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Supernatural Episode: "Sacrifice"

Season 8, Episode 23
Episode Synopsis: The eighth season ends with Crowley poised to undo all of the good that Sam and Dean have accomplished as hunters. But the Winchester brothers try one final play against the Demon King. Meanwhile, Metatron gets Castiel to help him take on Naomi and the bureaucracy of heaven.
Original Air Date: May 15, 2013
Guest Cast Curtis Armstrong: Metatron Kim Rhodes: Jody Mills Osric Chau: Kevin Misha Collins: Castiel Amanda Tapping: Naomi Mark Sheppard: Crowley Alaina Huffman: Josie/Abaddon
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Season 8, Episode 23
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Length: 42:17
Aired: 5/15/2013
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Supernatural Episode Recap: "Sacrifice" Season 8, Episode 23

Well, it's the end of Season Eight. Will Sam shut the gates of hell? Will Cas succeed in locking Heaven's Doors? Can Metatron be trusted? Will Crowley defeat the Winchesters?

How in the world have we arrived at another season finale? Time flies when you're having fun. Before I get to Metatron and Cas, let's do a couple of things. First, I want to say that my MVP for "Sacrifice" is Mark Sheppard.

When the Winchesters captured Crowley (good plan, by the way), the quest to cure a demon started. At the beginning of the episode, the King of Hell was his usual blustery and wonderfully sarcastic self. But with injections of Sam's blood, we got to see a whole new side to Crowley.

It's like the king crumbled before our very eyes, leaving this very human person in his wake. Don't know if that's what really was happening but when Crowley asked Sam about his earlier confession, I was floored. "I only ask because given my history, it raises the question: 'where do I even start to even look for forgiveness?'" The cocky Crowley persona was gone and humanity seemed to settle in, and Sheppard gave a good performance. And I think the Crowley/Sam scenes were also fabulous.

In fact, I loved when Sam got rid of Abaddon and Crowley hoped to score points and escape captivity. Crowley went on a whole HBO diatribe that included Band of Brothers and The Pacific and then ended with him quoting Girls and calling Sam his Marnie. Hilarious. Especially since Supernatural alum Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel) was in the Band of Brothers mini-series.

Second, I want to break down the awesome brother confrontation near the end of the episode. Might have been my favorite moment of "Sacrifice" even though I did have some issues with it.

Sam confessing his greatest sin to Dean: "It was how many times I let you down."

I still don't think Sam can see the big picture — maybe it's because these trials have affected him physically and mentally, I don't know. He talked about how Dean felt he needed a chaperone. I'm sorry but has he taken a look at himself? He's been falling apart. He often accuses Dean of not being accepting of help. But he's the same way. It's not about not having confidence in his brother. It's about Sam not being a hundred percent and needing some backup.

And, yes, Dean's been disappointed in Sam. And he's said some stuff that is probably better left unsaid. But Dean has also showed how much he can support his brother. He always has. So Sam's confession -- while great-- isn't exactly what I wanted to hear from Sam.

Sam: "Who are you going to turn to next time instead of me? Another angel? Another vampire? Do you have any idea what it feels like to watch your brother..."

Dean so easily could have brought up Ruby again here. Having said all that, I think that Jared really brought the emotion in this scene, didn't he? And man, did he look wrecked. Crowley biting him and using the blood to call for a rescue didn't help things either. Poor Sam. I really hope when Season Nine starts he's quickly able to get healthy.

Dean begging Sam to see through all the disappointment and brotherly disagreements was also an epic part of this conversation:

"I killed Benny to save you. I'm willing to let this bastard and all the sons of bitches that killed mom walk because of you. Don't you dare think that there is anything -- past or present -- that I would put in front of you. It has never been like that ever. I need you to see that."

Jensen just gets to me every time. I hope what Dean said here gets through to Sam once and for all. He has tried to get over his s--t with Sam. He put aside all of it in order to support Sam through these trials even though he wanted to be the one to go through them. It's time for Sam to show that same faith.

But when it comes right down to it Jared and Jensen have a great brotherly chemistry. During Seasons 6 and 7, it wasn't always there. Even this year, it was spotty at best. But the show has tried hard to reconnect the brothers. It's working. Finally.

Random Thoughts

The annual "Carry On Wayward Son" classic rock recap -- that gave us the greatest hits of Season Eight -- was well done. Hearing that song is like welcoming back an old friend. Loved seeing those purgatory scenes again.

It was great to see Sheriff Mills return. But too bad it wasn't in any actual scenes with the boys. How scary was it that she went on a blind date with Crowley? When rowley talked about sharing loss in common -- I thought she was going to think about her husband, her son...and Bobby. I assume Jody is still alive?

Crowley's ringtone for Dean is Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back?" So funny. As is his continuing to call Sam and Dean -- Moose and Squirrel.

Kevin gets to lay low in the MoL bunker. It's about time.

Love the return of Crowley's mile-long contract. At least he's consistent. Thankfully, Sam didn't have to sign it.

Have we seen those demonic handcuffs before?

So glad that Cas had Dean by his side for some of this episode. Cas can still be so damn naive. At least Dean was able to put aside his issues with his friend and was able to provide him with the necessary skepticism that was needed to deal with the angel business including Naomi and getting the cupid's bow.

I kind of liked Cas getting all aggressive with Kevin the Prophet.

Cas: "Do you really think it's wise to be drinking on the job?" Dean: "What should you been watching?" Love this little exchange.

So Abaddon can return in a different body, right?

We all knew Metatron couldn't be trusted. God's Scribe was trying to get revenge on those in Heaven that ran him off. Cas wasn't taking part in the Angel Tablet Trials. He was inadvertently helping Metatron conjure up a way to expel the angels from Heaven. Good twist.

What's Sammy going through now that he let go of the trial business? He still seems to be in a lot of pain.

I can't believe Kevin Tran survived. Good for him.

So after all that, Naomi really could be trusted? I don't know. Jury's out on that one. Her methods sucked. However, Metatron took care of her so it doesn't really matter now, does it?

Metatron took Cas' grace. We knew that part of the finale would have to set up Misha Collins getting bumped up (once again) to series regular and it did. Cas is without his grace and roaming the earth. While I loved the shot of all the angels falling, I'm not sure if that was a compelling enough ending to the season (at least for me). I didn't quite get the chills but I'm still curious as to what this is all going to mean as far as the direction of the show next season. What will Cas be like?

The finale didn't clear up a lot of things for me but it was entertaining. I will say that I still truly believe that Season One's "Devil's Trap" holds up as the best Supernatural season finale ever.

Let the latest hellatus begin.

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Well, it's the end of Season Eight. Will Sam shut the gates of hell? Will Cas succeed in locking Heaven's Doors? Can Metatron be trusted? Will Crowley defeat the Winchesters?

How in the world have we arrived at another season finale? Time flies when you're having fun. Before I get to Metatron and Cas, let's do a couple of things. First, I want to say that my MVP for "Sacrifice" is Mark Sheppard.< read more

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