WARNING!!!! If you haven't seen the Season 8 finale yet, read no further! There will be LOTS of spoilers and discussion about the episode, and trust me, you want to see it for yourself first. If you've watched, then come in and let's talk about what happened.
Was that not incredible? I enjoyed the whole episode, but the last 10 minutes were SO GOOD. All of the angels falling from heaven. That is so insane. And awesome. And horrible and beautiful and lots of adjectives. But mostly it was unexpected. Raise your hand if you thought the angels were all going to fall from heaven because I want to high five you right now.
Don't get me wrong. As much as I enjoyed the finale, there are still a lot of questions and holes and continuity errors in Season 8 that haven't been sufficiently explained for me. Maybe we'll get some answers in season 9. (And man, it feels good to know there's a season 9) But I'll let those slide for now. Perhaps I'll revisit them again when it's closer to the start of the new season. For now, let's talk about some of the questions tonight's episode raises. Boy, I've never wished I could have a rewatch before I write these articles more than tonight. Whatever, let's do this and wildly speculate anyway!
Questions To Mull Over During the Long Hellatus
1. So is Metatron up in heaven all alone with a bunch of souls? That is a scary thought. Presumably he worked it out somehow so that he wouldn't get expelled from heaven when the rest of the angels were cast out. And God only cast out one angel. Metatron cast out thousands. Do you think God is going to make him answer for his crimes? Or will it be Castiel that makes Metatron pay?
2. What does the angel tablet actually say about trials? Can it help re-open the gates of heaven? And if Metatron wrote the tablets, won't he know how to subvert whatever's on them, if he has to?
3. Sam was filling with energy during the trials, so what's going to happen to that energy now? He was supposed to just be the conductor, pouring the energy into Crowley to cure him and get himself killed in the process. So what happens now? Also, why are his hands always getting patched up by Dean? Stigmata references? Something else?
4. How pissed is Abaddon going to be when she comes back next year?
5. Since when does jamming a drill into the back of an angel's head kill it? Do you think Naomi was really dead or just incapacitated before getting expelled from heaven? Are all those angels going to have their memories intact since they didn't choose to fall and become human? How guilty is Cass going to feel about the angels being cast from heaven, too? Very guilty is my guess. Will the other angels blame him? Will he be hunted again?
6. What else would set off the alarms in the bunker like that, do you think? The mass demon exodus at the end of season 2?
7. If God is all-knowing, etc, why would he choose Metatron as his scribe if He knew Metatron was going to go batty and expel all the angels from heaven? (These sort of things make my brain melt)
The Lucifer Theory
I can't write a review without some sort of theory, right? Here's tonight's: Kevin is going to translate the angel tablet next season, and it's going to reveal a way to open heaven again. And that way is they will have to retrieve Lucifer and send him back to heaven. How poetic would that be, right? To restore the fallen angels to heaven you first need to restore the first fallen angel. So they'll have to get Lucifer out of the box (and oh, hey, maybe Adam while they're at it) which is why hell didn't get closed this season. It needs to be open for next season!
And now it's time to bullet point the rest of the episode.
- The "Carry On Wayward Son" montages are the best, though.
- "It's not a date till I've cried." Jody, please don't be dead. Do NOT bring back another awesome female character just to kill her off, show! Don't you do it.
- Yes, Jody, he is hot. He's Mark Sheppard. I mean, clearly he's hot.
- No more killing. Aw, Cass.
- NOOOOOOOOO, surprise Bobby feels. The salvage yard survived the fire, huh? That is good to know.
- I like the severe camera angles they use in Naomi's place.
- I adore Crowley's love of gigantic scrolls.
- Dean is WAY more used to getting punched, Crowley. There's no way you're gonna win that fight.
- Wet paint is easy to scuff, though, so maybe dry off the floor before you paint that devil's trap under Crowley? No?
- DID WE NOT LEARN ABOUT WALKING AWAY FROM DEMONS LAST EPISODE, GUYS????
- "Why did the scribe suddenly come in from the shadows?" I liked that line a lot, don't know why.
- That was a great "He's right behind me, isn't he?" look on Dean's face when Sam walked up behind him as he was telling Cass Sam needed a babysitter.
- "You really think injecting me with human blood is going to make me human. What, did you read that on the back of a cereal box?"
- Noo, is Mrs. Tran really dead? Noo. Stop killing off all the lady characters, show!
- Ooh, the crucifix in the church with just the hands and feet is CREEPY. And that was a cool set.
- Stop being smart, Crowley! No biting Sam to try and escape. Also, Sam, go get a rabies shot just in case.
- Crowley singing David Bowie makes my life.
- "Hello, boys." "That's my line."
- "Talk first, stab later."
- Cupid's bow was so cute!
- Metatron, you little shit. You've been planning your revenge for so long now. And look how well it fell into place for you.
- Crowley should have a monologue in every episode.
- Mark Sheppard KILLED this episode. Losing his accent in the big monologue, then the scene where he asks Sam where to look for forgiveness.
- Naomi, this is what happens when you torture people and manipulate them. No one believes you when it counts. And this was the one time when you really needed everyone to believe you. Because you were right.
- "If you finish this trial, you're dead." "So?" No, that wasn't a painful line at all. Nope.
- Metatron took Cass' grace for a story. That little shit.
- How about that whole conversation between Sam and Dean, though, huh? Glorious.
- That ending, though. Sam is still sick. Castiel is human, and not by his choosing. The angels are falling from the sky. What a cliffhanger.
Whew, what a season. It had some ups and downs, but overall I liked it a lot. I'm looking forward to watching it all again. Anyway, tell me what you thought of the finale. Were you satisfied? Disappointed? Can't wait for the Hellatus to be over already? Let's talk about it!