This is not just the saddest scene in Supernatural but the most heartbreaking scene in television ever in my opinion (aside from the season 4 ending of Dexter).
Not just the acting is incredible (Dean’s single tear and how he flinches in the end, the desperation on Sam’s face as he stands in the doorway etc.) but the writing and editing too! The pacing is perfect:
- The build-up with the conversation and the quit(er) music.
- The climax starting with Sam in the doorway, the music getting louder and the camera zooming in on Dean and then
- The abrupt end with the shot silencing the music and blending over to the credits.
It’s just so brilliantly written and carried out.