Well, it's the penultimate episodeâ€¦YES SAM (or Mr Edlund) PENULTIMATE!
Last week, Ben pretty much got our ducks in a row and now we stand on the precipice of WHO KNOWS WHAT! I admit, I'm frighten-excited-sad-apprehensive-optimistic-FULL OF DREAD-really really excited.
Ok let's preview this sucker.
Sam broke everyone's hearts. The end.
Ok, more stuff happened.
Dean somehow managed to get his gynormous, unconscious brother off the floor, across the room, into the bathroom and fold him into a bath (man I want to see that scene).
Naomi needs to die in a blinding white light SOON.
Crowley gave Cass a tabletectomy.
We met Metatron.
Kevin advanced placemented the hell out everything and got rescued.
The brothers have the entire demon tablet.
Dean got something to think about regarding the big picture consequences of closing the gates, from the secretarial angel who is not, as it turns out, a Transformer.
The brothers nearly ran over Cass, but thankfully the Impala has epic brakes.
And the third trial was revealed, they must cure a demon.
Dean has no clue what that means.
Sam's just happy they're going somewhere, "The end"
Team Free Will seem to be united and having a movie night!
And Crowley is going to kill everyone that the Winchesters ever saved.
How are we all feeling so far?
Let's check out the synopsis.
FAMILIAR FACES RETURN AS THE THIRD TRIAL NEARS â€” Sam and Dean reunite with Castiel. Digging through the Men of Letters' files, they stumble upon an undiscovered film, which could be the key to the third trial. Metatron enlists Cass to mull over problems at home. Meanwhile, Crowley digs into Sam and Dean's past. Taylor Cole, Graham Wardle, and CindyBusby also guest star. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb.
Right soâ€¦here are who these past guest stars were/areâ€¦
Taylor Cole is Sarah Blake from 1.19 "Provenance" - the antique dealer's daughter and Sam's potential beau.
Graham Wardle is Tommy Collins from 1.02 "Wendigo" - the lad the brothers went in to save.
Cindy Busby is Jenny Klein from 7.05 "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" - Don Stark's assistant, the one with beating hearts in her cupcakes!
You'll also notice when you see the preview clip - shortly - that the priest in this episode is played by Donnelly Rhodes, who was the original victim (old man) in 1.02 "Wendigo".
What's with all the flashback casting this season? Who's starting to think this is not simply because Vancouver has a small pool of actors? I mean, sure, the ones in this week's episode seem to be specifically re-cast in their original roles (except the priest), but in addition to the priest this week, we've had John's old mechanic partner recast as a sheriff, the mother from "Croatoan", recast as a woman who drops a car on her husband, the Shtriga from "Something Wicked" recast as the bad guy in "Freaks and Geeks", the wreath selling shop keeper from "A Very Supernatural Christmas" recast as a prophet potential and of course Ty, who was originally a vampire named Eli in "Bloodlust" and is now Benny the vampire in season 8! That seems like a lot of familiar faces don't you think? Did I miss anyone? Actually Pragmatic Dreamer has some thinky thoughts about this; you can read her take here.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand (I'm just starting to spin out about this casting business).
This week's episode is written by Andrew Dabb, whose last episode was "Trial and Error", so that's a good omen. That was a good episode. Director Thomas J. Wright last directed "Goodbye Stranger". Also a good episode.
Shall we have a look at the CW promo?
Incoming call 666??? Yeah, think I'd be sending that to voicemail!Castiel is in the bunker! I guess when the Winchesters scrape him up off the road they need to take him somewhere to recuperate. I'm assuming as Cass is inside the bunker, there's no angel warding. They should have angel warding!
So do we think the brothers go dig up Abbadon's bits and pieces and pop her back together? Ewww! And awesome! Is she the demon they're trying to cure? She's certainly a captured audience. She's stuck in there! What are your thoughts on the exorcism bit? I'm assuming that's connected to the priest in the preview clip.
Cass is with Metatron; I guess the brothers hooked them up? Who's punching Cass out?
Crowley I gather is saying, give me the prophet/tablet/secretarial angel/all of the above or I shall kill everyone you ever saved. This reminds me of "What Is and What Should Never Be" when Dean had to make a choice to ensure all the people the Winchesters saved, stayed saved. More links to perception? More links to the past? A possible sacrifice?
Let's look at the preview clip (hold on to your hearts.)
Awww man, I can't even offer anything here but "There's not a doubt in my mind that he's going to cross that finish line, not one." Excuse me while I have ALL the Dean feels ever!
I wonder what led the brothers to this priest. His plight must have some connection to the trials, or maybe something in the movie they watch at the bunker, because I'm pretty's sure they wouldn't be going after hunting jobs right about now, what with Sammy coughing up demon blood (that's what I think anyway) and the third trial in the balance.
At the time of posting, the CHCH promo was not available - but it'll be right here when I can get it. In the mean time, enjoy this male modelling shot of Dean...
So, 2 episodes left and I have absolutely no idea where we're heading or what will happen. I feel more nervous about this season finale than I have since season 5 and I have a feeling after this episode, I'll be even more nervous! There feels like there's so much at stake and I guess I'm enjoying where the bros are at right now and I don't want that torn asunder. Lord knows, I don't want one dead or one in parts unknown and I don't want one walking away or anything like that. Can we, for a change, have them both together? But you know, together on the same page. Side by side, facing whatever comes at them as the inevitable outcome of what they're trying to achieve? It feels like it's been forever since that happened. I'm thinking season 2, because in season 6 Sam was barely in one piece when the dust settled. Mind you, he doesn't look in one piece now. Ugh, my stomach is all in knots just thinking about it and Carver's obtuse comments about the finale have me super twitchy.
You can find all the interviews with Carver and whatnot on our spoiler page.
What are your thoughts on this week's episode, or where we're going, or how we're all going to cope? Sound off in the comments and as always, enjoy the episode, it looks like a doozy!
See you in reviewland!