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Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Bags Hooper


Supernatural: Conversations of the Dead

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Supernatural Season 7 Episode 19: “Of Grave Importance” the most heartfelt episode since “Death’s Door”

“Hi, I’m Bobby and I’m a ghost. Looking for a little ghost orientation here.”

Bobby is back. And, that’s not necessarily a good thing. When Bobby died in “Death’s Door”, and even the episode prior when he was shot, the Supernatural world skipped a beat (I know my heart did). As far as fans were concerned, as well as Sam and Dean, Bobby was the father of the Winchester Brothers. He may not have been in every episode, but he was always there in spirit.

“I adopted two boys and they grew up great. They grew up heroes.” – Bobby to his dad in “Death’s Door”.

Needless to say, neither Sam nor Dean (and most especially Dean) was willing to let Bobby go. Who could forget when Dean threatened the doctor, while Bobby lay on his deathbed?

“He’s not gonna die. It’s one bullet. He’s gonna be fine because he’s always fine…. why are you talking to me like he’s gonna die… I do my job. Do your jobs. Save him. [punches window] Walk away from me. Now!” – Dean

But now the world has turned upside down. Before it was difficult for the Winchester Bros to let Bobby die, when the power to save him was not in their hands. They’re not mystical healers, they’re just men who hunt. Now that Bobby is Ghost Bobby, it’s even more difficult to let him go. They’re hunters with the power to put Bobby’s spirit to rest, they just don’t have to will to do so – yet.

The Winchester Brothers are faced with one of the most difficult decisions of their hunting career. They can continue to keep Bobby around, or burn his flask so that he can transition over to the next world. Sadly, Bobby has to go. As we saw in “Of Grave Importance”, ghosts can deteriorate over time, a condition Bobby eloquently called “ghost Alzheimer’s.


Those final moments of Episode 7.19 were the most heartfelt moments since the Season 7 mid-season finale. Bobby’s back, but the Winchesters will have to put him down for good.

What are your thoughts?

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  • Mickey

    It’s so great this show keeps pushing the boundaries so that even seven seasons in the characters are faced with new emotional and moral conflicts, more heartbreaking than any before. Killing Bobby off and then having him stick around as a ghost with all the risks and dilemmas that entails in the Supernatural world was a creatively brave and smart thing to do. We’re in new territory, and I have no idea how it’s going to play out. I voted for they find a way to bring Bobby back, because that’s what I hope for, but all three options are equally possible at this point.  Man, what an awesomely interesting and moving show!

  • Lisa

    I vote none of the above because I refuse to acknowledge a Supernatural future that doesn’t include Bobby being Bobby.

  • casanne

    geez everywhere i look its bobby this bobby that i voted for the one that gets rid of him cause hes so blah its unbelievable

  • Love the Bobby!

    I would like to say they’ll find a way to bring Bobby back. He’s so important to the boys. Love the Bobby! Plus, everyone else has died and come back – why not him? But I feel like it might be he gets worse and next year will be the year of how to put Bobby to rest as he goes dark side ghostie. But they’ve surprised me in the past so I’ll just have to wait to see how they surprise me.

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