Supernatural’s fixed end-of-the-world stakes go away little room for embattled brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to have a second to themselves. Nonetheless, The CW present’s milestone 300th episode, titled “Lebanon,” not solely supplied the Winchesters with a much-needed break from their hectic lifetime of demon-hunting but additionally gave the duo long-awaited closure in what turned out to be the most effective reunion of the TV season.
When the boys got here throughout a magical, wish-granting pearl in a pawn store full of freaky mystical devices, Sam seen that as the right alternative to banish the archangel Michael, who had been residing in Dean’s head, from his brother as soon as and for all. What he ought to have realized was that Dean harbored a larger need for one thing else, one thing that had been entrenched behind his thoughts ever since Yellow Eyes murdered their mom Mary (Samantha Smith) and ripped their household aside all these years in the past. Deep down, what Dean desired most wasn’t to rid himself of Michael however to see his household again collectively once more. So as an alternative of banishing the archangel when the pearl was activated, Sam and Dean have been met with their father, John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who was pulled from 2003, years earlier than he died and earlier than the present even picked up, and introduced to the current day within the Males of Letters bunker the Winchester brothers now referred to as residence.
In contrast to 2003 John, followers knew it had taken years Sam and Dean to get thus far of their lives, the place they’ve accepted who they’re and the trail they’ve taken and at last laid down roots within the small Kansas city that is aware of who they’re — even when they nonetheless do not know their actual names and occupations. They may not have achieved the home with the white picket fence, however the brothers discovered a brand new household within the hunters they led and in Jack (Alexander Calvert), the doe-eyed Nephilim they have been elevating alongside their angel bestie Cas (Misha Collins). It is a unusual actuality that 2003 John logistically wouldn’t have accepted so freely, particularly since at that cut-off date, he would have been in paranoid hunter mode, obsessively looking for the Yellow-Eyed Demon that killed his spouse. However “Lebanon” was by no means involved with purpose and logic, selecting as an alternative to relish within the want success of Sam and Dan having fun with a uncommon glad second with household.
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Consequently, the John we noticed within the 300th episode was extra affable and accepting than the John we noticed within the present’s early seasons, and he appeared unbothered by alarming revelations like his sons co-parenting Lucifer’s (Mark Pellegrino) spawn or the brothers’ frequent deaths and possessions. As a substitute of those potential conflicts, the episode zeroed in on enhancing John’s sophisticated relationship along with his boys and noticed him lastly reckon with the errors he’d made as a single mother or father. John and Sam’s emotional dialog, which ended with a newfound understanding of one another in mild of their estranged relationship, showcased simply how a lot Sam has grown over the past 14 years; he was in a position to perceive the alternatives John made and at last let go of a few of that emotional baggage he’d been hauling round since childhood. That present was additionally afforded to Dean, who reaffirmed what we knew for some time now: that he likes the person he’s right this moment and understands how a lot John needed to do with shaping that. And these cathartic revelations get to the center of what this reunion was all about.
“Lebanon” was a deeply private take a look at the emotional journey the Winchesters have been on since Season 1, permitting them to return to phrases with among the problems with their previous and affording them the flexibility to maneuver ahead with much less trauma weighing them down. The episode painted a uncommon image of the Winchesters, laughing and having fun with a traditional household dinner collectively in a surreal second that Sam and Dean can maintain onto of their darkest hours. With the collection poised to finish subsequent season, the full-circle reunion feels considerably like a bucket listing merchandise checked off earlier than the boys can exit on their closing hunts. And now that Sam and Dean have reckoned with one of many key components of their traumatic previous, they will deal with the insane journey forward within the 15th and closing season. This poignant hour did not at all times take advantage of sense logically, however emotionally it felt good.
As a result of that is such a aggressive class, TV Information wished to take this chance to shout-out all of the runners-up who simply barely missed out on the distinction of Greatest Reunion: Killing Eve‘s Villanelle and Eve, whose chemistry could not be stopped even once they have been attempting to kill one another; Outlander‘s Claire and Bree, whose bond helped Bree cope together with her latest trauma; and Sport of Thrones‘ Sansa and Tyrion, who might need been the last word energy couple if Daenerys hadn’t gotten in the way in which.
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