A Moment of Heartbreak from Supernatural “Dark Dynasty”
I wasn’t sure if I was going to write about this because I am so opposed to losing Charlie. I am pretty sure we’ll be seeing Felicia Day on SupernaturalÂ again but it won’t be the same. It wasn’t the same when we lost Bobby and he came back as a ghost and then a “heavenly” assistant, amiright?
I guess I get the whys of offing Charlie. It’s a massive consequence to Sam’s lying to his brother in order to save him; and it also serves to send Dean over the edge, off the reservation and into a deep, dark abyss. The stakes are high and it makes things that much more dire for Sam and Cas as they rush to save DeanÂ from the effects of the Mark.
This is really a bit of a reverse from last season, don’t you think? It’s like what happened when Dean made the decision to save his brother. He paid the price. He’s not the only one that paid the price, though. Let’s remember: the angel that Dean made a deal with to possess Sam wasn’t really Ezekiel. It was Gadreel, who was working for Metatron. Dean couldn’t stop Gadreel from killing the prophet, Kevin, which was another heartbreaking loss for the show.
And, yes, there have been a ton ofÂ heartbreaking deaths on Supernatural. We’re used to them but none of them have been easy to handle. We’ve endured every single one of them (especially when it’s one of Team Free Will). And we’ll endure this one. But, man, I really liked Charlie’s presence. She was the little sister that Sam and Dean never had. It was cool to see her transition from nerd hacker/LARPer to nerd hunter. She became a badass fighter in her own right but knowledge always remained power with her. She provided emotional support to the boys and they did the same for her.
My favorite scene will always be that one near the end of Season 8’s “Pac-Man Fever.” I periodically rewatch it to this day. Sam, Dean and Charlie sayÂ goodbye outside the bunker. Charlie assures Sam that if anyone canÂ makeÂ it through the trials, it’s him. Sam calls Charlie a Woman of Letters. And then Dean and Charlie, who have always had a special big bro/lil sis kind of relationship, share this Star Wars moment where Charlie says, “I love you.” And Dean responds with, “I know.” Man, just thinking about that scene makes me tear up in light of what happened this week in “Dark Dynasty.”
At this point, I wish a big CW crossover episode could happen where — after Dean does his revenging and rampaging — he and SamÂ take Charlie’s body to Nanda Parbat (a fictional city on Arrow) where she takes a dip in the Lazarus Pit and she’s suddenly resurrected. Sam and Dean could even kill two stones and take care of Arrow’s enemy, Ra’s Al Ghul,” while they’re there. That would be cool.
But alas, no crossover is in the cards. And until we see Charlie again next season or some other time in the future, we’re left with the knowledge that she was a kickass recurring female character. I know we can’t hold on to her just because we (or at least I) enjoy having a fierce female presence on the show regularly. But a girl can hope.
Some tweets that made me sad:
â€” Felicia Day (@feliciaday) May 8, 2015
â€” Robbie Thompson (@rthompson1138) May 7, 2015
Executive Producer Jim Michaels did have this to say on Twitter:
But, you know what, I didn’t tear up at the end of “Dark Dynasty” when I originally watched it because I wasn’t sure how to deal with this death. But writing this article, I’m starting to a little bit. Thankfully, this weekend there’s a Supernatural convention. I’ll have to follow the Asylum14 hashtag to help get me through this difficult time. The fact that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Timothy Omundson and Sleepy Hollow‘s Orlando Jones are going to be a part of the action? Well that might make my weekend a little less dreary.
On the other hand, I will also have the promo for the next episode, “The Prisoner,” on heavy rotation. No telling what repeated viewings will do to orÂ for my mourning process.
Only two more episodes left in season ten. Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on the CW.
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