Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Unity" | © 2020 The CW Network/Michael Courtney

Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Unity” | © 2020 The CW Network/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Rob Benedict, Emily Swallow, Rachel Miner, Alessandro Juliani, Carmen Moore
Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke
Director: Catriona McKenzie
Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM
Original Airdate: October 29, 2020

You have to hand it to SUPERNATURAL. Sometimes, they actually do go off the rails. Because this happens, it’s especially easy for them to do some expert misdirection, and with “Unity,” they show how they’ve done it.

You know how Team Winchester has spent the season trying to fight Chuck, aka God (Rob Benedict)? That one’s easy. Remember that Chuck is God, and has been writing this whole thing all along, much to Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) fury? No, really. Remember that. It explains a hell of a lot.

Chuck’s sister Amara, aka the Darkness (Emily Swallow), is enjoying reading a paperback in a hot tub in Iceland. She looks up at the sky and sees what appears to be a nighttime meteor shower. She surmises this means that Chuck is back.

At the bunker, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is talking on the phone to Castiel (Misha Collins), who so far has come up with nothing as an alternative to Jack (Alexander Calvert) blowing himself up in the quest to get rid of Chuck. Sam tells Cass it’ll be okay and to just come home. Dean after Sam hangs up. Sam is apparently not speaking much to Dean.

Amara arrives in the bunker, and announces that Her brother has returned. She asks how they intend to cage Him. Dean says they’ve got Jack (the half-archangel character, not “jack” as in nothing). Amara says She’s sorry She and Jack don’t know each other, it’s Her fault they don’t, and perhaps they can get to know each other after this is all over. Jack just nods, because Amara doesn’t know that he’s supposed to kill Her along with Chuck, and die in the process.

Jack says he needs to complete a final ritual. Dean asks Amara if She’s still in to help when the time comes. Amara reminds Dean of what She said when they first met – the two of them will always help each other. Then She disappears.

Jack thinks Sam is angry with him. Sam says he’s not angry, he just wishes Jack had been honest about what bringing down Chuck entails. Sam believes that Jack has a lot of courage to sacrifice himself for a cause – but Sam still thinks it’s wrong.

Dean announces they’re heading to Santa Fe for the final ritual. Sam refuses to go. He and Dean get into a heated argument. Sam says, “We don’t give up on family.” Dean blurts out, “Jack’s not family.” Jack hears this, and the boys are aware that he heard.

Jack and Dean drive along in silence. Castiel returns to the bunker. He seems glad Sam has stayed behind to find another way, although we wonder if Sam has stayed behind simply out of raging disapproval of Dean.

Chuck meets up with Amara in a wooded clearing. We then get a supertitle: “AMARA.” Amara asks Chuck what He’ll do once He’s ended this world. Chuck says He has an idea, but He’ll need Her help. Amara says no, before He’s even pitched His new-Creation concept to Her.

Chuck guesses the Winchesters have gotten to Her. After all, Amara and Dean “had that weird thing.” Amara is surprised that Chuck didn’t write that part, but Chuck says no, that’s gross. Maybe that un-Chuck-sanctioned connection will come into play later on?

Emily Swallow as Amara in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Unity" | © 2020 The CW Network/Jeff Weddell

Emily Swallow as Amara in SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Unity” | © 2020 The CW Network/Jeff Weddell

Amara says She’s not on either Dean or Chuck’s side. She cares about this world, and thinks Chuck should, too. She’s exasperated that He wants to end every bit of existence because the Winchesters won’t do what He wants. Chuck says that’s not it – everywhere He looks, He’s reminded of His failures.

Amara zaps Chuck to Heaven. A bunch of His fans are excited to meet Him. Chuck takes it for a second, then zaps them to somewhere else. Chuck says He and Amara can go around and around, but in the end, He always gets what He wants. Amara says, “What about what I want?” She’d like some balance, which they haven’t tried before. Chuck still says no.

So, Amara zaps both Herself and Chuck to the bunker. Chuck tries to zap Himself out of the bunker, but it doesn’t work. He realizes it’s a trap. Amara says she gave Chuck an out, but He wouldn’t take it, and that the Winchesters have found a way to bind Him.

Supertitle: “DEAN.” Dean tries to apologize to Jack. Jack says Dean has no need to be sorry. Jack understands that he’s not like Sam, or Cass.

In the morning, Dean and Jack pull up in front of the Jim’s Gems shop. A man opens the door, seems to be expecting Jack. The woman with him is excited to meet Jack.

The man turns out to be the Biblical Adam (Alessandro Juliani). He’s friends with the shop’s owner, who’s out for the day). The woman is Serafina (Carmen Moore), an angel. She can see Jack’s aura, which she describes as “like Skittles.” Adam asks Jack to come with him, alone, to answer a few questions. “Can’t hand out the spark of the divine to just anyone.” Serafina just seems to be extremely high on pharmaceuticals.

Adam has been wanting to take down Chuck for quite a while. He’s been working on it for 300,000 years. According to Adam, this is actually his plan – Billie, aka Death, who had laid the plan out for the Winchesters, is just helping. Adam says that Jack could be all-powerful. Adam opens a box of large gemstones and asks Jack to pick out the one touched by God. Jack picks up and examines each stone in turn.

Jack picks one, and then says all of them are just rocks, but their existence makes them divine, because God is in everything. Adam says, “Right on – at least, He should be.”

Adam and Jack go back to the reception area. Serafina and Adam begin to make out. Then Serafina stabs Adam with a huge knife. When Dean reacts, Adam tells him to chill. Serafina pulls out one of Adam’s ribs, then heals the wound. The rib is put in a baggie for safe travel.

Everything in the world contains a spark of life, but Adam’s ribs are special. It will fuse with Jack’s soul and his grace to create a metaphysical supernova. Jack will become a living black hole for divine energy, one that nothing can escape – not the Darkness (Amara), not God himself. Gee, what about everything touched by the spark of the divine – you know, everything on the planet? Nobody asks this, but they should.

On the way back, Dean pulls over. He needs to talk to Jack before they get home. Dean didn’t mean for Jack to hear the conversation with Sam. Dean tries to explain himself, how unraveled he’s felt since learning that Chuck was writing his life. But now Dean and Sam have a shot at living a truly free life, and that’s because of Jack. Dean feels he needs to thank Jack. Jack gives him a sincere, “You’re welcome.”

Alexander Calvert as Jack and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Unity" | © 2020 The CW Network/Michael Courtney

Alexander Calvert as Jack and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Unity” | © 2020 The CW Network/Michael Courtney

Dean’s phone beeps. It’s time. Jack takes Adam’s rib out of the baggie, holds it in his hand. The rib dissolves, and Jack’s eyes glow yellow.

Supertitle: “SAM.” At the bunker, Sam knocks aside another book that has no useful intel. Castiel picks it up, puts it back. Castiel sympathizes with Sam’s frustration and hopelessness. Sam muses that maybe Dean was right – but it feels wrong. (Ya think?) Sam knows Billie has Dean convinced. But Sam doesn’t know what he believes. He’d like to talk to Billie.

Castiel thinks Sam is suggesting a suicide attempt as a means of summoning Billie, and puts his foot down. But that’s not what Sam has in mind. Sam remembers that the warlock Sergei came to the bunker looking for the key that would unlock Death’s library. If the key is in the bunker, he and Cass can use it. Castiel agrees. So Sam and Cass start searching the bunker’s esoteric contents.

Castiel finds the key. Sam reads the Latin inscription aloud and a doorway appears in the wall. Sam tells Castiel to stay behind – if Dean gets back before Sam does, Castiel needs to buy Sam some time. Castiel says he thinks Sam’s instincts are right about all of this.

Sam uses the key to enter Death’s library. There are a lot of dead Reapers on the floor. Someone we can’t see is screaming, then cut off by a sound of bones breaking; someone else is sobbing.

The Empty, in the form of Meg (Rachel Miner), is sitting in Death’s chair, ordering the sobbing Reaper kneeling before her to pray for Billie to come. The prayer doesn’t work, and the Empty kills the Reaper. Sam tries to hide, but the Empty snaps her fingers and Sam is suddenly right in front of her.

Once Sam realizes this is the Empty, he asks why she’s here. It seems the Empty cannot contact Billie. The Empty is supposed to belong to, well, the Empty, without even God having sway. Billie promised the Empty once she took over that this would be the state of things, but ever since Castiel woke up in the Empty – and woke the Empty up – the Empty has been having trust issues. The Empty says that Billie wants to become the new God.

And we’re going to take a break for a moment here to contemplate this.

Billie wants everybody back where they belong. Angels back to Heaven, demons back to Hell, no more shifting realities, everybody who’s supposed to be dead – that’s pretty much everybody on SUPERNATURAL – will go back to being dead. The Empty gets to go back to sleep. At least, the Empty tells Sam, this is what Billie said would happen once she ascended.

The Empty has God’s Death book. The Empty hasn’t read it – only Billie can read it – but she knows that Sam is in the book. The Empty says that Billie keeps going on about how Sam should be dead, but Billie needs him. So the Empty thinks maybe if she hurts Sam, Billie will come.

The Empty starts doing something to Sam’s chest. He gasps out that Billie sent him. This is a life-saving lie. He improvises wildly, says Billie is on Earth. Can the Empty go to Earth? Only if she’s summoned, the Empty says. Sam tells the Empty that Billie wants God’s book. They’re trying to take down God, don’t have a lot of time. Sam says he has a message for the Empty, which is that Billie will honor her promise.

Sam gets back to the bunker with the book. Castiel says Amara and Chuck are here, it’s time. Sam says they can’t let it happen, they have to stop it.

Chuck is royally irate. Amara tries to talk sense into Him – he can still choose this world, choose to act like a brother. He tells Her to shut up.

Dean and Jack come in. Sam explains about Billie’s power grab. Dean insists that as long as Chuck dies, he’s good.

From what Chuck is saying and the look on His face, we know all of this is what He wrote. He wants Dean to do this. Well, that explains why Dean is being such an ass. This is Chuck’s real ending. Boy, is He pleased with Himself. He is omniscient, after all. So what if he can’t read his Death book? Plant a couple of visions, give Billie a few hints, it all comes out the way He wants. This also explains why so much of this plan doesn’t make any freaking sense – nobody has thought it through, because Chuck didn’t write them thinking it through.

Dean, compounding the situation, pulls a gun on Sam. Castiel is horrified. Sam tries getting the gun away from Dean. Dean decks Sam.

Chuck reveals to Amara that they don’t just want to cage Him, they want to kill Him. And they also want to kill Her. Amara grapples with Dean’s betrayal. He can’t hurt Her – directly. But he can send Jack to do it. Chuck says He knows Amara wanted Dean to care about Her, but humans are disappointing. The only ones who will ever “get” Chuck and Amara are Chuck and Amara.

Sam finally starts explaining what happens if Billie takes over. Everybody they saved dies. The people from Apocalypse World get sent back to a place that doesn’t exist anymore. Dean says he’d trade them all to get at Chuck. Sam asks if Dean would trade him.

Chuck’s pitch to Amara is that they can create something new and beautiful and peaceful and balanced together. Chuck extends His hand to Amara, She takes it – and He absorbs her into Himself.

Sam tries to reach Dean. Sam says Dean feels like this now. All Sam’s life, Dean has protected him – from Dad, from Lucifer. Sam didn’t always like it, but it’s the one thing he could always count on. Dean finally puts the gun away –

And Chuck blows the door off its hinges as He enters, livid that He couldn’t make Dean kill Sam. All the other versions did what they were told, but this Sam, Dean and Castiel are too stupid and too broken. Chuck declares He’s over all of them. They can kill each other, not kill each other, He doesn’t care. They can just watch Jack die. And Jack is about to go supernova.

“Unity” explains so much. In addition to explaining why Dean has been such an unreasonable, tunnel-visioned jerk, we also get how Sam, Dean and everybody else seem to have developed a blind spot about Chuck. Granted, Season 11, which was spent on the battle between Chuck and Amara, may still have all been Chuck’s b.s. But if it wasn’t, without its Creator, the world goes poof. Yet nobody has questioned Billie’s plan to get rid of Chuck. This makes more sense if Chuck is writing our folks with a bit of amnesia.

Meanwhile, the climactic scene between Sam and Dean is one of the most touching brotherly love moments in the series. We feel the strength of the bond between them. Maybe we’re reading into it in a meta way because we know the show is ending, but it feels like Padalecki and Ackles are drawing on their own emotions here. In any case, it has uncommon weight, reminding us what’s really at the core of SUPERNATURAL.

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