Abandon All Hope? Mission Accomplished Season 5, Episode 10


The mid-season finale of Supernatural was titled "Abandon All Hope," and it certainly delivered on that promise. It turned out to be one of the most depressing hours of TV Supernatural has ever produced, and now, more than ever, I have no hope of a happy ending.


The episode saw the small group of heroes travel to fight and kill Lucifer. Instead, Jo and Ellen died, the Winchesters learned the Colt is useless against Lucifer, and Death, the second Horseman of the Apocalypse, was raised. The show ended with tornadoes ravaging Missouri while Sam, Dean and Bobby stared sadly at a photo of their group slowly burning.


That's not just hopeless, that's the last circle of despair. For most of season 5 Sam and Dean were convinced that the Colt was the only way to kill Lucifer, and now their last hope is destroyed. There's no secondary plan, no new strategy, it just felt like that final scene saw the two brothers abandoning all hope.


Assuming the Horsemen are like the Seals from last season, Lucifer is now halfway to his Apocalypse, with War and Death riding on Earth. The second half should be a cakewalk. Lucifer just performed his ritual while Sam and Dean stood aside and watched, completely ineffectual. I'm glad to see that Supernatural has made Lucifer a much stronger foe than any demon the boys have faced, but right now, he seems invincible.


Undoubtedly this is what Eric Kripke wants, and I'm willing to give it to him. If there was even the tiniest glimmer of hope, I would cling to it. If there was one small momentary triumph, I'd be happy. But Ellen and Jo are dead. The Colt is useless. Bobby is still in a wheelchair. Death is on Earth.


There is no hope. Winter is hard enough, especially when combined with more than two months of no new Supernatural episodes. But to leave fans on such a pessimistic note without any reason to celebrate almost seems cruel.


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Nov 20, 2009 2:45PM EST

"But to leave fans on such a pessimistic note [...] almost seems cruel."

Siiiiiigh. Yep. I knew "Abandon All Hope" was going to hurt, so I wanted to save it for January, and watch it just before new episodes start airing again, but of course, I just didn't have the willpower. Supernatural = crack?
And so, now I'm all achy. Sniffle.
I'm one of the minority of fans who always *liked* Jo, too, and secretly hoped that she and Dean would ride off into the sunset together in the end. Sniffle, sniffle. *And* I loved Ellen. Sniffle, sniffle, sniffle.

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Nov 20, 2009 3:05PM EST

It will be interesting to see what Kripke has in store for the rest of the seals. He seems to be continuing with the same theme that the seals don't have to be broken in order. Of the four horsemen all he has left is Famine and Pestilence. But there are three other seals that must be broken, besides the 4 horsemen, for the world to end. I can't wait till they find God. That will probably be pretty awesome. I wonder if the antichrist kid will play a part as well. They said he is the most powerful being, able to destroy the Host (All the angels). Also I wonder what the other four things in all of creation can't be killed by the colt.

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Nov 20, 2009 4:44PM EST

If i had to take a guess of the four other things that cant be killed in all of creation by the colt I would say this:
GodJesusThe holy Spirit (The entire holy trinity)Anti-Christand Lucifer of course
Btw I heard that too that most fans dont like Jo?! I Kripe also said that is why they stopped having them on the show? Why is that? I always liked Jo!Especially her in those jeans :(

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Nov 20, 2009 10:08PM EST

God would not count as a being in all of creation, as he is the Creator. Thus I would say it was the four ArchAngels and Lucifer. I would assume that as the Holy Trinity includes Jesus and the Father they would not need to then be considered as separate. And who would the anti-christ be different from Lucifer?

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Nov 21, 2009 12:54AM EST

I agree that God as the creator probably should not count as part of creation.
As for the five things:
1. Angels (almost certainly all of them - I don't remember the Colt being tested on any angels before Lucifer, so I think it's reasonable to assume all angels are immune.)2. Four Horsemen (pretty sure - War even said he couldn't be killed, IIRC)3. Antichrist (probably)4. Reapers (maybe)5. Hmmm... drawing a blank. What else is there?
Seems as if the Colt really shouldn't work on incorporeal beings who are already dead, like, oh, spirits, but somehow I doubt spirits are badass enough to make the list.

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Nov 21, 2009 2:42PM EST

I was never a big fan of Jo. Like "No Exit" (based heavily around Jo) was one of the worst episodes (Season 2) for me and I've watched it a grand total of two times. And I hated that Dean and Jo kissed before him and Sam left the building. I always thought they had a sister brother relationship (not that Jo wanted that) and I wish that Dean would have left with just a kiss on the forehead, because now I just feel confused.
As for Ellen... One of the only women to come onto this show and pretty much everyone loved her. I was crying my eyes out when she started properly crying, once she realised Jo had died, and then I realised that they've been with us (Even in spirit) since Season 2, when the boys had just lost their dad. Even with the long leave of absence, we still remembered them and wondered if they would ever come back. I'm not sure how I feel about them going out like that, it seemed almost pointless. I'm still in shock we'll never see Ellen tear Sam and Dean a new one.
I'm not happy Jo died, but I don't exactly think I'll miss her. But I'll definately miss Ellen.
So glad Bobby is still in the game though. Well, kinda...

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Nov 21, 2009 8:23PM EST

Hmm while i like this:
1. Angels (almost certainly all of them - I don't remember the Colt being tested on any angels before Lucifer, so I think it's reasonable to assume all angels are immune.)
2. Four Horsemen (pretty sure - War even said he couldn't be killed, IIRC)
3. Antichrist (probably)
4. Reapers (maybe)
5. Hmmm... drawing a blank. What else is there?
I don't think so. All Angels not being able to be killed by the colt? While I'd like to believe that, I just don't think all Angels are created equal, and therefore i think some can die. I like a few of your Ideas though, and this is what I think.
We can rule God/Jesus/Holy Spirit out, because they are of one entity, and God is definitely not a creature of creation. Obviously he can't be killed. Which leaves us with 5 slots to fill. I'm going to assume that there are some things that are destined to happen, and thus things in relation to the Apocalypse get my top priority. So here is my ideas
1. Michael (He has to fight Lucifer and win to end the Apocalypse)2. Lucifer (He has to bring on the Apocalypse, and then lose)3. The Four Horsemen (The are agents of the Apocalypse)4. The Antichrist (A necessary being in the battle between Heaven and Hell)
Without any of these four creatures of creation, the Apocalypse cannot come to pass, and thus I believe they are 4 of the 5 creatures in creation that cannot be killed by the colt. But that leaves one final slot left to fill. While I'd like to put Grabriel in there, and just be done, I think a better option and more logical one is
5. Reapers (You can't kill Death. Unless you do the ritual from season 4 to break a seal. but that didn't include the colt)
just my thoughts.

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Nov 22, 2009 2:52AM EST

I guess I was one of the few who not only didn't mind, but liked Jo's presence while it lasted. Like KanaKatastrophe, I was crying hard by the time Ellen realized Jo had gone and it just solidified how much impact these two characters had, even though they were very much looked over and dropped for over two seasons with no excuse in terms of the storyline. It was stated later on that because of the backlash she was written out, so obviously Ellen followed suite to make it that much easier. It's all kinds of messed up that they were brought back for only a couple of episodes at most and then used as a means to an end and a very pointless one at that.
Jared Padalecki's acting bothered me for the first time in a long time, and I'm not sure why. Is his ability slipping or..? No real emotion over Ellen and Jo, and the scene with Lucifer seemed so forced. Struck me as odd how all three men at the end, especially Dean, didn't shed a tear when they were watching the picture burn since we've seen them cry over less. Ellen was a motherly figure the boys relied on before being scrapped.

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Nov 22, 2009 4:09PM EST

i loved jo and ellen. andi loved jo and dean together. shes like the only girl hes ever actually cared about. didnt you notice how awkward it was for dean when he went to talk to her. he never has that, he really cares for her.i hope, but highly doubt, that jo and ellen are coming back, somehow with death and reaper system being all messed up and everything..as for sam.. those agonising face expressions were just a liittle overboard...

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Nov 25, 2009 10:47PM EST

"While I'd like to believe that, I just don't think all Angels are created equal, and therefore i think some can die."
The show has already let us know that angels of the non archangel variety can die, but the question is, what can kill them? Not much, I think - back when Uriel was murdering his colleagues, it was implied that only another angel is powerful enough to kill an angel.
Anyway, since we now know that the Colt can't kill Lucifer, I'm thinking that other creatures of the same order (that is, *at least* all the other archangels) are also immune. As for the lesser angels, they might or might not be, but I think they are, simply because I think the Colt was built to kill the varieties of supernatural beings walking the earth in Samuel Colt's time, and angels haven't been around for a couple millennia, right? And also, even the lesser angels are awesomely powerful, more so than anything previously seen. And even if they're not nearly as powerful as the archangels, they have to be made of the same stuff, right?
Anyway, the one point I really want to make is that creatures of the same order should probably be lumped together in these five slots. There's no sense in giving Lucifer and Michael separate slots as they're both archangels of roughly the same level of badass-ness. I'm saying this because when Lucy said "five things" I heard five *kinds* of creatures, not five individuals. Just an interpretation thing, I guess.
What bothers me about my current theory of how everything works is that Castiel apparently didn't even suspect the Colt might fail to kill Lucy. I kind of think he should have. The only explanation I can think of for why he didn't is that maybe the Colt is simply an unknown, a wildcard. It's only been around for about a century, and Lucy does have more up-to-date info on it than the upstairs angels, since his minions have had a hand in restoring it and making the new bullets.
And that raises the question of whether the Colt remains the same weapon that Samuel Colt built. Maybe in the restoration, or the making of the new bullets, its capacity was changed to Lucy's advantage. If so, then what the Colt can and can't kill might now be subject to Lucy's agenda.
And now my head hurts. *gives self cookie and takes nap*

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