As with all the shows I watch, I had to pick out my favorite episode of Supernatural. For Doctor Who it was Midnight. For Quantum Leap it was the last episode — though I haven’t watched that show in ages so I might change my mind after a re-watch. And for Supernatural it has to be “Swan Song.”
I’m not going to give any spoilers — I hate spoilers — but I might hint at some things. If you catch on because of my hinting I sincerely apologize and give you permission to revoke all my Netflix rights for a month.
Now then, let me tell you why I loved “Swan Song” the best. If you’ve already seen the show then you know all about the whole Apocalypse problem Sam and Dean (our two intrepid heroes) were struggling with. The writers of the show managed to take a global threat — the end of the world — and turn it into the most intimate of problems by pitting Sam and Dean against each other. (Kind of. Watch the show and you’ll understand.)
But the reason I love that episode the most is because of one line delivered by Dean. One simple, heartbreaking line:
“It’s OK, Sammy. I’m here.”
No, Sam’s not dying at that moment. You’d expect that line to be delivered by someone holding their brother’s guts in with a towel or something, but that’s not what happened. Not remotely. In fact — mild spoiler alert — the line is delivered while Dean is getting the snot beat out of him.
It was beautiful. Everyone told me I’d start to cringe at the show when Angels showed up, but they were wrong. The path the writers put these two characters on sort of required the other end of the spectrum to come into play (i.e. Angels and the God question) so it made perfect sense.
(By the way, we can thank that nasty flu bug for me getting through all 7 seasons of Supernatural in the past three weeks. I couldn’t concentrate to get any writing done and I barely managed to keep up on my homework, so that left a lot of hours to kill whilst bedridden. I’m better now, so don’t worry. Edits on Dead Magic are progressing at a steady rate.)
So! Swan Song is my favorite Supernatural episode ever. It’s not one you can watch without seeing the road leading up to it, though. If you’ve never seen the show, you should. Start at the beginning and plow right through. (It’ll help if you’re sick or something and can’t do much else.) I promise, it’s worth it just to get to that moment with Sam and Dean.