Warning! Spoilers Below.
Season 8 has been a great season so far. I almost forgot there was an interesting story because I was getting lost in joy with the side story episodes. The brother’s have had to deal with a fairy, a Knight of-Hell demon, a Jewish golem versus Nazi necromancers, and those were just a part of the side story episodes that avoided the main plot about tablets.
The brothers are settling in to their Dean labeled “Batcave.” Dean is just relishing the moment of having his own room and Sam has over half a dozen books in front of him. When Dean asks what he is studying, Sam simply replies “Everything.” Not short after this they get an unsettling call from Kevin and the brothers are back on a tablet adventure
Kevin is definitely pushing himself too far. Not eating or sleeping well. Passing out and getting nosebleeds. Sam and Dean notice the issue and do their best to talk to Kevin about it, but it was clear that Kevin was still working hard when he called the brothers later with a tip on the demon hound. Ignoring Kevin’s health, for now, it’s nice that he can finally figure out his portion of the tablet. It felt like a typical Winchester challenge when Kevin revealed God’s obstacle course for closing the gate of hell. The challenge consists of three trials. Since the first trail involves killing a hell-hound and bathing in its blood, I can only imagine what the other tasks could entail.
The Cassity family were a typical television version of rich people. From the father’s ten-gallon hat to the spoiled daughter. The best moment that came from them was when the oldest daughter accredited her music to auto-tune. I still wish they were gagged when they were tied up. I think they did a good job in keeping the focus on them when the brothers were trying to determine who made the crossroads deal, although Ellie stood out a little too much the moment she suddenly asked Dean to come by her room for some fun.
How to deal with invisible hell hounds can now be crossed of the list for Sam and Dean. Thankfully, they had the holy oil necessary for creating a lens that allowed them to see the beasts. I’m glad they finally gave the hell hounds a form. Up until now, it was just a special camera trick, terrified looking victims, and some growling that let us know that hell hounds were involved. It’s always pleasing when the brothers obtain a new skill and it seems perfectly understandable. So far the special glasses have only been shown to work on seeing hell hounds. It would be even better if they also help the brothers see demon-possessed humans.
Dean and Sam had a wonderful fight over who would complete the trails. Dean wanted to do it because he sees this as a one way path and he believes Sam still has a chance to live his own life, unlike him. Sam wants to do it so that Dean doesn’t take this as a suicide mission. It was a surprise when Sam was the one to kill the hell-hound. He did tell Dean not to go looking for another hell-hound to kill, but I’ve got a bad feeling that Dean might still try. Another thing that worries me are the two remaining trials. First of all, three trials sounds a little too simple for a reward as great as closing the gates of hell. More trails might appear or the end game of these trials might change. With Kevin struggling so much with half a tablet, I won’t be surprised if there are more twists in these trials. The other issue is that these trials might get religious. There may be some sort of “death of an innocent” or “kill your brother” trial that could push the brothers to their limits. With stories like Abraham order to kill his son or the death of the first-born in Egypt, it wouldn’t be too surprising if something similar ends up on a God-created set of trials.
Another issue Dean and Sam probably need to worry about is Crowley. They just killed his personal hell-hound. Crowley isn’t stupid. He could easily figure out that Sam and Dean might have a reason for doing this and he might want to get involved. Crowley could also take the death of his hound very personally, which could be even more dangerous. As if the brothers don’t have enough problems, Castiel hasn’t been seen since he killed Alfie. He didn’t even appear when a Knight of Hell was on the brothers tail. He is sure to return, but who knows how much help he can be with Naomi playing him like a puppeteer. The brothers may be aware that something is wrong with Castiel right now, but they still don’t know what to do about it.
The Cassity family wasn’t too enjoyable, but for giving us a way to see hell hounds and some great tension between Sam and Dean, I give Supernatural: “Trial and Error” a 9 out of 10