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Sam and Jack wander the empty streets of Hastings, Minnesota as Dean arrives in the Impala. Sam tells Dean he couldn't save anybody, and as he starts asking Dean about Billie; Dean stops him informs Sam that Chuck was behind everyone disappearing. When Jack questions Dean where Castiel is, Dean reveals that he died saving him by summoning the Empty to take him and Billie. As Dean apologizes to a shocked Jack, Sam attempts to try and reach other people on his cell phone.
As Sam and Dean enter a deserted diner, Jack sits outside mourning Castiel. As Jacks goes to enter the diner, the plants he passes shrivel and die. Inside Dean has himself a beer, while Jack questions what they are going to do, only for Sam to tell him there is no one to save. They attempted to rewrite Chuck's ending, and the world paid the price.
Later that night, Sam and Dean are waiting in front of the Impala, when Chuck appears before them. The Winchesters admit to Chuck that he won, and are willing to give Him His ending. Sam or Dean will kill each other so long as Chuck brings everyone -- the people, the birds, Castiel -- all back. Chuck appreciates that they've given up, but finds Sam, Dean and Jack being alone in the world to be much more entertaining to Him and turns down their offer, and begins gloating that their "eternal shame, suffering, and loneliness" is all because they refused to take a knee.
Back at the Bunker, Sam finds a passed out Dean in the library surrounded by bottles. Jack soon enters and tells the brothers that he is feeling something weird -- a presence out in the world besides them. The three hit the road to find this presence Jack is feeling. At a pit stop, while Sam is filling up the tank, Dean finds a dog, elated to find another living thing he names it "Miracle" and places it in the Impala with the intent to bring the dog back to the Bunker, much to Sam's surprise. However, as soon as Dean places Miracle in the backseat, the dog disintegrates much to Dean's dismay. He looks up and in the distance see's a grinning Chuck who gives Dean a salute before disappearing and visibly enraging Dean.
As night falls, the three arrive at a church -- St Michael's -- upon entering they are surprised to find Michael alive. He reveals that once the rapture started happening, he took refuge in St. Michael's, making sure to avoid using any of his powers as to not alert his father. When asked about Adam, Michael informs Sam and Dean that Adam was taken with the rest of humanity. Michael goes on to tell Sam, Dean and Jack that after God left, it was his efforts that lead to humanity believing in an all-knowing and all-loving God. When Dean reminds Michael that he ignored them when they reached out to him, he affirms he has had a change of heart after what Chuck did to the world, and offers to help in anyway he can.
Back at the Bunker, Sam presents Michael with Chuck's Death Book, in hopes that he is able to open it. When it proves impossible for Michael to open it Sam and Dean convene in the kitchen and discuss their options, due to their belief that Chuck is preparing for his next move. All of a sudden, Dean's cell begins ringing, and much to Sam and Dean's shock Castiel's voice is heard on the other end. The Winchesters rush to the Bunker door, but upon opening it find Lucifer standing before them and quickly slams the door shut. Lucifer is however able to gain entry and materializes in the war room. Lucifer explains that after God wiped the planet clean, the Cosmic Entity woke Lucifer up and tasked him with finding God's book to use against Him. Knowing that the Winchesters wouldn't trust him, Lucifer produces a token of good faith -- a bound reaper named Betty -- who he proceeds to kill. Reminding everyone that with Billie dead, Betty is the first reaper to die and thus becomes the new Death, and is capable of reading God's book. As Dean ungags and tries to help up the resurrected Betty, she headbutts him and leaps to her feet, breaking free of her restraints and materializes a scythe in her hands. As the new Death, Betty asks to see God's book. Sam and Dean take her to room where they are keeping it, but are denied entry from Betty.
In the library, Lucifer needles Michael while building a house of cards. When Sam and Dean enter, Michael questions if they are seriously considering trusting Lucifer. Lucifer interjects, reminding Michael that for all of his being the "good son," he got no better from God than he did. When Michael tells Lucifer he did what he did because he believed it to be right, and not for God's love, Lucifer retorts that God clearly didn't have any love to give -- not to him, Michael or humanity. Betty arrives in the library and begins reading from the book, but before she is able to reveal how to stop Chuck, Lucifer snaps his fingers and smites Betty, before telekinetically pulling the opened book to himself and confesses that it was Chuck that pulled him from the Empty, and begins mocking Michael telling him that he is now God's favorite, while Michael is just a "cuck." Sam and Dean advance on Lucifer, only to be swatted away. As Michael makes his approach, Lucifer teleports to the other side of the room as Michael volleys energy at him. Lucifer hits Michael with his own blast of energy, before turning his attention to Jack and makes him an offer to join with him or die with everyone else. Michael then appears behind Lucifer, but before Lucifer can do anything, Michael stabs him with an archangel blade, causing Lucifer to explode in a fiery burst of energy.
Michael sits alone in the kitchen as Dean enters, and asks if he is feeling okay. Michael reveals that he feels weakened from the fight with Lucifer, and laments to Dean that Chuck chose to bring back Lucifer rather than reach out to him. Dean questions if Michael really wanted that, he assures Dean that he doesn't and points out that the book is fairly useless without Death to read it. Dean tells Michael that Sam has been using the Book of the Damned to try and translate the symbols.
Later in the library, Michael questions Dean on Sam's progress, when Sam enters and announces he found a spell that when done at a particular place, at an exact angle from the sun, it will release an unstoppable force that will find Chuck and end Him.
On the shoreline of a lake, Sam prepares the ingredients for the spell in three bronze bowls. Sam, Dean, Jack and Michael stand in a circle around them as Sam throws a match to the ingredients and three spires of light shoot into the sky. A confused Dean questions what happened, when Chuck appears before them and uses his power to toss Sam, Dean and Jack aside. Chuck thanks Michael for warning Him about the plan, but can't forgive Michael for siding with the Winchesters and violently smites Michael, causing him to explode in a burst of energy. As Sam and Dean rise to their feet, Chuck admits that their eternal suffering all alone in the world sounds good on paper, but makes for boring entertainment and tells them he's "cancelling" their show. Sam, accepting his fate, walks up to Chuck and punches him in the face, which has no effect. Chuck goes on to use his power to cause immense pain in Sam and Dean and as he is about to snap his fingers and end them, Chuck changes his mind and decides to get his hands "dirty." As he begins to brutally pummel Sam and Dean, they continue to stand up. Chuck continues to beat down the Winchesters, breaking Sam's arm and Dean's leg. But the brothers refuse to quit, and continue standing up much to Chuck's frustration. Using each other for support, they stand each other up, beaten and bloody, they begin laughing. When Chuck questions why they are smiling, Sam tells Chuck that He loses, as Chuck notices Jack standing behind Him. Chuck turns His attention to His grandson, and as He attempts to smite Jack with a snap of His fingers, nothing happens. Panicking, and with fear in His eyes Chuck continues snapping His fingers to no avail as Jack approaches Him. Laying his hands on Chuck's head, Jack absorbs Chuck's power into himself rendering Chuck human. With God's power now coursing through Him, Jack snaps His fingers and heals Sam and Dean of their wounds.
The newly weakened Chuck questions what they have done, to which Dean tells him that they "won." When Chuck questions if this is how it ends for him, Sam throws down his book. But as Chuck looks through the pages, he finds that they are all blank, due to Death being the only one that can read the book. Due to this, Dean explains that they had to come up with a plan B. After realizing that Michael didn't like the fact that Chuck chose to bring Lucifer back over him, Sam and Dean realized that Michael would betray them and fed him a fake story about the spell. Dean continues telling Chuck that Jack wasn't just being turned into a bomb, but rather a power vacuum, and has been sucking up bits of power since coming back. When Michael and Lucifer had their little showdown in the Bunker, Jack was able to absorb all the power they used, which charged him up. And after he killed Michael and beat San and Dean, Jack absorbed the energy Chuck released, making Jack unstoppable.
After hearing this, Chuck begins to laugh, admitting for the first time ever he doesn't know what will happen, telling Sam and Dean that is why they are his favorites. Relishing the fact that he will die by the hands of Sam Winchester and the "ultimate killer" Dean Winchester. Dean, however, tells Chuck that's not how his story ends. Sam and Dean explain that Chuck will live the rest of his life as a human, where he will grow old, get sick and die not being remember by anyone. As Sam, Dean and Jack walk to the Impala, Chuck on his hands and knees begins desperately crawling to them, pleading for them to wait as they drive off.
The Impala arrives in the empty streets of Hastings, Minnesota, where Jack proceeds to restore the world as it once was. Sam questions what happened with Amara after he absorbed Chuck's power. Jack tells Sam and Dean that she is with Him and are in harmony with each other. As Dean plans to head back to the Bunker, telling Jack how they'll spruce the place up for Him. Jack tells Sam and Dean He's not going with them, and plans to be a hands off God, as to not make the same mistakes Chuck did. But telling Sam and Dean he will always be with them as well as the rest of humanity. Putting his hand over His heart, Jack tells Sam and Dean He will be as close as this to them before saying "goodbye" and walking off and disappearing.
At the Bunker, Sam and Dean share a beer while sitting at the library table, and toast to all the people they lost along the way. With Sam telling Dean with Chuck no longer writing their story, they get to finally write their own. Finally free, Dean assures an emotional Sam and with smiles on their faces the get up and walk off revealing Castiel and Jack's names carved into the table next to Mary's initials.
Sam and Dean hit the open road, their fates finally in their own hands.
- "My Kind of Music" by The Morning Dew
- (playing in Sammy's Highway Cafe as Sam and Dean enter)
- "Get Together" by The Youngbloods
- (playing as Jack restores the world)
- "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne
- (playing over the final montage as Sam and Dean drive off into the sunset)
Lucifer: Uh, yeah, not so much. Um, after Pop nutted out and murdered pretty much everyone in the world, the Empty booted me with orders to find the missing God Book and use it on Chuck. Uh, normally I'm not very good at following orders as you guys know, but, uh, you do not want to mess with the Empty man. Total "B," especially after Jack blew up all over her and she killed Death. I mean, guys, never a dull moment. But that's the past. What's up?! We're a team again, guys.
Dean: Oh, that is not happening.
Yeah. Alright, team. I don't wanna bring ants to your picnic, but that ain't gonna cut it. Okay, think about it. If the Empty pulled me off the bench, it's cause the Winchester charm ain't enough, right?
Mikey, Mikey, come on, man. I get the bitterness. For all you did for the old man, you got no better from Him than me. The son voted 'Most Likely to Suck' and that sucks!
Michael: I did what I did because it was the right thing to do not to get His love.
Alright, well, that a good thing 'cause the man had no love to give -- not to you, not to me, not to... humanity. You see that now, right?
Wait a second. You're sure about this?
Betty: Of course I'm sure. I'm Death.
You've been Death for an hour.
Lucifer: So... buddy... you're gonna have to make a decision now. Uh, dump the losers and join Gramps and me on the winning team. Of course, this is the only way you're getting out of here alive 'cause your not strong enough to fight me now so... What do you say, kid? What do you say? Come on. Somebody's behind me? You don't learn.
Michael: Thanks for the blade.
Chuck: Why are you smiling?
Sam: Because, you lose.
What... what did you do?
Dean: We won.
Chuck: So this is how it ends. My book.
Sam: See for yourself.
Chuck: There's nothing there.
Oh there is. But only Death can read it.
So we had to come up with a Plan B. That wasn't too hard, though, when we realized that Michael really is a daddy's boy. See, he didn't take it too well when we found out that you asked Lucifer for help. Oh, he was desperate to be the favorite again.
Sam: Since we couldn't read the book, we had to come up with a story about finding the spell which we knew Michael would feed straight to you.
Dean: All that prep work we did to turn Jack here into a cosmic bomb? Well it turned him into sort of a -- a power vacuum. He's been sucking up bits of power all over the place. So when the two heavyweights -- your boys -- showed up to duke it out, oh. That charged him right up.
Sam: See, we knew Michael would warn you and you'd show up here. And you did. And you killed your own son.
Dean: And you beat the crap out of us. Releasing all kinds of power. God power.
Sam: Jack absorbed it all. It made him...
Well, it made him unstoppable.
This... This... This is why you're my favorites. You know, for the first time I have no idea what happens next. Is this where you kill me? I mean I could never think of an ending where I lose. But this, after everything that I've done to you... to die at the hands of Sam Winchester... of Dean Winchester, the ultimate killer... It's kind of glorious.
Dean: Sorry, Chuck.
Chuck: What? What?
Dean: See, that's not who I am. That's not who we are.
Chuck: What kind of an ending is this?
Sam: His power. You sure it won't come back?
Jack: It's not his power anymore.
Sam: Then I think it's the ending where you're just like us and like all the other humans you forgot about.
Dean: It's the ending where you grow old, you get sick and you just die.
And no one cares. And no one remembers you. You're just forgotten.
Dean, I'm not coming back home. In a way... I'm already there.
Sam: So you are Him.
Jack: I'm me. But I know what you mean.
Sam: What if we want to see you? You know, or have a beer or whatever?
Jack: I'm around. I'll be in every drop of falling rain, every speck of dust that the wind blows, and in the sand, in the rocks, and the sea.
Dean: It's a hell of a time to bail. You got a lot of people counting on you, people with questions. They're gonna need answers.
Jack: And those answers will be in each of them. Maybe not today but... someday. People don't need to pray to me or to sacrifice to me. They just need to know that I'm already a part of them and to trust in that. I won't be hands on. Chuck put himself in the story. That was his mistake. But I learned from you and my mother and Castiel that... when people have to be their best... they can be. And that's what to believe in. Well... I'm really as close as this. Goodbye.
See ya, Jack.
It's pretty quiet.
Dean: To everyone that we lost along the way.
Sam: You know, with Chuck not writing our story anymore, we get to write our own. You know, just you me going wherever the story takes us. Just us.
Trivia & References
"Inherit the Earth" is a reference to the verse in the Christian New testament, Matthew 5:5.
- "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
This verse was previously mentioned by Dean and the demon Casey
in 3.04 Sin City
The gas station where Dean finds the dog is called Route 66 and has the names Tod and Buz on the front sign. Route 66
was a '60s TV show following two guys -- Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock -- and their adventures as they travel across America. Eric Kripke
has said the show was part of the inspiration behind Supernatural.
The gas station also has Eric Kripke
and Phil Sgriccia
etched on the front door, and Kim M. (a tribute to Kim Manners
) written on one of the posts.
We'll give you what you want.
Dean: That's right -- the whole Cain and Abel thing.
- Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and Eve. When Lucifer tried to corrupt Cain's younger brother Abel, Cain made a deal so that Abel's soul would go to Heaven and in exchange Cain's would go to Hell. Lucifer agreed on the condition that Cain kill Abel himself. As previously stated on the show, this fits with Chuck's pattern of having brothers kill each other as part of His story.
When God left Heaven, I was certain of his return. So I made sure all of the angels and prophets burnished his image on Earth. The all-knowing, all-seeing, all-caring God.
- Michael says he was the source of the Abrahamic religions as he had the former prophets brand God's image on Earth. A piece of historical evidence is Mont Saint Michel on the island Mont Tombe at Normandy, France. The commune was built after the archangel Michael appeared to Aubert of Avranches in 708 AD telling him to build a church on the rocky island.
Yeah, this is what Pop wanted to get His hands on. Hmm. Did I say that out loud? Yeah, Pop was the one who let me out of the Empty. I'm sort of the new Favorite now. What did Dad say about you? Oh yeah. "Mikey's a cuck." You're a cuck.
- "Cuck" is a shortening of cuckold, used to refer to a man who is subservient to a woman, and in porn where a man watches another man have sex with his partner. In recent years, it has become used by white supremacists to describe anyone who believes in something that they disagree with.
- "D'oh" is the catchphrase of the cartoon dad Homer Simpson.
One day of filming had occurred when production halted on 13 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite not physically appearing, Misha Collins
is credited as a guest star, likely due to his voice cameo when Lucifer
tricks the Winchesters into letting him into the Bunker
, and Sam
go to a diner called Sammy's Highway Cafe. Dean turns off a tap that is pouring Family Business
beer, and later pours himself one.
There is a mechanic's called Showalter's after the director John F. Showalter
. On the side is the slogan "one more..." in reference to there being one more episode.
After finding Miracle
, Dean briefly breaks his own rule of no dogs in the Impala
Lucifer is able to kill Death with his own power, something not previously known to be possible.
kills Lucifer, Lucifer explodes into ash instead of leaving behind remains. In addition, the archangel blade
is clean of any blood.
In their final confrontation, Jack and Chuck are both dressed similarly -- with Jack wearing lighter colors, while Chuck sports more muted and dark colors.
One of the skyscrapers in the city has the letters AKF as a tribute to Jared's Always Keep Fighting
's and Jack's names have been added to the carving in the Bunker's table.
Along with the various scenes of Sam and Dean throughout the show's history, the ending montage also includes: Jessica Moore
, Bela Talbot
, Chuck Shurley
, Anna Milton
, Becky Rosen
, Sheriff Donna Hanscum
, Charlie Bradbury
, Kevin Tran
, Kelly Kline
, Jack Kline
, Daphne Blake
, Bobby Singer
, Pamela Barnes
, Ellen Harvelle
, Sheriff Jody Mills
, Rufus Turner
, Missouri Moseley
, Eileen Leahy
, Jo Harvelle
, Mary Winchester
, Arthur Ketch
, Sister Jo
, John Winchester
, Mick Davies
, Kaia Nieves
, Patience Turner
, Claire Novak
and Alex Jones
is the only archangel
to not appear in any form in this episode. Michael and Lucifer appear in person while Gabriel appears in the montage sequence at the end.
An anonymous source posted photos from the script of 15.18 Despair
, including an "Appendix A" scene in which Donna
, and all the rest of the Apocalypse World
refugees were deleted by Chuck in the silo return, presumably thanks to Jack. It's currently unknown whether this scene was filmed during "Despair" as planned or not, or why it was excluded from this episode as originally intended.
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