Supernatural: Season 7, Episode 23

Survival of the Fittest (18 May 2012)

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Sam and Dean make a plan to storm Dick's company building and kill him once and for all, with help from Castiel and Meg. Providing Bobby doesn't get to Dick first.



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Episode cast overview:
Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Royce / Leviathan


Dick Roman summons Crowley and makes a deal with the demon, asking him to give blood from a common demon to the Winchester brothers instead of his own. Meanwhile Dean and Sam get the bone of a nun and they just need Crowleys blood to prepare the weapon to vanquish Dick Roman. Dean and Sam also burn Bobby's flask so his ghost can rest in peace. EWen Crowley arrives, he tells his agreement with Dick to Dean and Sam and gives sample of his blood. Is Crowley betraying Dick Roman or the Winchester brothers? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This finale, like all the season finales since season 2, features the song "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas. The first chorus, first verse and second chorus of the song are usually used, with the "Road So Far" montage ending on the last line of the second chorus. However this finale is the first (and only finale so far) to add the bridge of the song. The lyrics of the bridge are: "Carry on/ You will always remember/ Carry on/ Nothing equals the splendor/ Now your life's no longer empty/ Surely Heaven waits for you". After the bridge the chorus plays one more time. This makes the season 7 finale montage the longest in the series. See more »


While "Get Your Motor Running" is playing in the background, and the Impala is driving toward SucroCorp to begin the raid, two people can be seen riding in the car. However, after the Impala crashes into the company sign, only Meg emerges. See more »


Dick Roman: Did you really think you could trump *me*?
Dean Winchester: Honestly? No.
[Cas grabs Dick from behind, Dean stabs the bone in Dick's throat]
Dean Winchester: Figured we'd have to catch you off guard.
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References Family Guy (1999) See more »

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Garnering enough dedicated fan base, and you can feed them with Dick Roman's syrup and make them watch another season.
19 May 2012 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Talking about double standards, I never really dropped my skepticism for another CW show "Nikita" cause every time I try to buy myself into its logics and twists, I was made aware of the premise of that show which is essentially two skinny Barbie dolls trying to save America and teach us low-life's some true colors. They are just directed to their destined triumph where there always are Ken dolls waiting to kiss them in sunsets. Supernatural, however, entertains me in multiple facets while logics boil down to pretty much like, "Nah, this is all just demented supernatural stuff, yeah?" Which is why I keep referring this show to friends of mine as "guilty pleasure" since I could be aware of the culmination of bad theology and blatantly offensive parts of the show. So the fact is Christianity takes center stage as the laugh stick, while nearly all other religions took shots in their backs. This "screw all you religious hypocrites" vibe reached an all time high in the episode "Surviving of the Fittest", where we got a upright nun's bone in a cynical's hands as an ultimate weapon against the "another most difficult monster to take down". The show seems to be so eager in claiming itself as unredeemable, pulling no punches at these jokes in excellent (I tip my hat to the writers, again) sarcasm. Interesting enough, people with their cynical pop-corns choked on their chills somewhere in the show's plot, sadly.

So you may have noticed that most negative criticisms come from the audiences who're aware of the "lameness" where Cas was reconciled with Dean and Dean's cause when he sensed a thread of Dean's forgiveness. I smiled through that part because having a Ghandi-quoting, "make-love-no-war" Cas returning to his normal angel awareness takes some serious guts from the show-runners, and some over-the-top absurdity to add to the show's already-paramount, uh, absurdity. Now you've dropped your cynical pop-corns because after all the 24-episode story is still a reconciliation and redemption story, and the show-runners opted to diffuse the absurdity, a bit. Now those who care about the characters have more to worry about, which is the fate of Cas and Dean in, ahem, purgatory.

This instantly turned a lot of people off. But to me, honestly it's not a big issue, since I somehow figured out that the way you make "guilty pleasure" works for me is to somehow balance the scale between "totally guilty" and "totally complacent" with pleasure. The show-runners are smart enough to pull this trick off again and again, while preventing from appealing too much to my daily-weakened religious conscience. After all, keeping the fate of the main cast in a hunting reserve does make a fan's heart squeeze a bit, doesn't it? The cumulation of the nihilist ego in the trend of this new story arc of "Supernatural" does make me wonder how Season 8 would come into light. My point, that the writers essentially takes the spitting if they keep writing that there's a sovereign God and such God is a jerk, still stands. Also, if you declare a troubled kid a lost course, and decided to add more trouble to him, well, you'd be careful about things taking a dramatic turn, Deus Ex Machina style. Such a comment is irrelevant to a delusional angel at all.

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