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  • Episode: Sacrifice (Season 8, Episode 23)
  • Starring: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Curtis Armstrong
  • Written By: Jeremy Carter
  • Directed By: Phil Sgriccia
  • Network: The CW
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
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Supernatural: Sacrifice Review

When you wish upon a falling angel

By Tim Janson     May 19, 2013


In a series that has become known for having season finales that end with a cliffhanger, this one was the,ummm…cliffhangiest!  Crowley is continuing to go after those whom the Winchesters have saved and now targets Jody Mills, an old flame of Bobby’s.  Sam and Dean find themselves having to agree to Crowley’s deal to stop the trials and trade the demon tablet for the Angel tablet.  But the boys manage to take Crowley by surprise with a pair of demon strength handcuffs.  They also discover that the demon they have to cure with the third trial is Crowley himself!  

Castiel and Metatron are working on completing the second angel trial when Naomi kidnaps Metatron, leaving Castiel behind.  Sam begins the purification process in an old church by injecting Crowley with his own blood.  Abaddon attempts to stop the process not to save Crowley, but to take over Hell for herself.  Sam manages to dispel Abaddon from her human host and Crowley soon sheds his evil, crying and showing remorse for his actions.  Sam knows the cure is near but Naomi warns Dean that Metatron intends to expel all demons from Heaven as revenge against them.  She also warns him that the trials will kill Sam.  

Dean manages to stop Sam from completing the trial seemingly curing him of the illness he’s been feeling.  Castiel returns to Heaven to find Naomi dead.  Metatron captures Castiel, stealing his Heavenly grace and returns him to Earth to live life as a human.  As Sam and Dean leave the church they begin to feel a strange rush of power in the air and look up to see thousands of objects hurtling to earth like meteorites.  They are the angels of Heaven that Metatron has expelled. 

Wow…where to begin!  This finale had just about all of the supporting characters doing an about face…Metatron, the seemingly shy, quiet scribe of God who has remained hidden for thousands of years suddenly reveals himself to be one badass son of a gun!  Curtis Armstrong has made a career of playing quirky characters in commercial roles so his sudden change of demeanor came as one of the biggest twists in the show’s history.  It’s no coincidence that led the Winchesters to Metatron.  It seems clear that Metatron put these events into motion in order to get his revenge against all of the angels.  Armstrong was simply brilliant, showing an evil side that he’s not known for and did so with gusto!

Naomi and Crowley also had their epiphanies as well.  Naomi (Amada Tapping) admits that the Archangels had lost their way and failed to protect humanity.  Mark A. Sheppard gave his most emotional performance yet as Crowley.  As Sam’s begins to strip away the evil, Crowley at one point laments that “All I want is to be loved.”  

We’ve wondered where the protagonists might come from if indeed the Winchesters managed to close the gates of Hell.  Well not only did they not do so, but instead its Heaven that is shut down and the world is filled with a bunch of unemployed angels.  So I guess we now know that the main story point for next year will be finding a way to re-open Heaven and return the angels to their rightful home.  But we also don’t know where this leaves Crowley…he was nearly cured.  Does he revert back?  Is he stripped enough of his evil that another demon takes over hell?  This was one hell of a shocking conclusion to season 8 but also an outstanding one!


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TheSilentKiller 5/19/2013 4:49:21 PM

 I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "Just casually cure Sam thing". Seems a bit Deus Ex Machina to me. 

I don't know if I'm going to like love-hungry Crowley. He was such a good evil bastard.


death4sale 5/19/2013 9:25:53 PM

Sam isn't cured. Dean settled him down, the glow-shit went into emission, then he became overwhelmed by pain. He could barely stand, Dean had to carry him out of the church. Sam couldn't even see what was happening in the sky, he could the hear the noise and the angel splash down in the water, but he had to ask Dean what was happening because his eyes were closed as he was huddled down by the Impala in agony. The glowy thing will continue into next season as they either finish the trials or they find a way to extract that out of Sam. Be nice if they found a biblical object that could act as a holy enema to cleanse Sam of that crap. Perhaps they can find such an item in the personal stash of Balthazar's who, from what I can recall, never returned the loot he stole from Heaven's vault.

I don't know if Crowley is gonna be full-cured, he might be torn between good guy and evil SOB. Knowing him though, he will fake the good guy routine to become best buds with the Winchesters acting like he wants to help and once he has them where he wants them, he reveals his clever ruse that he was still evil all along.

Bryzarro 5/20/2013 6:09:58 AM

 And you meant expel the Angels from Heaven not Deamons.  Lol!

This was a great episode.  I did like how Metatron turned and the suspisions of some people i've read were true.  He was a devious little guy.  Funny how he plays the game not with brute strenght but with deceipt.  That last scene of the Angels falling was about the best visual i've ever seen in a Supernatural episode ever.

Next season has so many avenues to explore.  How does Sam get back to normal, what happens to Crowley even if he does revert it will take a while i'd imagine to expel the pure blood, The Fallen Angels......are they all Human? Do they how some of their abilities.  What a road this should be.  Can't wait.  Never thought the series would rebound this well.  Not that it was all down hill but a couple slower seaons are fixed in my eyes now.

Tharigzog 5/21/2013 1:09:58 PM

Does anyone here find it funny that Booger is the one that banished the Angels from heaven?

Maybe the last trial was the mother of all burps.

Overall great episode and a great end to the season, can't wait for the next season.



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