Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

Warning: This article contains spoilers about the Nov. 5 episode of Supernatural.
Again, I’m going to say: SPOILER ALERT. Please don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the Nov. 5 episode of Supernatural, titled “Despair.” Seriously. Stop.
Okay, guys. How is everyone feeling? We knew that Supernatural’s final season would likely result in some casualties, and in its antepenultimate episode, it delivered. Not only did Charlie (Felicia Day), Bobby (Jim Beaver), Donna (Briana Buckmaster), Eileen (Shoshannah Stern), and potentially the rest of the world’s population vanish, but Castiel (Misha Collins) sacrificed his own life in order to save Dean (Jensen Ackles).
As the hour started winding down, Castiel and Dean found themselves trapped in the bunker with Death (Lisa Berry) quite literally knocking on the door. Billie wanted to see Dean dead, but Cas had other plans: Remembering his deal with the Empty, Cas gave a heartbreaking speech about happiness and what it means to be truly happy. He told Dean that, regardless of how he sees himself, everything he’s ever done has been for love. “You are the most selfless human being I will ever know,” Cas said, continuing on to talk about how knowing Dean has changed him.
And then, by saying “I love you” to Dean, Castiel achieved true happiness, and the Empty was summoned. In that moment, the Empty not only took Cas, but it also took Billie, saving Dean’s life.
It’s not the first time Castiel has died, but it’s safe to say it will be the last, and as traumatizing as it was, he went out with a smile on his face, saving someone he loved. As Misha Collins told EW last week, “For years, fans would ask, ‘How do you see Cas ending on the show?’ And I’ve always said in some heroic sacrifice. First of all, the phrase has heroic baked into it, which I like. But also, I think that that’s just integral to his character. He’s always been willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, and ultimately if he can sacrifice himself for the greater good and for his little cabal of humans who have become his family, I think that Cas will have served his purpose as far as he’s concerned.”
It was as heroic a death as Cas could’ve possibly hoped for, but that doesn’t make it any less tragic for Dean, and of course, the Supernatural family as we head into the series’ final two episodes. Excuse me while I go cry some more.
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