Supernatural: We Happy Few
May 19, 2016 6:45 PM - Season 11, Episode 22 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean gets a plan to defeat Amara. For it to work, they need to recruit some help.

Welp. There goes creation.
posted by numaner (11 comments total)
Another fun one. I realize they still have the finale to go but so far, this has been my favorite season of Supernatural - a lot of the early season energy, but with over a decade of mythology to play off of.

* I about died at the Lucifer/God reconciliation. "This is like the worst episode of Full House ever!" almost ended me, along with Dean's talk about how he always lies in his apologies to Sam.

* I really thought Chuck was going to lock himself away with Amara this time, to protect creation and make up for leaving her to rot. I was disappointed with how that confrontation played out.

* I enjoyed the demons being dicks to Crowley. It's easy to forget that demons are supposed to be nasty for its own sake, and that was pretty funny.

* Hard to believe Lucifer's really gone, but I feel like they're clearing the playing field for S12. I bet neither Amara nor Chuck make it out of the finale alive. (I'm not sure what other narrative move would make sense after this - the Winchesters operating *without* a divine mandate and with a hostile Reaper population seems like the only way to retain dramatic tension.)

* I was disappointed that Rowena survived, while her more practical and courageous friend bit it.
posted by mordax at 7:58 PM on May 19, 2016

I think this may be my favorite season as well. A lot of great episodes and an interesting story arc. I hope that Chuck and Amara survive, but perhaps are locked away. Not a great payoff for the introduction of Donatello last episode. Great scene between Lucifer and Chuck. Misha Collins is killing it as Lucifer, but I would have liked to see Mark Pelligrino come back for this episode. Seems like God could have made Lucifer a Mark-shaped vessel.
posted by cfoxhi at 9:38 PM on May 19, 2016 [1 favorite]

yeah I dunno why God didn't just split Lucifer and Castiel up, seems like having more bodies would've been useful.

And why was it so easy for Amara to overcome her injuries and cripple God like that? Couldn't Chuck have resisted with all the powers he has?
posted by numaner at 1:44 PM on May 20, 2016

And why was it so easy for Amara to overcome her injuries and cripple God like that? Couldn't Chuck have resisted with all the powers he has?

I thought that too. I'm wondering if he's doing some sort of fake out maneuver.
posted by Jalliah at 3:49 PM on May 20, 2016

Just finally saw this. Whoa! It really seemed like series finale stuff, with the boys and witches and angels and demons and Crowley and Lucifer and GOD, all on the same side. It seemed like literally anybody could die, and I was ready to believe they'd just killed God. We glimpsed him up and around in the previews for next time, but I have no idea if he survives beyond that, how they'll wrap this season up, or where they might go from here. I tend to think God won't die and that Lucifer will come back somehow (he is the devil, after all) but I wouldn't bet the farm on anything right now. I was SURE Sam was gonna get the mark, and I figured we were gonna get evil Sam (again) next season. But nope!

The line about how Amara can't be killed or bad things will happen, that makes me wonder if she WILL die and then... I don't know, things will be "out of balance" in some catastrophic way.

Presumably when Lucifer went poof Castiel was freed, but we've seen so little of Cas lately that I'm wondering if the writers are just plain out of ideas for the character. He could have played a more active role during the possession stuff, arguing with Lucifer or doing other things to remind us he was in there. But no, it's been pretty much exclusively Misha Collins' (excellent) Mark Pelligrino impression. I was sure the character would survive until the end of the series, but now I'm starting to wonder if they're gonna write him out.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 12:46 AM on May 21, 2016

Amara was able to overcome her injuries due to the horrors of being imprisoned again. She was accepting (and maybe even looking forward) to dying. When she realized that she was to be locked away for millions of years again that allowed her to tap into reserves she didn't know she had.

Think of it as the woman who lifts the car to save her child
posted by 2manyusernames at 7:27 AM on May 21, 2016

Is it just me or was Misha playing it kinda camp in the beginning of the episode? When he was opposite Chuck?

There's this weird theory that, back at the beginning of season 5, when Padalecki was playing Lucifer, his Lucifer comes off as female - or genderless. Which has always made a lot of sense to me. The two episodes before that had Lucifer appearing in female shapes.
posted by Rainbo Vagrant at 7:45 AM on May 22, 2016

And why was it so easy for Amara to overcome her injuries and cripple God like that? Couldn't Chuck have resisted with all the powers he has?

Chuck & Amara are opposite equals - brother and sister, dark and light. All the entities helping Chuck are no advantage at all, they are all his creations and of no true advantage.

I'm hoping the story shows that they can't truly kill each other or even exist without each other. The universe only works with both of them in it. It would be so much more satisfying.
posted by Requiax at 12:39 PM on May 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

From what Amara's said, it sounded like she never even wanted Creation in the first place, and if killing God undo all that, so be it. I don't think she cares about balance as much as God does.
posted by numaner at 9:41 AM on May 25, 2016

We watched this and the finale last night. Wow. After years of flailing in the wilderness, Supernatural returns to greatness. The scene with Chuck and Luc/Cas was incredible. I love the whole light vs darkness thing, something very Roger Zelazney about that notion.
posted by Ber at 6:24 AM on June 1, 2016

I know this party is over and everybody went home long ago, but it just occurred to me that Supernatural's stuff about the male light and the female void actually has a lot in common with Cerebus creator Dave Sim's crazy religious theories.

I don't believe the mythology of Supernatural comes from a misogynist place and I think they took pains to make it clear that God's sister wasn't truly evil and in her own way she was as essential to the universe as God was. She was the yin to God's yang. But still: Male light, female void. That totally sounds like Sim's malarkey!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:48 AM on June 8, 2016

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