‘Supernatural’ Season 14 Finale Recap: Episode 20 – “Moriah”

Supernatural Season 14 Episode 20
Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in ‘Supernatural’ season 14 episode 20 (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2019 The CW Network)

There’s no doubt now that Supernatural is heading into its final season. The penultimate season’s finale finally told us why everything bad that’s ever happened in the world – more specifically to Sam and Dean – hasn’t been undone in a snap by God. Supernatural season 14 episode 20 (“Moriah”) serves as the first serving to what is most certainly the beginning of the end.

We start off with Jack (Alexander Calvert) fleeing the Ma’lak box, deciding not to kill his captors. However, Dean (Jensen Ackles) is once again obsessed with killing Jack and tells Castiel (Misha Collins) to leave if he’s not on board, and Castiel promptly exits. Sam (Jared Padalecki) isn’t happy with Dean’s plan to kill Jack using a soul bomb (remember Season 11’s finale where they almost used one to kill Amara?) and quietly accompanies him without voicing his disapproval.

Jack is shown in a crowded street where his anger with the overwhelming amount of people lying sees him literally make people only tell the truth à la Liar Liar style. Sam’s plan to use a facial recognition business’ intel to track Jack ends in failure as the entire office – and the world as well – falls into chaos as everyone begins attacking one another since no one can lie and dark secrets are coming out, like Sam revealing his favorite singer is Celine Dion.

The brothers take shelter in an office room where the news channel informs them of the chaos erupting everywhere, with the President evidently having revealed he only won the election because he made a deal with someone called Crowley. (Oh yes, what else could we have expected from that fallen charming demon, anyway?)

Among other even bigger events: Chuck (Rob Benedict) is back! He shows up when Castiel tries to use demons to go to hell and transports Cas to the Winchesters. Dean isn’t too happy with Chuck’s brazen attitude (seriously, Chuck’s so prissy it’s like he’s Posh Spice) and destroys Chuck’s guitar – for which we applaud Dean since he saved us from having to listen to Chuck’s godawful music skills. However, this infuriates him and he takes everyone back to the Men of Letters HQ. After none of the heroes are having any of Chuck’s lame jokes, he explains he’s been off with Amara – who is apparently in Reno at the moment – to see the cosmos, as well as Springsteen on Broadway.

Chuck references all of season seven and season 12’s events which, like most Supernatural fans, he finds rather weak in storytelling and he only arrives when things go Apocalyptic. In order to illustrate his point, he snaps everything back to before they went south. But Chuck isn’t there to fix solutions easy, he wants Dean to take Jack out for good. And he supplies the vengeful Winchester with the ultimate weapon: a gun. It’s not just any weapon, though, as that gun can kill anything in existence. It doesn’t even need bullets as it works off of some kind of quantum energy which basically means that the one who fires the round dies the same way as their victim. So, Dean would be killing himself along with Jack.

Once again, Castiel is the only sane man (and yes, he’s officially my favorite character on the show) who proposes they figure stuff out by temporarily sealing Jack; he still loves him and doesn’t want to kill the boy. Chuck says that souls are complicated and even he can’t bring back Jack’s soul, and Dean figures that’s a good enough answer for him to go ahead with killing Jack. Dean tells Castiel he doesn’t care if Cas doesn’t want to kill Jack, and he can leave if he doesn’t agree. Like before, Castiel walks away rather than help in such an insane and heartless plan.

Later on, Sam finally turns down Dean after having gone along with every one of his vengeful plans for Jack, and tells him he doesn’t want to kill the boy. Sam argues that Jack couldn’t control himself for killing Mary because he doesn’t have a soul and that he burned the soul off in the first place because he was saving the Winchesters – basically, he says everything the audience has been screaming at the writers for weeks. Sam tells Dean with finality that he’s against the idea and he won’t allow it, to which Dean still doesn’t appear fazed.

Meanwhile, Jack goes to visit his grandparents as he once had, only this time his grandmother is hardly welcoming. She tells Jack they looked him up and his previous claim of being Kelly’s friend was a lie and that they know Kelly is dead. A hysterical grandma screams at Jack – reminiscent of Mary – and Jack seemingly kills her like he did Mary, or so it is made to look initially. In actuality, Jack simply left without doing anything.

Supernatural Season 14 Episode 20
Alexander Calvert as Jack and Misha Collins as Castiel in season 14 episode 20 (Photo: Diyah Pera © 2019 The CW Network)

Jack meets a distraught Castiel, whose first action is to hug his beloved boy (really, there’s no one better than Cas on this show), but Jack tells him that even though he wants to love Castiel back, he just doesn’t feel anything anymore.

At the HQ, Chuck is acting like an idiot and playing around with the archangel blade as if it’s a kid’s play toy. He tells Sam with a clear hint of arrogance how all the worlds he’s made were failures – there were ones which were in reverse, one where there was no yellow, and even one whose inhabitants were only squirrels! As it turns out, Alternate Michael was right all along and Chuck doesn’t give two hoots about any of the worlds he’s made. He’s just a writer who tosses out a failed manuscript in favor of Sam and Dean.

Chuck tells an appalled Sam that this version of the Winchesters are his favorite and he revels in watching all the horrible things that happen to them since it’s so entertaining. When Sam cuts him off saying he could’ve just fixed everything if he knew all that was going on, Chuck argues he is fixing it by transporting Dean over to where Cas and Jack are. Sam scrambles over to the cemetery to stop Dean from taking Jack’s life (and now Sam’s definitely my favorite Winchester).

At the cemetery, Castiel is ready to potentially kill Dean and tells Jack to run, but Jack instead flings Castiel aside and claims he’s tired of running. He falls to his knees and tells Dean to just end it; he understands he’s a monster who can’t be contained. In what seems to be something out of the ending to an epic movie, Sam is shown racing toward the confrontation, shouting at Dean to stop as Castiel watches helplessly nearby. However, when Sam does reach them, Dean tells him to back off since he’s decided to end it.

The real horrific sight of it all is Chuck appearing beside Sam: he has a look of maddening glee on his face. Chuck refuses to stop Dean, and instead goads him into killing Jack for what he did. Dean, though, for once doesn’t infuriate the viewer and tosses the gun aside. He also turns down Chuck’s proposal of bringing back Mary if Dean goes through with killing Jack. It’s time for Chuck to lose his cool as he berates Dean for stopping the poetic end to the story where the father kills the son, or when Abraham was going to kill Isaac. This is how it is supposed to be, and Dean’s ruining it. Sam realizes Chuck has never cared for anything that’s ever happened; not to Lucifer, to Michael, to anyone who has suffered, and certainly not to the Winchesters.

The heroes call Chuck out for wanting them to suffer and die over and over again as he sees it as a story, but it’s their lives and they’re done being victims. Dean tells Chuck, “God or no God, you can go to Hell.” This causes Chuck to reach the end of his tether, and he snaps his finger to cause Jack’s eyes to burn out, killing him. He says story’s over and begins to leave; an enraged Sam picks the gun and shoots Chuck.

Turns out the gun doesn’t work on God, but it does piss him off to the point where all bets are all off – literally, every single one. The end is here. Chuck snaps them to a darkened version of the cemetery, where a heartbroken Castiel crouches over Jack’s corpse. In the Empty, Jack wakes up to find the Shadow smiling at finally gaining his prize, but Billie – the new Death – is there as well, telling Jack they should talk.

Back at the cemetery, all hell breaks loose as every monster, demon, ghost, or anything else Sam and Dean took out has been released – all the way back from the Pilot as we see the Woman in White back to haunting the street she used to be on. Not only that, we also see John Wayne Gacy’s ghost return, and Bloody Mary haunting mirrors once more. To make matters worse, zombies emerge from their graves and hundreds of them attack the heroes at the same time. And that’s the end of the fourteenth season.

The finale was the perfect way to finish off 14 years of storytelling. I’ve been very vocal about how much I hated Chuck, since he put on the demeanor of a nice guy, but his actions were always apathetic. He never solved the things that were easy for him to solve, and didn’t even care about his sons being tortured in Hell. Chuck’s reveal as the ultimate villain to the story validates all the times he’s been an awful god since, well, he is supposed to be an awful god.

The final season has now been set up as the battle of the Winchesters against God himself, but the show has almost always tended to change the storyline they head into a season with into something that we didn’t foresee, so it remains to be seen if God really will be the final Big Bad of the series. For now, though, we’re all hyped to see what Supernatural can pull off for its final season. Carry on Wayward Fans!

Saim Cheeda