It’s always hard when a hunter dies on Supernatural.  But this is different. Jack (Alexander Calvert) is more than another hunter, he’s like…a son.  So it’s so surprise that Dean (Jensen Ackles) is taking his death really hard.  So hard that he refuse to watch him die.  While Castiel (Misha Collins) retrieves Dean, Jack says he understands why Dean can’t be there.  Before Cas and Dean return to Jack’s room, Jack asks Sam (Jared Padalecki) what will happen to someone like him when he dies. No one really knows.  

Cas reminds Dean about how much he means to Jack.  He talks Dean into returning to Jack’s room, but it’s too late. Jack as passed.  The trio decide to give Jack a hunter’s burial and burn his body on a pyre.  Dean calls Mary to let her know about Jack. At the same time Sam packs a bag and leaves the bunker.

Dean and Cas drive around looking for Sam. They find him on the side of the road by some woods.  He was trying to cut down trees to build a pyre, but his ax broke.  Afterward he broke down.  Dean says the only thing they can do is get drunk. The three guys sit around a table, drinking whiskey, and reminiscing about Jack.  

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Good Boys Go To Heaven

Jack eats a burger with Dean, Sam and Cas during a pit stop to Dodge City. Dean is talking about their trip, but he starts skipping. The sun starts flickering too.  Jack realizes that he’s in Heaven. He leaves his room to walk around and a black ooze appears.  Jack has to run from the ooze and down the hall. 

Jack found his way to Kelly Kline’s (Courtney Ford) heaven.  At first she is a young girl playing with her dog.  When Jack introduces himself, she transforms to her adult self.  Kelly doesn’t know she is in Heaven at first, but then realizes Jack is dead too if he’s there with her.  The reunited mother and son take the time to get to know each other.

Last Resort


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When Dean wakes up the next morning, he finds they have a guest. Sam and Cas invited Lily Sunder (Veronica Cartwright) to the bunker.  Dean doesn’t recognize her at first. She has aged considerably since they last saw her.  Lily found a magic that they’ve never seen before. She burned her soul for this magic so she could kill the angels responsible for her daughter’s death. Sam thinks they can bring Jack back using this magic. Cas will find Jack in Heaven so they can pull his soul back. 

Dean is suspicious of her intentions. Why would she want to help them? Lily says she wants them to get her into Heaven so she can be with her daughter.  That’s the price for giving Jack her magic.  How do you change someone’s fate?  Sam suggests asking Anubis, who took over judging souls when God left. 

Dean prepares a binding sigil to trap Anubis.  When he arrives he measures Lily’s soul. She will go to Hell when she dies.  The boys ask Anubis to change her fate, but he says he can’t.  The only person who can change Lily’s fate is Lily.  Anubis threatens Dean and Sam’s fate, so Sam lets him go.

Lily refuses to complete the spell because the Winchesters weren’t able to change her fate.  Sam begs her to help, but she gets ready to leave.  Dean appeals to her as a parent asking how she could let them go through the pain of losing a child.  

Knocking On Heaven’s Door

Cas gets to Heaven and the place is lined with the black ooze. There are two angels on the floor, one of them is Duma (Erica Cerra).  He asks what happened, but she says when the black stuff appeared, everything went blank.  They go into Jack’s personal room, and find Naomi (Amanda Tapping). She tells Cas that the Big Empty has attacked Heaven, looking for Jack.  Jack is half angel, so the Big Empty considers him property of the Nothing. 


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Duma and Cas find Jack and tell him about the plan to bring him back to life. Jack doesn’t really like losing a piece of his soul, but if he stays in Heaven, the Big Empty will tear it apart.  Duma reveals that she’s not really Duma. The Big Empty has taken over the angel and wants Jack now. 

The Big Empty taunts Jack telling him that the Nothing is worse than Hell.  But he’s part angel and the Big Empty gets all of the angels who die.  There is a fight as Cas and Kelly try to keep the Big Empty away from Jack. About the same time, Dean and Sam pray to Cas to let him know they are ready to resurrect Jack. 

The Big Empty gets its hands on Jack.  Cas stops her by offering to take his place.  Cas has been to the Nothing before.  He woke up the Big Empty once before too.  It’s really Cas that it wants, so the Big Empty agrees.  It won’t take Cas now because it wants him to suffer. It will wait until the moment when Cas is sublimely happy. And that’s when the Big Empty will come for him.  

The Big Empty leaves, restoring Duma in her vessel.  Cas asks Jack not to tell the Winchesters about that deal.  Jack asks why he did it.  Cas did because he loves Jack and he is at peace with his decision.  Jack agrees.  He turns to Kelly, sad that they didn’t get much time together.  Kelly is happy that he is getting another chance. She says she will be waiting for him. 


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Lily’s spell works. As soon as Jack wakes up in the bunker, the boys have him complete the spell.  Lily sits down once it’s all done and dies.  She knew the spell would take her life.  And for her sacrifice, she is allowed to be with her daughter in Heaven. 

Cas runs into Naomi as he is leaving Heaven.  She thanks him for what he did. She knows he didn’t do it for them, but regardless, he saved Heaven.  And that deserves a reward.  Naomi has an idea of Michael’s location.  Cas take the information back to the bunker where the guys are enjoying burgers together.  Sam and Dean stare at Jack while he eats, happy that he’s home. 

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I like Jack and all, but did he really have to die?  It’s been obvious how the guys all feel about each other, they are a family.  I just find his death was unnecessary for story purposes.  I just don’t feel they needed to develop those relationships, unless there was some kind of conflict between them.  However, it was nice to see Jack reunite with his mother.  And I’m happy that Jack will be around for a while longer.  He’s fun to watch. 

Speaking of conflict, I find it odd that Dean hasn’t told them about his dizzy spells. I’m sure he will eventually, but these types of things can make something go wrong later on.  

I like the filler episodes, they bring a much needed break from the heaviness of the main story arc.  But it’s been weeks since the guys have done or said anything about Michael. So I am looking forward to the boys back on Michael’s trail!





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