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{{Infobox_Television_episode
 
|Title = Sacrifice
 
|Title = Sacrifice
 
|Series = [[Supernatural]]
 
|Series = [[Supernatural]]
|Season = [[Season 8|8]]
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|Image = [[File:Sam823.jpg|250px]]
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|Season = 8
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|Caption =
 
|Episode = 23
 
|Episode = 23
 
|Airdate = May 15th, 2013
 
|Airdate = May 15th, 2013
 
|Writer = [[Jeremy Carver]]
 
|Writer = [[Jeremy Carver]]
 
|Director = [[Phil Sgriccia]]
 
|Director = [[Phil Sgriccia]]
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|Guests = [[Misha Collins]] as [[Castiel]]<br>[[Mark Sheppard|Mark A. Sheppard]] as [[Crowley]]<br>[[Amanda Tapping]] as [[Naomi]]<br>[[Curtis Armstrong]] as [[Metatron]]<br>[[Osric Chau]] as [[Kevin Tran]]<br>[[Kim Rhodes]] as [[Jody Mills]]<br>[[Alaina Huffman]] as [[Abaddon]]<br>[[Diana Pavlovská]] as [[Gail]]
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|Previous = [[Clip Show]]
 
|Next = [[I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here]]
 
|Next = [[I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here]]
|Episode list = [[Season 8]]
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|Episode list = [[Season 8]]}}
|Image = [[File:Sam823.jpg|250px]]}}'''Sacrifice''' is the 23rd episode, and the season finale of [[Season 8]]. It aired on May 15th, 2013.
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'''Sacrifice''' is the 23rd episode, and the season finale of [[Season 8]]. It aired on May 15th, 2013.
   
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
{{Summarywarning}}With [[Crowley]] (guest star [[Mark Sheppard]]) poised to undo all the good they've ever done as [[hunter]]s, [[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Dean Winchester|Dean]] find themselves cornered. But with [[Kevin Tran|Kevin's]] (guest star [[Osric Chau]]) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. [[Metatron]] (guest star [[Curtis Armstrong]]) initiates a plan with [[Castiel]] (guest star [[Misha Collins]]) to take on [[Naomi]] (guest star [[Amanda Tapping]]) and the bureaucracy of [[Heaven]]. [[Alaina Huffman]] and [[Kim Rhodes]] also guest star.
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With [[Crowley]] (guest star [[Mark Sheppard]]) poised to undo all the good they've ever done as [[hunters]], [[Sam]] and [[Dean]] find themselves cornered. But with [[Kevin Tran|Kevin's]] (guest star [[Osric Chau]]) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. [[Metatron]] (guest star [[Curtis Armstrong]]) initiates a plan with [[Castiel]] (guest star [[Misha Collins]]) to take on [[Naomi]] (guest star [[Amanda Tapping]]) and the bureaucracy of [[Heaven]]. [[Alaina Huffman]] and [[Kim Rhodes]] also guest star.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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Castiel and Metatron are still drinking at the bar when [[Naomi's Intelligence Soldier]]s appear and take Metatron hostage. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean set up a [[Devil's trap (object)|Devil's Trap]] inside an abandoned church to start the ritual, and Sam reluctantly begins the confession needed to purify his blood. As Sam prays, Castiel appears to Dean and reveals that Naomi has captured Metatron and he needs Dean's help.
 
Castiel and Metatron are still drinking at the bar when [[Naomi's Intelligence Soldier]]s appear and take Metatron hostage. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean set up a [[Devil's trap (object)|Devil's Trap]] inside an abandoned church to start the ritual, and Sam reluctantly begins the confession needed to purify his blood. As Sam prays, Castiel appears to Dean and reveals that Naomi has captured Metatron and he needs Dean's help.
   
Up in Heaven, Naomi questions Metatron, asking why he so readily allied with Castiel, turning her mysterious drill on the [[Angels|angel]].
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Up in Heaven, Naomi questions Metatron, asking why he so readily allied with Castiel, turning her mysterious drill on the [[angel]].
   
 
Back on Earth, Dean reluctantly agrees to follow Castiel in banishing the angels, and leave Sam behind to continue the trial on his own. His blood purified, Sam begins to inject Crowley with the first dose, Sam's arms glowing in the process.
 
Back on Earth, Dean reluctantly agrees to follow Castiel in banishing the angels, and leave Sam behind to continue the trial on his own. His blood purified, Sam begins to inject Crowley with the first dose, Sam's arms glowing in the process.
   
Dean and Castiel explain to [[Kevin Tran]], who's already had enough of the supernatural business, that he needs to decipher the angel tablet. He initially tells them that he will not attempt to decipher this tablet in 6 hours when the last one took 6 months and cost his mother's life. Castiel convinces him otherwise by jacking him up against the wall.
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Dean and Castiel explain to [[Kevin Tran]], who's already had enough of the supernatural business, that he needs to decipher the angel tablet.  He initially tells them that he will not attempt to decipher this tablet in 6 hours when the last one took 6 months and cost his mother's life. Castiel convinces him otherwise by jacking him up against the wall.
   
At the church, Sam injects Crowley with a second dose. Crowley bites open Sam's arm in the process. Sam runs out of the church to tend to his wound, and Crowley uses Sam's blood and time alone to place a desperate call to any demon who'll listen that the King of Hell needs help immediately.
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At the church, Sam injects Crowley with a second dose. Crowley bites open Sam's arm in the process.  Sam runs out of the church to tend to his wound, and Crowley uses Sam's blood and time alone to place a desperate call to any demon who'll listen that the King of Hell needs help immediately.
   
 
Back in the bar, Castiel and Dean watch as a [[Cupid|mysterious woman]] delivers a shipment of beer to the bartender, seemingly catching his eye. The woman leaves, as both the bartender and a male patron suddenly bond over their mutual appreciation of an infomercial bow, surprising Dean. Realizing the woman to be the Cupid, Castiel and Dean confront the woman outside and demand her [[Cupid's Bow|bow]].
 
Back in the bar, Castiel and Dean watch as a [[Cupid|mysterious woman]] delivers a shipment of beer to the bartender, seemingly catching his eye. The woman leaves, as both the bartender and a male patron suddenly bond over their mutual appreciation of an infomercial bow, surprising Dean. Realizing the woman to be the Cupid, Castiel and Dean confront the woman outside and demand her [[Cupid's Bow|bow]].
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==Characters==
 
==Characters==
===Main Cast===
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*[[Dean Winchester]]
*[[Jared Padalecki]] as [[Sam Winchester]]
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*[[Sam Winchester]]
*[[Jensen Ackles]] as [[Dean Winchester]]
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*[[Castiel]]
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*[[Crowley]]
===Recurring Cast===
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*[[Kevin Tran]]
====Guest Stars====
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*[[Metatron]]
*[[Misha Collins]] as [[Castiel]]
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*[[Abaddon]]
*[[Mark Sheppard]] as [[Crowley]]
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*[[Jody Mills]]
*[[Osric Chau]] as [[Kevin Tran]]
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*[[Naomi]]
*[[Kim Rhodes]] as [[Jody Mills]]
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*[[Gail]]
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*[[Nancy]]
====Co-Stars====
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*[[Nathaniel]]
*[[Amanda Tapping]] as [[Naomi]]
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*[[Dwight Charles]]
*[[Alaina Huffman]] as [[Abaddon]]
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*[[Rod]]
*[[Curtis Armstrong]] as [[Metatron]]
 
*[[Diana Pavlovská]] as [[Gail]]
 
*[[Bruce Blain]] as [[Dwight Charles]]
 
*Courtney Hojenski as [[Nancy]]
 
*Devin Pihlainen as [[Nathaniel]]
 
*Mike Wasko as [[Rod]]
 
   
 
==Featured Supernatural Beings==
 
==Featured Supernatural Beings==
*[[Angels]] {{c|[[Naomi]], [[Nathaniel]], [[Metatron]]}}
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*[[Angels]]
*[[Cherubim|Cherub]] {{c|[[Gail]]}}
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*[[Cherubim|Cupids]]
*[[Crossroad Demon]] {{c|[[Crowley]]}}
 
 
*[[Demons]]
 
*[[Demons]]
*[[Knight of Hell]] {{c|[[Abaddon]]}}
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*[[Knight of Hell]] <small>([[Abaddon]])</small>
*[[Primordial Entities|Primordial Entity]] {{c|[[God]], mentioned only}}
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*[[Crossroad Demon]] <small>([[Crowley]])</small>
*[[Seraphim|Seraph]] {{c|[[Castiel]]}}
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*[[White-eyed Demons|White-Eyed Demon]] {{c|[[Lilith]], mentioned only}}
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==Featured Music==
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*''[[Carry On Wayward Son]]'' by Kansas
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*''Baby Got Back'' by Sir Mix-a-Lot
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*''Nice To Be With You'' by Gallery
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
 
*As part of his plan in ''[[Clip Show]]'', [[Crowley]] is still killing people [[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Dean Winchester|Dean]] have saved. In the teaser, he comes close to murdering [[Jody Mills]] before Sam and Dean apparently agree to stop [[Trials of God|the Hell trials]].
 
*As part of his plan in ''[[Clip Show]]'', [[Crowley]] is still killing people [[Sam Winchester|Sam]] and [[Dean Winchester|Dean]] have saved. In the teaser, he comes close to murdering [[Jody Mills]] before Sam and Dean apparently agree to stop [[Trials of God|the Hell trials]].
 
**[[Jody Mills|Jody]] was last seen in ''[[Time After Time]]''.
 
**[[Jody Mills|Jody]] was last seen in ''[[Time After Time]]''.
*[[Crowley]] uses the name Roderick on his date with Jody. ''[[Weekend at Bobby's]]'' had revealed that his name as a human was Fergus Roderick MacLeod.
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*[[Crowley]] uses the name Roderick on his date with Jody. ''[[Weekend At Bobby's]]'' had revealed that his name as a human was Fergus Roderick MacLeod.
 
*[[Crowley]] references the events of ''[[Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]'' by reminding [[Jody Mills|Jody]] of the deaths of her husband and son.
 
*[[Crowley]] references the events of ''[[Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid]]'' by reminding [[Jody Mills|Jody]] of the deaths of her husband and son.
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]], [[Dean Winchester|Dean]], and [[Crowley]] meet at [[Bobby's house]] to negotiate. [[Bobby Singer|Bobby's]] house had been destroyed in ''[[Hello, Cruel World]]'' and had not been seen again until this episode.
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]], [[Dean Winchester|Dean]], and [[Crowley]] meet at [[Bobby's house]] to negotiate. [[Bobby Singer|Bobby's]] house had been destroyed in ''[[Hello, Cruel World]]'' and had not been seen again until this episode.
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*Sam cites Dean's friendships with Castiel and [[Benny Lafitte]] as examples of how Sam hadn't been there for him. Dean counters by reminding Sam of how he had killed Benny in ''[[Taxi Driver]]'' to save Sam. Dean also reminds Sam of how [[Mary Winchester|their mother]] had been murdered by a demon in ''[[Pilot]]''.
 
*Sam cites Dean's friendships with Castiel and [[Benny Lafitte]] as examples of how Sam hadn't been there for him. Dean counters by reminding Sam of how he had killed Benny in ''[[Taxi Driver]]'' to save Sam. Dean also reminds Sam of how [[Mary Winchester|their mother]] had been murdered by a demon in ''[[Pilot]]''.
 
*This marks the second time that [[grace]] has been mentioned; the first time was in ''[[Heaven and Hell]]''. Additionally, the scene of the angels falling to [[Earth]] like meteors fits [[Anna Milton]]'s description of her fall from Heaven.
 
*This marks the second time that [[grace]] has been mentioned; the first time was in ''[[Heaven and Hell]]''. Additionally, the scene of the angels falling to [[Earth]] like meteors fits [[Anna Milton]]'s description of her fall from Heaven.
*The church in which Sam and Dean imprison Crowley was created entirely by the ''Supernatural'' construction crew.
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*The church in which Sam and Dean imprison Crowley was created entirely by the ''Superntural'' construction crew.
 
==Trivia==
 
*Antagonists: [[Crowley]], [[Metatron]], and [[Abaddon]].
 
*The Season 1 finale of ''Arrow'', which aired one hour before this season finale, was also called ''Sacrifice''.
 
*The first episode to actually show an angel's wings, apart from Astral Projection or in the event of an angel's death.
 
*This was the first season finale not to feature [[Bobby Singer]].
 
*The song [[Crowley]] sang was ''Changes'', by David Bowie.
 
 
==Featured Music==
 
*''[[Carry On Wayward Son]]'' by Kansas
 
*''Baby Got Back'' by Sir Mix-a-Lot
 
*''Nice To Be With You'' by Gallery
 
   
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
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*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: On the grounds that you're a douchebag and no douchebag should have that much power!
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: On the grounds that you're a douchebag and no douchebag should have that much power!
 
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*[[Metatron]]: ''[about God]'' Larger than life, gruff, a bit of a sexist. But fair, eminently fair.
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*[[Metatron]]: (about God) Larger than life, gruff, a bit of a sexist. But fair, eminently fair.
 
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*[[Crowley]]: What's that old expression? Success has many fathers, failure is a Winchester.
 
*[[Crowley]]: What's that old expression? Success has many fathers, failure is a Winchester.
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*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: ... Carry on.
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: ... Carry on.
 
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*[[Castiel]]: ''[to the bartender]'' Would you say that you're looking for a partner in crime? Or someone who's into nurse roleplay and light domination?
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*[[Castiel]]: (to the bartender) Would you say that you're looking for a partner in crime? Or someone who's into nurse roleplay and light domination?
 
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*[[Castiel]]: Do you think it's wise to be drinking on the job?
 
*[[Castiel]]: Do you think it's wise to be drinking on the job?
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*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: What?! Yeah, I don't know what those words mean.
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: What?! Yeah, I don't know what those words mean.
 
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*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: You finish this trial, you're dead, Sam.
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[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: You finish this trial, you're dead, Sam.
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: So?
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: So?
 
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'''Sam and Dean's full conversation:'''
 
'''Sam and Dean's full conversation:'''
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: ''[pointing to Crowley]'' Look at him! Look at him! Look how close we are! Other people will die if I don't finish this! 
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*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: (pointing to Crowley) Look at him! Look at him! Look how close we are! Other people will die if I don't finish this! 
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Think about it. Think about what we know, huh? Pulling souls from Hell, curing demons; Hell, ganking a hellhound! We have enough knowledge on our side to turn the tide here. But I can't do it without you.
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Think about it. Think about what we know, huh? Pulling souls from Hell, curing demons; Hell, ganking a hellhound! We have enough knowledge on our side to turn the tide here. But I can't do it without you.
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: You can barely do it ''with'' me. I mean, you think I screw up everything I try. You think I need a chaperone, remember?
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: You can barely do it ''with'' me. I mean, you think I screw up everything I try. You think I need a chaperone, remember?
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Come on, man. That's not what I meant.
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[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Come on, man. That's not what I meant.
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: No, it's exactly what you meant. You want to know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was? It was how many times I let you down. I can't do that again. What happens when you've decided I can't be trusted again? Who are you gonna turn to next time instead of me? Another angel? Another vampire? Do you have any idea what it feels like to watch your brother...
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*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: No, it's exactly what you meant. You want to know what I confessed in there? What my greatest sin was? It was how many times I let you down. I can't do that again. What happens when you've decided I can't be trusted again? Who are you gonna turn to next time instead of me? Another angel? Another vampire? Do you have any idea what it feels like to watch your brother…
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Hold on, hold on. Do you seriously think that? Because none of it, none of it is true. Listen man, I know we've had our disagreements. Okay, Hell, I know I've said some junk that sent you back on your heels. But Sammy, come on. I killed Benny to save you. I'm willing to let this bastard and all the sons of bitches that killed mom walk because of you. Don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you. It has never been like that, ever. I need you to see that. I'm begging you.
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Hold on, hold on. Do you seriously think that? Because none of it, none of it is true. Listen man, I know we've had our disagreements. Okay, Hell, I know I've said some junk that sent you back on your heels. But Sammy, come on. I killed Benny to save you. I'm willing to let this bastard and all the sons of bitches that killed mom walk because of you. Don't you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you. It has never been like that, ever. I need you to see that. I'm begging you.
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: How do I stop?
 
*[[Sam Winchester|Sam]]: How do I stop?
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*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Hey, listen, we'll figure it out, okay, just like we always do. Come on, let it go, okay. Let it go, little brother.  
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]]: Hey, listen, we'll figure it out, okay, just like we always do. Come on, let it go, okay. Let it go, little brother.  
   
==Videos==
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==Trivia==
[[File:Supernatural 8x23 Promo "Sacrifice" (HD) Season Finale|thumb|left|330x330px]]
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*Antagonists: [[Crowley]], [[Metatron]], and [[Abaddon]].
[[File:Supernatural 8x23 Sneak Peek "Sacrifice" (HD) Season Finale|thumb|right|330x330px]]
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*The Season 1 finale of ''Arrow'', which aired one hour before this season finale, was also called ''Sacrifice''.
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*The first episode to actually show an angel's wings, apart from Astral Projection or in the event of an angel's death.
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*This was the first season finale not to feature [[Bobby Singer]].
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*The song [[Crowley]] sang was ''Changes'', by David Bowie.
   
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