With the Apocalypse looming, Sam and Dean realize they are out of options and make heart-breaking decisions that will change their lives forever.



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Episode credited cast:
Sal Moriarty
Nathan Smith ...
Nicolai Guistra ...
Young Dean Winchester (as Nicolai Lawton-Guistra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meg Masters (archive footage)
Young John Winchester (archive footage)
Zachariah (archive footage)
Shawn Hall ...
Pool Player (archive footage)


Going with Dean to Lucifer's place, Sam--expecting to lure the cunning being and trap him with the Four Horsemen's ring--agrees to be His vessel. However, Lucifer is smarter and uses his son's vessel instead to fight against Michael, who is using Adam's vessel. Dean and Chuck discover the place of the final battle--an old cemetery in Lawrence--and Dean heads there in his Impala with Bobby and Castiel. Will they be able to avoid the inevitable? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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13 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Castiel, Bobby, and Dean are watching the news through the window of a store there is a sign on the window that says 'Big Deals', a possible shout out to the many demon deals on the course of the show; especially the one Sam made in the previous scene with Lucifer. See more »


At the end Castiel says he is returning to Heaven because with Michael in the cage there is chaos up there since no one is left in charge, to which Dean replies "so you're the new sheriff in town eh". However the Archangel Rafael is still alive, so it stands to reason he is in command of Heaven now, which means Castiel would have to fight him for control. Even with the new powers given to him by God, Castiel is no match for an Archangel. See more »


Sam Winchester: Hey, um. On the subject, there's something I gotta talk to you about.
Dean Winchester: What?
Sam Winchester: This thing goes our way, and I triple lindy into that box... you know I'm not comin' back.
Dean Winchester: Yeah, I'm aware.
Sam Winchester: So, you gotta promise me something.
Dean Winchester: Okay. Yeah, anything.
Sam Winchester: You gotta promise not to try to bring me back.
Dean Winchester: What? No, I didn't sign up for that.
Sam Winchester: Dean...
Dean Winchester: Your hell is gonna make my tour look like Graceland! You want me just to sit by and do nothin'?
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References Back to School (1986) See more »


Carry On Wayard Son
Written by Kerry Livgren
Performed by Kansas
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18 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am surprised at the number of comments that I have read online where people don't seem to understand that this episode was intended to be the series finale. The show was scheduled and planned to run for 5 years only. I'm thrilled that Supernatural will be back for a sixth season, but I can't imagine anyone writing another finale that will live up to this episode. The bar is now set very high. The writers did an amazing job putting it all together for us and coming up with a wrap up that is much more difficult than your average TV show. Most shows just have someone move, get married, die, or generally transition into a new chapter in their lives. Swan Song took care of all of those categories while tackling, ummm... Armageddon. Most of us can't say enough about how terrific this show was. With the exception of one classy genius who felt that the episode was too emotional and that Dean should end up with a skanky chick. Really? You didn't expect this to be emotional? You didn't pay attention to 5 years of the show. As for his other concern, you can see that most people disagree totally with his assessment. Like Chuck says- there will be some bitchy fan who just doesn't get what you were trying to say. Well, the rest of us did, and BRAVO!!

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