Warning: If you have not seen tonight’s episode, “Stairway to Heaven,” then beware spoilers ahead!
Episode Summary: This episode covers the angel war and machinations by Metatron to get the angels away from Castiel. It begins with an angel “bomber” who claims to commit suicide in the name of Castiel. The episode follows the case as Sam and Cas go in search of clues and find what appears to be a stairway to heaven, but instead is a trick by Metatron who is playing Castiel. Back at the angel headquarters, Dean is trying to figure out who the bombers are and of course he brings the first blade, which Sam had asked him not to do in the first few minutes of the episode. He finds out that the bombers think they have been given orders from Castiel to go on this suicide missions to take out Metatron’s followers. One of the “bombers” ends up being Tessa, Dean’s reaper.
Tessa lost herself in mourning all the souls she couldn’t help and turned to Castiel and became a believer. During the interrogation, she impales herself on Dean’s blade. The angels think Dean killed her. When Cas and Sam return they free Dean but question his actions. Then Metatron, who we find out has been manipulating the bombers all the time, Skypes in and throws Castiel under the bus by saying that he stole the grace he has and that he’s a liar. The angels in Cas’s army turn on him and demand he prove his fidelity by punishing Dean for Tessa’s death. Of course, Cas says no and the three of them (Sam, Cas, and Dean) are left alone to figure out how to fight Metatron.
The final scene is Dean telling Sam that this is a dictatorship and then talking to Castiel, who swears to use the last of his grace to defeat Metatron. Gadreel shows up and is willing to give over Metatron. He has been angry with Metatron throughout the episode, as we saw. It looks as if Dean is about to agree to Gadreel's help, but Dean instead slashes the angel with the blade. Cas and Sam rush forward to restrain a growling Dean.
1. Both Metatron and the burnt angel Josiah seem to believe Castiel is turning human. Is this foreshadowing?
2. Dean seems to be getting more attached to the blade. What do you think he’ll do in the season finale with it?
3. Dean has changed toward both Sam and Cas, who have noticed. Is this foreshadowing for his turn to Crowley’s side of the world?
4. Will the angels turn on Metatron? Will Hannah emerge as their leader?
Share your thoughts, speculations, and other issues below!
Next week is the season finale!