Supernatural “Survival of the Fittest” Review – Can Dean and Cas Survive (Spoiler)?

Supernatural Season Finale 2012 Survival of the Fittest

After watching tonight’s season finale of Supernatural, called “Survival of the Fittest,” the first thing I wanted to do is kick myself. I mean here I am – someone who religiously watches the show, goes to numerous conventions, talks about it all the time with friends and other fans and heck, even co-writes a column all about it. Why did it NEVER occur to me that they might do what they did at the end of this episode?

Tonight we saw Sam and Dean put into action the plan that they got from Kevin and the magic tablet with the recipe for destroying Dick. Of course having to put some trust in Crowley was making me a tad nervous and I guess I had reason to be. Sure he did give them a vial of his blood but the King of Hell has a plan of his own. Now, why he wants the prophet I have no clue but I’m pretty sure it’s not for anything good.

During the implementation of the plan though, Sam and Dean have to say goodbye again to Bobby. As much as I was hoping that he could find a way to beat the vengeful bug, he finds it too hard and asks the boys to destroy his flask. After that, everything goes fairly smoothly. Dean gets Baby, Meg drives her straight into Dick’s headquarters as a distraction while Dean and Cas go looking for the head Levi and Sam goes looking for Kevin. I was very happy to see Dean bring Cas out of his funk to help. Don’t get me wrong, the new version of Cas was definitely a lot of giggles, but I was really hoping he would snap out of it and I was glad to see him and Dean fight together again.

And now we get to the end. To the part that makes me want to kick myself over and over again. Of all the ways I thought they’d end the season, never did I think of them sending Cas and Dean to Purgatory. Now that I think about it, it does make sense. I mean the boys have been to Heaven and Hell, why not send them to the place where the Leviathans came from in the first place? It leaves so many open questions about what will happen next season. Can Sam keep the Levis from becoming organized like Crowley said? Can Cas and Dean survive long enough for either Sam to get them out or for them to find their own way out? Where did Cas go right there at the end? Since vengeful spirits get destroyed, but don’t go to Heaven; is it possible that Bobby is in Purgatory, too?

I say this every year and it’s more and more true every time I say it – this is gonna be one helluva long summer.

My favorite bits..

No matter how long this show is on the air, I will always sing along to ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ when they play it at the beginning of the season finale.

Dick offering all of Canada to Crowley and his demons. Ha!

“We need America. They’re so fat.”

“I suppose you want it in writing.”
“I don’t kiss on the mouth.”
“Your loss.” – Is it wrong that I kinda wanted to see that? Would’ve been good for a laugh, I’m sure.

Cas did was what? Covered in what??? Aw man, I would really have loved to have seen that.

Bobby is still in the maid?? Oh crap.

Dean: “Let’s bone this nun.”
Sam: *bitchface*

“Go ask him. He was your boyfriend first.” – Haha!

Dean stealing himself before talking to Cas (so as not to strangle him with his bare hands, I assume).

Cas sniffing the nun’s bone.

Cas telling Crowley to stay away from Meg.

The series of looks shared between Dean and Crowley when Cas went off on one of his tangents.

“Text me when Sparkles here retrieves his marbles.” – Wow, I’m sort of shocked that Crowley didn’t take Cas out, craziness and all.

Oh no, Bobby. That was not cool.

Cas reassuring Sam and Dean that he thoroughly examined and comforted the pig before he slaughtered it. Now that’s love.

“Please accept this sandwich as a gesture of solidarity.” – Oh you so know I’m gonna be saying that every time I make someone a sandwich from now on.

“Last time we were all in one room it was inside that angel.”

“Eat up; the sushi’s made of fresh orphan.” – Ew. Ick.

Oh great. I see my state is located in the “Labor” area of the country. Don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing.

“First shipment heads to Los Angeles tomorrow.” – Bwahahahahaha!

Sam spotting Bobby…and telling Dean to shut up. Whoa!

Bobby blowing himself out of the maid.

“Dick made more Dicks.”

“Do we need a cat? Doesn’t this place feel one species short?”

“I can’t help. I destroyed everything and I will destroy everything again.” – Oh, poor Cas. That hurt my heart.

“Nice, you scared off the Empire’s only hope.”

Bobby telling Dean and Sam to go get Dick, but not to scratch an itch – to do the job.

“And when it’s your time…..GO.”

No no no no no no no no!! This is worse than when it happened the first time. *sobs*

“I see now, it’s a punishment, resurrection. It’s worse every time.”

Dean telling Cas that he’d rather have him around, cursed or not. And pointing out that he wasn’t exactly good luck himself.

YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Baby!!!!!!!! That is all. (Oh and nice choice with ‘Born to be Wild.’)

I never thought I’d feel back for a demon, but I’m kinda scared for Meg now.

“You sure I’m even me, Dean?”
“No, but he is.”

Cas and Dean working together to kill Dick. Oh HELL YEAH!

Crap. Why am I more nervous now?

Where are Dean and Cas???

Oh noes!! Poor Sam.

Literally gasping out loud when Cas told Dean where they were.

What did you think of this episode of Supernatural? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Jen

    Cas wanting to play twister and just his love for board games is hilarious! BABY!!! I knew they were going to her. Both Sam and Dean’s separate faces when feeling alone .hit the floor in tears. I have not a clue what season 8 will bring but I’m crazy for it already. I know we have to wait til (uuuugghhhh) October but at least it will cut down on all the long random breaks we go through. I hope season 8 sees more episodes as well.

  • Angie

    I’m excited about Season 8! However, I hope Cas got zapped away to Heaven or something. He adds nothing to the show and I sometimes feel like he hinders the story. I would prefer to see Dean using his ingenuity to deal with Purgatory than him having some superhero angel there to protect him.

  • cas ryan

    i loved cas in this ep and im glad hes gonna be in season despite what some people say and im looking forward to see where their going having cas and dean in purgatory

  • Anonymous

    S7 finished with a bang & leave screaming at the screen. There’s so many ups & down in this eps; its like laugh, cry, cry, laugh, cry again. Dean is in purgatory among monsters that he had killed. Sam is now truly alone without Dean, Bobby, Cas or even any other familiar hunters. Which only leaves Jody. (Am I the only one who wants Sam/Jody?) Though its good the J2 have some breaks due to D&S separation but I would really love them to come back together soon in S8. Don’t keep them apart too long. As for Cas, I don’t care what others say, but I really want him on the show. I can’t really explain why as I’m not really Destiel fan but each time he showed up, I find the eps more entertaining. Anyway, I do love Cas. I love him since he first talking to Dean on the bench in S4. The first time he smiled, I was hooked. & Bobby too. I hope he comes back. As for the new addition, I want to see more of Jody, Kevin & Charlie. I don’t think Frank really died too. And Jesse. Whatever happen to Jesse?   

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping that this would be the end of the Levi’s but maybe they will slowly die out? I want to get back to great stories (not that this season isn’t/wasn’t great!) I think you’ll know what I mean.

    I really hope that we get Bobby back again and properly this time!

  • Hi Michelle! Great review. You know, Supernatural has the amazingly wonderful ability to really surprise me at the end of every season. I love it! I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and think it was a fantastic end to a really great season. My favorite things:

    1. Oh Bobby. I hate losing him again. I mean really hate it, but it was the right thing to do. I have loved Bobby Singer since he first came on the scene at the end of the first season, and I’ve only grown to love him more as the series has progressed. So it broke my heart when we lost him the first time, and it didn’t get any easier this time. I’m not generally a big crier, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried during that scene. It was beautifully done. I said in my thoughts from last week’s episode that I was interested to see whether Bobby would be able to realize when he’d gone too far and ask for help. I guess I got my answer. Looking at himself killing Sam was enough to jolt him out of his rage long enough to do the right thing. It was heartbreaking to watch though. If Sam hadn’t been there to stop him, Bobby was willing to sacrifice that maid and whoever else he could get his hands on to go after Dick. One of the themes of Supernatural is accepting that there is a natural order to things, and screwing with the natural order never works out well for anyone. Bobby probably believed he could beat it because in life he was capable of doing pretty much anything he set his mind to, so why not in death too. This was a hard lesson for Bobby to learn, and a painful one for the Boys to watch him learn. It’s never easy losing someone you love, but having to lose them twice is unbearable.

    2. You know, I was pretty scared for Dean at the end of S3 when he got torn to shreds and sent to Hell. But I am terrified for him right now. He’s trapped in a desolate wasteland filled with every monster he’s ever hunted. He’s got no way out, limited weapons, even more limited backup, and no end but death in sight. And if time moves as slowly in Purgatory as it does in Hell, Dean could very well have to fight for his life for half a century before Sam can come up with a way to bust him out. This is not good. Not good at all. Dean has enough PTSD from his tour in Hell. I can’t imagine how he’s going to handle experiencing Purgatory too. Jensen Ackles did a fantastic job of conveying Dean’s complete terror at his current predicament. Curse you hellatus for making me wait all summer to find out what happens to my Dean!

    3. I’m worried for Sam now too. For the first time in his life he is truly, totally all alone. His whole family has been taken from him, the king of Hell has kidnapped a prophet for God knows what purpose, the leviathans are everywhere and will be out to get him for killing their boss, all the demons know that Sam doesn’t have anyone to watch his back, and did I mention that his brother is trapped in Purgatory? Sam has kind of always wanted to go his own way, but I don’t believe this is what he had in mind. He looked so scared standing all alone in the middle of that empty lab. In an instant he went from a confident hunter to a scared younger brother wondering what to do next. Kudos to Jared Padalecki for fantastic work during that scene.

    4. I don’t really know what to say about Cas. On the one hand, I can understand him not wanting to be involved in the fight. Aside from the fact he’s kind of lost his marbles, he knows that Sam losing his mind, Bobby getting killed, and this whole leviathan thing is all his fault. He still carries a great deal of guilt about that. On the other hand, Dean is right. Cas made this mess and he needs to clean it up. Sticking his head in the sand isn’t going to make the guilt go away. As bad as it may sound, I think going to Purgatory and trying to help Dean survive will be good for Cas. He’s got to get his head back in the game. The leviathans are Cas’s mess and in order for him to be fully redeemed, he’s got to figure out how to permanently take them down…or die trying. I will say that I did like the exchange between Cas and Dean when they went to get Baby. Cas wants Dean to forgive him, and I think Dean wants to forgive him. But it’s gonna take time. If they allow this story arc to play out, I think it may be a good way to organically reintegrate Cas into the overall story while not marginalizing Sam and Dean. I’m interested to what Jeremy Carver has in store for this part of the story next season.

    5. BABY!!!! I have never been so happy to see a car in my life. Oh lord she was beautiful. I’ve missed her so much!

    6. Crowley is always scheming. If I had to hazard a guess as to why he wanted the prophet, it’s probably because he either knows there are more tablets or knows that the prophet is the key to something else. I mean, it’s just a wild guess, but if there are more tablets he’d need a prophet to read them. If that tablet talked about how to get rid of leviathans, maybe there’s another one that talks about how to control them or control other beasts. Or maybe he just wants to dissect the prophet to see whether there’s anything special about him that Crowley can use to his advantage. Crowley isn’t going to be happy with just a slice of the pie. He wants the whole thing. He is not to be trusted. Period.

    7. Cas: Please accept this sandwich as a gesture of solidarity. HAHA!!

    8. Dean was amusing when he was trying to deal with Cas. Dean is generally a gruff, grumpy kind of guy. Watching him try to speak in calm, soft tones with crazy Cas so as not to upset him was kind of funny. Dean looking toward heaven and taking a deep breath before he talked to Cas made me chuckle.

    I absolutely loved this episode and have thoroughly enjoyed this season. Supernatural has always kept me engaged in the story, but this season they really took all of the characters in different directions. I loved it! I think this season saw the characters grow, not just individually, but as a group. I am ridiculously excited about Jeremy Carver coming on as showrunner next season and I can’t wait to find out what he has in store for us. Kudos to the entire Supernatural cast and crew for another outstanding season!

    • Anonymous

      Another awesome comment! I love how you always manage to say all the things I don’t think of when I’m watching the show and just trying to ingest and understand everything that’s happening while it’s happening. 

      I too am ridiculously excited to see where the show goes next year. With a finale like this one, there are SOOO many places they can go. 

  • KariB57

    Great episode!! Going to be a long summer and fall. I loved some of the small stuff. Meg being protective of Cas. Crowley not wanting to do in “Sparkles” until he knows what’s up. Dean and Crowley sharing “looks”. Cas wanting a cat?!?! ROFL!! The whole episode was great!! CAn’t believe Babby’s gone again though….Great, great episode.

  • Michelle Martins

    I can totally imagine Dean going all Rambo to survive Purgatory! Cas – ass move disappearing at the end. Finally, the impala returns – was she not beautiful? I  cannot wait until Supernatural returns ahhh *screams in excitement*

  • Henri

    That episode was absolutely awful. What a yawn inducing finale. The point of this is right now half of fandom don’t even seem to care if Castiel and Dean survive. Why have the brothers been split up what good can ever come of that, Castiel is the most over-used annoying bit character ever created by this show who outstayed his welcome seasons ago. Where’s the supernatural we used to love? The brotherly bond was non existent this season and this ep, they seem like strangers. If the show continues this route i won’t watch again and nor will many more who watched since day 1. What an utter crock.