Supernatural Season 10 Episode 18 Review: Book of the Damned

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Things definitely got interesting on Supernatural Season 10 Episode 18.

This was an action-packed hour that really shifted things into high gear and set the stage for the remaining episodes.

Both storylines (dealing with the Book of the Damned and the search for Castiel’s grace) were engaging and important to that bigger mythology. And that’s a big deal considering a majority of the side plots with Castiel in Supernatural Season 10 have left much to be desired.

Castiel finally got his grace back, or at least whatever leftover grace Metatron still had stashed away.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t without some major consequences: Metatron escaping … with the demon tablet.

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that Metatron was formulating some plan to pull a fast one on Castiel, even if he did save him from the angry cupid.

I really liked the pairing. There was something rather funny about Castiel trying to deal with Metatron’s non-stop yammering.

But now, I’m wondering what the escaped Metatron is up to, especially with that demon tablet. Will that come into play this season? Next season?

It already feels like Sam and Dean have a lot on their plate, and the return of Charlie piled even more on.

It was great to see her skills as a hunter and her fighting ability have gotten much better. Both the cold open and the fight in the cabin really allowed her to show off those moves.

The Book of the Damned may have conveniently showed up after the numerous dead ends Sam and Dean have encountered in trying to find a way to remove the Mark of Cain, but I was OK with that.

There was something super creepy about the book (it was made of human flesh and blood after all) and the fact that it was calling out to Dean, but it seemed to offer the promise of a way to remove the Mark.

Granted, some major repercussions would come of using the book, but that’s just Supernatural. Nothing ever comes for free.

Plus, the added attack by this new family has me wondering if they are here to stay for the long haul or are just some villains for a few episodes. I’m certainly intrigued to know more about them and their connection to the book.

I wasn’t surprised by Dean’s desire to get rid of the book, as much as I wasn’t surprised by Sam continuing to try and do whatever he could for his brother.

Where Sam opened up to Charlie about hunting, about that being his life, and about not wanting to do it without Dean was such a fantastic scene. But I also wish Dean had been there to hear it.

That’s just as much as I wish Sam would heed Bobby’s words of advice in Supernatural Season 10 Episode 17 and talk openly with Dean. Don’t keep the stuff about using Metatron to get the grace quiet or that he’s not actually going to get rid of the Book of the Damned.

It was definitely tragic taking that happy scene of Sam, Dean, Castiel and Charlie together at the very end and pairing it with Sam making the bold and dangerous move to give the Book of the Damned to Rowena.

We all knew she would come back. We all knew Sam would do whatever he could to help his brother. And we all know there are going to be some major consequences for his actions.

But I’m certainly geared up for the final batch of episodes after this hour. And including two classic rock songs was a definite added bonus.

What did you think of the episode? What will happen now that Rowena has the book? Sound off below. And make sure to get more Sam and Dean when you watch Supernatural online at TV Fanatic!

Book of the Damned Review

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