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Supernatural: Myth Arc Status

Jared-Padalecki.jpgSo, where were we? And let's take a look at the mythical story GPS to see, and to see where we could go.

Our story so far

Things are converging, and the status of the story is getting easier to summarize.

Dean is in Hell. Sam fought Lilith to a draw, in fact, he seemed immune to her most deadly power. Bella - dead and in Hell. Ruby - missing.

The Winchester's worst nightmares have come to pass, as the family is broken apart, and Sam is left alone in the world. There is no protection for Sam from the forces of evil now, and there is no protection for the world from the forces of evil in Sam.

Yet the hunters must continue. The world is still at war, and Lilith has escaped to continue to rally demonic forces to... what?

That's the big question, isn't it? What do the demons want?

Apocalypse tropes

We all know the mythology of the End of the World. I underlined that because the end-times story has been used so many times it's beyond cliched. It practically makes fun of itself.

Let's go over the story so we can see where it might be different this time.

Typically, the end of the world begins with cataclysmic events, such as famine, plagues, war, oh, yeah, and death. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These cheerful dudes are the precursors to the End, the rise of the AntiChrist.

After that, we get Armageddon, the battle to end all battles. And usually, the story is tweaked a bit from the Bible, in that the Antichrist (this is the Hollywood version), usually revealed in some previously lost fragment of Scripture, might actually be able to defeat God, or at the least release Satan from Hell, and Satan can defeat God. Once Evil wins, Earth will be turned into a living Hell.

And the only way to stop the Antichrist from coming to power or releasing Satan, is to find him and kill him, before he becomes too powerful to stop.

That's it in a nutshell. But I think the show is going to take a significant detour from the usual here.

Supernatural's demons

Supernatural's demons are not all powerful, and they are not omniscient. Many of them are not even believers.

In the Supernatural mythology, Satan's existence, like God's existence, is a matter of faith. No one, or no demon, on Earth, or in Hell either, apparently, has ever seen either God or Satan. There are varying degrees of belief even among the faithful. In a way, this makes demons even more monstrous. They aren't evil because they were made evil, they choose to be evil because they enjoy it.

So even though I don't think we're going to get a big Antichrist story like The Omen, doesn't mean it might not come into play. Sam has already been tagged as the potentially most powerful potential leader of the demon army. Could that be the demonic bible's version of the Antichrist?

The war

One way the whole Apocalypse scenario can be handled is the war can be mostly invisible to humans. The usual scenario is that the Antichrist arises, fulfills a bunch of prophecies, opens the way to Satan, and there's Armageddon.

But that doesn't mean humans will actually know what's happening. The war with God, leading to the final battle, Armageddon, could be fought much like a guerrilla war, with most of humanity oblivious to its existence. In that case, maybe the Beast of the Apocalypse, the Antichrist, is already present on Earth and leading the demons. A couple of things to think about:

The Beast - the Antichrist - is given power to make war with the Saints. If you think of the "Saints" as hunters, this happened when Lilith arose as a power.

The Antichrist is also fatally wounded, but the wound is healed. Sounds like Sam. Or Dean.

But what about Sam and Dean? How did Dean's death affect the brothers? What will the lasting effects be?

This post is getting long, so I'll try to make some predictions on that tomorrow.

Posted by Miller on September 16, 2008 8:48 AM
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