Welcome to (for now) the final part of the Supernatural retrospective. Given that at the time of writing we’re in the middle of S12 and S13 has been announced, this will resume someday in the future.
Until then, I’m just going to put up this one post on S11. Why? Because to really understand a season in this kind of sequential arc show, you have to look forward as well as back. For example, consider the Stynes introduced at the tail end of the 10th season. Here is a “secret family” which is supposed to be a world-moving power – which we have never heard of before and makes little sense in the show’s larger structure. This new threat is supposed to be an antagonist and main driving force against the heroes for reasons that are nebulously defined. And Dean is the only one who interacts or does much with this foe.
Given that everything I just wrote describes the DarknessTM just as well, it really adds a layer of understanding and frustration with the final years of Carver’s tenure. We should have realized that S11 was going to entail the final chapter of S10 writ large. Thus, until S12 is concluded and we can see back and forth how S11 impacted it, this will be the final part for awhile. If you want to start on this retrospective from the beginning, here is part 1.