how did your interview season end up going OP? did you pass CS the second time?
Interview season went pretty well but underwhelmed my hopes. My PD told me that the CS result wouldn't matter at all and that I'd interview basically everywhere I applied given my application strength. That didn't turn out to be quite right, but the interview season was far less pessimistic than many on this thread predicted.
I did pass the CS exam on the second try, and received the result at the tail end of invite season so it likely didn't impact my season very much. The experience really increased my cynicism about the exam, as I don't believe I improved in any meaningful way when comparing the second with the first attempt. I felt pretty much the same walking out of the exam center the second time as the first. The entire experience was very frustrating, and I believe limited what would have otherwise been an excellent interview season. However, I still had a pretty good season. Nothing to sneeze at.
Overall, I got plenty of invitations to interview (~ 33% invite rate). I got a few "top" interviews. With that said, it is utterly humiliating that I did not get interviews at many of the "top" programs in the country -- as, I believe, my application otherwise merited it. I will likely match at a first or second tier academic program, but there is significant question now whereas without the CS result I think I would have had interviews at most of the "top" programs in the country.