(If you aren’t a big fan of spoilers, I suggest you navigate to a much happier page and come back when you’ve had a good cry.)
Going into the new episode, I was already feeling the residual effects of the previous one. So it wasn’t any surprise that this week’s episode, “Taxi Driver” (8.19) would continue to prolong the feelings.
Dean and Sam Winchester (Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, respectively) continue to find out how to close the gates of Hell for good, with the much needed help of the once beloved AP student/prophet, Kevin Tran (Osric Chau). The catch? Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) has a close watch on Kevin. It gets to the point where Kevin can’t turn anywhere without the King of Hell asserting his place. Then some level of paranoia is reached, and we hit the opening sounds of the episode.
For those who have stuck with Season Eight since the beginning, it’s known that Sam Winchester has had internal conflicts with losing his brother and regaining a normal life. It only seemed like the logical choice to place Sam as the one to complete the three trials, as outlined by the Demon Tablet. However, things go awry when he has to go to Hell to rescue an innocent soul. The soul? Their demon-hunting “drunk uncle” of sorts, Bobby.
What happens after is quite a blur. Crowley gets upset and starts coming after the Winchesters, Dean and Benny make a deal to get Sam out, and half the state of Maine is lit with the lights of Purgatory.
Despite the inconsistencies I noticed with the details of the episode, I do have to say that, behind “Goodbye Stranger”, this was very exciting to watch.