So we all want to know: who has a plan to defeat the Darkness? Chuck? Winchesters? Lucifer? … Bueller? First we’ve got to work through some family issues, then comes the plan. “The end is freakin’ nigh,” and Supernatural finally gives us the ultimate showdown in “We Happy Few.”
Lucifer is still pouting about his father sending him to his Cage for eons. He doesn’t even mention how Chuck craftily helped the Winchesters put him back in the cage after he finally managed to get free. Let’s call it freewill with a little shove. Will the son, once imprisoned in the Cage for millennia, help to defeat the sister who was trapped by the Mark? What’s up with locking away family members for an eternity, anyways? We’re guessing God might score high on the Psychopath Test.
The Winchesters, role models for functional family relationships, try to mediate between Lucifer and Chuck by encouraging them to use “I feel” statements. Lucifer wants an apology from Chuck, but God could spend an eternity apologizing to everyone who thinks He’s wronged them. Besides, there’s no one more righteous than God, right? Despite Sam taking the side of rebel son Lucifer (no surprise there) and Dean making it evident that apologies are meaningless, Satan and God manage to have a breakthrough.
Lucifer: “You were my Father and you forsook me.”
Chuck: “I did. I was supposed to love all Creation equally. I wasn’t supposed to have favorites. But you, you were Mine. I gave you the Mark because I loved you the most. Because I thought you were strong enough to bear it. And when I saw that I was wrong, when I watched my choice devour my most cherished son, I hated myself. And so I punished you. And I am so sorry.”
We can almost see why Lucifer was won over so quickly because it was a pretty moving speech. Even Lucifer needs a little validation sometimes.
Now that Lucifer is on Team Daddio, they need to come up with a plan. Michael isn’t fit to fight, and we can’t help but wonder if that means that God is letting his oldest son, as well as Adam, rot in the Cage while they plan the prizefight. Sadly, it’s outside of God’s power to bring back Gabriel or Raphael. Though we’re not exactly pining for Hufflepuff angel Raphael, the Trickster and his snark would’ve been an excellent addition to Chuck’s angels. Sam asks, “What do you need to win?” Chuck responds, “What do you got?” Maybe they’ve got some paper towels.
Crowley is attempting to have a Voldemort moment with his former minions, but these are no frightened Death Eaters. Instead they laugh at the dancing monkey. Elsewhere, Rowena is busy convincing fellow witch Clea to cast a spell that will send the two witches back in time to enjoy the pre-Amara years for a few more centuries.
“We Happy Few” references Henry V, but instead of the leader of this anti-Amara army, it’s Sam, Dean and Castiel who seem to be the ones giving the St. Crispin’s Day speech as they recruit witches, demons, and angels to join in the fight.
“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
— William Shakespeare
Chuck’s “Shock and Awe” speech is much less inspiring. He’s no Chuckspeare. Rowena and Crowley have some suggestions how to improve Chuck’s plan with some strategy, but instead they all end up putting their faith in God’s plan. Surprisingly, God’s plan includes putting the Mark on Sam once Amara is trapped. Thank someone besides God that it didn’t happen, because it would’ve been a waste of a season if we ended up where we were before with one of the Winchesters bearing the Mark.
God may be a cheater, but he’s a pretty chivalrous one. Not only does he keep Lucifer from killing Amara, but they fight Amara sequentially: First Rowena and the witches attack, then the angels smite from above, then Crowley and the demons smokily swirl around her in Death Eater fashion, and finally Lucifer stabs Amara with a big spear. Amara and Chuck finally have their big talk:
Amara: “I spent millions of years crammed into that cage … alone … and afraid, wishing—begging for death because of you! And what was my crime, brother?”
Chuck: “The world needed to be born! And you wouldn’t let me! Amara, you gave me no choice.”
Amara: “That’s your story. Not mine. The real reason you banished me, why I couldn’t be allowed to exist … you couldn’t stand it. No, we were equals. We weren’t great or powerful, because we stood only in relation to each other. You think you made the archangels to bring light? No. You made them to create lesser beings, to make you large, to make you Lord. It was ego! You wanted to be big!”
Chuck: “That’s true. But it isn’t the whole truth. There’s a value, a glory in Creation … that’s greater and truer than my pride or my ego. Call it grace, call it being! Whatever it is, it didn’t come from my hands. It was there … waiting to be born. It just is, as you and I just were. Since you’ve been freed, I know that you’ve seen it. Felt it.”
At this Chuck looks at Dean, and when Amara raises her eyes to Dean’s, he looks down. Awkward.
Amara waits for death by Chuck’s hand, but when she realizes Chuck is going to trap her with the Mark once more she overcomes her Brother. Lucifer tries to save his Dad, but Amara tells him “Goodbye, nephew” and seems to zap the grace out of him. It sure seems like Lucifer is dead, but it’s not clear if Castiel will survive. We kinda think he will, but you never know. Amara then draws the light right out of Chuck. As Chuck lies on the ground, Sam cries out that God is dead, but it turns out that Chuck is merely dying. Amara is determined to make Him suffer:
“My Brother will dim … and fade away into nothing. But not until He sees what comes next. Not until He watches this world, everything He created, everything He loves, turn to ash. Welcome to the end.”
Will the Winchesters manage to keep the world safe by being the firewall between the light and the dark? Though “We Happy Few” showed us that though some family conflicts can be resolved, others run deep. Real deep. Supernatural gives us the Season 11 finale next week, where we’ll learn the fate of this band of brothers.