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'Supernatural' season 9 spoilers: Angels attacked and Dean and the First Blade

Supernatural -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean
Supernatural -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean
Carole Segal/The CW, used with permission

What's coming up in the penultimate episode of "Supernatural" season 9? Well, fortunately, you don't have to wait any longer for a few teasers, as on Thursday, April 24, the CW released an official description for episode 922, "Stairway to Heaven."

Considering what's been going on this season, you should have expected an episode with this title or something similar. In fact, that exact phrase – "stairway to heaven" – was mentioned in episode 18, "Meta Fiction," as Dean (Jensen Ackles) pondered the existence of such a thing and suggested finding it, Sam (Jared Padalecki) likening it to sneaking onto the Death Star and killing the Emperor, a reference that Castiel (Misha Collins) understood to the others' surprise.

In this upcoming episode, a familiar face returns in Lindsey McKeon's Tessa, the Reaper, who was last seen in season 6's "Appointment in Samarra." As much as we love her, it's never a good thing when reapers are involved, and by the sound of it, that's not going to change. In fact, now it seems that whenever reapers pop up, we just end up with more questions. (Reapers were featured earlier in season 9 in episode 3, "I'm Not Angel," as Castiel ended up in some trouble with one.)

With the season winding down, we also expected the last episode before the finale to address Dean and the Mark of Cain and the First Blade, and it will. We briefly saw that it's still affecting him in "Alex Annie Alexis Ann," and Sam continues to pick up on how much his brother seems to enjoy killing lately. In episode 922, Dean will be eager to bring the Blade along with him, and at this rate, we can't help but be worried about what this is going to mean for Dean – and the brothers' relationship – by the finale.

Here's the official description from the CW of "Supernatural" season 9 episode 22, "Stairway to Heaven," written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Guy Bee:

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.

"Supernatural" season 9 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW. "Stairway to Heaven" airs May 13. What are you hoping to see in this episode?

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