|Season 8, Episode 23
|May 15, 2013
|The Winchesters kidnap Crowley, and Sam begins the final trial. Castiel tries to also complete his trials and succeeds, mistakenly causing the angels to fall from Heaven.
|May 21, 2013
| Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Jody Mills is on a date with a man that she thinks is named Roderick, but is actually Crowley. The two get along great and Crowley claims to have lost someone special too, reminding Jody of the deaths of her son and husband which visibly upsets her. Jody goes to the bathroom to calm down, but falls under a spell Crowley casts that causes her to choke on her own blood—unbeknownst to her, there is a hex bag in her handbag. Sam and Dean call Crowley and demand he stop, and he offers them a deal, using the little time Jody has left to force the issue. The deal is that they stop the undertaking the trials to close the Gates of Hell and give him the demon tablet, and he will stop killing Jody and everyone else they've ever saved. Dean agrees on the condition they trade the angel tablet for the demon tablet and Crowley agrees if they say "I surrender."
In order to make the deal happen, Kevin digs up the first half of the tablet where he hid it, ironically under a sign depicting the Devil. Kevin puts the tablet halves back together and gives it to Sam and Dean. In return, they give him the key to the bunker, telling him to wait there.
At the ruins of Singer Salvage Yard, Sam shows Crowley the demon tablet to prove he has it while Crowley shows them the angel tablet. Crowley produces a contract many yards long, and Dean insists on reading the fine detail. As he does, he gets close to Crowley and snaps the handcuffs on him that they found in the bunker—ones covered in spell-work that trap Crowley.
An angel named Nathaniel approaches Naomi with the news that one of their freelance operatives has spotted Castiel in Houston, Texas. To Naomi's shock, Nathaniel reveals that Metatron has been spotted with him.
Metatron tells Castiel that the second trial is to obtain the bow of a Cupid. Metatron has ascertained that Dwight Charles — a bartender — will be shot by a Cupid's arrow. He and Metatron start watching Dwight, but Naomi arrives. She orders an angel to kill Castiel but, after the bartender shoots the angel and Metatron tells Castiel to stand down, she just leaves with her henchmen and Metatron.
In her office in Heaven, Naomi straps Metatron to a chair. Despite having never met in person, Metatron recognizes her as the angel that was supposed to "debrief" him after God left Heaven. Naomi tells him that the archangels wanted to know the secrets in his mind and she now wants to know why he came out of hiding and what his plans are. Naomi tortures Metatron and is shocked by what she finds, asking him why he is going with the plan that he is. Metatron tells her how elated he was to become God's scribe and how dispirited he became when God left. Metatron believes he left paradise in their care, but he berates the archangels and the rest of angelkind for refusing to accept God's departure and leaving the world alone, forcing him to flee his home. He questions Naomi on how they could do all of that without expecting his retribution in return.
Sam and Dean take Crowley to a small church to undergo the third trial — to cure him of being a demon. They secure Crowley in the middle of a devil's trap. Sam needs to confess his sins in order to purify his blood to use on Crowley. Dean lists a number of things Sam has done — working with Ruby, killing Lilith, letting Lucifer out, losing his soul, and not looking for Dean when he went to Purgatory.
Castiel arrives, telling Dean he needs his help in undertaking the trials. Dean is reluctant to go, but Sam insists he will be fine. At the bunker they give the angel tablet to Kevin, and ask that he translate it to find out what the remaining trials may be.
Cas and Dean return to watch Dwight Charles at his bar. They see a delivery woman, Gail, arrive at the bar. They think she will be the one that Dwight falls in love with. However, she is actually the Cupid, and she causes Dwight and his regular customer Rod to fall in love. Outside the bar, Dean and Castiel tell the Cupid that they need her bow, which appears as a mark on her hand. She tells them how chaotic Heaven is, and willingly helps them.
Meanwhile, Sam has continued injecting Crowley with his blood. At one point, Crowley bites Sam and, when he leaves to get a bandage, Crowley creates a makeshift goblet of blood with his hand and uses the blood to send a call for help. Abaddon arrives, and throws Sam through a window, but she tells Crowley she is not there to help him. She reveals that she's there to take over ruling Hell. However, Sam douses her meatsuit with holy oil, setting her on fire, and she vacates the body and leaves. Crowley, who is obviously regaining his humanity, tries to bond with Sam, tearfully declaring that he deserves to be loved.
Naomi appears on Earth near where Castiel and Dean are talking on the phone to Kevin who has been examining the angel tablet — he cannot find any mention of the trials Castiel has undertaken. Castiel angrily confronts her with his angel blade, but Naomi insists that she is just there to talk, not fight and Dean gets Castiel to hear her out. Naomi reveals what she has learned from Metatron: as revenge for his expulsion from Heaven, he is using Castiel to expel all angels permanently, not close the gates of Heaven. Castiel doesn't believe her, but Naomi insists that its true. She expresses regret for all of her actions, crying and telling Castiel and Dean that angels were meant to protect humanity and somewhere along the line they lost sight of that. Naomi reminds Dean that she told him he could trust her and explains that, while she wants him to close the gates of Hell, she has learned that doing so will kill Sam. God intended for the person closing the gates to have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Naomi tells Castiel that if he wishes to return to Heaven, she is now willing to hear him out and disappears. Castiel doesn't believe her claims and Kevin Tran is unable to back them up with the angel tablet, but Dean does and has Castiel take him to Sam.
When Castiel finds Metatron, he extracts Castiel's grace from him, telling him its the final part of a spell that will achieve what Naomi described. He sends Cas back to Earth, and completes the spell.
Dean arrives just as Sam is about to complete the ritual, and begs him to stop, warning it will kill him. Sam is nonplussed and tells Dean that the sins he confessed earlier were of all the times he had let Dean down. He fears if he does it again, Dean will turn to someone else — an angel like Cas, or a vampire like Benny — for support. Dean is passionate in disavowing this, "Don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you!" he says. Sam says he feels consumed by the trial, and Dean holds him, telling him to let it go. The feeling seems to abate, but suddenly Sam is struck by pain.
Dean carries him outside, and they collapse on the ground near the Impala. Above in the sky are what look like thousands of falling stars. "What are they?" asks Sam. "Angels," replies Dean, "they're falling."
- Sam Winchester
- Dean Winchester
- Kevin Tran
- Sheriff Jody Mills
- Dwight Charles
- Angel Blade
- Angel Cuffs
- Angel Lore
- Angel Radio
- Angel Wings
- Bobby's Car
- Deals and Pacts
- Deleted Scenes
- Demon Cure
- Demon-Killing Knife
- Demon Smoke
- Devil's Trap
- The Fall
- Goblet of Blood
- Hello Boys
- Holy Oil
- Key to the Bunker
- Men of Letters Bunker
- Mind Hacking
- Queer and Gender Diverse Characters
- Singer Salvage Yard
- Son of a Bitch
- Spiritus Vitae
- Table of Death
- "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas
- (plays during "The Road So Far" recap of events; also played in 1.21 Salvation, 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two, 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked, 4.22 Lucifer Rising, 5.22 Swan Song, 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much and 7.23 Survival of the Fittest)
- "The Rat Pack" by Christopher Lennertz
- (plays in the restaurant where Jody and Crowley meet for their dinner date)
- "Baby Got Back" Sir Mix-A-Lot
- (Crowley's ringtone)
- "Your Other Man" by Josey James & Waylon Jefferson James (Extreme Music)
- (plays in the bar while Cas and Metatron wait for a cupid to show up)
- "I'm So Blue" by Katie Thompson & Martyn Laight (CPM / Carlin)
- (plays in the bar while Dean and Cas wait for a cupid to show up; also played in 4.01 Lazarus Rising)
- "Nice to Be with You" by Gallery
- (plays in the bar when the two guys fall in love)
- "Changes" by David Bowie
- (sung by Crowley as Sam tries to cure him)
Trivia & References
Sides, Scripts & Transcripts
- Episode airdate and title
- Finale casting spoiler
- Jeremy Carver comments on the last three episodes
- Finale Synopsis by ksitetv
- Returning guest stars for the finale by TVOvermind
- Promo pics by ksitetv
- Promo Video
- Sneak Peek
- CHCH Promo
- Winchester Radio's podcast for this episode with Supernatural's VFX Team Mark Meloche and Ryan Curtis
- WinchesterBros' exclusive interview with Bruce Blain (bartender and Cupid target)
- The Bar Scene in 8x23 (spoilers) - detailed analysis of LGBTQ “lib” and “lol” moments by drsilverfish (May 17, 2013); archive link