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23 November 2009 @ 01:29 am
Okay, this is it. I'll see you on the other side.  
I know I have SPN fans on my flist (whom I have contented with replying to in their own journals - you guys are awesome, by the way), and despite that, I haven't really contributed to the fandom to begin with. But this latest episode really had me spiraling back and forth between disappointment and pride -- Disappointment because well, it feels like it's the end of the line much like how the title of this episode reads, "Abandon All Hope"; but also an insane amount of pride inevitably because my favorite lady went out guns a'blazin' regardless. And doesn't that just say it all? So here is a semi-fail picspam (120+ capped stills, read from left to right) and my thoughts on 5x10. Enjoy. ;)

Notes: As I am an unabashed Dean/Jo fangirl, this picspam does contain partiality; it is centered on Jo, Dean/Jo, and the Harvelle dynamic. I also tend to comment on the most trivial of things - consider it flailing. You have thus been warned.


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Okay, to start: I just have to say that I've always thought Jo was gorgeous (Alona Tal even!). I love her face and with the right amount of makeup and lighting, she really comes off sultry and mature. Season 2 introduced her as fresh and blonde and ultimately kickass, rifle gamely cocked against Dean's back (I'm reminiscing!). Season 5 portrays her world-weary and all the more appealing. This scene plays out her charm.

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We skip to the next one where before this lineup, Dean and Sam are discussing their plan of action while the Harvelles and Cas keep busy with shots. (Go Ellen!) Jo eases away to grab some beer and the camera follows her as it plays out, I believe, Dean's point of view. Cue a few short seconds of Jo's behind - so bringing sexy back; he's totally checking her out. I was squeeing in delight. And then comes the end-of-the-world speech, quoting Jo. (Someone really needs to compile the lines from this episode. I love their exchanges.)

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Jo decides to humor him... to an extent. If this is our last night on earth, I'm going to spend it with a little self-respect. So yes, note the last picture where Dean looks absolutely disappointed. His expressions are so easy to read. And does any other girl pull one on him? I don't remember. :)) This is my favorite scene. They're so playful and we really get a look at what could have been here. Obviously not just a brother-sister dynamic.

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To be honest, I wasn't sure why Bobby decided to have a picture taken at first. I found this scene really funny, plus the background music. Everyone's joking around, Cas drops the bomb about it being their last day on earth (cue the camera like a ticking time bomb), and then everyone's expression changes. Jo looks to Dean just before the shot, I'm thinking she's worried about him most of all.

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There is a notable difference in Jo's appearance. She comes off darker (the makeup, the hair, the shading) and the set itself is gloomier compared to the previous, and for good reason, of course. Despite that, she really works the windblown look. I also think her interactions with Cas should have been played out more - I imagine they'd have this whole buddy system; he sounds like he has a stick up his ass, and she calls him on it. (Where is the fic?)

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The side-glance, their positioning - I've been waiting for this since Season 2, hunters on the prowl. In which case Jo would have made a fine hunter, regardless of what her mother thought. Now the whole concept of having Cas 'conveniently' disappear somewhat irritated me. I knew he would leave them to question the reapers, I knew he wouldn't be around when Jo got hurt. I thought it was such a waste. Also, as I watched the episode again I couldn't help but notice that Sam shot the hound seconds later than he should have, which means he could have saved her. :|

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Jo is shaken and scared, and yet there is a scene I remember where her eyes lift to check if everyone's there, if everyone's alright. Of course, it could also have been her trying to gather her bearings. Ellen tries to hold herself together, while the boys discuss what they have to do. Dean does not look happy.

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And then he breaks down while he's talking to Bobby. It's Jo. I-I don't think she's going to make it. When else have you seen him react like this? With family? With Sam? Not with any other girl, definitely. He tries to hide it from the others, too. Now if that isn't love, I don't know what is. ;)

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Jo knows though. She's frightened but trying to stay strong. She doesn't want to die but she wants them to live. Guys, stops. Can we be realistic about this please? I think we see here how she's grown up; her voice barely shakes and we have to remember she is badly injured. It may not be quite so realistic but yes, she can't move. We gotta get our priorities straight. Number one, I'm not going anywhere. Now, she makes her decision - and I had harbored a teensy bit of hope that it wouldn't have to happen but it did.

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I can only imagine how it must feel to watch your daughter saying this, that you have to be strong, that it's time you treat her like an adult (this is your last chance!) and that you have to let her go. Ellen is so beautifully portrayed here in her anguish - she is such a strong character, not just in her personality but in her very presence. The Harvelles are so bonded. No one else can get a word in but we see Dean's face falling by the second.

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And yet, these two find the strength to smile.


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Sam and Jo lacked interaction, too. Where Dean is all gruff and tough, Sam would have appealed to Jo's more mature persona, silent strength. But I guess one look is enough to say what he wants to. The next scene is where my favorite exchange happens. Okay, this is it. I'll see you on the other side. I know Dean wouldn't have said I love you or anything like that but lol couldn't he have at least said something a little-- I promise, sooner than later. Okay, maybe I take that back. Jo, of course, wants to get the last word in. Make it later. They're perfect for each other, I swear.

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Jo starts to break apart a little, realizing the gravity of her actions when Dean kisses her on the forehead. And I think that look on her face is his undoing. That last cap, look at his face! Like he's trying to say, "It's not supposed to be this way!"

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He kisses her for real, which is what we'd been waiting for. And all the emotion behind it was so frightening and true. Personally, I can say that from this we can tell that they loved each other, that it was probably the big kind of love. Jo, I think, has come to terms with the fact that she must do this. But she really starts to breakdown here, which is what Ellen finds when it's her turn.

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Jo can tell what her mother is thinking with one look alone, which is why she says no brokenly. But Ellen is hellbent on getting this done, and she doesn't want to leave her daughter alone. Someone has to let them in. Ellen really didn't have to die, I figure. It just becomes more dramatic this way.

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And Dean, don't miss.


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Hellhounds break in. I was starting to tear up here. I will always love you. I don't know why, but it means so much more coming from a mother. Or a father for that matter. And that is probably the last thing Jo hears, too. These two are awesome. After this episode, I hope more people come to realize that.

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That's my good little girl. It'll be alright.


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Dean's face is so heartbreaking. It's like he has to see it till the end. How do you think it feels like to walk away after all that, and know someone has sacrificed themselves for you yet again?

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So, I later found the reason why Bobby had that picture taken. He wanted to believe that they would all come out of it alive. Which again is just so painful. (And incidentally, this got me recalling that episode from Ghost Whisperer where Alona Tal makes a guest appearance. I think her character also died in a fire or something. lol)
 
 
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Belldandydigital_tenshi on November 22nd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I am not ashamed to admit I was in tears by the end of this episode. ;__;

Kat Sua ★: [Junjou Romantica] Egoist | herestarianprincess on November 22nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
The teasers left little to the imagination, I think. Most of us had that gut feeling that something like this would happen, simply because Dean and Jo kiss. ;_; Which is really terrible.

I hadn't expected Ellen to stay behind but I guess it was only right in the end. Ugh. Even my little brother started crying while we were watching this.
Thug in a cocktail dress: [SPN]- Deannerdish on November 22nd, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Since I'm watching the show all out of order and wack, I hadn't met Jo and Ellen before this season and this episode just killed me. Dean's faces and gah! You've captured it all and made me wibbly as I look this over.

♥ *shares cookies*
Kat Sua ★: [Gossip Girl] Blair | poisedstarianprincess on November 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
*gladly takes some* ;3

You should totally get back to Season 2. Jo's just as kickass but not as knowledgeable - though I blame it more on the writers, since they could have given her more screen time either way. Really, what I found sadder than the fact that theirs was love that could have been was how Ellen had to die, too. They got rid of two awesome characters.
Thug in a cocktail dress: [Bleach]- Ginnerdish on November 22nd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
The bestie and I are probably going to go back to the previous seasons once we run out of PoT (on disc) and Leverage. I thought Ellen's death was really sad and kind of tacked on there because they had to kill off two people. - If that makes sense. It was a good episode, just really really sad.


You signed up for the silverpair exchange too? Jesus. So many good writers/artists.

Edited at 2009-11-22 09:04 pm (UTC)
Kat Sua ★: [Gossip Girl] Blair | poisedstarianprincess on November 23rd, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
You've just reminded me that I started rewatching PoT myself, though with the way the sem's turning out, I'm probably going to have to wait till Christmas break to continue. >: I barely have time to check for updates on SPN and Smallville. And Glee - which I'm really behind on. I also miss updating myself with manga.

Did they have to kiss off two characters? Was there a demand for it? This is something I just don't get.

And yes, I did! It'll probably be my first time writing SP so *crosses fingers* I hope all goes well.
Thug in a cocktail dress: [Leverage]- OT3nerdish on November 23rd, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm all sorts of sad because I wont' be able to get together with the bestie this week (Thanksgiving and all) so we'll be really wired when we get together next week. :) I haven't watched Glee, though it seems like something that's right up my alley.

I hate it when shows kill off characters- and I suppose they did it to make it even more dark and tragic. Like Lucifer killing off an entire town just to raise Death wasn't enough. >.>

I'm still waiting to post my first silver pair You can do it! *highfives* We'll turn this out and it will be FABULOUS.
deanandjo_recsdeanandjo_recs on November 22nd, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the picspam! It was nice to hear your thoughts on these scenes.

Yeah, I think we all knew it was gonna happen, but I personally am still kinda overwhelmed and bitchy about it... like Samantha Ferris said, "Why bring us back just to kill us off?" It's like, there were no other characters you could kill off for a dramatic sweeps week episode? What about... Chuck? I dunno. I suppose there weren't that many options, but I'm not happy with the Harvelles gone. So sad. :(
Kat Sua ★: [Gossip Girl] Blair | poisedstarianprincess on November 22nd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
<3 Mostly rambling, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

When I first heard rumors that they would be bringing Jo back for this season, I was very much hoping that she and Ellen would live till the end. In a small way, I would've preferred her not appearing again and knowing that she was alive somewhere anyway. But with how this episode played out, no matter how bitter I am about it, I'm glad she died doing something worth it. She got hurt saving Dean, and died saving the boys from hellhounds (nevermind the fact that it could have easily been done another way). I guess it's all a matter of perspective.
mrsdwinchestermrsdwinchester on November 23rd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
i cried like a baby in this episode. i loved jo and ellen since their first appearance and it broke my heart to see that they didn't make it in the end. i also believe that jo was the one for dean in every way and that came across crystal clear in the last episode. i'm not happy that they got killed off at all. while i'll never forgive kripke for killing off my girls, i will admit that their deaths were so beautifully done. probably the most moving deaths on the show (that doesn't involve a winchester dying anyway). i keep thinking of dean/jo in parallel to john/mary and sam/jess. sure, it wasn't the YED-type fire that jo was in but it was fire nonetheless. all the winchester men losing their women (all blondes, no less!) to fire WAY before it was their time. i hope we see some sad!dean in the later eps or at least have them reference the harvelle's (or at least jo's) death in the future. i'll never get over jo dying, but with a show like supernatural i hope they bring her back in some capacity.

i'll never get over jo (and ellen) dying, but on a show like supernatural you can bet there's always a chance we can see them again.
Kat Sua ★: [Gossip Girl] Blair | poisedstarianprincess on November 23rd, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
probably the most moving deaths on the show (that doesn't involve a winchester dying anyway).

THIS. I totally agree. And I hadn't thought of it that way. All fires, all blondes. The parallelism one can draw from that actually makes sense - so does this mean the brothers will never end up with anyone?

Also, yes, I hope to see some reference to Jo's death in the future episodes, or at least reference to the Harvelle's deaths as a whole. Because they were clearly that significant. Even Bobby took it badly.