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The Monster at the End of This Book 

An author has been writing books about Sam and Dean since 2005. Sam and Dean try to figure out how he knows so much about them.

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Sam and Dean investigate a reclusive young author, named Chuck Shurley, who has written a series of books and graphic novels about their adventures since starting out back in 2005, and try to find an explanation why he knows so much about their lives, while trying to find out what lies in store for them when he has a vision about a meeting with the evil Lilith. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Sam and Dean find out the "Supernatural" book series have "slash fans", meaning fans that would like to see their characters in an intimate incestuous relationship. "Slash" is a genre of fan fiction that focuses on interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex, while the characters are usually not engaged in such relationships in their original fictional universe. The Sam\Dean slash fiction is commonly known in the Supernatural fandom as "Wincest". See more »

Goofs

When asked what Dean's favorite song is he says "It's a tie, between Zep's Ramblin' On and Travellin' Riverside Blues." The Led Zeppelin song is actually called Ramble On, not Ramblin' On. See more »

Quotes

Castiel: You must understand why I can't intercede. Prophets are very special, they're protected.
Dean Winchester: I get that.
Castiel: If anything threatens a prophet, anything at all, an archangel will appear to destroy that threat. Archangels are fierce, they're absolute, they're heaven's most terrifying weapon.
Dean Winchester: And these archangels, they're tied to prophets?
Castiel: Yes.
Dean Winchester: So if a prophet was in the same room as a demon...?
Castiel: Then the most fearsome wrath of heaven would rain down on that demon.
[giving a knowing look]
Castiel: Just so you ...
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the usual opening title sequence, the episode opens with a montage of the Supernatural book illustrations and the front cover of the first book. See more »

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References Misery (1990) See more »

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End Credits Theme
Composed by Jay Gruska
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Wisdom and the Cage
9 August 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Just when you think you've seen every trick on TV... It's pretty safe to say that the core concept (not the reveal of *how*) has not been seen on TV before. However, there is a Hollywood movie that came out 2006 and it had a similar core concept (but a different "how"), so it is not like this idea is unique. Also, the Winchesters' first "solutions" to the situation recall a certain Top 250 comedy from 1993... and episode #3.11 of Supernatural itself. But that doesn't mean this is a rip-off. Roger Zelazny once commented, it isn't the story, but the way the story is told - and the story here is masterfully told.

It all starts from a "WTF?" situation, seemingly making this a Weird One - surely this cannot be a straight episode, right? Then again, it is *so* funny from the start that this could also be a Comedy One. And surely this is not a Mytharc Episode, right? Whatever it turns out to be in the end, it is first and foremost amazingly assured. So assured, in fact, that it slips in a *major* revelation about the Mytharc right under the viewers' noses. At the end of Season 5, if you remember this episode, you'll see how incredibly clever the writers were.

The title sequence is hilarious and from the opening titles we can see the guest stars. It's good to see Misha Collins back, and more Kurt Fuller is also appreciated. As newcomers to Supernatural, it's always good to see the underused Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2, the new BSG), who probably is so underused because of her distinctive uncanny doll-likeness (in a good way), and the equally underused Rob Benedict (Buffy, Felicity, Alias) is just hilarious.

This is an instant classic, as equally funny as it is significant. It's almost classic enough to warrant a 10/10, but it's structurally a bit unbalanced and with some scenes that could have been excised without affecting the whole. Also, after you've seen the season 4 and 5 finales and start thinking about how this episode and they both form a cohesive Big Picture, your head might start to hurt. So, all things considered, this is about 94% perfect. And that rounds down to 9/10. After all, the user rating for similarly funny and significant but superior #5.8 is higher.


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