Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
With Dean's lies to Sam, and the odd behaviour from the angel within, I knew that the day was coming when Dean would pay for his choices, but I never expected it to be so costly.
Holy Terror could easily have concentrated solely on the angelic war between Malachi and Bartholomew, and still been a fantastic episode. The two sides were equally matched in power and treachery, so there was no way to tell which side would have been victorious, if they didn't completely obliterate each other. Instead, the episode went beyond the blinding battles to set up one of the most pivotal moment this series has had in years.
After the fall at the end of the last season, I expected the destroyer of heaven to stay out of the story for a long time, likely until someone found a way to return the angels to heaven again, so his return already was a huge surprise. Even more surprising was that there were still some fools with grace to listen to him, especially with the hatred everyone has shown to Castiel. I guess all species have those corrupt fools that ruin everything. Even then, I never expected an angel who worked with the Winchesters for so long to be one of them. Was he sleeping in the passenger seat while Sam and Dean were trying to save people, or was he really just that evil?
At least Dean will still have one powerful friend left since Cass is back. With all the allies lost due to his actions, Dean will need all the help he can get. I'm sure that Crowley will be conscripted into the coming battle, for a steep price, but even with a former king in his corner, more will be needed. Maybe others will come to his aid, like his friends in Oz, or even enemies of his enemies, like Abaddon.
I do hope that this will finally be the end of Sam, though. As much as many fans have come to love his character over the past decade, I think it is time for their luck to run out for a change. Death has already been cheated enough times that it needs to change. Sam doesn't need to necessarily die, but just keep him around in evil angel form. That way, Supernatural won't loose the beloved actor right away, while it has time to bring a new star into the hunting role. (Psst, Felicia Day would be awesome.)
With all the sudden changes, I don't think I can remember the last time everything felt so doomed in Supernatural. I will definitely miss Kevin, but for the first time in years I am looking forward the return of the series with excitement and pride. Not every episode has been great this season, but things are finally looking chaotic for the future, which is a fantastic place to leave the series.