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Supernatural Series Finale Sees Mixed Reactions from Fans

Spoiler Alert: This story contains details about the series finale episode of The CW’s Supernatural.


On Thursday night, The CW’s longest-running series Supernatural completed its 15-year run as Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki bid adieu to their on-screen characters Dean and Sam Winchester.

Created by Eric Kripke, the show followed the two brothers (Sam and Dean) as they hunted down all sorts of supernatural beings such as demons, ghosts, monsters, and others. The show was first broadcasted on September 13, 2005.

The series finale, directed by Robert Singer and scripted by Andrew Dabb, was fittingly named Carry On as a tribute to the song Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas, which plays during the recap before every season finale of Supernatural. The episode follows Sam and Dean living their ordinary lives when they find another case, where they need to kill a group of vampires. While they are successful in their mission, Dean gets fatally injured by a vampire who shoves him against a post and a large nail impales his back. Yes, that is how Dean Winchester meets his end- by a nail.

“You always knew it was always going to end like this for me,” says Dean, who has not only survived death before but has even gone against God himself. The scene continues with Dean and Sam reflecting on their life so far with all the battles they won. I’m going to be with you, right here,” Dean says, his hand to his heart. “Bye, Sam” are the last words fans hear Dean say.

While Dean’s ride ends in the vampire cabin, we see him in heaven. Happy and reunited with his father-figure Bobby (Jim Beaver). Sam, on the other hand, bids farewell to his brother and continues his life fighting the supernatural. He even marries and starts a family, until finally dying of old age.

The series ends with both the brothers hugging each other happily in heaven.

Despite the episode serving as a closure and ensuring happy memories, fans were not impressed.

Some even went on to compare it to the finale of Game of Thrones, which was heavily criticised for killing off some of the most powerful characters.

Fans were already divided over the makers taking off Castiel (an angel who became best friends with Sam and Dean), after he professed his love for Dean. To add insult to injury, Dean, who fought supernatural creatures for 15 years, met his death at the hand of a rusted nail.

While this may not be the ending that fans expected, the show makers surely tried to deliver on the promise of the show’s musical anthem Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas — There’ll be peace when you are done. Almost.