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'Supernatural' comes to an emotional end on the CW

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Supernatural -- "Carry On" -- Image Number: SN1520C_0015r2.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- ?? 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sam and Dean are officially done saving people and hunting things.

(CNN)Sam and Dean are officially done saving people and hunting things.

In many ways, the end of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean's (Jensen Ackles) stories were what they would have picked for themselves back in season 1, but ones that never would have been possible had they not gone on 15 years' worth of adventures.

Viewers have seen Sam and Dean come out of more precarious fights unscathed, but knowing this was the final episode, there was an air of looming doom at every familiar-seeming moment.

Indeed, this fight proves to be Dean Winchester's final battle.

As Dean says at one point, we always knew it'd end this way.

This time, we knew -- and Dean and Sam knew -- that this was it.

There was a callback to the pilot (when Dean showed up on his brother's doorstep and asked him for help), a reference to all the times the characters had found ways out of fatal situations and, most importantly, meaningful closure.

When Sam claims that he can't go on hunting without his older brother, Dean assures him.

"Hey, I'm not leaving you," Dean says.

At another point, Dean tells Sam: "We had one hell of a ride, man. "

For Dean, that ride ends in that vampire nest, but continues in a heavenly manner.

In heaven, Dean meets up with Bobby (Jim Beaver), who explains to him that heaven is now "what it always should have been. "

"It ain't just heaven, Dean.

It's also the heaven Dean and Sam have earned.

The fabric of human life and afterlife were, at many times, the very things Dean and Sam gave their blood, sweat, lives and tears to save.

Yes, Sam, too, would meet Dean in heaven but not for some time.

In heaven, Sam and Dean reunite on a bridge.

"Dean. "

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