Dear Meredith,

Thank you for a stunning, emotionally captivating “Byzantium”. My recent "Threads" review of 14.05 “Nightmare Logic”  praised your talent, as evidenced by the exceptional episodes you had written for Supernatural. “Byzantium” confirms your place on the list of the series’ best writers.

THEN:  Lucifer steals Jack’s grace.  Jack coughs and collapses.  Lily Sunder in the early 1900s sees her daughter murdered and then takes on angels in her quest for revenge.  She explains that each time she uses magic, a piece of her soul burns away.  Rowena explains to the Winchesters and Castiel that it would need an archangel’s grace and some kind of magic to save Jack.  All they can do is stay with him as he dies.

NOW:  In the bunker, Dean stands grimly with his back to Jack’s bed.  Sam sits near Jack’s side while Castiel stands nearby.  Jack weakly but peacefully says, “Please don’t be sad.  Maybe this is supposed to be.”  Dean angrily says that that is crap.  Cas puts reproof into his tone with just his name:  “Dean.”  Jack breaths into an oxygen mask.  Dean, turning around, rapidly leaves the room; Castiel’s eyes follow him, dark with concern.  In the hallway, Dean’s eyes are anguished, and he smashes his fist into the wall.  Jack says, “Tell him it’s OK.”  “Tell him yourself.  He’ll be back,” responds Sam.  “What happens next to someone like me?” Jack asks.  Sam tries to smile, but his eyes are watery.  “I don’t know,” he admits.  “Then it’s going to be an adventure,” says Jack with a little smile as he settles down in the bed.

What we know about Supernatural season 14 episode 8
Well color me surprised...and intrigued.  I will admit it, I’m impressed that these first seven episodes have actually done some careful construction when it comes to unfolding the mythology, as well as paying attention to the character details.  There’s been a little bit to ponder each week and so far I’m not left with the frustrated feeling that they’re just throwing a bunch of random events at me.  I do believe this is actually going somewhere.   “Unhuman Nature” was especially skilled at maintaining the balance between the characters and mythology, and I have to say it was a very interesting hour.   I’m not ready to gush praise since the pacing is still sluggish, but there were just parts that offered subtle reminders as to why I fell in love with this show.   I say that with cautious optimism though, for the wheels have fallen off the wagon the farther a season has progressed before.

The Morning After

Emotionally touching and brutally disturbing. That’s a jolting juxtaposition to incorporate into one episode but Supernatural “Unhuman Nature” carried it off extremely well. The acting delivered by the entire Supernatural cast once again elevated the story to a captivating intensity.

THEN:  Dean tells Jack he'll be the one killing him if he goes bad.  We see Jack with his powers shortly after being born as well as Lucifer attacking him and taking his grace.  Nick, sans Lucifer, is shown as well, struggling with who he is and what happened to his family.

NOW:  "I've got issues," Nick says.  "I should stop."  He's sitting in a well-apportioned room lined with bookshelves.  A blue and red stained glass window behind his head surrounds him like a halo.  "I hate that it feels so good," he continues.  Apparently he's confessing to a priest in a private office because he calmly, with regret, explains that he was sorry that the priest couldn't tell him what Andy, his former neighbor, confessed to him.  Perhaps he should pray. So far, Nick's been the only one talking, his calm, wry voice dominating.  The priest cannot answer:  he's been crucified in a doorway, arms spread to each side and nails driven into his bloody palms.  His head hangs back, eyes staring unseeingly.  There is a bloody gash across his throat; blood has stained his collar.  "There is a devil," Nick informs him, "and sometimes we just can't fight him."  

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