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Old May 2 2013, 02:26 AM   #1
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Supernatural 8x20 "The Great Escapist" spoiler discussion thread

New episode tonight, good people. Written by the one and only Ben Edlund. Sure to be a treat. I, of course, am stuck at work. Boss didn't get fired. That sucks.
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Old May 2 2013, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Supernatural 8x20 "The Great Escapist" spoiler discussion thread

I like that the show is finally getting back to interesting grand concepts. I'm intrigued by Metatron talking about closing hell as turning just "one" of the levers of creation and his hints about potential darker consequences to such an act (beyond the personal consequences for Sam and Dean). He also brought up an interesting bit about how stories were just the tip of the iceberg for what humans could do with free will.

The episode also had some good bits about the behind-the-scenes role of Naomi.
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Old May 2 2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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There's at least two levels (Heaven and Hell) and likely at least three (Purgatory), so there's no real mystery about that "hint."

As for the darker consequences, closing the doors to Hell also means no one goes to Hell anymore when they die, even those that richly deserve it. Same would hold true for Heaven, I imagine. But assuming you only close the doors to Hell, what happens to those souls? Evil, vindictive ghosts escalate maybe? They give birth to new, more dangerous monsters? etc.
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Old May 2 2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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How about how Metatron said "The Universe" as if Earth isn't the only place where life lives.
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Old May 2 2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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Re: Supernatural 8x20 "The Great Escapist" spoiler discussion thread

That's how I understood it too.
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Old May 2 2013, 06:22 PM   #6
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This was a great episode. We got to hear more about the angels, meet Metatron and learn a little bit more about Castiel. I also liked the bit with Crowley trying to "direct." A really good episode, all around.
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Old May 2 2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Re: Supernatural 8x20 "The Great Escapist" spoiler discussion thread

I loved this episode, so it definitely tells us that Naomi is indeed an ark angel, and not some other sort of being. We also learned that God did at one point exist, had Metatron write some stuff down, then dissapeared. I assume he just went somewhere else, maybe another dimension, universe, who knows. Or maybe he is there, watching everything. But then the ark angels missed him so much they kinda took power and started directing things themselves, and have gone off kilter, away from the original plan God wanted for them. Lots of lore there.

Agree with the other posts, good stuff learned. I love lore heavy episodes.
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Old May 2 2013, 08:02 PM   #8
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Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
How about how Metatron said "The Universe" as if Earth isn't the only place where life lives.
We've been told that several times before, including from Castiel himself. I'm pretty sure Crowley's said it as well.

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We also learned that God did at one point exist, had Metatron write some stuff down, then dissapeared.
And we've known that for a while now, too. We've even seen God several times on the show, as mentioned in the last episode thread.

And even if you want to ignore that, we know God was on Earth courtesy of Joshua -- the only angel still in contact with God. God even told Joshua to leave the Winchester's memories in tact before sending them back to Earth.

The question is why he's taken an off-hands approach to Creation, not if he ever existed or is still around.
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Old May 2 2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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It definitely feels like God has this hands-off attitude towards humanity and he has a lot of faith in our "Team Free Will" in the middle of angels and demons, although he has clearly intervened at least twice: zapping the brothers on the plane away from Lucifer's emergence from the cage and bringing back Castiel after he exploded, both events seen in Sympathy For The Devil. Also the situation in The Dark Side Of The Moon could also be considered as a intervention to stop their useless search and keep them focused.
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Old May 2 2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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This was a great episode. I love Metatron. His apartment looks a lot like mine.

There was lots of great stuff in this episode. Metatron pretty much confirmed that there would be negative consequences to closing the Gates of Hell, as we have been speculating. And the restaurant slaughter pretty much confirmed-- as if we didn't know-- that Angels are just as bad as Demons. They are weapons to be programmed and reprogrammed as the need arises. Castiel is "broken" because he has a conscience. Given that, along with Crowley's ability to take Bobby to Hell just because he felt like it, there's really not a lot of difference between Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

And I wonder which Demon Sam will be "curing."

I was also a bit confused by the showdown between Kevin and Crowley. Kevin seemed to be without fear from the moment that Crowley came in. So was that blast of light something that Kevin did that he found in the tablet, or was that Metatron saving his ass?

Some nice funny moments in this one, too. "We're the Winchesters. The Winchesters!"
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Old May 2 2013, 10:40 PM   #11
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Mister Fandango wrote: View Post
Guy Gardener wrote: View Post
How about how Metatron said "The Universe" as if Earth isn't the only place where life lives.
We've been told that several times before, including from Castiel himself. I'm pretty sure Crowley's said it as well.

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We also learned that God did at one point exist, had Metatron write some stuff down, then dissapeared.
And we've known that for a while now, too. We've even seen God several times on the show, as mentioned in the last episode thread.

And even if you want to ignore that, we know God was on Earth courtesy of Joshua -- the only angel still in contact with God. God even told Joshua to leave the Winchester's memories in tact before sending them back to Earth.

The question is why he's taken an off-hands approach to Creation, not if he ever existed or is still around.
I will never buy that Chuck is/was God, unless they come out and say it. I'm not one that buys into that theory.

I do not think we've seen God in the show yet, IMO.
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Old May 2 2013, 10:41 PM   #12
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This was a great episode. I love Metatron. His apartment looks a lot like mine.

There was lots of great stuff in this episode. Metatron pretty much confirmed that there would be negative consequences to closing the Gates of Hell, as we have been speculating. And the restaurant slaughter pretty much confirmed-- as if we didn't know-- that Angels are just as bad as Demons. They are weapons to be programmed and reprogrammed as the need arises. Castiel is "broken" because he has a conscience. Given that, along with Crowley's ability to take Bobby to Hell just because he felt like it, there's really not a lot of difference between Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

And I wonder which Demon Sam will be "curing."

I was also a bit confused by the showdown between Kevin and Crowley. Kevin seemed to be without fear from the moment that Crowley came in. So was that blast of light something that Kevin did that he found in the tablet, or was that Metatron saving his ass?

Some nice funny moments in this one, too. "We're the Winchesters. The Winchesters!"
It was Metatron, he was able to erase the markings, get in, and save Kevin. Right after this, he even says I saved him directly.
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Old May 2 2013, 11:17 PM   #13
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Re: Supernatural 8x20 "The Great Escapist" spoiler discussion thread

Curtis Armstrong gave a great performance as Metatron. He was quiet and subdued and still managed to deliver quite a bit of exposition in a way that had me hanging on every word. Bravo, Booger!

The hiding out in identical fast food franchises idea was pretty clever. I know I've mentioned this before but it is cool seeing Amanda Tapping playing such a ruthless villain. I bet she and Mark Sheppard are just having a blast playing off of each other.

Speaking of Crowley, when he first shot his angel-killing gun, my first thought was that he had somehow gotten his hands on the Colt from seasons past. Instead it's yet another cool idea from the mind of Ben Edlund, like Metatron changing the anti-angel glyphs or Cas keeping the tablet in his tummy.

Really cool episode.
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Old May 2 2013, 11:38 PM   #14
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Bullets are small.

Angle blades are much larger.

One blade = 80 bullets?
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This is episode 821, not 820.

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