Was it perfect? No, but I think I may just change my mind after a couple more viewings. There was so much to take in, so many shout-outs to fans and fandom and Sam!Girls and Dean!Girls and Bro-fans and Destiel fans and Sastiel fans, that my head is simply spinning right now.
Was it the best episode ever?? No. That is still (and probably always will be) Mystery Spot. But, as Jeremy Carver put it, it was a love letter to the fans and it is right up there with the best of the best.
What I really, really, really loved:
Created by Eric Kripke
Beautiful in it's simplicity.
The opening sequence with every single title card the show has ever done.
"We've got work to do."
The writer/director is a Sam!Girl!!!!!! How awesome is that????? Pretty damn awesome!!!!! Especially given that the show is so much seen through Dean's eyes and his POV.
"My sweet, brave, selfless Sam. There's nothing he can't do."
Loved Sam going through all the different ship names and Dean getting more annoyed with each one.
The cast singing "Carry On My Wayward Son." I think that's my favourite version ever. I love how they kept it very simple, knowing how much the song means to the fans. Tears were in my eyes during this song. And the looks on the boys' faces as they listened, wow!!!!
The return of the Samulet and Dean hanging it over the Impala's rear view mirror. Am super, super sad that it wasn't the REAL amulet, though.
"The two of us against the world."
"What she said."
Amen, brother. May it always be so.
Was great to see Rob Benedict back on the show, even briefly.