I haven't really been keeping up with Season 8 all that much. From the sound of things, it would seem that I haven't missed too terribly much.
On the contrary. Season 8, as many will tell you, has been a great season for the most part and an improvement on previous seasons.
Alas, the shit started hitting the fan as soon as Lana returned.Fortunately the season will get back on track as soon as miss Kreuk finishes her 5 episodes and leaves for good.