"Supernatural's" eighth season finale, "Sacrifice," ended with Sam (Jared Padalecki) gasping for breath while brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) watched Angels fall to Earth. Metatron sealed the gates of Heaven and expelled all of the Angels after taking Castiel's (Misha Collins) grace and sending Castiel back to Earth as a human. Season nine picked up shortly after the events of the finale.
The season premiere explored Sam's decision of whether or not he wanted to fight to live, Dean's panic at the thought of losing his brother, and Castiel's new found mortality.
Sam, who was much more damaged than anyone knew, fell into a coma after suffering massive internal burns and oxygen deprivation. Upon realizing he was in a coma, Sam drew upon two figures from the "real world" to debate whether or not he wanted to continue to fight to survive. Bobby (Jim Beaver) represented his desire to finally give in and accept his situation. Dean represented his need to continue the good fight.
Dean, meanwhile, helplessly sat at his brother's bedside. After being told that Sam's fate was in God's hands, Dean lost control and sent out a SOS to any Angel available for help. Several Angels made the trek, but only one of them, Ezekiel (Tahmoh Penikett,) was there to help. After fending off several vengeful Angels, Ezekiel offered to make a deal with Dean wherein he would possess Sam and help him to heal. Once done, he would leave Sam's body. Sam wouldn't have to know. Dean, reluctantly, agreed to the deal.
Castiel, who was left wandering the woods in the finale, made it to a gas station with the help of a good Samaritan who also gave him a bit of money with which to buy a phone and a bit of food. Once there, however, he ran into fellow Angel Hael who was more than miffed at the fact that Castiel had helped Metatron to expel the Angels from Heaven. After Hael knocked him out and kidnapped him, Castiel caused Hael to wreck the car she was driving then killed the Angel. Covered in blood, Castiel went to a laundromat, retrieved a fresh set of clothes, and set off, once again, to meet up with the Winchesters.
High points of the episode:
- The reappearance of both Death (Julian Richings) and Bobby (Jim Beaver.)
- Castiel having to decide between clean laundry or food/water.
- Ezekiel, an interesting addition to the "Supernatural" universe.
- Bobby's response to his sudden appearance in the front seat of the Impala.
Low points of the episode:
- Bobby's return seems to be a one shot deal at this point in time.
So what did you think of the episode? Do you think Ezekiel can be trusted? How will Sam react if/when he finds out about Dean's deal? Comment below with your thoughts.
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