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Supernatural: Swan Song

When the Winchesters run out of options, Sam decides that he must open himself to Lucifer and hope that he can maintain control long enough to seal Lucifer away. However, he soon discovers that he is in over his head, and his brother and friends must pay the price.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x22
Production Number: 3X5222
Airdate: Thursday May 13th, 2010

Director: Steve Boyum
Story: Eric "Giz" Gewirtz
Teleplay: Eric Kripke

Alternate Airdates:

BR (Warner) Jun 03, 2010
UK (sky LIVING) Jun 23, 2010

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (59 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Jim BeaverJim Beaver
As Bobby Singer
Recurring
Robert Patrick BenedictRobert Patrick Benedict
As Chuck Shurley (as Rob Benedict)
Recurring
Mark PellegrinoMark Pellegrino
As Lucifer
Recurring
Jake AbelJake Abel
As Adam Milligan
Recurring
Cindy SampsonCindy Sampson
As Lisa Braeden
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Anthony HarrisonAnthony Harrison
As TBD
Recurring
Nicolai Lawton-guistraNicolai Lawton-guistra
As Young Dean
Recurring
Main Cast
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Sam Winchester
Jensen AcklesJensen Ackles
As Dean Winchester
Misha CollinsMisha Collins
As Castiel

Recap

Chuck Shurley writes the last Winchester story, "Swan Song." In it, he talks about the brothers' Impala, and how its first owner killed himself. The car then ended up in Lawrence, KS, where it was bought by John Winchester...

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Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Def LeppardRock of AgesDean arrives on the battlefield
KansasCarry On Wayward Sonopening montage


Episode Quotes
Chuck Shurley: On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville--a blue two-door Caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches, the lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have. because that 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car--no, the most important object--in pretty much the whole universe.

Dean: I'm on board.
Sam: You're gonna let me say yes?
Dean: No, that's the thing. It's not on me to let you do anything. You're a grown--well, overgrown--man.

Dean: If this is what you want, I'll back your plan.
Sam: That's the last thing I thought you'd ever say.
Dean: Might be.

Sam: Take care of these guys, okay?
Castiel: That's not possible.
Sam: Then humor me.
Castiel: Oh. i was supposed to lie. Uh... sure. They'll be fine, I...
Sam: Just--just stop... talking.

Chuck Shurley: The Impala, of course, has all the things other cars have... and a few things they don't. But none of that stuff's important. This is the stuff that's important. The Army man that Sam crammed in the ashtray--it's still stuck there. The Legos that Dean shoved into the vents. to this day, heat comes on, and you can hear 'em rattle. These are the things that make the car theirs. Really theirs. Even when Dean rebuilt it from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. 'Cause it's the blemishes that made her beautiful.

Lucifer: Sorry if it's a bit chilly. Most people think I burn hot. It's actually quite the opposite.
Dean: Well, I'll alert the media.

Castiel: It's starting.
Dean: Yeah, you think, genius?
Castiel: You don't have to be mean.
Dean: So, what do we do now?
Castiel: I suggest we imbibe copious quantities of alcohol... just wait for the inevitable blast wave.
Dean: Yes, well, thank you, Blutarsky.

Chuck Shurley: In between jobs, Sam and Dean would sometimes get a day--sometimes a week, if they were lucky. They'd pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool, like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jayhawks game. And when it was clear, they'd park her in the middle of nowhere, sit on the hood, and watch the stars... for hours... without saying a word. It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls but they were never, in fact, homeless.

Dean: Hey. We need to talk.
Lucifer: Dean, even for you, this is a whole new mountain of stupid.

Dean: Cass, you're alive?
Castiel: I'm better than that.
Dean: Cass, are you God?
Castiel: That's a nice compliment. But no.

Chuck Shurley: Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There's always gonna be holes. And since it's the ending, it's all supposed to add up to something. I'm telling you, they're a raging pain in the ass.

Chuck Shurley: So what's it all add up to? It's hard to say. But me, I'd say this was a test... for Sam and Dean. And I think they did all right. Up against, Good, Evil, angels, devils, Destiny, and God himself, they made their own choice. They chose family. And, well... isn't that kinda the whole point? No doubt--endings are hard. But then again... nothing ever really ends, does it?



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEric Kripke
Executive ProducerPhilip Sgriccia  |  Ben Edlund  |  Sera Gamble  |  Robert Singer (1)  |  Eric Kripke  |  McG
Co-Executive ProducerPeter Johnson
ProducerJim Michaels (1)  |  Todd Philip Aronauer
Co-ProducerJerry Wanek  |  Jeremy Carver  |  Julie Siege  |  Serge LaDouceur
Associate ProducerKristin Cronin
EditorAnthony Pinker
CastingEric Dawson  |  Carol Kritzer  |  Robert J. Ulrich  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorJohn MacCarthy
Second Assistant DirectorAdrian Diepold
MusicJay Gruska
Music EditorDino A. Moriana
Music SupervisorAlexandra Patsavas
Costume DesignerDiane Widas
Set DecoratorGeorge Neuman
Property MasterChristopher Cooper
Construction CoordinatorWarren Dunlop
Supervising Sound EditorCharlie Crutcher
Re-Recording MixerDennis Kirk  |  Bill Jackson (1)
Director of PhotographySerge LaDouceur
Story EditorDaniel Loflin  |  Andrew Dabb
Stunt CoordinatorLou Bollo
Production ManagementCraig Matheson
Sound MixerDonald Painchaud
Key Makeup ArtistSarah Graham
"A" Camera OperatorBrad Creasser
Visual Effects ProducerGrant Lindsay
Key HairstylistJeannie Chow
Special Effects SupervisorRandy Shymkiw
Original CastingPatrick Rush
 
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