* [[Rhonda Hurley]]
 
* [[Rhonda Hurley]]
* [[Pestilence]] (not seen)
 
 
   
 
   
 
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* [[Alcohol]]
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* [[Aliases]]
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* [[Alternate Universe]]
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* [[Apocalypse]]
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* [[Back to the Future]]
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* [[Bobby's Journal]]
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* [[Camp Chitaqua]]
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* [[Castiel's Cell Phone]]
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* [[The Colt]]
 
* [[Croatoan]]
 
* [[Croatoan]]
* [[The Colt]]
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* [[Dean's Amulet]]
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* [[Drugs]]
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* [[Fights]]
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* [[Gank]]
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* [[Heaven]]
 
* [[Impala]]
 
* [[Impala]]
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* [[Redemption]]
 
* [[Ruby's Knife]]
 
* [[Ruby's Knife]]
* [[Dean's Amulet]]
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* [[Samifer]]
* [[Camp Chitaqua]]
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* [[Sammy]]
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* [[Singer Salvage Yard]]
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* [[Unconscious]]
 
* [[Vessel]]
 
* [[Vessel]]
* [[Samifer]]
 
* [[Apocalypse]]
 
* [[Heaven]]
 
* [[Castiel's Cell Phone]]
 
 
* [[Zombie]]
 
* [[Zombie]]
  
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'''Castiel:''' What? What? Dean--I didn't--I didn't get that.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Look, Sam—it doesn't matter—whatever we do. I mean, it turns out that you and me, we're the, uh, the fire and the oil of the Armageddon. You know, on that basis alone, we should just pick a hemisphere. Stay away from each other for good.<br>
'''Dean:''' You know it's kinda funny talking to a Messenger of God on a cell phone. It's like watching a Hell's Angel ride a moped.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Dean, it does not have to be like this. We can fight it.<br>
'''Castiel:''' This isn't funny Dean. The voice says I'm almost out of minutes!
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'''Dean:''' Yeah, you're right. We can. But not together. We're not stronger when we're together, Sam. I think we're weaker. Because whatever we have between us—love, family, whatever it is—they are always gonna use it against us. And you know that. Yeah, we're better off apart. We got a better chance of dodging Lucifer and Michael and this whole damn thing, if we just go our own ways.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Dean, don't do this.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Bye, Sam.
 
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'''Castiel:''' I'll be there immediately.<br>
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'''Future Dean:''' Okay. If you're me, then tell me something only I would know.<br>
'''Dean:''' Whoa, whoa, whoa. No, come on, man. I just drove, like, 16 hours straight, ok? I'm human. There's stuff I gotta do.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Rhonda Hurley. We were, uh, nineteen. She made us try on her panties. They were pink. And satiny. And you know what? We kind of liked it.<br>
'''Castiel:''' What stuff?<br>
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'''Future Dean:''' Touché. So, what, Zach zapped you up here to see how bad it gets?
'''Dean:''' Eat, for example. And this case, sleep. I just need, like, 4 hours once in a while, ok?<br>
 
'''Castiel:'''  Yes.<br>
 
'''Dean:'''  Ok so you can... pop in tomorrow morning.<br>
 
'''Castiel:'''  Yes. I'll just (Dean hangs up on him) ...wait here, then.<br>
 
 
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'''Dean:''' I guess I'm a little numb to the earth-shattering revelations at this point.
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'''Dean:''' Okay. All right. Fine. But you don't have to cuff me, man. Oh, come on. You don't trust yourself?<br>
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'''Future Dean:''' No. Absolutely not.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Dick.
 
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'''Dean:''' We're not stronger when we're together, Sam. I think we're weaker. Because whatever we have between us -- love, family, whatever it is - they are always gonna use it against us. And you know that.
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'''Future Castiel:''' So, in this way. We're each a fragment of total perception—just, uh, one compartment in that dragonfly eye of group mind. Now, the key to this total, shared perception—it's, um, it's surprisingly physical. Oh. Excuse me, ladies. I think I need to confer with our fearless leader for a minute. Why not go get washed up for the orgy? You're all so beautiful.
 
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'''Dean:''' Ok, well. Good. Great. You have had your jollies, now send me back you sunuvabitch.<br>
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'''Dean:''' What, are you stoned?<br>
'''Zachariah:''' Oh, you'll get back. All in good time. We want you to marinate a bit.<br>
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'''Future Castiel:''' Uh, generally, yeah.<br>
'''Dean:''' Marinate?<br>
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'''Dean:''' What happened to you?<br>
'''Zachariah:''' Three days, Dean. Three days to see where this course of action takes you.<br>
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'''Future Castiel:''' Life.
'''Dean:''' What does that supposed to mean?<br>
 
'''Zachariah:'''   It means that your choices, have consequences. This is what happens to world if you continue to say no to Michael. Have a little looksee.<br>
 
 
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'''Dean:''' Rhonda Hurley. We were, uh...19. She made us try on her panties. They were pink. And satiny. And you know what? We kind of liked it.
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'''Dean:''' Torture? Oh, so, we're—we're torturing again. No, that's—that's good. Classy.
 
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'''Dean:''' Oh come on, you don't trust yourself?<br>
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'''Future Chuck:''' Some free advice? You ever get back there, you hoard toilet paper. You understand me? Hoard it. Hoard it like it's made of gold. 'Cause it is.<br>
'''Future!Dean:''' No. Absolutely not.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Thank you, Chuck.<br>
'''Dean:''' ...''dick''.
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'''Future Chuck:''' Oh, you'll thank me, all right. Mark my words.
 
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'''Dean:''' What, are you stoned?<br>
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'''Dean:''' So, you're human. Well, welcome to the club.<br>
'''Future!Castiel:''' Uh... generally, yeah.
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'''Future Castiel:''' Thanks. Except I used to belong to a much better club. And now I'm powerless. I'm hapless, I'm hopeless. I mean, why the hell not bury myself in women and decadence, right? It's the end, baby. That's what decadence is for. Why not bang a few gongs before the lights go out? But then that's, that's just how I roll.
 
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'''Future!Dean:''' Yeah, ok. You're coming because I want you to see something. I want you to see our brother.<br>
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'''Lucifer:''' You ever hear the story of how I fell from grace?<br>
'''Dean:''' Sam? I thought he was dead.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Oh, good God, you're not gonna tell me a bedtime story, are you? My stomach's almost out of bile.<br>
'''Future!Dean:''' Sam didn't die in Detroit. He said yes.<br>
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'''Lucifer:''' You know why God cast me down? Because I loved him. More than anything. And then God created... You. The little... hairless apes. And then he asked all of us to bow down before you—to love you, more than him. And I said, 'Father, I can't.' I said, 'These human beings are flawed, murderous.' And for that, God had Michael cast me into Hell. Now, tell me, does the punishment fit the crime? Especially when I was right? Look at what six billion of you have done to this thing, and how many of you blame me for it.
'''Dean:''' Yes? Wait. You mean?<br>
 
'''Future!Dean:''' That's right, the Big Yes. To the Devil. Lucifer's wearing him to the prom.
 
 
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'''Chuck:''' Some free advice? You ever get back there, you hoard toilet paper. You understand me? Hoard it. Hoard it, like it's made of gold.
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'''Dean:''' Look, man, I'm sorry. I don't know. I'm...whatever I need to be. But I was, uh—wrong.<br>
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'''Sam:''' What made you change your mind?<br>
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'''Dean:''' Long story. The point is... maybe we are each other's Achilles heel. Maybe they'll find a way to use us against each other, I don't know. I just know we're all we've got. More than that. We keep each other human.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Thank you. Really. Thank you. I won't let you down.<br>
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'''Dean:''' Oh, I know it. I mean, you are the second-best hunter on the planet.<br>
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'''Sam:''' So, what do we do now?<br>
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'''Dean:''' We make our own future.<br>
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'''Sam:''' Guess we have no choice.
 
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'''Dean:''' You wanna use their deaths as a diversion? Oh man, something is broken in you. You're making decisions that I would never make. I wouldn't sacrifice my friends.<br>
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'''Future!Dean:''' You're right. You wouldn't. It's one of the main reasons we're in this mess, actually.
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The episode title might refer to The Doors Song [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(The_Doors_song) "The End,"] which uses themes of the Apocalypse and a world gone mad ("all the children are insane"). The song also evokes the image of the Devil ("the snake is long, 7 miles, [...] and he's old, and his skin is cold"), and has an oedipal part, where a son goes to murder his sister, brother and finally father, to confront his mother, who he wishes to have sex with. Furthermore, the song was used in Francis Ford Coppola's iconic war movie, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now Apocalypse Now.]''  
 
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'''Dean:''' You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy for the Devil crap. I know what you are.<br>
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There was mixed opinion among fans as to whether the future shown here is "real" or merely constructed by [[Zachariah]] to persuade Dean to become [[Michael]]'s [[vessel]]. Commentary on [[5.04 The End]] on the [[Season 5 DVD]]s by [[Ben Edlund]] and [[Eric Kripke]] supports that this is an alternate universe model, rather than time travel.
'''Lucifer:''' What am I?<br>
 
'''Dean:''' You're the same thing, only bigger. The same brand of cockroach I've been squashing my whole life. An ugly, evil, belly to the ground supernatural piece of crap. The only difference between them and you, is the size of your ego.
 
 
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'''Dean:''' The point is... maybe we are each others Achilles Heel. Maybe they'll find a way to use us against each other, I don't know... I just know we're all we've got. More than that, we keep each other human.<br>
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'''Dean:''' You know, it's kind of funny. Talking to a messenger of God on a cellphone. It's, you know, like watching a Hell's Angel ride a moped.
'''Sam:''' Thank you. Really. Thank you. I won't let you down.<br>
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:''The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hells_Angels Hells Angels] are an infamous worldwide motorcycle club, and are considered an organized crime syndicate.''
'''Dean:''' Oh, I know it. I mean, you are the second best hunter on the planet.
 
 
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'''Dean:''' So, you're his vessel, huh? Lucifer's wearing you to the prom? <br>
 
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'''Dean:''' So we're just going to walk in, we'll be the Dynamic Duo again?<br>
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'''Dean:''' So, what, you're just gonna walk back in and we're gonna be the Dynamic Duo again?
:''The Dynamic Duo is the nickname for Batman and Robin.''
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:''The Dynamic Duo is the nickname for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_and_Robin_(comic_book) Batman and Robin.]''
 
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Signs of the [[Apocalypse]] - Sarah Palin is president, as seen on the newspaper [[Zachariah]] is reading in the car when he first confronts Dean. Also, the state of disrepair of the [[Impala]].
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The set for the 2014 apocalyptic future was actually a set from the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen_movie Watchmen]'', which featured ''[[Supernatural]]'' alumnus [[Jeffrey Dean Morgan]]. Pics of the set in use during the movie [http://rss.warnerbros.com/watchmen/2007/11/the_backlot.html here]. Pics of the set during filming of ''Supernatural'':
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* [http://anteka.livejournal.com/728120.html Pics taken on set] by anteka
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* [http://www.twitpic.com/e94w6 Misha on set] posted by Misha
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* [http://twitpic.com/jvjyc Behind the scenes shot of Jensen] by LilMissX
 
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'''Dean:''' The last thing they need to see is a version of ''The Parent Trap''.<br>
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The cinema has a movie listed as ''Route 666''. [[1.13 Route 666]] is the 13th episode in season one, as well as one of the ''Supernatural'' books [[Chuck]] has written.
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_(1961_film) The Parent Trap] is a movie about twins who are separated at birth.''
 
 
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'''Dean:''': I thought I smelled your stink on this ''Back to the Future'' crap.<br>
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The infection by the [[Croatoan virus]] is reminiscent of ''[http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/ the Danny Boyle movie 28 Days Later]'', about London, England having been overrun by virus-infected zombies.  
:''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/ Back to the Future] is a famous '80s movie 3-parter, in which Michael J. Fox travels to the past and later future in his DeLorean.''
 
 
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'''Dean''': Oh well, if it isn't the Ghost of Christmas' Screw You.<br>
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Signs of the [[Apocalypse]] - Sarah Palin is president, as seen on the newspaper [[Zachariah]] is reading in the car when he first confronts [[Dean]]. Also, the state of disrepair of the [[Impala]].
:''In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. the Ghosts of Christmases' Past, Present and Future teach Scrooge humility.''
 
 
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'''Dean''': And the orgies and the love guru crap?"<br>
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'''Dean:''' I thought I smelled your stink on this Back to the Future crap.
:''The Love Guru was a 2008 comedy movie starring Mike Myers.''
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:''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/ Back to the Future] is a famous '80s movie 3-parter, in which Michael J. Fox travels to the past and later future in his DeLorean.''
 
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[[Future!Dean]] was not wearing [[Dean's Amulet|his amulet]].
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'''Zachariah''': We've been making inspirational visits to the fringier Chrstian groups. They've been given your image, told to keep an eye out.<br>
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'''Dean''': The Bible freak outside the motel. He, what, dropped a dime on me?<br>
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'''Zachariah''': Onward, Christian soldiers.<br>
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onward,_Christian_Soldiers Onward, Christian Soldiers] is a hymn about the many followers of Christ marching together against enemies of Christ.''
 
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At [[Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009]], Jensen [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XZsoXjtvU0 talked about] the challenges of playing two versions of Dean.
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'''Dean:''' Whoa. You're just gonna leave me here?
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'''Future Dean:''' Yes. I got a camp full of twitchy trauma survivors out there with an apocalypse hanging over their head. The last thing they need to see is a version of The Parent Trap. So, yeah, you stay locked down.
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Parent_Trap_(1961_film) The Parent Trap] is a movie about twins who are separated at birth.''
 
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The final scene is set in the same location at which Dean and Sam part with John in [[1.21 Salvation]].
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'''Dean:''' Mmm. Don't get me wrong, Cas. I, uh. I'm happy that the stick is out of your ass, but—what's going on—w-with the drugs and the orgies and the love-guru crap?
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Love_Guru The Love Guru] was a 2008 comedy movie starring Mike Myers.''
 
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The set for the 2014 apocalyptic future, was actually a set from the movie ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen_movie Watchmen]'', which featured ''Supernatural'' alumni [[Jeffrey Dean Morgan]]. Pics of the set in use during the movie [http://rss.warnerbros.com/watchmen/2007/11/the_backlot.html here]. Pics of the set during filming of Supernatural:
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'''Dean:''' You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy for the devil crap. I know what you are.<br>
* [http://anteka.livejournal.com/728120.html Pics taken on set] by anteka
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:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sympathy_for_the_devil "Sympathy for the Devil"] is the name of a song by the Rolling Stones. It was also the title of [[5.01 Sympathy for the Devil|the season 5 premiere]].''
* [http://www.twitpic.com/e94w6 Misha on set] posted by Misha
 
* [http://twitpic.com/jvjyc Behind the scenes shot of Jensen] by LilMissX
 
 
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The episode title might refer to The Doors Song "The End", which uses themes of the Apocalypse and a world gone mad ('all the children are insane'). The song also evokes the image of the devil ('the snake is long, 7 miles, (..) and he's old, and his skin is cold'), and has an oedipal part, where a son goes to murder his sister, brother and finally father, to confront his mother, who he wishes to have sex with. Furthermore, the song was used in Francis Ford Coppola's iconic war movie, ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocalypse_Now Apocalypse Now]''. See also [[The Meaning of Episode Titles]].
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'''Dean:''' Oh, well, if it isn't the ghost of Christmas screw you
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:''In Charles Dickens' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol A Christmas Carol.] the Ghosts of Christmases' Past, Present and Future teach Scrooge humility.''
 
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The episode is so popular in fandom, it spawned its own community on Livejournal - [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_the_end/profile Spn - The End].  
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There was mixed opinion among fans as to whether the future shown here is "real" or merely constructed by [[Zachariah]] to persuade Dean to become [[Michael]]'s [[vessel]]. Commentary on [[5.04 The End]] on the [[Season 5 DVD]]s by [[Ben Edlund]] and [[Eric Kripke]] supports that this is an alternate universe model, rather than time travel.
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In June 2010, The CW submitted this episode, along with [[5.08 Changing Channels]] for consideration for an Emmy nomination.
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At [[Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009]],  Jensen [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XZsoXjtvU0 talked about] the challenges of playing two versions of Dean.
 
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The infection by the [[Croatoan virus]] is reminiscent of ''[http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/ the Danny Boyle movie 28 Days Later]'', about a world overrun by virus-infected zombies.  
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The episode is so popular in fandom, it spawned its own community on Livejournal - [http://community.livejournal.com/spn_the_end/profile Spn - The End].  
 
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'''Dean:''' You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy-for-the-devil crap. I know what you are.<br>
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Fandom celebrated August 1st 2014 as Croatoan Day, commemorating the spread of the [[Croatoan]] virus as depicted in "The End." Fans wrote "croatoan"on their arms, and hoarded toilet paper, a disappointing few donned pink panties. [https://storify.com/superwiki/croatoan-day Check out some of the photos here.]
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sympathy_for_the_devil "Sympathy for the Devil"] is the name of a song by the Rolling Stones. It was also the title of [[5.01 Sympathy for the Devil|the season 5 premiere]].''
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'''Zachariah''': We've been making inspirational visits to the fringier Chrstian groups. They've been given your image, told to keep an eye out.<br>
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An original copy of this script was put up for auction and purchased by [http://hidefan.tumblr.com a fan]. While most of the script matches the aired episode, Future Castiel's "That's just how I roll" speech was [http://fandomdebunker.tumblr.com/post/62277019473/this-rumor-is-confirmed-in-episode-504-the changed significantly during production]. The owner of the script later had that section signed by [[Misha Collins]].
'''Dean''': The Bible freak outside the motel. He, what, dropped a dime on me?<br>
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'''Zachariah''': Onward, Christian soldiers.<br>
 
:''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onward,_Christian_Soldiers Onward, Christian Soldiers] is a hymn about the many followers of Christ marching together against enemies of Christ, in this case it would be Dean in his unwillingness to help the angels.''
 
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* [http://spoilertv.blogspot.com/2009/09/supernatural-episode-504-end-synopsis.html Synopsis] from Spoilertv
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* [http://popwatch.ew.com/2009/09/18/first-look-supernatural-jensen-ackles/ Jensen Comments on Filming] from EW
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* [http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/09/supernatural-free-to-be-you-and-me.html Three Teaser Clips] from Chicago Tribune
* [http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/09/supernatural-free-to-be-you-and-me.html Three teaser clips] from Chicago Tribune
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Promotion Still for 5.04 The End.jpg
Title 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.
Monster Lucifer
Timeline August 4th - August 7th, 2014
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
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Synopsis

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. Army 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.

Characters

Definitions

Music

  • "Do You Love Me" by The Contours
(plays when Dean watches the shooting)

Quotes

Dean: Look, Sam—it doesn't matter—whatever we do. I mean, it turns out that you and me, we're the, uh, the fire and the oil of the Armageddon. You know, on that basis alone, we should just pick a hemisphere. Stay away from each other for good.

Sam: Dean, it does not have to be like this. We can fight it.
Dean: Yeah, you're right. We can. But not together. We're not stronger when we're together, Sam. I think we're weaker. Because whatever we have between us—love, family, whatever it is—they are always gonna use it against us. And you know that. Yeah, we're better off apart. We got a better chance of dodging Lucifer and Michael and this whole damn thing, if we just go our own ways.
Sam: Dean, don't do this.

Dean: Bye, Sam.
Future Dean: Okay. If you're me, then tell me something only I would know.

Dean: Rhonda Hurley. We were, uh, nineteen. She made us try on her panties. They were pink. And satiny. And you know what? We kind of liked it.

Future Dean: Touché. So, what, Zach zapped you up here to see how bad it gets?
Dean: Okay. All right. Fine. But you don't have to cuff me, man. Oh, come on. You don't trust yourself?

Future Dean: No. Absolutely not.

Dean: Dick.
Future Castiel: So, in this way. We're each a fragment of total perception—just, uh, one compartment in that dragonfly eye of group mind. Now, the key to this total, shared perception—it's, um, it's surprisingly physical. Oh. Excuse me, ladies. I think I need to confer with our fearless leader for a minute. Why not go get washed up for the orgy? You're all so beautiful.
Dean: What, are you stoned?

Future Castiel: Uh, generally, yeah.
Dean: What happened to you?

Future Castiel: Life.
Dean: Torture? Oh, so, we're—we're torturing again. No, that's—that's good. Classy.
Future Chuck: Some free advice? You ever get back there, you hoard toilet paper. You understand me? Hoard it. Hoard it like it's made of gold. 'Cause it is.

Dean: Thank you, Chuck.

Future Chuck: Oh, you'll thank me, all right. Mark my words.
Dean: So, you're human. Well, welcome to the club.
Future Castiel: Thanks. Except I used to belong to a much better club. And now I'm powerless. I'm hapless, I'm hopeless. I mean, why the hell not bury myself in women and decadence, right? It's the end, baby. That's what decadence is for. Why not bang a few gongs before the lights go out? But then that's, that's just how I roll.
Lucifer: You ever hear the story of how I fell from grace?

Dean: Oh, good God, you're not gonna tell me a bedtime story, are you? My stomach's almost out of bile.

Lucifer: You know why God cast me down? Because I loved him. More than anything. And then God created... You. The little... hairless apes. And then he asked all of us to bow down before you—to love you, more than him. And I said, 'Father, I can't.' I said, 'These human beings are flawed, murderous.' And for that, God had Michael cast me into Hell. Now, tell me, does the punishment fit the crime? Especially when I was right? Look at what six billion of you have done to this thing, and how many of you blame me for it.
Dean: Look, man, I'm sorry. I don't know. I'm...whatever I need to be. But I was, uh—wrong.

Sam: What made you change your mind?
Dean: Long story. The point is... maybe we are each other's Achilles heel. Maybe they'll find a way to use us against each other, I don't know. I just know we're all we've got. More than that. We keep each other human.
Sam: Thank you. Really. Thank you. I won't let you down.
Dean: Oh, I know it. I mean, you are the second-best hunter on the planet.
Sam: So, what do we do now?
Dean: We make our own future.

Sam: Guess we have no choice.

Trivia & References

The episode title might refer to The Doors Song "The End," which uses themes of the Apocalypse and a world gone mad ("all the children are insane"). The song also evokes the image of the Devil ("the snake is long, 7 miles, [...] and he's old, and his skin is cold"), and has an oedipal part, where a son goes to murder his sister, brother and finally father, to confront his mother, who he wishes to have sex with. Furthermore, the song was used in Francis Ford Coppola's iconic war movie, Apocalypse Now.
There was mixed opinion among fans as to whether the future shown here is "real" or merely constructed by Zachariah to persuade Dean to become Michael's vessel. Commentary on 5.04 The End on the Season 5 DVDs by Ben Edlund and Eric Kripke supports that this is an alternate universe model, rather than time travel.
Dean: You know, it's kind of funny. Talking to a messenger of God on a cellphone. It's, you know, like watching a Hell's Angel ride a moped.
The Hells Angels are an infamous worldwide motorcycle club, and are considered an organized crime syndicate.
Dean: So, you're his vessel, huh? Lucifer's wearing you to the prom?

Sam: That's what he said.
Dean: Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in, huh, Sammy?

Michael Corleone says "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in", in The Godfather: Part III, when he tries to enter legitimate enterprises and leave the Mafia lifestyle, but is forced to retaliate after an attempt to kill him fails.
Dean: So, what, you're just gonna walk back in and we're gonna be the Dynamic Duo again?
The Dynamic Duo is the nickname for Batman and Robin.
The set for the 2014 apocalyptic future was actually a set from the movie Watchmen, which featured Supernatural alumnus Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Pics of the set in use during the movie here. Pics of the set during filming of Supernatural:
The cinema has a movie listed as Route 666. 1.13 Route 666 is the 13th episode in season one, as well as one of the Supernatural books Chuck has written.
The infection by the Croatoan virus is reminiscent of the Danny Boyle movie 28 Days Later, about London, England having been overrun by virus-infected zombies.
Signs of the Apocalypse - Sarah Palin is president, as seen on the newspaper Zachariah is reading in the car when he first confronts Dean. Also, the state of disrepair of the Impala.
Dean: I thought I smelled your stink on this Back to the Future crap.
Back to the Future is a famous '80s movie 3-parter, in which Michael J. Fox travels to the past and later future in his DeLorean.
Zachariah: We've been making inspirational visits to the fringier Chrstian groups. They've been given your image, told to keep an eye out.

Dean: The Bible freak outside the motel. He, what, dropped a dime on me?
Zachariah: Onward, Christian soldiers.

Onward, Christian Soldiers is a hymn about the many followers of Christ marching together against enemies of Christ.
Dean: Whoa. You're just gonna leave me here?

Future Dean: Yes. I got a camp full of twitchy trauma survivors out there with an apocalypse hanging over their head. The last thing they need to see is a version of The Parent Trap. So, yeah, you stay locked down.

The Parent Trap is a movie about twins who are separated at birth.
Dean: Mmm. Don't get me wrong, Cas. I, uh. I'm happy that the stick is out of your ass, but—what's going on—w-with the drugs and the orgies and the love-guru crap?
The Love Guru was a 2008 comedy movie starring Mike Myers.
Dean: You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy for the devil crap. I know what you are.
"Sympathy for the Devil" is the name of a song by the Rolling Stones. It was also the title of the season 5 premiere.
Dean: Oh, well, if it isn't the ghost of Christmas screw you
In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. the Ghosts of Christmases' Past, Present and Future teach Scrooge humility.

Minutiae

This episode filmed from August 6th - 18th, 2009.
In June 2010, The CW submitted this episode, along with 5.08 Changing Channels for consideration for an Emmy nomination.
At Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009, Jensen talked about the challenges of playing two versions of Dean.
The episode is so popular in fandom, it spawned its own community on Livejournal - Spn - The End.
Fandom celebrated August 1st 2014 as Croatoan Day, commemorating the spread of the Croatoan virus as depicted in "The End." Fans wrote "croatoan"on their arms, and hoarded toilet paper, a disappointing few donned pink panties. Check out some of the photos here.
Future Dean was not wearing his amulet.
An original copy of this script was put up for auction and purchased by a fan. While most of the script matches the aired episode, Future Castiel's "That's just how I roll" speech was changed significantly during production. The owner of the script later had that section signed by Misha Collins.
At the end of the episode, Sam drives a 1975 Lincoln Continental to meet Dean.
The final scene is set in the same location at which Dean and Sam part with John in 1.21 Salvation.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

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