I've just finished season 8 and I can safely see why the series is known as “season gr8″, it had TONS of Destiel moments, better pacing than series 7 and interesting story arcs, new mythology and plenty of brotherly bonding and case fic hilarity we know and love.
So we start off the series with THE GLORIOUSNESS OF PURGATORY. Oh my gosh, I love how Dean is so much more himself and sure of his actions in purgatory. His friendship with Benny is fantastic and so different from his relationships with Sam, Cas and Bobby. Benny has a nice amount of screen time in the series, forming a rift between Sam and Dean (as it wouldn’t be Supernatural without the boys arguing over something….) and also provinding them with some different cases, and moral issues of whether ‘monsters’ should be helped. I loved how down to Earth Benny was and how Dean could overlook his vampirism because of his friendship and actions in purgatory to save both Dean and Cas.
Speaking of Dean and Cas, this season has been FANTASTIC for Destiel moments, many of them in purgatory THAT HUG and “I NEED YOU” being amongst my favourite bits of the entire show so far!! I love how close the boys got this series and how even when Dean had his doubts about Cas throughout the series, he still was worried about where he disappeared to and tried to protect Cas even when he didn’t know entirely what Cas was up to for most of the season. Cas in turn showed true loyalty to Dean by saying “I won’t hurt Dean” and refusing to betray the Winchesters. Such amazing eye sex and touching moments between Cas and Dean this season, all the feels ♥
Meanwhile, the whole Sam/Amelia subplot plays out in parallel to Dean/Cas. I liked the sass of Amelia and her stubborn and straight talking attitude. But Overall I feel she was more of a hook up for Sam than a partner. She had too many of Dean’s qualities that he needed when there was a Dean shaped hole in his life.
Other characters of mention should include my faves KEVIN TRAN AND CHARLIE BRADBURY returning this season! They were two of the best parts of season 7 (and definitely made it stronger) and I’m very pleased they returned for several episodes this season :D Kevin Tran and his mother played a large role in the angel tablet plot line and Kevin’s status as a prophet was fully utilised and appropriately incorporated into the storyline. Some of the emotions Kevin experiences in the season reflected what Sam and Dean faced early on in their hunting career and it was interesting to see how Dean and Sam reacted to Kevin’s anger, hurt and complete dedication to hunting/lore. Charlie brought some much appreciated geekery to her two episodes this season. LARPING AND PACMAN FEVER where some of the series highlights with Dean letting out his geek side and some great comic/more light hearted episodes :)
Lots of new plot lines and additions were included this season, most of which were very exciting! The introduction of the angel and demon tablets were a great mythology story arc and gave more layers to the angel storyline, strengthening Cas’s role in the season and also giving rise to more doubts about the nature of angels. Naomi was a very grey character and her agenda was very dark for an angelic being, showcasing the continuing discontent and chaos in heaven.
The tablet trials themselves were a great way to add drama to Dean and Sam’s relationship, and it ultimately brought them closer together over the course of the season, ending on a high note where they were perhaps closer than ever before. I did feel like the second and third trials were squeezed into the later stages of the season though and more time spent on this part of the season 8 story arc would have been appreciated!
The Men of Letters storyline and the history of hunting and lore was a lovely history/family style element and I greatly enjoyed the brief appearance of Henry Winchester and how the Winchesters fitted into the history of hunting the supernatural. The Men of Letters bunker is literally THE COOLEST PLACE EVER and I am so glad that after Bobby’s house and Rufus’s cabin the boys have a ‘home’ and a place which they can call their own.
In relation to the Men of Letters, Abbadon was introduced as a “knight of hell” and a fearsome adversary to the Winchesters and well everyone else too. She has power perhaps even greater than Crowley and her true motives aren’t yet clear so I am eager to see where this strong female villain goes next season!
Crowley also had a larger presence this season, becoming the Winchesters main enemy throughout with their battles with the prophet, and the angel and demon tablets. His sarcasm and sass really aids the momentum of episodes and his varying relationships with Dean, Sam, Cas and Kevin all make him one of the most developed characters on the show - he even showed his emotional side in the finale when Sam had the power to cure/kill him and that spoke volumes about his character development over the course of the season.
Interestingly, Metatron seems to be gearing up to be the next season’s ‘big bad’ after appearing friendly (but it was too friendly, so I never trusted him) he seems to be a power hungry evil bastard and I am NOT fond of what he is doing to Cas AT ALL >:( Again, he was a latecomer to the season, and it would have been nice to hear about him previously a little more so his introduction didn’t feel squashed in.
All in all, season 8 competently introduced a whole new world of exciting possibilities and characters to flesh out many seasons to come. I wish they’d paced all these new ideas out a little bit better but overall the season had a great mythology arc, super character development for all main characters and TONS OF DESTIEL MOMENTS so its a winning season in my eyes :D