Per tradition, we got Carry On My Wayward Son to start off the episode. I did like that we had the fan-version leading into the Kansas version. And then we got straight into the heart-breaks. First up, Sam, with his family pictures and the broken code and the witch-killing-brew-filled bullets. He is determined to save Dean at all costs, even though he can't locate him. That is partially because Dean's not answering his phone, and partially because he was probably too drunk to notice, considering the elder Winchester wakes up sweaty and laying on his motel room's floor. Fun times, that I was sure would lead to very bad things.
The whole investigation of the dead girl, and her missing friend, was...uncomfortable. Dean was uncouth on top of uncouth, thanks to the Mark. Aside from his inappropriate comments, he was also horrible to Rudy and eventually caused his death. I understand the whole Mark thing, but that was a but uneven in when he was conscious of himself crossing the line and when he just didn't care. He's caused quite a few deaths. Rudy was not the tipping point, even if it seemed that way. But I will say that Sam finding the keys to the Imapala and the note of "She's all yours" was very sad :( Don't give up the car! That's when we know you've given up on life!
I will get back to the whole Death thing, but first I want to talk about Cas / Crowley / Rowena. You knew the spell wouldn't be easy, and having it include the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden, the Golden Calf, and something Rowena loves? Quite a feat. I was glad / sad that the diner guy turned out to be Oskar. I knew he had to show up again, since he was so engaging in his prior episode. I'm quite happy with the way the trio's situation turned out, even if we're unsure of Crowley's still alive. (They wouldn't kill him without showing it, right?) Rowena's still in play, too, so we have that to look forward to next season.
Okay, back to Death. Dean wants Death to kill him, Death cannot do that, longer explanation of The Darkness and how Dean's the only thing holding it back. The whole Sam / Dean thing in that seemed murky at best. Sam won't quit, so before Dean can be banished Sam must die at Dean's hand? Uh, okay. It was very tense, since I didn't know if Dean would do it, but then he hauls around and kills Death instead. WHAT? You can't kill Deaht, HE'S DEATH! Also, shouldn't there be some repercussions of Death being dead? Like an apocolyptic event or something? Because The Darkness emerging was because Rowena removed the Mark, not because Dean killed Death. And the black smoke overwhelming them looked quite familiar, like when the demon cloud overtook Dean and Bobby in the car. I'm not sure the vagueness of The Darkness really played through well, but we'll have to wait and see where they go with it next season.</span>
So, I don't know what to say about this finale. There was some seriously tense moments, but there was more confusion than anything. Great acting, but perplexing storytelling.