Supernatural: The End
August 7, 2021 4:15 AM - Season 5, Episode 4 - Subscribe

Dean refuses Sam's efforts to help him battle the devil, and then wakes up to find himself five years in the future, in a wasteland where Lucifer has begun his endgame by unleashing a virus that transforms humans into zombies.

Quotes:

Dean: What are you, stoned?
Castiel: Generally, yeah.

Dean: Amphetamines?
Castiel: It's the perfect antidote to that absinthe.

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

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.
Castiel: This isn't funny, Dean. The voice says I'm almost out of minutes.

Dean Winchester: That's pretty nice timing, Cas.
Castiel: We had an appointment.

Chuck: So, you're really from '09?
Dean: Yeah, afraid so.
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. Because it is.
Dean: Thanks, Chuck.
Chuck: Oh, you'll thank me, all right. Mark my words.

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:

Jensen Ackles says that playing the alternate future version of Dean was one of the most challenging versions of Dean he's done. He had to make Dean recognizable but different, all while playing present-day Dean as well. Jared Padalecki has frequently said this is one of his favourite of Ackles' performances, while Ackles has said that Padalecki's turn as Lucifer in the white suit was one of his favourite performances by Padalecki to date.
posted by orange swan (4 comments total)
 
Ackles did a pretty good job of making future Dean subtly distinct from the Dean he is at this point in the series. The future Dean seemed harder and more embittered -- as he would be, given the world in which he lives -- while being otherwise essentially the same. I didn't like Lucifer-possessed Sam -- he was basically Sam in a white suit -- though to be fair we've seen very little of Lucifer as yet, so Padalecki didn't have much to work with.

At least the U.S. avoided the nightmare that would have been President Palin for the 2012-2016 presidential term, though heaven knows that's not much comfort when you know what happened in 2016-2020.

Good lord is Zacariah ever insufferably smarmy.
posted by orange swan at 4:20 AM on August 7


He's Kurt Fuller in full Kurt Fuller mode!
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:39 PM on August 7


One thing that always sort of bothered me was that Sam's Lucifer always seemed like such a different character from Lucifer as played by Mark Pellegrino. I'm not sure which I prefer since I felt like Mark Pellegrino's Lucifer so much overstayed his welcome and we only got a couple glimpses of Sam's Lucifer.

I do absolutely love this episode and I think Jensen Ackles does a great job as both present day and future Dean.

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. Because it is.

It's amazing how different this line reads now in a post COVID world vs when I first watched this episode years ago. It was definitely funny at the time, but now I'm like, "Welp, turns out that was really good advice."
posted by litera scripta manet at 3:44 PM on August 7 [4 favorites]


One thing that always sort of bothered me was that Sam's Lucifer always seemed like such a different character from Lucifer as played by Mark Pellegrino. I'm not sure which I prefer since I felt like Mark Pellegrino's Lucifer so much overstayed his welcome and we only got a couple glimpses of Sam's Lucifer.

Yep yep, part of it is for sure how different Lucifer is in later seasons. But I think this has also the challenge that it was super early on, JP and Mark Pellegrino play Lucifer differently, and Ben Edlund was also writing him kind of differently, so he's dressed like a porn movie milkman going on about climate change and it's a little jarring.

Super dumb but true story: I was pandemic shopping at Costco in February 2020, and I was about to check out when I passed the giant 30-packs of toilet paper. I was living alone in a tiny studio, this thing was the size of a life raft, I already had toilet paper, but I heard hoard it like it's made of gold in my brain and into my cart it went.
posted by jameaterblues at 8:26 PM on August 7 [4 favorites]


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