Supernatural “We Happy Few” Review (Season 11, Episode 22)

This week’s episode of Supernatural took a few pages from Ocean’s Eleven’s playbook with a bit of Dr. Phil thrown in for good measure. The result wasn’t half bad, but there were a few things that kind of confused me. So let’s get right to it. Things picked up pretty much right where last week’s episode left off with a newly healed Lucifer being all emo teenager all over the bunker. Complete with blasting emo music from his (actually Sam’s) room and refusing to come out until his dad agreed to talk. He was upset that Chuck refused to apologize for locking him away, and Chuck refused to apologize because he didn’t believe he had any other choice. Enter Sam and Dean into what has to be one of the most awkward situations they’ve ever found themselves: family therapists. It just goes to show that whether your father is God or John Winchester, father/son dynamics don’t change all that much. The Boys asked God to (as Sam put it) be a little less “Lordly” and just apologize. Even if he didn’t meant it. Because, let’s face it, they really don’t have time for this. But then Chuck asked Lucifer a very legitimate question: Would Chuck have been able to assure humanity’s safety if he hadn’t locked Lucifer away? Although Lucifer didn’t give a straight answer, it was pretty clear the answer was no. Lucifer was jealous of God’s love for humanity because he viewed humans as so much more inferior. The Mark amplified that disdain, and Chuck knew if he didn’t lock Lucifer away that he would destroy humanity. Given the whole apocalypse situation, it looks like Chuck wasn’t wrong. However, in the end, Chuck apologized for loving Lucifer too much and making a mistake in thinking The Mark wouldn’t corrupt him. Apparently it was enough for Lucifer. Which is good since, you know, kind of on a deadline here.

After Chuck and Lucifer got to a place of understanding, everyone’s focus shifted to finding enough power to re-cage Amara. This is where the whole ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ thing came into play. Dean went to recruit Crowley, Sam went to recruit Rowena, and Casifer went to heaven to recruit the angels. Dean found Crowley sitting despondent and drunk on his throne because his attempt to re-establish his position as King of Hell was mocked by the other demons. Dean pointed out what we’ve always known about Crowley. Crowley’s only real concern has only ever been Crowley. Given the fact that Rowena is his mother, I can’t really blame the guy. Even so, it’s kind of hard to drum up any loyal followers when you have displayed no loyalty or concern toward them. Even demons have standards. Meanwhile, Sam had to convince Rowena that it was in her best interest to help them. I felt like her protests were mostly on principle. Rowena knew that the end is neigh, and even though she said she had an exit strategy, I get the sense she wasn’t counting on it being a sure thing. She looked into Amara and saw the end of magic, and psycho bad guys aren’t exactly known for keeping their word. While Dean and Sam were getting hell and witches on board, Casifer went to heaven for the angels. Naturally, they weren’t at all interested in anything Lucifer had to say, but Luci let Cas out long enough to unleash the puppy dog eyes on the heavenly host. Of course it worked because let’s face it, there’s no defense against the puppy dog eyes.

Then came the big showdown and honestly, I wasn’t really expecting it. I mean I wasn’t expecting it to happen in this episode. I don’t think Amara figured that all the different supernatural entities would work together to bring her down. I suppose she should have, but she’s been kind of laser focused on making her brother confront her. Amara blames Chuck’s ego and need to be worshiped for caging her, but Chuck has a different take on events. According to him, his ego had nothing to do with the fact that the world needed to be born but Amara refused to allow him to create it. Chuck pointed out that even though she wouldn’t let him create back then, she has to see the value in what he was talking about based on her connection to Dean. I think she does, but she’s too stubborn and too angry at Chuck for what he did to her to admit that he was right.

A Chuck/Amara face-off seems like it would be more of a season finale situation. Especially considering that the outcome of that confrontation was that Amara killed God. The show made it clear that killing either God or Amara would lead to the destruction of reality, and it looks like Amara would rather have that than be caged again. Can’t say I blame her. I don’t like confined spaces either. But killing God is kind of a big deal, and I’m hoping that fact isn’t glossed over in the season finale because it raises several questions. Amara said that Chuck would basically power down over time. How long would it take God to power down? Is what Amara did permanent? Could God recharge himself with souls the same way that Amara did at the beginning of the season? What does a world without God in it look like? How long could the world survive without God? Maybe these are questions the show plans to try and address next season. I don’t know, but they are just a few that popped in my head.

All of this was done effectively and efficiently, but I’m confused about one thing. God’s explanation that Dean couldn’t kill Amara because he didn’t want to. Since when has desire ever had anything to do with killing anyone on this show? I get that Dean and Amara’s situation is kind of different, but it’s also kind of not. The first couple of times Dean had a chance to kill Amara, he couldn’t even raise a weapon against her. However, the last time he tried, he not only raised the weapon against her. He actually tried to stab her, but the blade shattered. So I’m not entirely clear on what Chuck was talking about.

All in all, this was a solid lead in to the season finale. Like I said, I think it may have been more dramatic to leave us believing Amara killed Chuck as the season cliffhanger, but I’m not surprised that it looks like Dean will be the one to confront her. I’m also immensely relieved that Sam didn’t take on the MoC. We’ve already had a season and a half of that storyline, and I’m not particularly anxious to revisit it. And while on that subject, what exactly was Sam thinking? He watched The Mark slowly destroy Dean. They know The Mark corrupted Lucifer. He knows the end of that story, and he wants Dean to what? Lock him up for all eternity? What about after Dean dies? Who’s going to keep Sam caged then? And more to the point, how many times does Sam expect Dean to watch him die? At what point does it become cruelty to demand that someone who loves you as much as Dean loves Sam sit by and do nothing while you are slowly destroyed? Dean’s already gone through that at least twice with Sam. Once with the demon blood and once with Sam jumping into the Pit. Dean may have agreed to what Sam wanted, but I honestly don’t think Dean has it in him to go through that again. Next week it looks like our motley crew heads back to the Bunker to regroup and try to work out a new plan. It’s going to need to be a good one. On an adorable note, we all need to stop and appreciate the fact that Chuck made his kids pancakes while drinking from a ‘world’s greatest dad’ mug.