Who is the Monster at the End of This Season?


The latest episode of Supernatural featured meta jokes on top of meta jokes, so it stands to reason that the title of the episode might also include some hidden secrets. Fans were quick to notice that The Monster at the End of This Book is actually the title of a Sesame Street children's book featuring Grover. Could this harmless piece of kiddie lit hold the secret to the entire Supernatural mystery?


In the book, which is itself a piece of meta fiction, Grover talks directly to the person reading the book, warning them about the monster at the end and urging the reader not to continue reading. It's a rather adult concept, but if you reach the end, you get a surprise.


SPOILER WARNING: Read no further if you don't want the end of this children's book spoiled.


At the end of The Monster at the End of This Book, it's revealed that the monster is actually Grover himself and was all along. Though Grover never realized it, he is the monster. But how does this factor into Supernatural?


Applying the book's ending to this season of Supernatural, maybe the monster of the season has been there all along. The monster is Lucifer, who Lilith revealed is trapped in a cage. If the cage is just metaphoric, maybe Lucifer is actually lying dormant in a person. Maybe Lucifer is Sam Winchester.


Before I'm burned at the stake for suggesting such an idea, there may be a sound basis for this theory. The breaking of the 66 Seals this season has mirrored Sam's own descent into darkness, drinking demon blood and becoming more powerful.


In addition, Lilith wanted to make a deal to stop breaking the Seals in exchange for Sam's head on a spike. If she has seen the end and knows that she won't make it to see the good part, maybe she knows that when the final Seal is broken, Lucifer will take over Sam's body and kill her, fulfilling Sam's own promise to be the one to kill Lilith. It could also explain the angels trepidation over Sam using his powers.


Obviously letting Sam be overtaken by Lucifer would be a controversial move, but as Chuck Shurley said, he does put Sam through plenty of suffering for the sake of artistic symmetry. A life that started with a demon dripping blood into the baby's mouth as part of a deal is one that could end with the ultimate revelation that the entire deal was designed to bring forth Lucifer.


There's also some beautiful artistic symmetry if Dean is the one chosen by God and his own brother is Lucifer's vessel. That's the kind of storytelling Chuck Shurley would enjoy.


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Apr 6, 2009 5:12PM EDT

An interesting idea! It would make a good storyline in my mind. It will be fun to see how the writers truly have the season play out.

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Apr 6, 2009 11:13PM EDT

oooh nice...I've been thinking about this idea for a while too but couldn't really figure out how it would play out. Good ideas

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Apr 7, 2009 2:06AM EDT

brilliant idea...if it does play out this way, the symmetry would be almost beautiful. i can't wait to find out what actually happens! next season is the last one right?

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Apr 7, 2009 9:42AM EDT

I do have to admit that what you said may come true. It is one new way of looking at this season.
In the end we will all find one way or the other

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Apr 7, 2009 5:33PM EDT

Maybe its like this: the older brother Dean starts it by breaking the first seal. The younger brother Sam brings on the apocalyps by breaking the last seal. And that happens to be killing Lillith. Thats why she knows she won't survive this because she knows the seals that need to be broken.

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Apr 8, 2009 1:54AM EDT

very true whereamI and dont forget Castiel said "only the one who broke the first seal can stop it" and that IS DEAN! (succumbing to Alastair's pleas to torture others in Hell) DUH DUH DUH

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Apr 10, 2009 12:08PM EDT

I'm not sure, but I think I heard that Michael the archangel who led god's army and ultimately defeated Lucifer was not only his counterpart but also sort of his brother. Which would make a "battle" between Dean and Sam downright biblical.

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Apr 10, 2009 3:03PM EDT

The problem is that Lucifer is an angel, so for that to happen Sam must turn into an angel/be a fallen one.
But, it could happen.

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Apr 12, 2009 8:01PM EDT

Looking, the thing is, it would be like Lucifer 'lying dormant' in Sam, as someone said. Maybe even possessing him without Sam realizing it. (Brings to mind the fifth Harry Potter book, I'm such a nerd) So Sam wouldn't have to be an angel.The thing is, either the angels don't know Lucifer is in Sam or the theory is shot to hell, because if they knew, they'd kill him right away. Maybe if they do, Lucifer will find another host, and they know that if they do, Dean would obviously not help them anymore.I don't know, I've been pretty disappointed with the angels and God this season, they've been sorta lame. Even though I'm in love with Castiel.

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Apr 13, 2009 11:12AM EDT

If lucifer is lying dormant in Sam, maybe this is what has been planned for him all along. that could be what was meant when John winchester told Dean he may have to kill Sam ( back in season 2).

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Apr 14, 2009 3:47AM EDT

TOTALLY sold on the Dean will have to kill Sam theory. Interested in this one. It's quite well worked out and argued, so I await with interest how it will turn out.And yes, I'm in love with Castiel too. Though I still have huge hots for Dean. Ah well, there's enough of me for both of them!

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Apr 15, 2009 9:53PM EDT

@lookingatstars ... Sam does not have to turn into an angel/be a fallen one for the biblical symmetry to occur. Lucifer fell (i.e., he became evil and fell from grace), so for Sam, he essentially only needs to go dark side (which would satisfy the evil thing).
@webant ... I love that you picked up on the Michael the Archangel and Lucifer symbolism that could possibly be seen in Dean and Sam if Sam does go dark side. I'm not sure about Michael and Lucifer being brothers though, at least not in the strict sense that Dean and Sam are brothers. From what I've gathered, it's more like brothers as in like when people say "Brothers Unite" type thing, as in we are all God's children so we are brothers. Not by the same mother same father reason, but by the same Creator.
@HaystackMole ... Why the disappointment in the Angels and God this season? They have been a much more dynamic group in one season than we have seen in the demons throughout all the season. You have Castiel, the empathetic angel and Dean's confidant. You have Anna, a fallen Angel, which directly correlates to man's desire for choice and free will, but at a cost. You have Uriel, a traitor and follower of Lucifer, which has that whole pitiless, power hungry attitude as well as jealousness towards mankind. And then of course, Zachariah, who we have seen as the calm, level headed General like character, making sure things go according to plan. The demons are all almost the same, with little differentiating characteristics (though Allistair was most intriguing).
I find the angels to be quite intriguing, and I know a lot of people don't like that the Angels aren't telling Dean and Sam everything and are keeping some things secret, especially in not letting Sam and Dean know more about their destiny, but what I think everyone is missing is that God's plan is much larger than Dean or Sam. And yes this show is about them, and Dean has to stop the apocalypse and all, but there is a whole lot more to this story than just the Winchester's part. Whatever plan you think there should be, God's plan is going to be the grander and better, so lets just see how it plays out. give it a chance

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