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Is Chuck God?
Supernatural "Fan Fiction"

So many thoughts about this episode. I want to focus on one thing though.

Chuck.

So many recaps and comments about this episode seem to think that it's the writers saying "Yeah deal with the last four seasons bitches!" Capped off with Chuck saying "Not bad" at the end. I disagree. I think that there is some of that in there, but not in the "fuck you" sense. I know many writers and they are very aware when they do bad stuff. This seems more to me about them acknowledging it and giving a wink to the viewers and fans.

Now back to "Nod bad."

I've probably watched "Swan Song" more times than any single TV episode ever. I was also aware that it was unclear whether or not Supernatural would be picked up again. The writers did a great job of making a perfect show and giving them an out if they did get to continue the story. With that in mind I was always curious about Chuck's comportment at the end. Dressed well and writing with purpose. Quite a bit different than the disheveled and awkward Chuck of past episodes, not to mention even 10 minutes ago in this episode.

Ever since his first appearance there has been a debate about whether Chuck is God. He vehemently denied it and further episodes seemed to support the case. In my case I was about 80 percent sure he was go. At the end of "Swan Song" though I wasn't sure. Prophets, according to lore, have been subsumed into Heaven before. Kevin seemed to confirm that. At that point I pretty much thought that Chuck was just a prophet. Just a prophet. It is amazing how jaded you can get watching this show.

Now it should be explained that Supernatural has had numerous meta episodes. Each one, while very fun, served to give the boys a kick in the pants. Through out this episode I could hear Bobby saying "Idgits". Of course there was the woman who was playing Bobby practicing her "Idgits" line. The long and the short of the episode is that a muse, Calliope in this case, wants the show to go on so at the end she can take the life of the writer.

"Supernatural has everything. Life. Death. Resurrection. Redemption. But above all family. All set to music you can really tap your toe to. It's not some piece of meandering genre dreck. It's... epic."

That is what Calliope said to Sam. It is pretty clear that Calliope was going to take Marie when all was said and done. But then we get to the denouement. The publisher ticket was claimed and who should show up? Chuck. Oh sure you can chalk it up to meta nostalgia. At the curtain call we, and the brothers, were confronted with Adam. You know the half brother that accepted Michael into his body and has been in the hell cage since "Swan Song"?

Chuck showing up though, as the publisher. Well that takes meta to a whole other level. He obviously is not a prophet, at least any more. He is composed and sure. So either he is an angel or God. I'm voting for God. Remember that necklace that Dean threw away many moons ago? Marie gave Dean a prop of that necklace. Which he put over the rear view mirror of Baby. Who was Chuck talking to? Marie. Also keep in mind that the only parts of the musical shown where the "canonical" bits. No aliens, robots or tentacle beasts. Not to mention the Calliope quote I mentioned above. That is a very Chuck thing. Remember what he wrote in "Swan Song".

"The Impala, of course, has all the things other cars have... and a few things they don't. But none of that stuff's important. This is the stuff that's important. The Army man that Sam crammed in the ashtray--it's still stuck there. The Legos that Dean shoved into the vents. to this day, heat comes on, and you can hear 'em rattle. These are the things that make the car theirs. Really theirs. Even when Dean rebuilt it from the ground up, he made sure all these little things stayed. 'Cause it's the blemishes that made her beautiful."

"In between jobs, Sam and Dean would sometimes get a day - sometimes a week, if they were lucky. They'd pass the time lining their pockets. Sam used to insist on honest work, but now he hustles pool, like his brother. They could go anywhere and do anything. They drove a thousand miles for an Ozzy show. Two days for a Jayhawks game. And when it was clear, they'd park her in the middle of nowhere, sit on the hood, and watch the stars... for hours... without saying a word. It never occurred to them that, sure, maybe they never really had a roof and four walls but they were never, in fact, homeless."

I rest my case. He gave the brothers a kick in the pants in this meta episode. Idgits.

Here is the thing though. I truly don't believe that the writers ever thought that Chuck was God before now. His actions and appearance in "Swan Song" were a nice coda for the story and he was a stand in for the writers saying good by to the viewers. Premature as we now know but it was a wonderful goodbye if that was really going to be the end.

I'm probably very wrong but I think that the writers used this episode as a great way to re-introduce Chuck. Not to mention that Marie seems to be in the know now so I wouldn't be shocked if she showed up again.

I'm back up to 80 percent certain that Chuck is God.

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