5.04 The End

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Title The End
Episode # Season 5, Episode 4
First aired October 1, 2009
Directed by Steve Boyum
Written by Ben Edlund
On IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1488984/
Outline Zachariah takes Dean five years into the future to show him the consequences of not helping the angels.
Monster Archangel Lucifer
Timeline parts of the episode play in a possible future set in August 2014.
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
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It begins with a man trying to stop people and preach to them, Dean Winchester thought about being Michael's vessel when the man mentioned "God's plan". Dean went inside a hotel going to his room, where he spoke to Castiel about how the demons keeping the Colt made no sense. Castiel spoke about how finding the Colt was the only way they could kill Lucifer. Castiel got Dean's location and planned to go to Dean. The latter spoke about needing to rest and Castiel planned to go to him the next morning. Later that night Dean's phone buzzed and he picked it expecting Castiel instead it was Sam Winchester. Sam wanted to get back together with Dean so they could resume hunting demons, but Dean stated how they were weaker together and better separate.

Sam told Dean how he was Lucifer's vessel, and Dean told Sam how hunting Lucifer down for revenge was bad. Sam wanted redemption, and Dean stated how they helped start the Apocalypse. Dean stated they needed to avoid Michael and Lucifer separately, despite Sam's pleas. Dean told Sam goodbye and went back to sleep. Dean woke up in the hotel, which was trashed and messed up. He left his hotel to explore the destroyed Kansas City, MO. He located a little girl crying in the street and she attacked him with a knife. Dean knocked her unconscious and saw Croatoan spray painted on a wall. A large amount of Croatoan infected people began to chase Dean through the streets of Kansas City. They cornered him but members of the US Army came and began killing the Croatoan infected people.

Dean escaped into a nearby alley hiding, while watching the battle. Later at night he emerged from his hiding place seeing a warning sign that showed the year was 2014. He hot wired a damaged car and left Kansas city. Zachariah teleported into the car with newspaper speaking about how the Croatoan pandemic reached Australia. Dean knew Zach had to be involved with the time traveling mess, and how President Palin supported the bombing of Houston. He spoke about how there were no more sports and he stated he used Christian Fringe group to locate Dean. The latter remembered the Christian from earlier, and Dean asked to return to the past. Zachariah wanted Dean to see the future and remain in the future for three days. Zach spoke about how this was the future of saying no to being Michael's vessel.

Zach vanished and Dean left to Bobby's place. He came in seeing the place torn apart and finding a wheel chair with bullet holes. He found Bobby's journal and saw a picture of Camp Chitaqua and decided to head there, seeing future versions of allies in a picture at that place. He went there and saw the future Impala, his favorite vehicle damaged. He was knocked unconscious and later re-awoke cuffed to a wall. Future Dean began interrogating him after having searched him and used all the methods to check to see if he was a supernatural creature. Dean explained he was from the past and spoke about how Zach pulled him from the past. Future Dean didn't believe him and Dean spoke about how Rhonda made him try on her pink and satiny panties. Future!Dean spoke about how the demons planned to finish off the human race with the Croatoan virus and Dean asked about Sam.

Future!Dean spoke about how Sam got into a showdown in Detroit and died. Dean was saddened and Future Dean spoke about how he hadn't spoke to Sam in five years. Future Dean had a mission to do and told Dean to stay cuffed up to a wall. For the next few hours Dean picked the wooden floor getting a screw out and managed to free himself from his cuffs. He escaped and found 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 Future Castiel with several women, organising an orgy.

Dean began to label Future Castiel, who instantly knew that Dean was from another year. Future Castiel knew it was Zach 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.

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 Zach took him back to the past, to agree to be Michael's vessel.

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.

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. Lucifer located Dean, scarring the latter. A storm ensued when Lucifer appeared and Dean suggested Lucifer kill him.

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 feel from grace. Lucifer told Dean about how he loved God, then humans were created, and he refused to love humans more then 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.

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.




Do You Love Me by The Contours


Castiel: What? What? Dean--I didn't--I didn't get that.

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.

Castiel: This isn't funny Dean. The voice says I'm almost out of minutes!
Castiel: I'll be there immediately.

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.
Castiel: What stuff?
Dean: Eat, for example. And this case, sleep. I just need, like, 4 hours once in a while, ok?
Castiel: Yes.
Dean: Ok so you can... pop in tomorrow morning.

Castiel: Yes. I'll just (Dean hangs up on him) ...wait here, then.
Dean: I guess I'm a little numb to the earth-shattering revelations at this point.
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.
Dean: Ok, well. Good. Great. You have had your jollies, now send me back you sunuvabitch.

Zachariah: Oh, you'll get back. All in good time. We want you to marinate a bit.
Dean: Marinate?
Zachariah: Three days, Dean. Three days to see where this course of action takes you.
Dean: What does that supposed to mean?

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.
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.
Dean: Oh come on, you don't trust yourself?

Future!Dean: No. Absolutely not.

Dean: ...dick.
Dean: What, are you stoned?
Future!Castiel: Uh...generally, yeah.
Future!Dean: Yeah, ok. You're coming because I want you to see something. I want you to see our brother.

Dean: Sam? I thought he was dead.
Future!Dean: Sam didn't die in Detroit. He said yes.
Dean: Yes? Wait. You mean?

Future!Dean: That's right, the Big Yes. To the Devil. Lucifer's wearing him to the prom.
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.
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.
Future!Dean: You're right. You wouldn't. It's one of the main reasons we're in this mess, actually.
Dean: You're not fooling me, you know that? With this sympathy for the Devil crap. I know what you are.

Lucifer: What am I?

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.
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.

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.

Trivia & References

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 we're just going to walk in, we'll be the Dynamic Duo again?
"Dynamic Duo" is the nickname for Batman and Robin.
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.
The cinema has a movie listed as "Route 666". 1.13 Route 666 is the 13th episode in Season 1. This is another instance of the Route 666 Easter Eggs.
Dean: The last thing they need to see is a version of "The Parent Trap."
The Parent Trap is a movie about twins who are separated at birth.
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.
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.
Dean: And the orgies and the love guru crap?"
The Love Guru was a 2008 comedy movie starring Mike Myers.
Future!Dean was not wearing his amulet.
At Salute to Supernatural Chicago 2009, Jensen talked about the challenges of playing two versions of Dean.
The final scene is set in the same location at which Dean and Sam part with John in 1.21 Salvation.
The set for the 2014 apocalyptic future, was actually a set from the movie The Watchmen, which featured Supernatural alumni Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Pics of the set in use during the movie here. Pics of the set during filming of Supernatural:
The episode title might refer to The Doors Song "The End", which uses themes of the apocalpyse 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. See also The Meaning of Episode Titles.
The episode is so popular in fandom, it spawned its own community on Livejournal - Spn - The End.
There was mixed opinion amongst 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.
The infection by the Croatoan Virus is reminiscent of the Danny Boyle movie "28 Days Later", about a world overrun by virus-infected zombies.
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.
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, in this case it would be Dean in his unwillingness to help the angels.


This epsiode filmed from August 6-18th

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