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As Time Goes By 

Sam and Dean's grandfather, Henry Winchester, arrives by time travel, claiming that he has something to protect from an Abaddon that is hot on his trail.



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Episode cast overview:
Comic Shop Clerk
Sharon Bell ...
Larry's Wife / Abaddon
Adele Noronha ...
Hotel Manager
David Ackers
Nels Guloien ...


Fleeing the female demon Abaddon with the mystery box she's after, Henry Winchester flees trough a hastily created time-portal but is surprised she follows and it leads not to his son John but his grandsons, who became hunters, not legacy 'men of letters' like him, elder guardians of magical knowledge. Despite bitterness over John having lacked a father, the trio must team up to reconstruct the past and protect the box from Abaddon, who kidnaps Sam. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 January 2013 (USA)  »

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When Henry Winchester finds out that he has traveled forward in time to 2013 he says "2013. My god, I guess the Mayans were wrong." He is referring to the Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012, a prediction that many people around the world took seriously. See more »


In this episode, Henry leaves John while he is still a young boy. His departure from John's life and John's ensuing resentment are major plot points in this episode. However, in "In the Beginning" (season 4, episode 3), in Jay Bird's Diner, a man walks in and greets John with, "Hey Winchester!" At the end of their conversation, the man says, "Say hello to your old man for me." John replies with, "You got it, Mr. D," This presumes that John's father is still alive in the 70's when he has actually already served in the war at this point, so he's definitely into adulthood with his father still around. John also describes himself as "a mechanic from a family of mechanics". We never hear about John's mother, and it is possible that she remarried, therefore giving the possibility of a stepfather who is a mechanic. Or it is also possible that this is just a lack of continuity on the part of the writers. See more »


Henry Winchester: [looks on the Impala's license plate] 2013. My God. Guess the Mayans were wrong.
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


The Future Is Strange
Written by Watt Son
Performed by Watt Son
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30 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a fun, light-hearted episode last Wednesday, I think we all knew this was coming.

Sam and Dean have a very surprising visit from a man who says he's from the past. As the promo already announced, this man is Henry Winchester, Sam and Dean's grandfather (John's father) who is being chased down by a demon called Abaddon, and the three Winchesters have to work together to find out why, and most of all how to defeat it.

I will say this now, in my honest opinion, As Time Goes By is one of the greatest episodes we've had this season. There have been some great episodes so far and I have enjoyed this season immensely, but this episode was different. This, to me, felt like an episode we might have seen from season 4 or 5, before the whole issue with the Leviathans and Crowley. This is not a case of "Winchesters, the angels need your assistance right now", they are not asked to do this by the angels; and Crowley (for once) is NOT the man behind this. There is no Castiel, no Crowley, and no Naomi at all. It seems like this entire season has been revolving around those three. So, for anyone who dislikes the course season 8 has taken, you might enjoy this!

The setting itself is darker at times. It appears as though the directors / editors of season 8 want to make this season brighter. Literally brighter. Many of the scenes have taken place during the day, bringing out the colours really vividly, and it has struck me as odd. Since, in previous seasons, the makers of Supernatural have favoured darker settings, where even during the day the lights are harsh and cold, giving us a sense of how 'dark' the situation was. So, As Time Goes By does not only seem like an older Supernatural episode, it also at times has the same dark settings that previous Supernatural seasons had.

We never knew much about John Winchester's father, in fact we knew next to nothing, and even if he's only brought in for this one episode, we learn just what type of man he was; and whether that is a good or bad revelation is up to you. I feel that I can't say much about him without giving anything away, so I shall leave it at that.

The brothers, after a long time of fighting, finally came to a sort of conclusion in last week's episode where they decided it was time to stop arguing. I was worried that the writers wouldn't keep true to this, and would still bring up the conflicts involving Amelia and Benny. I'm not saying those two will never be brought up again, but for now, those issues are in the past; Sam and Dean hunker down and work together as brothers again, like how it was prior to season 4, before the whole situation with Ruby, Lucifer, or any of the angels. In this episode the brothers cooperate with each other, help and support each other, and most of all care about each other. I sincerely hope this keeps up. It has pained me to see Sam and Dean become like enemies when they once were so close.

Absolutely one of the most emotional episodes we've had in a long time. We've had characters get hurt and die this season and those are sad. But when it comes to the Winchester family, I think that is a bit stronger than what we've been faced with lately. We know Sam and Dean (as well as their father, John) from the very beginning, it all started with them. It progressed into something much greater, but everything in this show started with the Winchesters, and this episode showed another piece of the missing story that lead John, Sam and Dean to where they are now. It is beautiful, painful and tragic, but altogether amazing.

9 / 10

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