So first I must apologise for the extreme lateness of this post. Between Russian Revolution essays, Season Eleven, and screwing around on Tumblr, everything’s gotten a little out of hand.
1. Fan Fiction
Well, duh. To say that this is a meta episode doesn’t come close to describing it. It’s a lovely, melancholy catharsis, a celebration of how far we’ve come with the Winchesters- in many ways it’s a counterpart to A Very Supernatural Christmas, bookending the Samulet chronicle.
The beauty of the penultimate scene, where Dean hangs up the Samulet, can hardly be explained. It’s wistful yet completely content. There’s a different kind of poignancy here than, say, a Winchester death scene. But the whole episode has a richness of meaning that you really do have to be a devoted fan to understand; the whole thing is loaded with associations from previous years.
And in the context of everything…
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