In Season 8's penultimate episode we see a lot of moving pieces finally getting mated (yay chess terminology) or Kinged as Castiel and the Winchesters do their darnedest to complete their respective trials. Castiel is approached by Metatron, while hilariously out on a run getting all of Dean's favorite things to apologize for the angel tablet running thing, to complete the three trials for the angel tablet to give the angels a little "time out" to work out their problems. The trials for the angel tablet smartly were the exact same as the demon tablet ones in which Castiel had to kill a half angel/half human of which there is only one on Earth. The reveal that this half breed was uber powerful and able to do so much to Metatron showed the strength inherent in the self preservation department of the half breed until Cass put an angel knife through its neck. Dean was justifiably angry at Cass for not trusting him with the angel tablet thing though, as Dean left him behind in the bunker to heal and effectively stay out of the way. But it was great how they still incorporated Cass into a reflective Winchester effort as I think we can somewhat agree the angels could use some isolation to work out their issues. Metatron seems quite emphatic that he's only a paper-pusher who only now decided to get involved in Heavenly issues. Sam and Dean's past efforts come back to haunt them as people they had previously saved, their "justification for sleeping" as Crowley puts it, are systematically killed off to force them to give up the trials until all that they've saved over the years are dead. Having the Carver books pop back up in this way was a pretty good callback as well as they were used for such as dastardly effort on Crowley's part. Sam and Dean look into the "saving" of a demon, going back to the mythos that demons are only twisted human souls in Hell, and find an exorcism by a father given resources by the Men of Letters, in old found footage fashion that shows a demon they know (Abaddon) being exorcised. But it doesn't go as planned because they recognize the body of the young woman that Abaddon had later possessed to go after their grandfather. Sam and Dean find the living priest from the video reel and find that he had tried many seemingly successful exorcisms until being killed by Abaddon. But for the trial to work they need a demon and since Crowley seems so intent on shutting them off from all things Hell-related knowing of the first two trials he doesn't send any demons their way so they put Abaddon back together again just like Humpty Dumpty. After putting her back together she threatens them and Dean gets a phone call, and smartly decides to leave her alone without Sam or anyone watching so that she's able to reattach her arms and escape before they come back. Nice work boys, not exactly your smartest moment but I guess we can't have them completing the trial so early but at the same time it felt downright lazy writing wise since her arms were left right next to her. An old flame of Sam's, Sarah from Providence with the haunted painting from Season 1, pops up and reveals her new happiness with a husband and kid as Sam and Dean tracked her down to stop her from dying at Crowley's hand. What followed was just bringing her back to kill her which felt drastically unfair as she choked out and the hex bag was literally right in the phone Crowley called them as they pathetically scramble to look for it. This leaves the Winchesters up the river but without a demon, leaving them with very little time to complete the trial and to find and stop Crowley. This is the second such time I feel we've seen Crowley get really serious since Season 6's finale in which he captured Dean's old girlfriend and son to get Dean to back down, a gesture in which you think he would know the Winchesters don't do after all their time fighting one another you'd think at least.
Please read the following before uploading
Do not upload anything which you do not own or are fully licensed to upload. The images should not contain any sexually explicit content, race hatred material or other offensive symbols or images. Remember: Abuse of the TV.com image system may result in you being banned from uploading images or from the entire site – so, play nice and respect the rules!