Insightful as always, BJ. I think I'll go back and look again at those episodes as you have re-energised me for that plot line.
Love bev x
Yes, I loved how the season ended, but I know many didn't. This episode just didn't resonate with me the first few times I watched it. I do really believe you need to watch an entire arc or season to get all the nuance and the truths that are there, you just can't see them at times.
Looking back now, having the time to really ponder how it all came to pass, I do think it was the weight of everything coming down on Dean that made him lose hope and then when he actually succeeded in killing the whore, that pushed him over into believing it was his destiny and that they were truly out of time.
I never could understand how they could be so sure of their course, but then that's what we love about the Winchesters. They stick to their guns and they always seem to intrinsically know what the right thing to do is. Especially Dean, so it was heartbreaking to see him so lost and floundering to do right.
All in all, I love how it all tied together and how for me, it totally worked.
Thanks, good to hear from you! - B.J.