Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

I don’t know if it was in an effort to make Bobby feel better about something that had been out of his control, to forgive himself for killing Gwen, to absolve Sam for killing Samuel. I don’t know if it was because he realized that his hatred for Samuel and what he’d done to them was suddenly irrelevant in the grand scheme of monster possessions. I don’t know if it was because he needed to find a final way to tell Sam “it’s not your fault” and have his brother believe him.

Maybe he was just tired. Maybe he’d lost one too many friends. Maybe he felt that he’d cheated death one too many times recently and he wanted to meet his end—whenever it was—knowing that the two people who mattered most in the world knew that they were square with him. Maybe he just needed some forgiveness himself—of himself—and the only way he could get it was to give it.

Dean has shown an amazing capacity to forgive those he loves—from his father to his brother to Cas to Bobby. He never asks for it in return; rather he beats himself down, thinking he isn’t worthy of sitting at the Braeden’s dinner table, thinking he’s a killer…. But after all that had happened since they thwarted the Apocalypse, the moment he got his brother back, all was forgiven inside of him. Sam was back; that’s all that mattered.

And now he’s said it outright.

Part of me still wants more from Sam about that year. Either for him to find out (without the Wall of Sam tumbling down, if that’s possible) or for him to see the ramifications—like seeing Dean react to the sight of Samuel. I kinda think that Sam wants that, too. He needs to find his own forgiveness, his own atonement. Having a clean slate from his brother is nice and appreciated, but Sam’s tenacious and he has his own mind about things and I don’t think he’s going to be able to let this go.

But…this speech does help me wrap my head around their ability to put the fact that they killed people behind them for the sake of the hunt. And it also gives the writers a little more room to write about the many threads they still have blowing in the wind without having to focus so much on the emotional arc (though if they are the caliber of writers I believe them to be, they should be able to touch on both).

Bobby pours some Johnny Walker Black (I think, right?) on Rufus’ grave, looking close to tears. The boys walk quietly away as Bobby drinks a shot for his friend, allowing him a moment to say a quiet goodbye.

*rubs heart*

So, we won’t see them again until Tax Day (for those of us in the States). April 15th is a long wait. And those previews looked awesome set to that cool, clicky beat like the York Peppermint Patty commercials. It had to have been several episodes smushed together, but I know I glimpsed that Western a few of you mentioned to me. So. Pumped.

Thanks for reading and for sticking with me this season, riding the emotional tidal wave as we follow our heroes.

Slainte.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

Gaelicspirit

Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.

4 Comments:

  1. Ugh! All I could say about this episode was… why? A real let down after the sharp one of last week… and seemed like a pretty cheap way to unload past cast members who could have had much more interesting stories to tell. Seriously, that’s all for Grandpappy Samuel?! We hardly knew ya!

    But I was also disappointed by the wimpy take on on “The Thing” meets cliched brain-worm from Star Trek.

  2. I had several people mention “The Thing” in comments on my LJ. Apparently I missed out having never watched it. *laugh* I remember something vaguely about Kurt Russell having a Grissly Adams-type beard, but that’s about it. The brain worm was just…gack.

    I was more going on the title than anything. And in my efforts to see all things positive about Show, it did make me tense not knowing who they were going to kill off and how. But the ‘why,’ as you point out, was definitely murky. Especially for Samuel. I can hand-wave Gwen — she was red-shirted from the jump. And I can mourn and get over Rufus, though he would have made an awesome recurring character. Bobby-worthy almost.

    But it’s Samuel that gets me. Like I said in the ramble, it’s entirely possible it will all become clear in retrospect. And sure, his death could easily be construed as a life gone sideways. But looking at it from a broader picture — from the viewpoint of the over-all story arc — every character introduced should have a reason tied to the plot of the story or why have them there? They just get in the way. UNLESS they’re a purposely place Red Herring. Which, maybe he was. That’s always possible. *considers*

    But so far, the information we’ve been given is that Gramps was pulled out of Heaven the same time Sam was pulled out of Hell (both by Crowley, presumably, though I have my serious doubts about that) and that he spent a year and a half working for Crowley, capturing and torturing Alphas for intel on the location of Purgatory in exchange for the promise of Mary.

    The boys get all tangled up with him, in different ways, and then he tries to kill them. He never finds Purgatory, never gets Mary out (both would have affected the boys and the storyline), and managed to get all of his relatives except Dean and Sam killed. Then he just gets possessed by a worm and gets killed by his grandson??

    Plot-wise (for me) that was a big, huh?? Why introduce him, his allegance with Crowley, his desire to get Mary back, all of that just to kill him off without any of those things realized? The only thing I saw that he brought to the storyline was twisting up the boys’ heads and adding a layer of tension. But that could have been done in so many other ways….

    Which leads me to think that his story can’t be over — there has to be something else we haven’t seen yet coming up in the last several episodes. I just have to believe there’s more to the story because him dying this way seems pointless story-wise.

    Annnddd…I’ve spent way too much time on this. Sorry. *laugh* Thanks for commenting, Simon! :)

    • Sounds like you’re thinking along slightly different lines as SPN fan critic Mo Ryan, who posted her own recap/view on the episode yesterday:
      http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/06/supernatural-recap-then-there-were-none-rufus/

      She seemed to think that Samuel’s story was played out, but regretted the loss of Gwen, and earlier death of Corin Nemec’s character Christian.

      • Hey there — just saw this.

        I haven’t read Mo’s review. I think there is room for plenty of differing thought when it comes to the introduction of the Campbell clan and by extension a lot of other hunters. I could see where some would think the loss of a female character, raised a hunter, is a regret. We get very few good female characters — and by good I mean both solid characterization and “not evil.”

        I would still like to get some back story on Christian. I didn’t like him from the start (as evidenced by these rambles) and I would have liked to know exactly when he was demonized.

        But I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that Samuel’s story was played out. It may have lost steam or the writers may have lost the plot, but they brought a character whose story not only made a significant impact on Dean when he traveled back to 1973, but also was part of what seemed to kick-start the plight of the Winchester brothers: Mary’s deal for John’s life. In a way, she sacrificed her father for that, and Dean saw.

        So, knowing Mary is such a beacon to the brothers not only because she was their mother but also because she was taken from them and sacrificed her spirit to save them, the writers choose to return her father for the nebulous reason of bringing Mary back…have him work with a demon…have him betray his grandsons…. *shakes head*

        I don’t know. In much the same way I feel that Crowley’s death was too quick and wonder if there’s more to the King of Hell than we have yet seen, I feel like Samuel’s story isn’t finished. Or…it shouldn’t be. It may be that the writers are done with him, but I feel it’s a loose end.

        I suppose we’ll all see in time, yeah?

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