All too soon, it’s time for the final Supernatural mid-season finale. Hypable previewed Supernatural season 15, episode 8 “Our Father, Who Aren’t in Heaven”, so if part of your episodic pregaming involves gobbling up teasers, here you go.
But seriously, can time please slow down to at least half-speed? It’s December already and the last Supernatural episode of the decade – the show’s last ever mid-season finale – is upon us.
“Our Father” doesn’t quite mark the halfway point for the final season content-wise – still twelve episodes out of twenty to go – but nevertheless it’s a miserable milestone towards the looming and inevitable moment when the Winchesters run out of road.
Someone hit pause immediately. It’s going by too fast. Well, with a winter hiatus about to be upon is, I suppose they kind of did. But still. Sir, that’s my emotional support determinism deconstruction drama.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains generalized spoilers for the Supernatural season 15 mid-season finale. If you do not wish to be spoiled at all, do not read this article in advance of the airdate.
The official synopsis for Supernatural season 15, episode 8 reads:
GOD BLESSES HIM WHO HELPS HIS BROTHER – Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel’s (Misha Collins) continued search for a way to defeat Chuck (guest star Rob Benedict) leads them to unexpected places and toward unlikely allies. Richard Speight, Jr. directed the episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner.
If you need to know more, right now, in order to prepare yourself for Supernatural’s last mid-season finale, here’s 15×08 – eight teasers and 15 single word clues from our advance viewing of Supernatural season 15, episode 8 “Our Father, Who Aren’t In Heaven.”
‘Supernatural’ season 15, episode 8 screener secrets
- Jake Abel, who has scenes as both Michael and as Adam in the episode, is, as promised, mind-blowingly good. I am absolutely thrilled about what he’s bringing to the table both for the individual characters he’s playing – and the contrast is stark – and for what they will bring out in Sam, Dean and Cas. It’s all well and good to say “wow, this guest star was amazing!” but in this case, I have gone on the record more than once saying I couldn’t care less about Adam Milligan – with no offence intended to Abel – and that I don’t think he’s owed anything by the story and that I don’t understand why people are so hung up about it. This is me eating my words. I am so here for it. Both of them.
- Shoshannah Stern is also great in this episode – her third Supernatural in a row – and it actually kicks off, after the title card, with a badass fight scene for Eileen, who’s very much back in the hunting game. Though a certain someone might be a little tiny bit concerned about that. Related: To all those out there swabbing the decks and hoisting the colors on the good ship Saileen – Dean Winchester is your captain. And in a much more serious way than his winky innuendo from last week.
- The episode also features one of the most (intentionally) farcical fight scenes that I have ever seen on Supernatural, against the powerful minions of a most worthy opponent.
- If anyone out there was potentially still playing devil’s advocate for Chuck, you’ll probably change your mind after the episode’s first scene – it paints a very disturbing picture of the Lord. Your mileage may vary, but the whole vibe had a new, dark and different depth to it from Rob Benedict. I would say that the performative veneer Chuck has always tried to paste over his true wiring has worn threadbare.
- This is very much one of those extra-plot-heavy episodes where the group sets up the first playing pieces and steps needed in order to attempt some ambitious new plan. Here, Team Free Will – who are a hearteningly united front despite their inner conflict – drag an extremely reluctant ally back into the game to help with an extremely volatile resource that has caused this particular ally considerable damage in the past, but this element is, weirdly, mostly played for laughs, though the plan in general is semi-sound.
- The episode looks fantastic, but we would expect nothing less from Director Dick. He pulls phenomenal performances from the cast and creates exquisite framing – and in this episode he’s juggling a very unique challenge that he mastered through trial by fire in recent seasons. However, there are a number of particular shots that are just a higher bar even still and seeing visuals like this on Supernatural always reminds me of how no one on this show phones it in and that’s why it’s lasted 15 years. These moments add such an incredible depth and timbre and mood – look out for one of Cas alone in the Bunker crows’ nest during a Misha Collins MVP moment, one of Sam and Dean silhouetted that will grace fanvids and GIFs for years to come.
- Usually an episode can give me one really truly unpredicted surprise moment. This one gave me two. One, I should have – and literally did – put the pieces together about it before, but it still got me, and I’m stoked about it. The other is completely out of left field – never in a million years would I have guessed it – and I’m super stoked about it. It’s got me gagging for the mid-season premiere, episode 9, beyond comprehension.
- Fans of the “profound bond” are in for a ride – this is an extremely DeanCas heavy episode, with hard bits, soft bits, serious bits, funny bits, and a massive ending – less a cliffhanger and more of a direct set up for where they’re going together, both literally and figuratively, when the show returns next year. Let’s just say that sometimes you need to retread old ground in order to move forward. Oh yeah, and someone directly calls them out – both of them together – on their mutual nonsense. Unsolicited couples’ counselling, if you will.
Finally, have 15 random yet significant words without any context whatsoever: Omaha, oak, ordeal, agreement, winning, Bluetooth, auntie, nest, repeatedly, guide, thanks, fetched, flower, eternity, be.