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10 Great Moments from Supernatural Season 9, Episode 9 | “Holy Terror”

WARNING: This post is chock-full of spoliery spoilers that will ruin the surprise (aka: shock) of several major season nine plotlines. Proceed with caution, and hold on to your hearts.

Oh, Supernatural. You gave me Dean as a dog, you reinstated our boys with their v-cards, and you even made me squee at the sight of the Wee-chesters. And then, just when I was settled in for another feel good episode, YOU KICKED ME RIGHT IN THE FEELS! Sometimes, I wish I could quit you.

Who am I kidding? No, I don’t.

Welcome to the mid-season finale, wherein we see the adorable reinstatement of Agent Cas, the Grumpy Cat face-making return of BoogerTron, the angel Samzekiel’s big reveal and then basically get our guts ripped out through our hearts until the final, heartrending scene. I am loathe to call all of these things “favorite moments” so let’s just call them the ten most striking things about episode nine, “Holy Terror”.

Supernatural Holy Terror Choir

1.  The Creepy Choirgirls

What an opening! A bunch of angel infused choir girls, singing “This Little Light of Mine” with voices from Heaven itself, burst into a biker bar and slaughter a bunch of Hell’s…I mean, Heaven’s, I guess…angels. How creepy was that? The sight of them in their virgin pastels, splattered with blood? Shudder.

Supernatural Holy Terror Sam Winchester Ezekiel Samzekiel

2.  Sam Knows Something’s Going On

Sam’s a lot of things, but stupid isn’t one of them. He is catching on that something’s terribly wrong. He is missing chunks of time. He can’t remember things. Dean tries to reassure him that all is well, but Sam remains suspicious, and Samzekiel remains irritated and defiant. “Would I lie?” Dean asks. Of course you would. You’re a Winchester.

Supernatural Holy Terror Agent Castiel

3.  “Agent?” “Agent!”

In arguably one of the cutest exchanges of the season, the boys go to investigate the biker bar murders and find that Cas has saved his FBI badge from way back and is now working the case himself! Sam’s delight at Cas’ adorable impersonation, Cas’ pride at his acting ability, Dean’s exasperation with and worry for Cas in his participation in an angel investigation.

Supernatural Holy Terror Dean WInchester exasperated

Supernatural Holy Terror Sam Winchester amused

“Cas is back in town,” Castiel says, and we can’t help but grin as hugely as Sam does when he says it. And the three of them? In a bar? Having a round? Talking about hook-ups? Tickled my happy spot. (Sorry. That sounded more innocent in my head.) Go Team Free Will!

Supernatural Holy Terror Dead Angel Vessels


4.  The Holiest of Wars

There is a crap ton of angel blood spilled in this episode. Bartholomew versus Malachi, both in an effort to lead the charge to regain Heaven from Metatron are gonna kill errbody! It is going down, and we’re the ones who are going to suffer. These are not your Sunday school angels, kids. Don’t forget that.

Supernatural Holy Terror Gadreel worried

5.  Metatron and the Big Reveal

So…hands up. Who saw this one coming? (Please note that my hands are firmly down.) Sam sees Metatron in an alley, and we find out that Samzekiel? More like Samdreel. Sam has, all this time, been occupied by a former prisoner of Heaven, renegade bad boy full of regret, and consummate liar and coward: the angel Gadreel. Ezekiel? Dead. Jared Padalecki continues to blow me away with his performance. So many personalities to convey, moment to moment. He handles it all like a master. His portrayal made me actually feel bad for Gadreel, and sorry for the reputation he earned by sullying God’s garden. Later? When he partnered with Metatron to do the unthinkable just to go home? Well. That is less pitiable. And speaking of Metatron….

6.  Revenge of the Nerd

Metatron is back, and Curtis Armstrong is a fantastic enough actor that he has now entered the realm of Azazel, Lilith, and Raphael as one of Supernatural’s most hated characters. Turns out that casting all of the angels out of Heaven just made it boring for him, and humans are too much work to walk upon. Boo hoo. Doesn’t justify what you are willing to do for some company up there in the clouds. Metatron is on a mission to replace God by naming himself “X”, the new ruler of Heaven. They say you always gotta watch out for the quiet ones, and in this case it’s true: that scrawny little bookworm is chock full of manipulation. He convinces the lost and lonely Gadreel (in the shell of our beloved Moose) to commit heinous acts just to earn the right back into heaven to be Metatron’s number two. He gives Gadreel a one man hit list. Gadreel protests–it isn’t who he is–but Metatron demands he decide, and Gadreel does. The name? Well. It devastated me enough that I cannot wait to see Metatron run through with an angel blade. Hell, I wish it was real so I could do it myself.


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7.  Cas on his knees. And his back. And prone. And tied up.

Get your mind out of the gutter, people. Our winged boy is learning how to pray, and, frankly, he doesn’t know how we do it. The little montage is sweet, and charming, and necessary in such a heavy hour of TV. His prayers work: he summons the angel Muriel and she, with reluctance, agrees to help him learn the details of the factions in play in the war for Heaven. Unfortunately, they both end up captured by Malachi’s people and tortured for it, and Muriel sadly ends up another casualty. Cas? Does not. In fact? This happens…

Supernatural Holy Terror Castiel grace

8.  CAS GETS HIS (well, not his, but it works in a pinch) GRACE BACK!

Sometimes we forget what a badass our favorite angel can be. We remember the goofy, weird, well-meaning but mostly misguided dork called Cas. Castiel? That’s someone different. That’s a tough mother-effer who can survive torture and watching innocent death, and can even lie to Malachi’s confused and weary lackey Theo so that he can survive long enough to cut Theo’s Theo’s throat, steal his grace and get back on the holy horse. Then? He kills them all, knowing God won’t sort them out, and escapes, calling Dean and letting him know that Ezekiel is dead. Which means someone else has taken up residence in Sam.

Supernatural Holy Terror Dean and Sam

9.  “I’d like my brother back, please.”

Gadreel says it best: “Sam Winchester? It is a mess in here. And the brother? I do not know where to start.” Even before Dean finds out the truth of who has really infected Sam, he is done with Ezekiel’s claim. He wants his brother back. Dean decides to work with Kevin to create a sigil that will cast Zeke out and return Sam to himself. Unfortunately, “Zeke”–and by that I mean, Gadreel–has been, despite his assurances to the contrary, eavesdropping. He knows Dean’s intentions toward him. Dean traps “Sam” in the storeroom, and the boys have it out. Dean confesses. Sam is upset and devastated. Or is he? Turns out Gadreel should be the patron saint of acting. Dean wasn’t talking to Sam the whole time. Gadreel leaves his faux encrypted prison after punching Dean out, heading off to break our hearts.

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10. Kevin Tran. He was in Advanced Placement.

Kevin, to Dean: “I always trust you. And I always end up screwed.” God, this kills me. I cried when Ellen and Jo died. When Bobby said goodbye to his boys. When Gabriel ended up on the wrong end of Lucifer’s weapon. But I have never felt the way I felt as I watched the final moments of our dear, sweet Kevin Tran. It was a sucker punch I am still trying to recover from. It turns out? Gadreel’s service to earn an admission ticket past the pearly gates is the slaughter of innocent Kevin, whom, in his final moments, isn’t even thinking about himself–he’s just worried about Dean. “Don’t worry about Dean,” Gadreel assures him. “Dean will be fine.” And as Dean watches on horror, helpless, Gadreel blasts Kevin with holy light, burning him alive from the inside out.

Supernatural Holy Terror Kevin Tran 2

Gadreel pins Dean to a post and tells him quietly, “There is no more Sam. But I played him convincingly, I thought.” He shows Dean his paint smeared hands, letting him know, “Alter a sigil, even the slightest, alter the spell.” He takes the angel tablet, apologizes for Kevin, repeating the mantra of the show, “I did what I had to.” He drops Metatron’s note on Kevin’s chest, and heads out, leaving a devastated Dean, who is now truly all alone in the world. “Kevin?” he says, haltingly, tears pooling in his eyes. “Kevin?” he repeats, hopeless, and his one perfect tear courses down his broken face.

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Wow. What an episode of mass destruction. I cannot BELIEVE I have to wait six weeks to find out what happened. Some theorize that our dear, sweet prophet isn’t dead: that he had his eyes burned out like the psychic Pamela in Season Four, because Metatron wants him to not be able to read and decipher the word of God, but to kill him would just mean another prophet would take his place. I can’t believe I am wishing one of my favorite television characters ever to be horrifically blinded, but there you are. What are your thoughts? Wipe your tears and tell us in the comments.


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16 Comments on 10 Great Moments from Supernatural Season 9, Episode 9 | “Holy Terror”

  1. I think I should tune in to this show!

  2. This is one of the few shows that I can watch over and over, and it gets me right in the feels every time.

  3. Love your list! My first worst Supernatural cryfest is when Sam jumped into Lucifer’s cage. The look on Dean’s face when his bro was gone smashes my heart to bits every time. Now, second in line, is Kevin being killed. KEVIN!!! They NEED Kevin. My butt cheeks were clenched the entire episode!!!

    • “Swan Song” was indeed brutal, Sandi. Jensen Ackles destroyed me in that episode, and Jared Padalecki was really coming into his own as an actor then, so he broke my heart as well. I will also miss Kevin very much.

  4. That bs first Kevin then in walking dead Herschel dies I can’t take anymore death of good characters they even killed Arthur in Merlin that never happend so I really hope Kevin is just blind

  5. I’m not sure why you claim Dean is all alone hen he isn’t. Dean always has someone in his corner at every turn. If its not Castiel, its Benny or Sam or Meg or Charlie. Even now all dean has to do it pick up the phone or open a prayer too Cas and the Angel will come running or flying into be at Deans side. Cas ignores Sams prayers and phone calls…but Dean? Dean he answers right away.

    And if previews are any indication…Dean will have Crowly at his side as well as Castiel.

    So Dean completely alone? Urban legend. A myth. .

    • Dean has lost his mother, his father, his substitute father, the only woman he ever settled down with, the closest thing he ever had to a son, and numerous friends and allies, including Jo, Ellen, Benny and Meg. As of the end of this episode, Cas says he is staying away, Sam is “no more”, his honorary little sister is unreachable and his honorary little brother is dead. As we fade to black, Dean truly is alone.

      The previews do seem to indicate that he and Cas will be reunited next episode and that Crowley will be his reluctant assistant in retrieving Sam (for a price). I am truly relieved that the writers are giving Cas back to Dean so quickly. It would be even more heartbreaking otherwise.

      As for Sam’s relationship with Cas? That one has always puzzled me, too. I never expect them to have level of friendship that Cas has with Dean, but the off and on distance has always confused me.

  6. My spin on Season 9 and 10 (?)

    Kevin is dead — at least for now.
    Dean will pray to Cas for help.
    Expect emotional reunion — a nod to Destiel shippers — unresolved bromance.
    Crowley will try to expell Gadriel but it will not be possible.
    New Team Free Will — Dean, Cas and Crowley.
    Gadriel will turn on/kill Metatron and assists Cas in getting his real grace back.
    Cas becomes avenging angel (seraph) and with Gadriel fights waring factions on Earth and gets angels back to Heaven.
    Gadriel redeems his reputation and leaves Sam.
    Expect surprise return of a “dead” character — Gabriel.
    An archangel will be needed to kill Abbadon and restore order in Heaven.
    Gadriel ascends to Heaven to help Gabriel.
    Cas and Crowley finish the trials to close the Gates of Hell. Cas sacrifices his grace (as opposed to Sam’s soul) and Crowley gains his forgiveness.
    At series end, God will make appearance as “Kevin” — God uses the prophets as vessels (Chuck).
    God forgives Sam, offers Dean salvation.
    Final scene — Human Cas arriving at Bunker. Big brothers’ hugs.
    Dean, “Welcome home.”

    • No way that Crowley will be accepted by Dean and Cas unless cured. Cas was already a seraph and described himself as such, though seraphs aren’t avenging angels–they’re high-ranking angels in Christianity. The concept of avenging angel doesn’t exist in Judeo-Christian religions. Bringing back Gabriel doesn’t seem likely; though of the angels that have died; I suppose he would be the most likely aside from Castiel. Abbadon. Only Chuck is God in the series–confirmed by Erik Kripke in interview. Also demonstrated by the fact that Kevin has had several nervous breakdowns. God already forgave Sam and offered Dean salvation–earlier episode (I believe Season 5). All the rest seems feasible. I just wasted five minutes in an internet forum to give my brain a break from work. Can’t tell if I just wasted my time or caused myself to be more productive.

      • Not a time waster to me! I never knew about the Chuck thing, so you taught me something. I agree about Crowley. I do hope they find a way to bring Gabriel back, because I think Richard Speight Jr. is amazing and the character adds a lot to the show in terms of levity.

    • Wow! Lots of great ideas here, Cathy! I’d watch!

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