Sam and Dean capture Crowley to finish the trials and close the gates of Hell. Castiel and Metatron continue the trials to close the gates of Heaven. Sam is left with a huge decision.


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Crowley (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Gail (as Diana Pavlovska)
Courtney Hojenski ...
Avery Taylor ...
Homeless Man / Angel Spy


After the reveal of Crowley's plan, Sam and Dean make the decision to use Crowley as the last trial, curing a demon. However, while they are working on the Hell trials, Castiel and Metatron have their own agenda, closing the gates of heaven. After Metatron is captured by Naomi Sam and Dean must try to complete both sets of trials before everything falls apart. Written by Jordan Dark

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As Naomi is interrogating Metatron, he says, "Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content." He is quoting Samuel Johnson from "The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia" (1759). See more »


When Sam and Dean have Crowley in the deserted building Dean goes outside to the trunk of the Impala where Sam is retrieving the items needed for Crowley's exorcism. When Dean steps out, the building door is open, when we see the door for the second time it's closed. We then see the door again, but this time it's open. See more »


[first lines]
Nancy: [placing a red martini glass] On the house, Sheriff.
Sheriff Jody Mills: Oh, thanks, Nance, but I didn't order...
Crowley: So...
Nancy: [whispering] Good luck.
Crowley: [joining Jody in the booth] ... what are we drinking?
Sheriff Jody Mills: Roderick?
Crowley: Wow, Jody. Words cannot begin to describe the injustice that that picture does to you.
Sheriff Jody Mills: [smiles, shyly chuckles] Come on.
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And everything was going so well...
15 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here we are! The end of season 8! A season which has raised the number of viewers for Supernatural by more than any of us expected; We've met new characters, reintroduced old ones, brought in new plot devices that have been welcomed with open arms by so many of the SPN Family. Now we are unfortunately at the end of it.

There is really not much anyone can say without giving things away, so it is our duty to tell you about the episode without really saying anything. Here goes:

As seen in the promo, Dean and Sam corner the King of Hell, Crowley, and tell him that he is the "third trial", which we learned from the previous episode (Clip Show) that this means they must 'cure' him.

Now, we already know this isn't the only thing that is going on. We are aware that the Winchester brothers are doing everything they can to close the gates of Hell, and at the same time Castiel is working with Metatron to close the gates of Heaven, which will trap all the angels inside. This part of the story between Cas and Metatron continues in this episode and before too long it jumps forward and grabs our attention, becoming the spotlight of something much different than we planned for. We'll leave it at that since I can't say anymore without giving away crucial details.

Several of our other characters play a part in Sacrifice. Our prophet, Kevin Tran, has a small part in this episode. Naomi, Crowley and Abaddon all have their stories advance as well. But which characters' stories are concluded? I'll tell you this much – not all of the plots or conflicts have been resolved / finished. So we will be seeing more of certain characters in season 9.

If you're watching the season finale of Supernatural season 8, I will assume that you have watched Supernatural before, which includes previous season finales. Let me refresh your memory on a few: Ending with a car crash (S1), going to hell (S3 + 5), purgatory (S7), and Lucifer breaking out of Hell (S4). Those are a few of the many conclusions we've had for season finales. All of them have something in common. They break your heart and/or leave you on the biggest cliffhanger. Did you really think season 8 would be ANY different? There is definitely a cliffhanger. A big one.

The characters were amazing, the pacing and build up was perfect, and the intensity and suspense had me on the edge of my seat during the last 20 minutes. If you're like me, you will keep glancing at the clock saying "there is only 5 minutes left!" and as the minutes inch closer to the conclusion you panic, and curse the writers for having this all happen NOW. Then as the credits appear, you will throw your hands up as you realise you have to wait several months in order to see what will happen next.

I have loved season 8. And I absolutely loved the conclusion. If you had asked me yesterday, I would have said my favourite conclusion was Swan Song from season 5. Now, however, I think my answer may be different. Sacrifice is, to me, one of the best conclusions we've seen in a long time.

I cannot begin to express how much I am looking forward to seeing what they will do with these new developments. I think we can look forward to a great season ahead of us.

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