Supernatural recap: What’s attacking Heaven?

Supernatural -- "Byzantium" -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR
Supernatural -- "Byzantium" -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- Acquired via CW TV PR /

Supernatural Season 14, Episode 8 brings back a foe from last season. Meanwhile, the Winchesters deal with the loss of one of their own.

Misha Collins had promised us the return of the Empty — well, the Cosmic Entity — and we finally got it. With the return of a foe from last season, we also had to say goodbye to one of our own. Hopefully, this is just a temporary measure. It’s time to delve into Supernatural Season 14, Episode 8, titled “Byzantium.”

To quickly start off the episode, Sam, Dean, and Cass surrounded Jack as he died. Overcome with emotion, Dean decided to step out. Cass follows, leaving Sam to answer a difficult question: what comes next for Jack? By the time Cass convinces Dean to be by Jack’s side when he dies, Jack has already passed away.

Dealing with the loss

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Sam decides to take off, but don’t worry; he’s not making a deal. He decided to build a pyre for Jack to give him a hunter’s funeral. By the time Dean and Cass catch up with him, Sam is defeated. The axe broke and he feels useless. So do we, Sammy. So do we.

After a night of drinking and eating nougat, Castiel and Sam call in Lily Sunder. The last we saw her, she’d killed the angels who had killed her daughter. More importantly, she used a type of magic that drew on her own soul and she may be able to help Jack. If he is willing to give up his own soul, she could help him live again. Of course, she has one demand that is non-negotiable — she must get into Heaven when she dies.

Dean isn’t happy, but he’s out-voted and it’s time to summon Anubis, the god who became the judge of souls when God did a runner. Think of him like the soul-version of Santa. Are you on the naughty or nice list? Anubis makes it clear that Lily is going to Hell. If Sam and Dean threaten to bind Anubis, they could go to Hell too. So, they decide to let him go.

Is it all over? Nope! The Winchesters convince Lily to help anyway.

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Heaven needs help

Jack has ended up in Heaven. That would be great news if there wasn’t a black ooze attacking everything around there. The great news is Jack outruns the ooze by getting to his mother’s heaven. Yay! Jack and Kelly have a chance to meet face-to-face.

When Casitel heads to Heaven to find Jack, he finds a dead angel and Duma. Duma explains that the black ooze attacked. It’s the Empty, according to Naomi. According to Naomi, the Empty thinks that Jack belongs there, so they all head to Kelly’s heaven, knowing that’s where Jack would go.

Jack isn’t initially thrilled with the idea of losing part of his soul. And to be honest, it does seem far too Voldemort like, but Jack needs to start looking at the bigger picture. By remaining in Heaven, the Empty will keep coming for him. Now if only the Empty hadn’t consumed Duma. A fight breaks out between Castiel and the Empty.

Castiel sacrifices himself for Jack, saying that he was the one that woke the Entity up in the first place. The Empty agrees to take Castiel but not right now. He’s going to let Castiel live a life. Just has he’s happy, the Empty will snatch him up. Castiel agrees, unwilling to let Jack go to the mostly-permanent place.

Of course, Castiel asks that Jack doesn’t say anything to the Winchesters, who agrees and manages to say goodbye to his mom before waking up in the bunker.

The spell to bring Jack back kills Lily. However, her sacrifice put her on the good list and Anubis allowed her to go to Heaven.

Naomi has a thank you present

Don’t say Naomi isn’t nice. Well, okay, we know very well she’s not. Her next actions are clearly partially for survival. After all, that’s another angel down and Heaven’s situation is still iffy.

Naomi offers up Michael’s location. That’s great! The Winchesters are one step closer to finding the archangel.

Well, that’s what they think!

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What did you think of the way the Winchesters and Castiel saved Jack? Did you expect that black ooze to be the Empty? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural continues on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.