Written by Shae
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This week was my little sister's birthday, so I didn't actually get to watch this when it aired. Mattie watched it first, and so did a few other people. I was warned that this was a hard episode to watch. Guys…this was a really hard episode to watch. I really don't know how to cope with what happened, other than to turn to Tumblr and whatnot. That site understands the feels that just happened.
Boy, did feels happen. All of season 9 lead up to this very moment; the final confrontation with Metatron. With Gadreel on their side, things were looking up. Dean, however, decided to slice Gadreel with the First Blade and sent the angel fleeing. Cas and Sam thought it best if Dean and the Blade were separated, so Dean got locked away while his little brother and the angel of the Lord went to find Gadreel and make things 'right'. Cas helps to heal him, while weakening himself further. The stolen grace is making him a time bomb, but he wants to do what's right. Meanwhile, Dean's not having any of this being locked up crap. He summons Crowley and has the King of Hell help him get to the Blade. As it turns out, the First Blade and Mark of Cain are making him crave murder. Dean's behavior even has Crowley intrigued, especially since it might benefit him later.
Metatron decides that it's time to make himself known to the humans, and what a better way to do that than by performing 'miracles'. Bringing people back from 'death', healing the sick, and even turning water into bourbon. Truly, he is the new Messiah, right? That's what he's trying to convince everyone of, anyway and people are totally buying into it. His actions go viral, and with the help of Crowley, Dean finds a lead on Metatron's whereabouts. But, being buddies with the King of Hell only goes so far. When Sam shows up, that's Crowley's cue to leave the brothers. Dean's got the First Blade and a vendetta to carry out, and Sam just wants an end to all this. At least Castiel and Gadreel are fine, right?
The angels do manage to make it to Heaven, only to be locked in prison, while Metatron's away. This does not set well with Gadreel at all. Having been locked in here for centuries, Gadreel is not about to be do it all over again. He sacrifices himself so that Castiel can be free and put an end to Metatron's reign. With the help of Hannah, Castiel gets to Metatron's room and searches for the angel tablet. Metatron is busy finally confronting Dean, though. And winning. The fight's not pretty and despite Dean being all powerful with the First Blade, Metatron has god-like power and uses it. The scribe stabs Dean just as Sam shows up to the scene. Soon after, vanishing to confront Castiel; the angel tablet shattered in pieces on the floor. Dean dies in Sam's arms. Castiel tricks Metatron into spilling all his lies and plans in front of all the angels, then spares his life, locking him in the prison where he can't hurt anyone.
With Dean's lifeless body left in his own room, Sam goes to summon Crowley. To make a deal; save his older brother. Crowley, however, is busy having a little chat with Dean, placing the First Blade, into his hand and telling him that what he's feeling isn't death, but a new life. We're left with Dean opening his eyes to find them all black…
I have to say, this really got me on so many levels. Still, the finale ends with Sam willing to do anything to save his brother (in contrast to the start of the season and his declaration to do otherwise) and Cas wanting to just be an angel, not a leader. Crowley, of course, will always be Crowley. He's the most lovable demon there is, and Dean? Well, he's a demon now himself. They've done a wonderful job for setting up season 10, and I cannot wait until the fall to see just what happens.