With an episode title like “Sacrifice” we expected sacrifice and we got it… just not the one we expected.
Before we dive into the heart of what was, in my often off-center opinion, easily the best episode of the season, let me take a moment to thank our wonderful Vini for filling in for me last week while family health issues kept me away (grandma is slowly recuperating – thank you all for the well wishes!). I should also probably mention, before we start, that this more of a review (or opinion piece, if you will) than an actual recap of the episode (and the season) since I figured most of us have seen it and now we want to talk about it.
So… let’s talk!
If there was ever any doubt in our minds that Supernatural can still do great story-telling and tug at the heart, last night’s finale should have been a much-needed shot in the confidence department. I’m not going to sit here and say that it washed away all the giant gaping plot holes or story inconsistencies or that whole Amelia debacle, because it didn’t, but it made it feel like it was all leading somewhere (even if at the time, it wasn’t the case).
In true Supernatural fashion, the finale saw our boys in a world-changing situation and how they reacted was not just key, but the entire point of the story.
Last we saw our heroes, Dean and Sam were all set to finish the third of the demon tablet trials (curing a demon of his/her… um… demonosity? I’m trademarking that, just in case) to close the gates of hell for good while poor naïve Castiel was following Metatron around believing he was paralleling the Winchesters by doing the angel trials to close Heaven off for good as well. He was, of course, wrong, and a lot of you called it when you said Metatron was not to be trusted. Can’t say that I blame you… he just had that look, you know?
Just like last week (only way worse), everything went awry, spectacularly so, and the boys found themselves up some kind of body of whatever without any form of navigation tool (or however that saying goes). “Trust” was the name of the game and this time, nobody won. Or so it looks like… but I’m getting ahead of myself so let me try to reign in the way I always do – with a list of the things I love (all of them!!!):
1. Jody Mills
How fantastic was it that not only did we get to see Sheriff Mills again but that we got a little glimpse into her life now. She’s trying to move on, live her life, date, and I say good for her! Of course, maybe not time don’t date the king of hell but let he who is without sin cast the first stone… which one among hasn’t had a completely demonic date? Thought so! (Bonus: we also got to see Crowley on a date and I’m not ashamed to say: I’d hit that.)