The first season of Supernatural under showrunner Jeremy Carver’s care comes to an end tonight with an episode called “Sacrifice.” “Sacrifice” is such a finale-friendly title that even the series that precedes it — Arrow — is using the same name for its own season ender.
The CW Synopsis for “Sacrifice”:Â WHAT MUST SAM, DEAN AND CASTIEL SACRIFICE TO FOREVER SEAL HELL? â€” With Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) poised to undo all the good theyâ€™ve ever done as hunters, Sam and Dean find themselves cornered. But with Kevinâ€™s (guest star Osric Chau) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) initiates a plan with Castiel to take on Naomi (guest star Amanda Tapping) and the bureaucracy of Heaven. Alaina Huffman and Kim Rhodes also guest star. Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver.
Hmm…just who is going to be making a sacrifice?
- Is it going to be Sam? He’s the one that’s been going through the Demon Tablet Trials in order to close the Gates of Hell. He’s already sacrificing his health — both physical and mental. Will he be called onto to sacrifice something even bigger?
- How about Kevin Tran the Prophet? It’s a little surprising he’s survived this entire season eight (and we’re so glad he has). But will he be called on to make a sacrifice in order to help the boys do what needs to be done?
- Then there’s Cas. He’s busy with the Angel Tablet Trials. Can he trust Metatron? How much are we going to finally learn of Naomi’s plan? And what is Cas going to have to do stop it all?
- We can’t count out Dean. He’s always ready to sacrifice himself for others. Will he get to do so once again? We wouldn’t put it past him. At all.
Some other questions to prep us for the finale:
-Will Sam and Dean even achieve their ultimate goal (shutting down hell) this season? How about shutting down heaven? That can’t be resolved tonight, can it?
-Will we have to deal with another painful loss (or two or seven)?Â It makes us a little nervous that Kim Rhodes is in this episode. While we’re beyond happy we get a visit from Sheriff Mills, some you-know-what went down last week when some of the victim’s Sam and Dean had saved in the past ended up casualties courtesy of Crowley. This better not happen to Jody.
-Will we get some closure on why Sam never looked for Dean while he was in Purgatory?
-Will Cas learn to trust Dean and include him in what’s going on with Naomi, Metatron etc.? Or is Dean going to solely be involved with what’s going on with Sam, Crowley and closing down hell?
-Will Dean and Sam catch up to Abaddon so they can cure a demon? Or will they find another demon to work their supernatural demon-curing mojo on?
-Why isn’t this a two-hour finale? It really needs to be. Sure, the show got another extra episode this year, but we’re greedy that way.
Let’s hope that “Sacrifice” is pure adrenaline and emotion and badass moments — it needs to be an exhausting hour of TV in order to be a satisfying finale as far as we’re concerned. The brothers seem to be on the same page. What’s it going to take for Dean and Cas to hug and makeup? Let’s hope that this supposed “purification” that Sam’s going through means he’s ridding himself of the darkness taint that the Yellow-Eyed Demon tagged him with back when he was a baby. Let’s hope that we get answers to a bunch of the questions we have this season. And, finally, let’s hope there aren’t too many casualties that don’t begin and end with Crowley and Naomi.Â This season has been fun and confusing and frustrating and awesome. We really want it to go out on a high note.
The season eight finale of the CW’s Supernatural airs tonight at 9/8c.
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