The season finale of Supernatural, “Sacrifice,” was written by showrunner Jeremy Carver and directed by Phil Sgriccia. It featured a simply amazing performance by Mark Sheppard, and a game changer that sets up the ninth season nicely. Once again the VFX work put every other television show on the air to shame. Sgriccia performs his usual magic and delivered a number of wonderful performances. The build up of tension at the end to the reveal of the angels being expelled was excellent as everyone is trying to figure out what is going on. It was a solid episode, though personally, not my favorite season finale.
There’s a nice moment in the scene with Cas and Dean in the bar that breaks the fourth wall. Cas questions whether Dean should be drinking on the job and Dean asks, “What show have you been watching?” To top it off, there’s a show playing on the tv in the background about archery/bow-hunting and Supernatural is, of course, preceded by Arrow on the CW.
The final scene with the angels falling from Heaven is a stellar example of the outstanding work done this season by the VFX team: Mark Meloche, Grant Lindsay, Ryan Curtis, Christopher Richardson, Trevor Chong, Steve McLeod, Kevin Genzel, Derek Rein, Werner ten Hoeve, Mladen Miholjcic, Jason Macza, Adam Williams, and John Marshall. The scene with the angels falling gave me goosebumps, especially the angel with his wings on fire. Sam’s glowing arms, according to one tweet, weren’t finished until Sunday at 10pm. It may have come in just under the wire, but the quality of those effects is simply amazing. Abaddon’s going up in flames and smoking out were also brilliant, and the montage at the beginning captured many of the spectacular head decapitations this year. Also a shout out to Jerry Wanek whose sets were amazing all year, culminating in the church in this episode. The crucifix with just the hands and feet was a spectacularly creepy touch!
It looks likely that next season will focus on trying to get the angels back to Heaven and get Cas’ grace back. If the fight does focus on Heaven, that does present lots of opportunities for guest appearances. Bobby (Jim Beaver) told Sam he wanted back in the game. Ash (Chad Lindberg) is a force to be reckoned with in Heaven. Pam (Traci Dinwiddie), Ellen (Samantha Ferris), and Jo (Alona Tal) are also all there, not to mention Mary (Samantha Smith) and John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). And where do dead angels go? Is it possible we might see some of the archangels It will be interesting to see what kind of role Crowley will play and whether Kevin will be waiting when they get back. With Misha Collins upgraded to regular again, he should factor heavily into the plot. Many people have objected to his acting as a dues ex machine in the past, so they should be happier about his presence if he can’t snap his fingers and fix injuries or transport anyone anywhere. Personally, I will miss his latent power, and I hope that he won’t simply be relegated to comic relief as he has been in the past when he lost his powers or his mind.
What did you think of the finale? What are your thoughts going into next season? Do you think Naomi is dead or will we see her again? Is Kevin going to disappear? How sick is Sam? How will you be spending hellatus? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be posting a season review in the next week or so, and I hope you will come back and share your thoughts on how the entire season worked for you once we’ve had a chance to let the emotions of the finale settle.