Here’s Alice’s report of the panel that took place Sunday at San Diego Comic Con. BTS stories and pictures.
The CW has published the official synopsis for 9.22 Stairway to Heaven. It sounds like a goodie!
“Stairway to Heaven” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
TESSA THE REAPER RETURNS — After a massive attack on the angels, Castiel (Misha Collins) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help. As they leave, Dean’s eagerness to bring the First Blade doesn’t go unnoticed by Sam who is worried about the cost to his brother whenever he uses the Blade. Meanwhile, Castiel is shocked when he learns the angel that caused the attack was one of his followers and did it in his name. Dean discovers there is a conspiracy amongst Castiel’s angel followers and at the heart of it is Tessa, the Reaper. Guy Bee directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#922)
I love Tessa and I really don’t want her to be a bad guy! I hope she is part of the conspiracy is because she is trying to restore the natural order, not that she has gone rogue. So they finally got possession of the First Blade and Dean is getting more influenced by it. This sounds really intense.
Here’s the official synopsis for the season finale “Do You Believe in Miracles
“Do You Believe in Miracles”
THE SHOCKING SEASON FINALE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) feels the effects of the First Blade, and Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) makes his move against humanity. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean and Castiel (Misha Collins) face shocking consequences when taking the fight to Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Jeremy Carver (#923).
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“King of the Damned” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)
ABADDON BLACKMAILS CROWLEY — Castiel (Misha Collins) captures one of Metatron’s angels (guest star Gordon Woolvet) and asks Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help with the interrogation. Dean eagerly accepts, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Sam. Meanwhile, Abaddon (guest star Alaina Huffman) demands Crowley (Mark Sheppard) help her kill Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). When he refuses, she reveals her shocking bargaining chip. Also, Castiel (Misha Collins) sets a meeting with Gadreel (guest star Tahmoh Penikett). PJ Pesce directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner (#921).
So most of the big players come on deck for this one. Metatron may be absent, but we have one of his angels to keep his part of the story front and center. Abaddon returns and has apparently learned Crowley’s lesson to not underestimate Sam and Dean. Crowley is around and has an apparent weak spot that she can use as a bargaining chip. Cas is meeting with Gadreel, why? The MOC may be influencing Dean more and more while Sam becomes more concerned.
My one concern is the writers, who I’m not personally fond of, but Blade Runners wasn’t as bad as I expected. Perhaps they will step up to the plate with this crucial myth-arc episode.
So back again to my Tupperware container and I have pulled four new episodes titles and have put my thoughts to them.
What are your thoughts on the following episodes?
Is it a scene, a moment, a line or song?
Is it just your favourite or is it the emotional impact it has on you?
Maybe it simply makes you laugh or hide under the covers.
All Hell Breaks Loose Part II
Wow! What scene doesn’t come to mind with this episode?
It was one tug at the heartstrings right after the other. I’m going to limit myself with the first four. Number one we open up with Dean staring, grieve stricken over his deceased brother. Then Bobby arrives with food trying to get Dean to eat and trying to convince him it’s time to bury Sam. Of course Dean wants nothing to do with this. Bobby then tries to get Dean to leave with him as he doesn’t want to leave Dean alone and needs his help. Dean’s reaction is heart breaking.
Bobby: I just don’t think you should be alone, that’s all. I gotta admit I could use your help. Something big is going down. End of the world big
Dean: Well then let it end!!
Bobby: You don’t mean that?
Dean: You don’t think so? You don’t think I’ve given enough? You don’t think I’ve paid enough? I’m done with it, all of it. If you know what’s good for you, turn around and get the hell out of here! (pushes Bobby) Go! (Stares at Bobby and realizes the hurt on his face.) I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Please just go.
Bobby: You know where I’ll be.
The second one we have Dean’s heartfelt confession to Sam.
You know when we were little and you couldn’t have been more than five, you just started asking questions. How come we didn’t have a mom? Why do we always have to move around? Where did dad go? He’d take off for days at a time. I remember I begged you ‘Quit asking Sammy, man you don’t want to know’ I just wanted you to be a kid just for a little while longer. I always tried to protect you. Keep you safe. Dad didn’t even have to tell me. It was just always my responsibility, you know? It’s like I had one job. That one job and I screwed it up. I blew it. And for that I’m sorry. I guess that’s what I do. I let down the people I love. I let dad down and now I guess I’m just supposed to let you down too? How can I? How am I supposed to live with that? What am I supposed to do? (Dean stands up and yells) What am I suppose to do?
The third is after Dean sells his soul and returns to Sam to find him up and about. He immediately goes to him and hugs him. Our first hug!
The fourth is when Dean and Sam arrive at Bobby’s. Bobby keeps his cool at seeing Sam alive but Sam does notice a sense of awkwardness. Bobby then makes some excuse for Sam to look over his findings while he and Dean go to his car to get more material to look at. Bobby takes Dean to the yard and gives him what for.
Bobby: You stupid ass! What did you do? (grabs Dean by the coat collar). What did you do? You made a deal, for Sam, didn’t you? How long did they give ya?”
Bobby: How long?!
Dean: One year.
Bobby: Damn it Dean.
Dean: Which is why we gotta find this yellow eyed son of a bitch! That’s why I’m gonna kill him myself. I mean I got nothing to lose now, right?
Bobby: I could throttle you!
Dean: And send me down stairs ahead of schedule?
Bobby: What is it with you Winchesters, huh? You, your dad, you’re both just itching to throw yourselves down the pit!
Dean: That’s my point. Dad brought me back Bobby. I’m not even supposed to be here. At least this way something good can come out of it. You know, like my life can mean something.
Bobby: What and it didn’t before? Have you got that low of an opinion of yourself? Are you that screwed in the head?
Dean: I couldn’t let him die Bobby. I couldn’t. He’s my brother.
Bobby: How is your brother gonna feel when he knows you’re going to hell? How’d you feel when you knew your dad went for you?
Dean: You can’t tell him. You take a shot at me. Whatever you gotta do, but please don’t tell him.
(Bobby places his hand on Dean’s face They then hear a noise in the yard and go to investigate. It’s Ellen. Dean and Ellen embrace each other while Bobby looks around for any danger).
Dark Side of the Moon
This was another episode with many powerful moments. The shooting of Sam and Dean, the fireworks with Dean and a young Sam, a ‘I WUV Hugs’ t-shirt and Mary making sandwiches and cutting off the crust. Seeing Ash, Pamela and the Roadhouse again. And Joshua relaying God’s message telling them to ‘Back off’, that He knows what the Angels are doing, but “He just doesn’t think it’s his problem.”
However I think for me the scene that I would have to go with is when Sam and Dean are sent back to the living and conveys God’s message to Cas.
Cas: Maybe, maybe Joshua was lying
Sam: I don’t think he was. Cas, I’m sorry.
Cas: (Looks up to God) You son of a bitch! I believed in … (Cas reaches into his pocket and pulls out the amulet and looks at it for moment) I don’t need this anymore (tosses it to Dean) It’s worthless.
Sam: Cas wait (hear a fluttering of wings and Cas is gone). We’ll find another way. We can still stop all of this, Dean. Dean: How?
Sam: I don’t know, but we’ll find it. You and me, we’ll find it.
(Dean grabs his duffle bag and walks to the door, he stops and after a second drops the amulet in the garbage can and walks out, leaving Sam standing watching feeling helpless).
Appointment In Samarra
The scene that stands out the most for me is the last scenes with the talk between Death and Dean. I just love the chemistry between Death and Dean and how their conversations are always so intense.
Death: Today you got a hard look behind the curtain. Wrecking the natural order is not quite fun when you have to mop up the mess. Is it? This is hard for you Dean. You throw away your life because you’ve come to assume that it’ll bounce back into your lap. The human soul is not a rubber ball. It’s vulnerable, impermanent, but stronger than you know and more valuable than you can imagine. So I think you’ve learned something today.
Dean: Wanna know what I think? I think you know that I wouldn’t last a day.
Death: I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Dean: I lost fine, but at least I have the ball to admit that it was rigged from the jump.
Death: Most people speak to me with more respect.
Dean: I didn’t mean..
Death: We’re done here. It’s been lovely but now I’m going to go to hell to get your brother’s soul.
Dean: Why would you do that for me?
Death: I wouldn’t do it for you. You and your brother keep coming back. You’re an affront to the balance of the universe and you cause disruption on a global scale.
Dean: Apologies for that.
And when Death restores Sam’s soul. Seeing Sam begging Dean not to let Death do this as Death nonchalantly tells Sam that it might be a bit itchy and not to scratch as he restores his soul.
Survival of the Fittest
With this episode I have two moments that stand out the most. The first is Sam and Dean burning Bobby’s flask upon his request. Bobby is ‘Jonesing’ to take over another body to kill Dick.
Bobby: Look, I’m done. Go get Dick. But don’t do it because you think it will scratch that itch. Do it because it’s the job. And when it’s your time, Go! (We’re shown burning ambers). Here’s to running into you guys on the other side, only not too soon alright?
Dean places the flask into the hot coals. We see Sam and Dean facing towards Bobby and then a bright light reflects on their heartbroken faces.
The second is the end scenes showing us the horrible situation that both Sam and Dean have been left in.
With Sam left standing devastated and alone as Dean and Castiel have vanished and Crowley has taken away Kevin leaving with the haunting words:
"Sorry Moose, wish I could help, you certainly have a lot on your plate right now. It looks like you are well and truly on your own."
And then there is Dean being left alone, when Castiel vanishes with growling and glowing red eyes surrounding him in his new home, Purgatory.
One hell of way to send us into a Summer Hiatus.
“Alex Annie Alexis Ann” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, DLV) (HDTV)
SHERIFF MILLS TRIES TO SAVE A YOUNG GIRL FROM A VAMPIRE NEST — Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie (guest star Katherine Ramdeen). They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors, but finds out the hard way that family always comes first. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Robert Berens (#919).
Back to Vampires! And Jodie is back! Someone who actually talks to Sam. Written by Robert Berens, who I have liked up until now.
“Meta Fiction” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
METATRON OFFERS CASTIEL A DEAL — Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) attempts to get Castiel (Misha Collins) to join forces with him. Still furious with Metatron, Castiel (Misha Collins) refuses, which sets a surprising plan in motion. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) capture Gadreel (Tahmoh Penikett). Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson (#918).
What an episode! Talk about some serious plot movement. This is my favorite part of the season because it’s the time when everything gets turned on its head. I love watching plot threads come together into a perfect storm of awesome which is exactly how I would describe this episode. Awesome.
This episode managed to hit on all my favorite elements of this season so far. The first of which is the knight of Hell herself. It’s been a long time since we’ve actually seen Abaddon, but the writers are certainly keeping her fresh in our minds. It was really interesting to learn more about Abaddon’s backstory and how she came to possess Josie. Really, I’ll take anything that gives me more information on the Men of Letters. I’m really not ready to be done with the Men of Letters storyline yet. But perhaps the most interesting thing about Abaddon’s backstory is the insight it gives into her current plans.
So she is attempting to harvest souls and twist them into demons that are only loyal to her. I mean, it’s not a bad plan. At this point there is no way of knowing how many demons are actually on her side. And of the ones that are, how many of them would abandon ship as soon as Crowley resurfaces? Let’s face it, her odds aren’t looking great. But I do have to agree with Sam that this seems like a pretty lofty goal. Even if there are other demons helping harvest souls, how long would it take to build an army equal to the countless souls already residing in Hell? How about forever?
Regardless of how long it would actually take Abaddon to build an army, her actions are still a threat. Look what just one of her followers managed to do to a small town. That was a whole lot of crazy. Can you imagine soulless people roaming the streets all over the country? Soulless Sam was bad enough on his own and he was sensible compared to some of these people. At least he had some self control. These people were definitely out of control. So much so that I was kind of surprised how easily Sam made the correlation between their behavior and being soulless. It felt like a bit of a stretch to me. In fact, I don’t think that he even needed to be the one to suggest it in the first place. We would have gotten around to it once Julia’s character made her appearance. I think I might have even liked it better not knowing we were dealing with souls until later in the episode. It would have felt like more of a big reveal. What do you think?
This episode also gave us some interesting movement on the Mark of Cain. Last week’s awesome episode hinted at what the First Blade would do to Dean, but this week we got to go inside his head a bit more. It’s looking pretty grim in there. We knew that the more contact Dean had with the blade, the more he would come to welcome the feelings it gave him. But I didn’t fully realize just how much Dean would crave a fix. It’s really troubling to see him drinking again. He’s in denial about what seems inevitable and I wish he would talk to his brother. Even though Sam made it clear where their relationship stood earlier this season, in recent weeks it has seemed that he’s coming around a bit. And it’s obvious that he’s really worried about Dean. He even tried to get Dean to open up a bit about what he’s been feeling but no dice. Dean’s not ready to talk about it yet. He’s got at least another week or two of bottling up his emotions. But if Sam is ready and willing, I think it would do a lot of good for him to have a talk with Dean about their relationship. I know that he will be there for Dean through this whole ordeal but I don’t think Dean knows that. It might be good for him to hear it right now. Again, that’s if Sam is ready and willing to have that conversation. It’s his right to make that decision for himself. But personally, I think he’s ready.
Because Dean is unwilling to confide in Sam at this point, his only confidant is Crowley. That’s really not a good thing. Not only is Crowley as hell-bent on killing Abaddon as Dean is, but he also understands what Dean is going through with his growing addiction. And Crowley is more than ready to use this knowledge to his advantage. He has already tested Dean’s loyalty by planting a fake hunter and he’s confirmed the lengths that Dean is willing to go to kill Abaddon. Or get his hands on the blade. I’m not totally sure which is the bigger motivator at this point. Either way, all Crowley wants is for Abaddon to die.
Like I said, good episode! It really hit on all my favorite storylines this season and it set us up for what I think will be a very interesting final stretch. It would be remiss of me not to take a moment to give props to Misha on his directorial debut. I thought he did a great job with an episode as chock full of story as this one was. I look forward to him directing again in the future.
It looks like the next episode will be focusing heavily on Metatron and Gadreel. This is the storyline I’ve been the least interested in this season. To be fair, that could be because we really haven’t had any movement on it for a long time. I’m hoping the next episode cranks it up a gear because I do think there’s a lot of good potential there.
So what did you guys think of the episode? Are you worried about Abaddon’s plan for the souls? What do you think about Dean’s addiction to the First Blade? Do you have any predictions for the last part of the season?
As usual, I have some stray comments and quotes to include.
“Meatloaf. Really? Again?” Anyone who has ever cooked for an ungrateful person can relate to Mrs. Young. Am I right?
Crowley: “You’re lying to Sam like he’s your wife. Which kind of makes me your mistress.”
I really liked Julia Wilkinson’s character. It’s not often that we get to see flashbacks through someone else’s eyes like that.
Dean Winchester can make anything look hot. Even racking up pool balls.
Crowley: “Unless Abaddon likes ten cent wings, stale beer and the clap, I doubt she’s here.”
Dean: “Go to Hell.”
Crowley: “Oh, if only.”
Crowley: “Just between us girls, how did you feel when you sunk the first blade into Magnus’ head?”
Dean: “Not half as good as I’m gonna feel when it’s yours.”
Crowley: “Love it when you talk dirty.”
It was interesting to hear Henry doubting becoming a Man of Letters. And it’s sad to think that the case that convinced him to take the plunge was all a lie.
Poor Josie, offering up her life to save Henry Winchester. I was starting to wonder if she was in love with him. It was interesting to have that confirmed.
Abaddon: “Abaddon takes what she wants. And right now, she wants everything.”
Crowley: “Why are you fighting what you really are?”
Dean: “I’m a hunter.”
Crowley: “Who’s a chip off the old block of Cain.”
Dean: “When I kill, I kill for a reason. I’m nothing like Cain.”
Crowley: “I’m going to go water the lilly, care to cross streams?”
Crowley: “What about you? It takes a junkie to know a junkie.”
Crowley: “Of course he saved me. We’re besties. And now he’s ready.”
Sam finally put that exorcism recording to good use. Talk about a time saver.
Sam: “Can I ask you something?”
Julia: “If it’s for a date, sorry. I never date anyone under 65. Too much drama.”
Sam: “After witnessing what you did, why didn’t you warn Henry about Abaddon?”
Julia: “I became a nun because I wanted to help people; make a difference. But they never prepare you. They never tell you how to act in the face of true evil.”
This broke my heart. That must have been such a burden to carry and she doesn’t even know what Abaddon is capable of.
Milton IL, when a hubby doesn’t want meatloaf for dinner, his angry wife kills him with candlestick, rendering HIM meatloaf.
Bunker - Sam brings Dean a case, but Dean tells him to go alone. Dean’s been obsessed since killing Magnus. He wants to kill Abaddon. Sam is concerned about his brother. Dean downs the booze after Sam leaves.
Sam investigates. No sulphur, no weird eyes, but she has killed herself in her cell, hell and death written in her blood on the walls. Sam reports to Dean, no demon. Just crazy. Dean wishes him luck, hangs up. He drank most of the booze in that bottle. Dean vividly recalls killing Magnus and leaves the bunker.
Billy, a hitchhiker, gets a ride with someone he knows. The van is filled with bright light as he screams in pain. Another murder?
Sam enjoys a meal in an eatery. Billy comes in and starts acting nasty, violent. The waitress tells Billy she’s calling his mother; he attacks her with a knife. Sam stops him. Billy is put in jail. Billy tells Sam he wants to act this way. Sam reaches Dean in a bar and says more people are behaving soullessly, like Sam once was. Sam asks him to come. Dean can’t help him, he’s getting close to Abaddon. In truth, Dean is drinking in a bar. Crowley tells him he’s lying to Sam, making him, Crowley, his mistress.
FBI Sam finds an old woman claiming demons are back. She knows about the Men of Letters, they came here in 1958. From the Office of the Inquisition—a priest and a nun—Henry and Abaddon!
Dean plays pool. Crowley doubts Abaddon is in this bar; what’s up with Dean? How did it feel to kill Magnus? You felt powerful, virile, afraid—Dean is scared, accuses Crowley.
The old lady learned the names, Henry and Josie. Sam knows them—why were they here. Sister Mary Catherine killed two people before jumping from the bell tower. This is their last assignment before they become full members. He’s worried about his family should anything happen to him. Blood is all over the nun’s walls, along with a crest of the knights of hell. The old/then young nun crept from her bed and saw a black eyed nun. She awoke tied to a chair. There were others, bound and gagged. Henry and Josie saved her, got the demon out of all but one nun—who was actually Knight of Hell Abaddon. Josie revealed to Abaddon that she and Henry were Men of Letters, amusing Abaddon, who wanted to possess Henry. Josie asked her to take her instead of Henry. Josie loved Henry, who loved Josie like a sister. Abaddon entered Josie, who planned to eventually destroy the Men of Letters. Abaddon told Henry they got rid of the demons and hugged him. The ex-nun tells Sam where the old church was.
Crowley tells Dean to stop fighting who he really is; he’s just like Cain. They have the same problems. He asks Dean if he wants to cross streams, lol! Dean spots a guy with a rosary pulling out a knife and follows him. Dean urges the hunter not to go after Crowley. He’ll go after everyone he loves, best to leave it alone. He talks Jake into leaving the bar and urges Crowley to go.
Sam goes to the creepy old convent.
Dean urges Crowley to confess to shooting up human blood since he doesn’t take leaks. Dean really wants to kill Abaddon. He and Crowley agree on that—they have to get the blade, Dean and Abaddon in the same place. It turns out Jake was sent by Crowley to get Dean into the right frame of mind.
Convent - Knife drawn, Sam is attacked by the guy with the mustache. He finds bottles filled with glowing orbs. He kills one demon and loses his knife to Agnes. She’s winning by stealing souls. Per Abaddon, if you can’t convince them, make them—she’s turning souls into demons, making an army. They have factories everywhere. She chokes him when he tries to exorcise her, so he presses a button on his phone that recites the exorcism, giving him time to stab her and release a soul from it’s bottle—and into Billy. Others Sam releases go into his cell mates.
Sam asks why she didn’t warn Henry about Abaddon. They never told her how to act in the face of true evil. Abaddon scared her. She left the order soon after—she had betrayed the order. You helped me save lives, Sam assures her.
Henry tells Abaddon they saved lives, this is a noble calling. Josie says she feels like a whole new person. She glares at the poor young nun.
Sam returns to the bunker and to Dean, who appears to have never left. “You were right,” says Sam, “finding Abaddon ASAP—she’s mining souls to create an army.”
1. Oh, dear, there was a time we worried about Azazel creating a demon army. This is bad indeed. What do you think of this development?
2. What did you think of Crowey’s manipulation of Dean in this episode? He was pretty funny, wasn’t he?
3. We saw the origins of Abaddon. It always creeps me out when these monsters start out as nuns or priests. What did you think of how Abaddon came to be?
4. What do you think Dean’s state of mind is right now? Fearful? Determined? Angry? How do you think he feels about Sam right now?
5. I thought this was a pretty good episode and I give it an 8. How about you?