Bobby's Heroic 'Supernatural' Journey
Bobby's Heroic 'Supernatural' Journey
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Season 5 has been especially difficult for Bobby Singer on Supernatural.  First he was injured and forced into a wheelchair, then he wanted to kill himself, then he sat back while Ellen and Jo were killed, and most recently, he was forced to kill his wife for the second time.  With that level of tragedy, Bobby belongs in a Greek play, not a CW series.

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Is all this suffering worth it?  Supernatural never puts its characters through awful situations for no reason, so it seems that Bobby's journey is headed somewhere very special.  "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" ended with Sam wondering if Bobby will be OK after Death conspired to stop him from helping the Winchesters.  If there's even a shred of Bobby's former self left inside him, Death sorely underestimated his opponent.

The show has perfectly set up Bobby for an ultimate and heroic act.  He's been beaten down as far as he can go, and with just seven episodes left in the season, the only direction for him to go is up.  It would make sense for Bobby to get a moment of glory in the Apocalypse, a game-changing move that helps set Sam and Dean up for victory.

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Oddly, after the latest episode, I'm more optimistic about Supernatural than ever.  "Abandon All Hope" ended as tragically as possible, and from that moment, the boys struggled to regain their will and ability to defeat Lucifer.

Bobby's decisions in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" helped show fans that there still is hope.  As terrible as things get, Bobby was still able to successfully kill his wife again, undoubtedly the hardest thing he's ever had to do.  When you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up, and that's where Bobby is right now.

The character has made it through the hardest part.  He faced down Death and came out alive.  As depressing as Supernatural can be, and as hopeless as the fight against Lucifer has seemed, this episode proved that the fight has only just begun.

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