Sam has gotten sicker but is still resisting Dean’s attempts to help him. Sam tells Dean that the trials are changing him, and Dean looks freaked out, much as he did when Sam revealed he had visions in season one. Dean is hit particularly hard by Kevin’s video and muses they should have brought him to the bunker – a point many viewers had already made. In going through the material that Kevin emailed them, Sam recognizes a symbol from a class he took at Stanford. Yet another nice shout out to season one. There’s a nice brotherly moment as Sam tries to correct Dean’s un-pc use of “Indian.” Now that they have a lead, Sam seems almost manic in his desire to follow it.
Metatron does save Kevin after Dean tells him Kevin’s death is his fault. Naturally, Metatron as an angel would know that the Prophet was still alive. It wasn’t clear what they did with Kevin at the end of the episode. Perhaps leaving him with Metatron was the safest place or perhaps Metatron could help teach Kevin more about reading the tablets. We did of course learn that the final trial is to cure a demon. I wonder if Sam’s demon blood would qualify him? The promotional photos for the next episode would suggest that it is Abaddon. I think it would be the ultimate punishment, however, if they were to “cure” Crowley, thereby taking away all of his power.
How did you like the episode? Thoughts on the final trial? Speculations on whether the brothers will actually close the gates of Hell or not? And what’s wrong with Cas? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.