Supernatural Season 8 Finale Review: It's Raining Angels

Supernatural S08E23: "Sacrifice"

I don't think we've ever had such a bipolar season of Supernatural before, where the first half and the second half were so utterly dissonant in terms of quality and likability. Typically, the entire season is either generally good or generally not-so-good, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have my concerns that Season 8 was going to be one of those not-so-good ones when it originally kicked off. However, Season GR8 ultimately lived up to the moniker and the best part about it was that no one even had to die. Except Naomi—and we all kind of figured that one was an inevitability, so it doesn't even really count. 

In short: That. Was. Badass. 

"Sacrifice" also felt refreshingly new, despite being Supernatural's EIGHTH season finale. Again, this largely hinges on the delightful decision not to turn the finale into a bloodbath for once, but credit must also be given to the decision not to flake at the opportunity to thrust Sam and Dean into a brave new world that, for once, isn't in another dimension or plane or  wherever we decided Heaven and Hell actually, physically are. Supernatural always cleverly played with current events in the real world by giving them supernatural origins on the show, like the Croatoan-laced swine flu vaccine and the demon-fueled natural disasters, but with the exception of "The End" back in season 5, the writers always stopped short of definitively changing the face of the world the Winchesters exist in, and even in "The End," it was just a one-off alternate future that ultimately never came to be. I don't know if the hesitation was due to a fear of removing the show too far from it's comfort zone or the fact that maybe the idea of completely altering the "real world" of the series just never occurred to anyone before, but after spending the previous two seasons debating whether or not Supernatural had any creativity left, anything new to show us, the decision to send what appeared to be most, if not all, of Heaven's angel population down to Earth in an awesome (biblical awesome, not teenager-with-stunted-vocabulary awesome) display of terrible-beautiful shooting stars was the sort of thrilling cliffhanger that has me eager to start in on season 9 because I'm sincerely excited-- not because I'm a creature of habit. 

By ending almost every preceding season finale with some variation of a heroic death, Supernatural took a lot of the oomph out of "heroic death." OH NO, SAM/DEAD DIED AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT FIVE MONTHS TO SEE IF HE COMES BACK! It's hard to get terribly excited when you pretty much know for a fact that the token dead one will be back within the first fifteen minutes of the next season premiere. The whole tired gimmick became a sort of joke, even on the show. When Dean burst in just as Sam was about to cure Crowley for good and told him to stop because if he finished the trial, he'd die, Sam said, "So?" I'm sure it was meant to be a big, heartfelt moment in the Winchester bromance, indicative of just how little Sam cares about his own life these days and I'm not completely soulless enough to have not felt a small pang for my Sammich there, but in a twisted, sardonic way...it was also kind of bitterly funny. "So?" is sad because Sam has literally zero sense of self-worth, but "So?" is also funny because even if Sam had died, there would have been absolutely no question of his return. 


So Boogertron screwed everyone over-- saw that coming, but didn't see it coming in quite such a spectacular fashion. The problem that has plagued Supernatural since the apocalypse-that-wasn't is the idea that every season's big bad needs to be a worse villain than Lucifer was, which is kind of hard when you're trying to out-evil "the source of all evil." Eve was just a waste. The Leviathan were scary, but I think they were ultimately put down before their real potential was reached (which kind of goes back to that whole "being afraid to change the world" thing.) "God" Castiel could have been a lot of fun and led to some interesting stories, but again, that whole possible storyline was put to rest before the Winchesters vs. Castiel potential ever really took off. Crowley's ruthlessness was a welcome change of pace for Hell's top salesman, but at the end of the day, he was still Crowley, and all things considered, once Sam and Dean knew how to cure a demon, everything fell perfectly into place, you know, until they just stopped. 

Metatron's apparent place as the Winchesters' level 9 boss works because even though we all pretty much saw his double cross coming, the motivations that move him are vastly different from those of his predecessors-- aside from the revenge aspect-- in that yes, he wants to punish the archangels for driving him away from Heaven after God went MIA, but he also sincerely believes, on some crazypants level, that he's doing everyone a favor. If the angels are forced to live as humans, they'll eventually realize why the humans are so freaking awesome, and by removing the meddlesome angels from the game, Boogertron has also, in his eyes, fulfilled God's command that we hairless apes are "protected." 

I'm not saying that Metatron is a "better" villain than Lucifer because that's a pretty relative assessment to begin with but he's different, and being handed Diet Coke after Diet Coke (of evil) for quite awhile now, Metatron is like the Fanta of evil. He doesn't think he's evil. Some could even argue that he's not evil (just misunderstood)-- but he definitely hails from the same parent brand. 

Like we figured, the "trials" that Metatron sent Castiel on weren't trials at all, but rather the components of a spell that enabled Booger to take away his fellow angels' grace and send them plummeting down to Earth. Among those in the newly humanized ranks was Castiel, who Metatron implored to go get married and have babies and "when you die and come to Heaven, find me and tell me your story," because it wouldn't be Supernatural if we didn't take a beautiful sentiment, like storytelling, and make it creepy.  

Back on Earth, all the bells and whistles that we didn't know the Batcave came with started blaring as the angels fell and even though Dean talked Sam out of finishing the Hell trials, Sam still wasn't looking so hot, which is one of the points at the top of my Season 9 wishlist/questions/concerns, along with:

-- What happens to Crowley if the cure isn't completed? Will the effects eventually fade and he'll go back to dick-mode? Will he continue as a demon, but as a "nice" demon? I'm actually not thrilled with either option and I kind of wish we could have had the best of both worlds, where Sam cures him anyway and then miraculously doesn't die. 

-- How does abandoning the trials affect Sam? I'm glad it wasn't something as simple as saying, "I quit" and then having all the glowy-action just go away, but if we're still tripping over furniture and coughing up blood by next winter hiatus it's gonna be annoying. WITH THAT SAID, don't just handwave the negative effects of quitting when we return, Supernatural, like you tend to handwave all the other negative effects of anything that threatens to last more than two episodes. (Remember Dean's obvious Purgatory PTSD that just randomly went away? REMEMBER THAT?)

-- How about we bring Sheriff Mills back for more than a five-minute almost-death scene this time? (She did survive that, right? RIGHT?)

-- Keep Boogertron kooky and insane. 

-- If we could just have a few nods to the terrific tripping trainwreck that Human Castiel was in "The End," that would be great. 

"Sacrifice" wasn't a flawless finale—I kind of take issue with Dean's "I didn't mean all that crap about not trusting you" monologue because, eh, he's seemed pretty freaking sincere about it the past several seasons, which is totally fine, but let's not conveniently forget about it just because Sam was about to nobly kill himself... again. It's not fair to Dean to cheapen his sincerity and in some cases, totally justified anger/hurt. And it's not fair to Sam to basically reduce his anger/hurt to an overreaction. However, that being my only major complaint with the episode, I'd say "Sacrifice" was pretty close to perfect. It's definitely the best finale we've had since "Swan Song"—unless you didn't like "Swan Song," in which case, feel free to substitute your own favorite. "No Rest for the Wicked," perhaps? Also a solid choice. 



CASE NOTES

– Dumb Winchester Sighting: AGAIN with the unsupervised demon hostage. C'mon, guys, this is like Hunting 101!

– "BITING? SERIOUSLY?" 

– "Do you really think it's wise to be drinking on the job?" "What show have you been watching?" 

– The Batcave survived the whole season! I got nervous when all the alarms started going off. #SaveTheBatcave

– Do you think Naomi is really dead? 

– Sam torched Abaddon's meatsuit, so I guess that means a new face in Season 9? BUT, BUT I LIKE ALAINA HUFFMAN! 

– Speaking of people I like, MVP for "Sacrifice" is totes Mark Sheppard. His seamless transition from irate, sassy Crowley to guilt-stricken, almost-human Crowley who just wanted to be loved earned a few appreciative rewinds from me because it was so good that I had to watch it like eight more times. 

– What are your hopes/wants/theories about Season 9?

Supernatural is moving to Tuesdays at 9pm in the fall. Thoughts? 

– It's been fun, lovelies! Thanks for reading/commenting/putting up with my sad crush on Jared Padalecki's hair. See you in the fall! <3

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I really want Dean to get some powers. I've always wanted him to be given angel powers or something. The bit where the leads are just thugs sometimes gets samey. Make them supernatural with some sort of ability. That would be interesting. And castiel does not work without hs powers. For gods sake give them back in series 9 and please bring back Benny. What an amazing interesting character. He made me teary eyed several times. Just brilliant.
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OK how has this happened, how has the whole season been for nothing. Since when have the Winchesters not been up for self sacrifice to save the world? They can always find away to bring him back from the dead later. NOT HAPPY
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Just a few random thoughts-
- Is the Batcave (which is fantastic) going to be the focus of the Supernatural spin-off that's in the works? And if it is can Felicia Day's Charlie please be the one who runs it? They seem like a perfect fit and I want to see Felicia Day as a series regular on something.
- I hope Meg is alive.
- I hope season 9 shows us how the general public reacted to Angels falling from the sky. Fake news report from around the world NEVER look rubbish??? (That's sarcasm people.)
- When is Supernatural going to play around with the idea of "the rapture"? Or have they done it already and I've somehow forgotten?
- Season 9 needs more Garth or maybe he could be the new Bobby from the Batcave in the spin-off as a series regular - the cast is starting to fill out.
- I hope Crowley reverts back to the way he was.
- I'm hungry.
- I've just read the news brief that the spin-off is set in Chicago, which rules out the Batcave and now I'm gutted. Despite this set-back we still need MORE GARTH AND CHARLIE.
- Just let Bobby Singer go. Please. He's been through enough.
- I hope Naomi is dead. I should elaborate considering dead doesn't mean gone. I hope Naomi never comes back. I liked her but she has served her purpose, now let her be gone.
- And finally, bring on season 9.
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Does all angels mean Michael and lucifer
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Don't think so, bud. Those two are locked up in the cage in hell, and Metatron specifically stated that his spell is for angels to be cast out of heaven.
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season 8 was gr8...finale is a BLAST !!! LOVED IT..jared and jensen , u guys r awesome. love u ...n also love SPN !! (Y)
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As far as S8...nice job at making me HATE Crowley, then like him again. He became a believable King of Hell. I was also starting to dislike Sam and Dean. After they "broke up" with their significant others *ahem*, I started to like them again because they started to like each other again. I thought the same thing would happen with Dean and Cas after their "I need you" moment, but it doesn't seem that way. I wish they could mend their relationship too.
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Stop switching the air date...are you trying to cancel the show CW? I need consistency! I'm part of the TGIF generation! I was trained to expect my shows on one night, all the time, and make an event out of it! You're ruining that, CW.

Rant complete.
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That was the fast hour of Supernatural I've experienced in years. I was shocked when the credits rolled it was so good and engaging.
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I hated their conversation at the end, where Dean pulled all of his REALLY VALID POINTS regarding Sam's behavior the past few years off of the table so the audience can feel bad for Sam. I'm really tired of feeling like I'm supposed to feel bad for the guy who's a habitually selfish liar and deceiver. The most disappointing aspect of this show the past few seasons has been Sam's ability to DO WHATEVER HE WANTS behind Dean's back or right under his nose, and then cry and say "Why don't you trust me?" and Dean backs off. Remember back in "Southern Comfort" when Dean listed off Sam's indescretions and Sam literally retorted "What about Benny?" I puked in my mouth. Oh, you mean the not-evil vampire that saved Dean's life while you were playing house? What about him? But, again, Dean backed off. I don't know why the writers want Dean to come off as a selfish jackass while viewers sympathize with every dark, asinine decision Sam makes.
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FINALLY. i don't read these things very often, but im one of the biggest (not size wise) fans of the show and all i ever read is crap about how much everyone loves Sam. Yeah yeah, of course we like sam and all and recognize he is one of the good guys, but seriously? why is everyone always on the sam train? Dean is always there to clean up his numerous messes he constantly leaves behind and it is Dean who has the infallible moral compass. I get that he said "hey, s'all good" his brother was about to die, i doubt that he meant that he truly trust Sam all the time, you're right, how could he? they are REALLY VALID POINTS. I also agree that i don't fall for that 'feel bad for the guy who's a habitually selfish liar and deceiver' he does do whatever he wants and then cry about not being trusted (rightfully not trusted). But why is it that everyone is always on the Sam-train? what is so lovable about the guy? sure he is flawed and for some reason chics love flawed men, but Dean is just as flawed but in a much more appealing manner. I think it is adorable that he is so hard on himself and when was the last time he did anything that he should truly feel all that bad about? even when he killed Amy, it was the right thing to do, she or her kid was going to get sick again and then "have to" kill more people. And that is a good example for another reason. How long does Dean usually take to just let go of something horrible that Sam does? Even when he let out the damn DEVIL from hell, within a few minutes into the next episode Dean is saying "it's ok" and moves on. Sam acts like an emo bitch for like ever, several episodes about Dean killing "his friend" a girl he knew half a lifetime ago for literally like fifteen minutes, are we really supposed to buy the fact that he "knew her" better than most of us know our gas station attendant, he didnt even find out she was a monster until right before they parted way and i would say that is a pretty big part of "knowing her" and how big of a deal is it really for a monster to kill it's mother, are we supposed to accept that it would be as hard as it would be for a regular person? I mean a typical day would include her killing someone for a tiny pituitary snack (does everyone know how small that part of the brain is that they supposedly subside entirely on?)
Now that brings me to my thoughts on Benny, WTF? Am i really the only one that thought Sam was way over the line in being such an emo bitch about Dean making another friend. Dean has no friends outside of Sam and he spends a year trying to make it back to Sam though impossible odds (but really, everyone in purgatory besides Dean was already dead, how could they be killed again, do they just go back to purgatory Start or do they go to purgatory for purgatory residents? when people are in hell they are tortured till nothing is left and they just "appear" back whole again according to Dean, how can they be killed in purgatory, i digress) so Dean goes though all this with Benny and they really have each other's backs and get out of purgatory together, of course they have formed a strong bond. Once they are out all they really do is talk on the phone here and there and Sam acts like such a little bitch!! Such a bitch, "what about me? what about me? you can't have any friends other than me cuz i get so jealous that i cant stand it!" Why on earth does Dean have to choose between Sam and Benny? It is so damn childish i almost stopped watching (and i even what the re-runs every day for three hours on TNT and tape it everyday incase i sleep in or actually have somewhere to be, though ive been watching it every day for YEARS and have seen them ALL so many times, it is really really sad, i know). I hate that he had to turn his back on Benny, without whom he would have never made it back, and someone who really needed at least a person he could call here and there when he needed to just talk. Why did Sam make him cut out Benny just cuz he was jealous, they are two brothers in their THIRTIES, really it was too much for me to take. Then, after all that, Benny finds out that Sam is stuck in purgatory and he doesn't hesitate to risk his life again to save Sam, the worlds biggest Bitch, in fact he DIES again to save Sam, after everything. He should have just ripped his throat out.
Its not that i hate same, he is always under a lot of pressure and anyone would act like a bitch from time to time, but real question is how can anyone honestly prefer Sam over Dean when he can just continually make HUGE mistakes, like world ending mistakes, almost turn himself into a demon, lie, whine, and be such an attention whore? Dean has issues, self esteem issues, but the suggestion made in other comments that Sam thinks so low of himself that he is willing to die to close hell seems a bit off the mark to me, he seemed a bit full of himself to me, he wasnt doing it because he didnt think he was important at least. Sam hardly ever truly thinks he's not in the right or feels bad for long about things that he has done. A few times in the last couple of seasons it comes up that he doesnt really feel bad anymore about things he has done that were terrible, like the blood drinking and letting Satan out of the box. One that is really coming to mind is in season 7 (im probably the only person who liked the Leviathan story line, but I always find corporate, power hungry, republicans as terrifying.) in season 7 not to long after getting his soul back and becoming a real boy again, in the episode with Osiris, the Egyptian god who judges if you have guilt in your heart Sam talks about how he doesn't feel guilty anymore. REALLY? the things he has done should leave him a bit guilty for the rest of his life! and Dean is damned to death for his internal guilt over something that he did that was right and things that totally weren't his fault at all, like Joe's death and making poor little whiny sam live the life of a hunter and for the fact that Sam never got a degree in law. I'm not a lawyer either, now that i think about it, that might be Deans fault too because i spend way too much time watching Supernatural. Sam is the one who really has everything to be guilty about, a bunch of things each individually should make him guilty and he appears to have just let it go! No big whoop i guess. Over time i just find it super annoying all the shit that he does and how he is still everyone's favorite after everything he has done. Dean spends most of his life following around his brother just cleaning up his messes with very little gratitude awarded. Life is not fair.
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yeah well vacuous msnbc watching liberal idiots sort of scare me. :)
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Let's not forget Season 4's Fun With Ruby the Demon. Sam, or at least the writers, seem to have.
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well thn..dont 4 get tht..bt also remember the S5 finale whn sam sacrifice himself to same the world!! ans he did all those mess because he was poisoned by demon blood which was absolutely nt his fault...which makes u soo rude of sam?? O.o
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I can't understand how you think it's ok for Dean to ACTUALLY kill Amy (behind Sam's back and then lie to his face about it), but not ok for Sam to WANT to kill Benny (but respects Dean and doesn't kill him).

You are fundamentally misunderstanding Sam. Dean's pain is a more obvious and in-your-face pain, where Sam's is more introverted and you have to look for the subtle clues to his pain and sorrow. He blamed himself for Jessica's death. He didn't have the Dean moment of demolishing a car. He guarded himself from getting close to women...until Sarah (who I was so bummed out about them bringing her back and then doing what they did). Anyway, there's stuff like that all along the series. Dean explodes and Sam melts down in a self-destructive (sometimes world-destructive) way. They are fire and ice, and that is part of what makes them an appealing duo. It doesn't make Sam less-human or more callous. He just expresses himself in a less obvious way.
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THIS FINALE ENDS WITH LOTS OF QUETIONS.... PLEASE MAKE SEASON 9 BECAUSE ANGEL HAVE TO BE SENT IN HEAVEN TOO....LOTS OF QUESTION IN MIND YOU HVAE TO SOLVE..
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I love SPN, but your use of the word "bipolar" to describe anything but the disease is f*ing stupid, ignorant and really f*ing offensive!!!
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Check your facts before you spew such blatant ignorance on the Internet ever again, please. -Signed, Everyone Else

Main Entry: bi·po·lar
Pronunciation: \(ˌ)bī-ˈpō-lər\
Function: adjective
Date: 1810
1 : having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or diametrically opposed natures or views
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someone needs to get the stick out of their ass. It's a multiple meaning word, nothing offensive about it except to those who cry about it
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Is it just me but I'm tired of Sam having health problems we have seen it for 3 years..soulless, mental breakdown and now the trails. I think the show should bring belphegor in as a new demon. It's says he actually is on earth rather than Hell. Abbadon is pretty weak and easy to beat. Crowley could beat her since he has more powers than her
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I don't think Abbadon is so weak.It's one of the original demons,basically a 'purebred',not watered down 20th generation demon.So I would assume Abbadon would be very strong.
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Or agares since its believed he controls some of hell
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I don't think the angels are humans but Cas. They were cast out and lost their wings to be able to return like lucifier and Cas had before. They will still have limited powers like Cas had in parts of season 5 and lucifer kept his powers when cast out.
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yeah that is what i thought too, just cas had his grace cut out i thought.
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Where is Cas's wife at from last season?
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that's was a good ending of season 8. and will an interesting beginning for season 9. the question is when will season 9 supernatural will officially on screen? i think for season 9 they will try to play with angel michael or lucifier with the help cured crowley help to pull back them from hell to earth. i think they will prefer angel michael because lucifier hate demons. dont get wrong guys. if gates of hell shut off mean if demons killed they will go to hell and will not able to get out from the hell...About metatron. do you guys realise that his power just like what only GOD can do..that is throwing all angels to the earth. if you ever read the bible, yes the bad angel which we call satan had been throw in the hell by the obly GOD can do. So what do you think...is he "metatron" is THE GOD. he ran to earth and let the angel alone in heaven. please hear the dialog between metatron and Naomi after he been dig by naomi. if im not mistaken he told naomi that "...do you think there is no payback.?" then he smile.. i think he is THE GOD who left Heaven for sometime. theres no one can escape from naomi lazy chair except GOD. So guy what do you think...?
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Metatron is NOT god dude...
And he was able to Banish the angels because he Did the 3rd trial of Angel himself
And all Naomi did was To dig into him to see what he was upto not changing his mind like in cass's case
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Metatron is the scribe so he knows all of gods secrets. He is not God why would he use Cas and take his grace. God doesn't need to do that.
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"not teenager-with-stunted-vocabulary awesome"? Dean himself says "Awesome" all the time! You lost credit of the review right there.
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I still wanna know about Michael and Lucifer... Are they still in Hell? Will they be back before the Season/Series finale? Plot hole methinks....
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Michael and Lucifer and ADAM!
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Well, season finale... Time to watch all the seasons again... :D
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right season 9 has annoyed me, it waa a brilliant season BUT it got cut of sooo quick it seem rushed it, in season one it took a build up to to kill the yellow eyed demon and now season 9, sam was sooo near to shut the gates of hell but they didn't..... i get dean didn't want him to die... but he wasn't going to die, and if they shut the gates they still would of had to save heaven and kill all the witches and other monster. Just think they could of made a little success in this season instead of it being like only fools and horses.... BUT I LVE IT SO NEVER MIND still going to watch it till i die lol x
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season 9?
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Don't get me wrong - this was a great finale.

But I just can't believe the Winchesters would just drop the trials for Sam's life, ultimately there was no "Sacrifice" in this episode at all.

Dean went to Hell for Sam, Sam went to Lucifer's Cage to stop the apocalypse. Sure, they've said that they don't want to keep going around in circles forever, but closing the gates of Hell forever would end the cycle completely, surely.

And now neither Sam nor Dean would let Sam die a NORMAL death, to ensure that Demon-related bloodshed never happens ever again?? Even given the Winchester's long history of unexpected ressurection?? What a logic hole.

I was saying to myself the last few minutes, "just do it Sam, it will all be over forever" over and over again. And I was shouting at the TV "idjits!" when they just decided to quit the trials just a single action away from locking every demon away for eternity.

I hope that will be addressed next season because now the world has no angels left (they'l all be human now), but it's still packed with murderouse, evil demons and it all could have been over if it weren't for (dare I say it) the selfishness of the Winchesters. They valued a single life over 7 Billion and now they're gonna pay for it next season.

Other than that, as I said, great finale.
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Actually the sacrifice was giving up the trials..or Castiel's Grace, or Crowleys demon darkside. Or simply the life Sam was hoping for after the gates of hell close..
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Kevin has sacrificed as well. He never wanted this life. Has lost loved ones. He wants normal. Will the MOL blinking lights keep him from running to what he really wants? Another sacrifice.
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yeah i wonder if crowley has a lighter side in the next seaon has the king of hell gone soft? plus with some demons like Abaddon do not like the fact that he is the king of hell " crowley you meen the sales men? lol
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I really enjoyed this finale and was very surprised they left me wanting more after 8 seasons...yeah!!!
See you all season 9...
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I really like Supernatural and initially felt bad for not finding this show until Season 5 at which point I did the good ol' Netflix marathon and got caught up with the quickness. That said, I was totally floored by the stupidity of once again walking off and leaving a demon unguarded. How many times do you have to do something foolish before you stop repeating your errors Winchesters?!? Aside from that I found the finale very enjoyable, and would like to see where the next season goes.

While in general I understand the significance of the Angels they haven't actually been much of any help or good this last season so meh to them all falling. Hopefully they will bring about some interesting stories going into the next season as surely some will die and go to hell perhaps as mega demons not unlike Lucifer???

I would like to see other mythology be explored as well next season, we've seen vampires, werewolves, wendigo, Jinn, etc I would like to see other creatures as well. I really hope they dont spend too much time getting Angels back into heaven as they clearly aren't necessarily good guys, killing everyone in a diner just to catch Cas is really low demon crap.
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you know that Satan wanted god to love him as much as Adam ..
this was the greatest thing about the devil
he wanted attention from humans and angels , but god shunned him and preferred the humankind above all

this is why devils bitching about hating humans and try to ruin their lives ..
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Way too many comments to read, so if someone else has posed this theory, I apologize.

My thoughts for next season: Crowley in a race against the Winchesters to track down and collect all of the packets of 'grace' that have been separated from the angels when they fell. The Winchesters want to return the grace to the angels and Crowley has some unknown motive of his own for wanting them.

Just a theory.
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while collecting grace would be interesting, i don't quite believe that you have really watched the show before or perhaps you are incredibly dense, the Winchesters would never, ever "want to return the grace to the angels." They basically hate the angels and think they are self-righteous douch-bags. while they would probably give Cas his grace back, the rest of them, I highly highly doubt it unless for some reason their backs were against a wall.
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Jeff I honestly think you are the dense one, the Winchesters would allow them to get their grace back. Did you not see how against the Angel tablet they were. You really need to calm down on other people when you make ignorant remarks yourself
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That's a good point and you are probably right, however, is it really necessary to use insults and name-calling to get your point across? Seriously?
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ok so im totally confused because metatron threw all the angels out of heaven are the angels going to be like A) lucifer after he came out of the cage B) lucifer in the cage C) like anna was when she had cut out her grace and had no powers D) just themselves but stuck on earth or E) having to find vessels that they can posses?
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The episode felt a bit anti-climatic as Sam's ritual with Crowley was never completed (so far) but, truly, if the Gates of Hell were closed, this show would almost have no reason to be. It needs evil to defeat each week. Still, the way the cure was aborted nullifies the story arc of the past season...it feels like spellus interruptus.

The big, cliff-hanging questions really don't have much to do with Sam & Dean:

a) What happens with Crowley? Fans love demon Crowley so it's unlikely to be killed off (not that this has stopped Supernatural in the past) but it would be so, so interesting to see the Wincesters working with a nice, "cured" Crowley to solve cases next season (before he, inevitably, turns evil again). It would be a nice twist to throw all three actors.

b) The angels. So, they aren't in heaven any more. Does that mean they lose their "angelness"? Does Castiel go back to being Jimmy? Do they go bad/fallen because they are frustrated in the mission? Or are they just disempowered?

c) Kevin Tran & the Batcave: What the heck was happening here and why was this thrown into the season finale? Was the library discovered and being taken over? By angels or demons? Or was this just a warning going on saying something important was happening in the world? With all of the dials and switches turning on and off, it seems like it was much more than an alarm.

Finally, I can't believe the CW is moving this show YET AGAIN to a different night. It's amazing that it has retained its audience but that is probably partially due to DVRs, online streaming and On Demand viewing. This makes the fourth move that I'm aware of (and there could be more). Most shows don't survive more than one.
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Your point about there being basically no show with Hell closed off is spot on, but it's funny because even though I knew there was a season 9, and therefore knew they wouldn't shut off Hell, I still really wanted it to happen. I guess I just got caught up in the story.

Someone on here thought the prep-work would wear off and Crowley would go back to evil slowly, maybe they will do your idea until that happens.

It didn't occur to me that Cas would go back to being Jimmy, but that would be interesting. And they could do it since they didn't have him saying anything after waking up on Earth.

I thought the thing in the batcave was the system going haywire because it was being overwhelmed with omens and what-not.

And yes this is the 4th move, I like to think it just shows how loyal we are to this show that it can move so many times and we still follow it, but you are probably more accurate saying it's because of DVRs and everything else.
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I don'tbelieve closing the gates of hell would have killed the show but would have finally made a great victory for the Winchesters they didn't have to pay for (that Sam would die crap was introduced in the last episode, wasn't it?). Why could it easily go on? Well: Closing the gate of a prison for good will keep all the evil doers inside, sure, but it will also prevent the ones still outside from being put back in. So if we closed the gates it could mean that demons and all the other badies would be stuck here, potentially becoming immortal in the process.
The second thing is... all the angels falling down. What if the majority of them go Lucifer? We'd have a whole new Leviathan-like setup (hopefully to be done right this time) even with the gates of hell closed. And as I said, I don't believe the demons on earth would have been zaped back to hell by this closure anyway...
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Will the fallen angels have no memory of being angels, like what happened to Castiel, or did Tron specifically take away Castiel's memory only?

Does anyone know if Crowley is in his original body? If yes, then would he super-age once healed, or maybe his body would begin aging normal again.
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Ok, where do we start... nowhere is it mentioned in the season finale that Cass has lost his memory. The demon we saw cured is stuck in the body of its last meatsuit. What this means for the other soul inside, or what happens if the person was mortally wounded before the cure is unclear.
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yeah where is this "loss of memory" thing coming from? did you watch the show? and why on earth would you even ask if Crowley was in his 'original body'? has any of the other demons that have ever been on the show, even once, have any of them ever been possessing their own body? really? WTF. If they were in their own body, they would just be a dick not a demon that requires someone to DIE and go to hell.
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oh and as a post script, it is possible that maybe you just didnt watch the other episodes, but what about the bones that Sam and Dean go to Scotland to dig up and Crowley hides when he gets them in a trade from Bobby. How could he both be in his own body and also at the same time, hiding a bag of his bones as well. It really was a dumb question, is he in his own body.
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Thanks Sollux.
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For the record we know this isn't Crowley's original body because he got the bones back when the Winchesters traded it for Bobby's soul back in season 6.
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Thanks Kazanova37, I don't think I gave enough thought to the term "heal a demon", originally thinking of "healing the demon from the meatsack", or perhaps "trapping a demon in their current meatsack". But after watching Crowley develop a bit of a conscious, the healing was the *evil* of the demon, or perhaps a release from a contract.
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Also Castiels body was a "vessel" borrowed from a human (similar to demon possession?), so are those fleshly bodies falling from the sky?
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The idea of castiel becomming human is an iteresting one but i worry that he would get kind of borring to the viewers over time. He works so well as a bust in and put some heavenly wammies on stuff and then burn out. Unless they have him being a nephillim or fallen angel who still may have some powers to do cool stuff. But yes it will be interesting to see how the angels(now on earth) will co-habitate the planet with the Winchesters. im sure some will be on their side, some not and some who dont care. When they showed Sam gong through the trials and that light started showing up in his hands i thought they were about to tell us after these guys did so many selfless actions the would ascend to becomeing angels, just like how deamons are all made from twisted human souls that angels came from being selfless humans. Gotta give them credit with that beautifully tragic light show, the heart wrenching music with the chorus hymming in the backround absolutely took my breath away. I am overly stoked with anticipation for an amazing season 9. They better not mess it up.
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I think for a short term plot devise it would be kinda cool to have Cas with no powers, they could show him starting down the road to being what he was in The End (a hippy, trying to organize an orgy) and having Dean say "nope, not gonna let this happen". But you're right, it wouldn't work in the long term, he needs to be more than human to fit in with the brothers.
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AWEsome!!! Literally! I was really impressed by the end of the finale! Seeing (at the same time as the characters) all these angels fall from the sky was a wonderful sight that inspired awe. You really get the feeling that something important and out of this world has happened! The whole episode was good actually. I liked the idea that they came back to Bobby's place to catch Crowley and that it happened early in the story. This way the rest of the episode didn't feel rushed. I liked seeing Crowley starting to turn human and I'd like him to stay that way next season, now that we have a new candidate to the crown of Hell with Abaddon. And hope they'll find a good and sexy actress to embody her new vessel. I'd like season 9 not be the end of the series, IMO they still have materials to go on for at least 3 to 4 seasons without boring or me along the way. I loved seeing Dean and Castiel going on a quest together again. It was funny and the chemistry between their characters works better that way. I'd like Dean to forgive Castiel too (what he seems to have done for Sam in this episode) and maybe next season could be about that. I don't want him to grow old and grumpy. It's time for him to let go of things and start enjoying life and hunting again. I can't wait to see Castiel without his powers (will he turn out like in season 5 when we catch a glimpse of an alternative future?) and if Crowley loses his powers too that could be funny. Well, anyway we'll find out in a few months and I'm sure the show runners will find a way to make us happy.
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That final beautiful/horrifying scene with all those plunging angels kind of broke and won my heart at the same time. Can't stop watching it. On the other hand things are going to be magnificently messy in the aftermath of it. (And I hope they remembered to pull that dude that fell in front of them out of the lake...)
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Good review. I'm not liking the move to Tuesdays. That pits Supernatural against the CBS's NCIS:LA which will be wedged between NCIS and Person of Interest. Tough competition and I don't believe Supernatural can survive it.
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On the other hand, the lineup of The Originals and Supernatural is kind of hard to resist. And this is coming from a huge fan of NCIS.
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I agree, I think NCIS will have to wait in line compared to those two...
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I watched the last ten minutes with my hands over my eyes, and its been a long whle since I watched any show that way. I really, really wanted Sam to finish those trials, regardless but if they are going to throw that out then I am interested in the repercussions for Sam (and Crowley). Love the prospect of Cas as human--something they should have tried awhile ago.

Guess it's time to settle in for summer. I caught up on this show before season 8...I've never actually had to wait through a hiatus before. Let's get Sam back in the good make-up chair again, yes?
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They have had Cas as a human a few times, but it's always been temporary. He either has his memory erased, or it's in the future and he's cut off from Heaven. In the end, he always gets his powers back because the character doesn't work as a human (but it's fun to see for a short time).
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Well at least one of the brothers didn't die /sent to hell/purgatory again. Overall, well stated in the article. I am disappointed the abaddon vessel was destroyed as she looked hot. And to whoever said about the first vessel being best for a demon, totally agreed. The first meg looked great, but the last one, eck (no offense). At least pick an actress that looks a little hotter like with ruby (1st and 2nd versions were ok).
i guess a little redemption for naomi as she wasn't evil, just misguided. Pity she was killed off the way she was (so a bit mixed there, glad amanda tapping doesn't become a villain, but sad she wasn't given more of a background to explain her reasoning and history with crowley).

Metatron banishing all the angels from heaven and the way they all fell to earth was a great visual. Metatron may have been an ass for stealing cass's grace, but now we get to have cass as a series regular again, season 5 all over again! I guess the twisted logic to wish cass well after sending him to earth was nice and creepy at the same time.

For crowley, what can i say other than he just gets better and better when he isn't overtly evil. Maybe he becomes some reformed demon and is on their side again especially now that he can't go back to lead his troop of evil demons. More season 5 greatness?
I gotta say that even though season 8 was a mixed bag with al the fillers and side stories, the fact it got to this point was a nice reward and i eagerly look forward to season 9.
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This is more of a general comment to everyone ( I ask that only those knowledgable respond).... But has anyone else explored the mythology behind the series? I have read Nathan brown's book about this stuff and others as well. However, Iove to learn and would love some others' feedback on this as well. Have you read anything about it and what are your thoughts and such? Thanks oh and I loved the season finale!
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My husband says that the story line and mythology of the show are really quite close to a scify game, i cant remember the name at the second and its really bothering me. There are a bunch of books on it and probably any comic book store guy would know it. I wish i could be more help. I doubt that the show creator would really say this is true because im sure that it would leave him open to copyright suits or something but my husband (and im not actually signed in under my own name because this isnt my computer so I am not Jeff Brender, nor is he married to a man) but he said it is way to similar to the game for it to at least not have been pointed out to the creator if in fact he did not base it at least partially on the game. Damn what is that name called?
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sorry but i thought the whole thing sucked a$$.
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piss off
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I hope they continue right where they left off, like in the S5 and S7 openings. Also, if all angels were thrown to Earth, what about our boys in the Cage? Were they affected or are they the last ones who still have their powers? Will they come back? Someone needs to kick Metatron's sorry ass.
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That question actually made me gasp. That opens up so many more possibilities, on top of the many, many options I had already thought of. I guess it depends on if the spell just cast the angels out of Heaven, of if it specifically sent them to Earth. The first option I would they Lucifer and Michael are stuck where they are in Hell, but the second option could mean they are pulled out and put back on Earth.
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That was an awesome finale. Crowley gave an amazing performance and the Winchesters acted realistically. Supernatural has regained my trust after the last season debacle. Bring on season 9!!

Btw why did they have to kill Abbadon's meatsuit! That woman was fantastic.
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- Jared's long hair is awesome! Didn't like it short.

My theories about season 9:
- I think they're not gonna cure Crowley completely right away, Dean is too busy taking care of Sam since Sam is obviously his first priority.

(and please, please! Don't end this season with a huge cliffhanger just to show us in the first episode of season 9 that a year has gone by or something like that, and that Sam is completely healed and all, that would suck big time you guys!)

- But I do believe Sam will get better next season, probably not right away but they simply can't drag this on for the rest of the show.

- Castiel is joining Sam and Dean now that he's human (oh I want that sooo bad, love the trio together).

- Castiel won't be manipulated by anyone next season. He's lost his wings but gained some braincells. Dumbass..

- As far as the Angel storyline go's, I don't know. I find it hard to make a prediction about that because so many things can happen and I love that. They've opened up so many possible storylines for next season, awesome. But if I have to make a guess I think it's gonna be Fallen Angels vs Demons with the Winchesters in between and a Metatron on top.
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Great, great finale, best one not only of Supernatural IMO but of this TV season too.

What the fallen angels thing (absolutely fantastic scene by the way) has me thinking is not if they're human (come on guys the most famous fallen angel ever Lucifer still had his powers) but if it means war on earth between the Angels & the Demons, now that would be awesome.

Also fallen angels are usually bad guys so I guess the humans will be caught in the middle.
And since Abadon (in whatever new meatsuit he/she ends up) will surely be the new ruler of Hell, war seems possible.

I think Crowley will have maintained some of the "humanity" Sam gave him & that will be hilarious. That Sam is "purifying" has me wondering since they said it & since whatever is happening didn't go away even though he didn't finish the trial.

Someone said Castiel is naive & never learns. How can he when Naomi keeps erasing his mind as we learned in previous episode (he was there during Moses time!) so he is a "baby" compared to other Angels.

When they showed Castiel on Earth & I was wondering if he was human, I was thinking, where is he? How will he get to the Winchesters? And Dean thinking he made the Angels fall, noooo!

The angel tablet will be very important in Season 9 where we will find out what it really says, Kevin also has 1/2 of the demon tablet to translate (not only the trials were on it) But what really intrigues me is the "batcave" Why did the bunker have an alarm for falling angels. Did they know it would happen? Is the map there way to find the fallen angels next season? October seems like a galaxy far, far, away

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This finale was interesting. It went out of its way to be unpredictable, and really left us with more questions and cliffhangers than a George RRRR Martin novel.... However, I am very intrigued with what effect thousands (I'm guessing) of fallen angels will have on Planet Earth. And yes, I agree Maryann: easily the best finale since Season 5.

As an aside, does any angekl f*** up more than our beloved Castiel?? I mean, the poor guy just keeps making one fatal mistake after another. and every time he tries to atone for his mistakes, he keeps digging a larger hole...poor Cas!
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-Naomi is dead imo, and not Sam, Dean or Castiel dead. Real dead.
-Yeah I also liked the actress who played Abaddon; much like original Ruby, she will be tough to beat. Sorry Sam's wife!
-No idea where they're going with all of this, but im excited about thta!
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I hate Jared Padalecki's hair! :o Or is that some kind of blasphemy?
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The following line of thought started as a digression, but ultimately it felt long enough to justify throwing it in as a separate comment. So as far as season summaries go...

I shall vehemently object to any and all claims that "Season GR8" has lived up to its dignified label. Most of the time it didn't come even close. Sure, it was miles better than Season 7 (which, let's face it, was not extremely difficult to achieve), and it managed to deliver quite a few decent/good episodes, but in the end there weren't many memorable moments that wouldn't be overshadowed by some significant missteps.
It's even hardly as simple as stating that the first half of the season was poor and the second half of the season wasn't, because - while being considerably better - the second half also contained some grave mistakes (culminating with the "Taxi Driver" - possibly the worst mythology-heavy episode ever created, penned by the worst duo of writers this show has ever had). Overall, it was a very uneven effort.

It's been undoubtedly a step in the right direction for Supernatural, rebuilding itself after hitting an all-time-low with season 7. But on my personal list it will be placed well below season 6 (apart from the season finales; I'll agree that the final two minutes of Season 8 was the best we've had since "Swan Song").
And mentioning season 6 always makes me ponder why a sizeable part of the community (including our dear reviewer, it would seem) tends to dismiss it by default. I realize that many overreactions stemmed from its coming off the back of the incredible season 5, and beliefs like "it should've ended then" or "it will never be as good again" were abound. It all influenced how people viewed things. Treating Eve as the big bad of the season was another misconception, as she had never been more than a self-contained plot serving as a part of a bigger picture (that's why I found it refreshing how and when it was resolved). In short: I do recommend looking back with a cooler head. If you take out the Campbells, there were quite a lot of highlights.

I think that my biggest problem with season 8 was (same as with season 7) the lack of truly outstanding episodes. Capable of holding their own even when not viewed as a part of a longer arc. Ones that would truly grip me for more than just moments at a time. Something that season 6 had a plenty - from a Bobby-centric "Weekend at Bobby's", through "Caged Heat" (Cas and Meg hitting it off), "Appointment in Samarra" (absolutely epic, featuring Death and with Dean acting as a Reaper), "The French Mistake" (I do miss an occasional superb meta episode), "Frontierland" (a great time-travelling adventure), to "The Man Who Would Be King" (with Castiel reminiscing on what he has done in Heaven).
It's true that this season had a few fairly strong ones ("As Time Goes By", "Everybody Hates Hitler", "Goodbye Stranger", "The Great Escapist" and "Sacrifice), and I enjoyed them in their own right - but individually, none had a comparably great impact on me. Perhaps I expected too much, I don't know.

I'll certainly remember this season for the Men of Letters, the secret lair, Purgatory, Benny, Naomi, delightful Crowley, overcoming the constant Winchester bickering and perhaps Kevin and his mother.
On the other hand The Trials and Tablets (tm) somewhat missed their potential, Sam & Amelia was a horrid idea from start to finish, Sam's "I haven't looked for you Dean" and Dean's "how could you not look for me, Sam" was absolutely awful (you can never make me believe or accept that, show), drilling into Angels' meatsuits in order to uncover information was one of the most ridiculous concepts ever conceived, butchering the mythology was at times unforgivable, and poor Benny was grossly mistreated.
Still, I remain hopeful for season 9. It is a chance to get rid off the weaker elements (as well as two certain writers), and to focus on some of the stronger, more consistent themes. It's my wish to witness more unforgettable episodes, and not just unforgettable moments contained within them.
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Great finale! The scene with the falling angels was wonderfully done. I thought this was one of the best season finales in a while, especially considering that for once neither of the brothers had to sacrifice himself for the survival of mankind (although Sam was willing to do it). I loved that Sam was willing to give himself up because he felt it was the right thing to do after letting Dean down so many times, and I loved Dean's response to Sam about not giving up and how no matter what Sam was FIRST to him ALWAYS. Everything about that scene was great.

Oh and can I ask that the showrunners please keep Crowley around in his current state and have him travel around with Dean and Sam. I know he is not cured of being a demon, but he is close so it will be interesting to see what they do with his character next year and how he reacts now that he is no longer full fledged demon (or a stunted King of Hell). So many possibilities and shenanigans can take place. He was hilarious when he was going on about the HBO shows, talking about wanting to be loved, and seeking forgiveness. Keep him around!

What can I say about Castiel...he is still so gullible it is unbelievable. Now that he has lost his grace and is human (I think) I wonder what will become of him. He is very devoted to God, and he wanted to fix Heaven after he messed it up, so it will be interesting to see how he tries to redeem himself next year.

I know the season has been kind of up and down, but overall it was better than the previous two years (side-eyeing Sera Gamble for the mess she made of the last two seasons) but Carver has done a wonderful job of turning things around and I look forward to what he has in store for us next season.
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One thing I hope for the next season is that Dean & Sam stopping not trusting each other... Mostly Dean not trusting Sam. Ok Sam made mistakes, lied... But Dean ain't no angel either, he lied about a lot and made some mistakes too!!!
So I really hope that in the 9th season they will build some trust. Not asking for bromance :D!

About the episode I liked it, but usually I liked Supernatural a lot. I was a bit disappointed by season 6 and season 7 was not as good as the first 5 but It's better now for me. Like I said one one the thing making the show less interesting was the trust issues.

I don't know if Crowley will be a Spike like (Buffy), it could be funny. I'm wondering if Castiel kept his memories of being an angel.

Those next month will be long.
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I don't think fallen angels lose their memory (Castiel's character has already done that anyway) since Lucifer remembered being an Angel. Metatron just took his Angel essence, so I think he's just human now, not an amnesiac
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I thought that maybe Metratron erase his memory in order to have a better story when Cass come back in heaven after dying! But yes I prefer that he kept it and make a bad ass rocking trio with the Winchester!!!
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I'm still reeling from it. I don't know what else to say except that the scene of falling angels was the best eye candy from a TV show since...well I can't think of the last thing that was that awesome (again not in the stunted teenage vocabulary way). It really left me with chills and got me pumped for next season. Mark Sheppard deserves some kind of award for that performance. And last but not least: Dean clearly believes Cas made all the angels fall, can we please get those two past this, I miss them being friends.
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Oh yea and the batcave has a dungeon, an angel sensor and a movie collection?! That place better survive next season. #savethebatcave.
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Not my favourite episode, but not a bad one (in Supernatural there aren't bad episodes). Liked the twist, like thought Metatron showed its true colours. I think he wanted to punish the angels, but at the same time give them some time as humans and understand why their creator thought wonders of humans. What will death have to say to the mess on Earth? Will Chuck (God" have something to say as well??? To another prophet to appear like Castiel said the existing one must die, not Vanish in smoke. Great special effects, great finale, but at the same time left me (us) hoping for a few more minutes in the episode. Can't wait for it to return. Only sorry for changing the scheduale. It was perfect after arow.
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Too bad it seems like Alaina Huffman is done. I like her: both her acting and her looks. Even after having a kid she's still working-it.

It's a shame with the demon characters... you grow to like a particular actor as the demon then BAM. They get a new meat-suit and thus a new actor, and it's never quite the same.
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I agree on the season being very bi-polar, but we did get the great Benny stories out of Purgatory, and Cas and Dean reuniting, briefly, before Cas became a slave to the plot once again. Kudos for the writing team to realize their original ideas were not working and being willing to turn it around mid-season. The problem I had was then squeezing the trials into a few episodes while making room for some lame monster of the week eps, (baby supernatural hunters, teen wolves, and the excerable offensive witchcop and pooch) this show has great production values and really wonderful actors, the weak link has been the writing, I hope that game steps up season nine.
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So many different routes, what I think could happen,. Is Abbadon is not dead yet, we will see more of her in a new body. I could see God returning at some point, maybe as a unsuspecting character they pick up half way and since castiel is human now and has never seen him wouldn't be able to pick up on it. Also i wonder if there is tablets for werewolves,vampires, etc. Thats something that could come up. Cant wait for season 9!
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I doubt it: I *thought* someone on the show said there were 3 tablets and kind of confirmed by Metatron when he was talking to Cas.

But even if it wasn't confirmed... those were the "big 3" The 3 big species that could pretty easily wipe humans off the map. Leviathans were almost unkillable and physically strong. Angels are insanely powerful. Demons are powerful and numerous.

The rest: humans (via Hunters) already had a decent handle on.
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its moving to what? Tuesday
Tuesday is now my favorite day of the week
Also great review!
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