When Supernatural returns next Wednesday, we’ll be getting four new episodes in a row to close out the eighth season. Fortunately, we already know the show is returning for a ninth season, so there’s no reason to panic. We know that both the May 1 and May 8 episodes will focus on the mythology (as will the season finale), but there’s one more standalone case for the Winchesters to tackle before we get back into the mytharc.
Felicia Day returns as Charlie, who was last spotted in the rather amusing episode “LARP and the Real Girl”. It looks like she’s given up on being the Queen of Moondoor and now she’s firmly focused on something else: researching the supernatural. The self-proclaimed “Geek” has thrown herself wholeheartedly into learning more about monsters, ghosts and other creatures and this time she brings a case to the boys’ attention. The Winchesters are rather surprised that she’s chosen to devote herself to hunting given her past reaction to their encounters. But even more disturbing is the fact that Charlie has read Carver Edlund’s books! Given the fact that she thanks them for saving the world, I guess we can rightly assume that Chuck’s final book – the one he was writing during “Swan Song” – found its way to a publishing house. And, of course, Charlie has heard all about Sam’s poor luck with the ladies (it’s the curse!).
As the episode progresses, Dean wants Sam to sit this one out because of how the second trial affected him. So with Charlie at his side this time, Dean looks into her case and tries to school her in becoming a hunter. But when the two of them end up in a strange video game – with real life or death consequences – we have to wonder how long Charlie will want to dabble in hunting.
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