Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

She finds him a few rooms away, standing alone and scowling. Stalking up to him, she just belts out her question about Samuel really trying to kill him.

Dean: Yes. He didn’t even blink. That’s the guy you’re rolling with.

Gwen: He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know.

Dean: I know. There’s something I need to tell you, too.

And without warning—or, for that matter, blinking—he raises his gun and shoots her dead-center in the chest. BAM! I did not see that coming. I think my mind did a little fizz for a moment as I was like, is she not who we thought? How did he know she was bad? The fact that he was possessed didn’t occur to me until Sam said it because we didn’t see anything crawl into him like with TD. But then, I guess the moment with TD was Eve basically “giving birth” to the monster and from that point, how it got into and out of people was its prerogative.

The rest of them come running at the sound of the gunshot and Rufus immediately starts CPR on Gwen (with rather some heartbreaking imploring to “come on, girl!” as he compresses her chest). Dean’s gone; Sam immediately searches the room for him, returning to find out that Gwen is dead. He says that whatever got into those other guys must’ve gotten into Dean.

One leap I had is that no one thought that someone else could have been in the cannery—I mean, each of their hunting parties got in without the other knowing. They immediately went to it was Dean. Which is what they needed to think for the sake of the story, so…okay. But, still.

Bobby (to Samuel): I’m sorry. If you care.

Samuel: Screw you, I care.

Uh-huh. You sure sold me, man. *rolls eyes*

Bobby tells Rufus to help Samuel put Gwen somewhere while he and Sam lock down the place and look for Dean.

Bobby: We better find Dean before he finds us.

Sam (to Samuel): We’re gonna find him alive, Samuel. Or I’m gonna put a bullet in your head.

I loved that. Do not mess with my brother.

Samuel just glares at Sam. So, Sam and Bobby padlock the doors, cutting off escape routes. Rufus and Samuel put Gwen in an empty room and Samuel loads a gun with Rufus watching. Sam and Bobby search; Samuel and Rufus search. A rat scares the bejeezus out of Sam and Bobby, but no Dean. Sam pulls out his phone and scrolls down to Dean’s name—actually it’s just under “D” and for whatever weird fangirl reason, I thought that was endearing.

Rufus hears the phone (and it’s a regular ring—not a ringtone/song…not sure why). Dean rolls around the edge of a post and draws on Rufus.

Rufus: Dean! Put that damn thing down.

Samuel comes around the corner and points his gun at Dean. Dean shifts his aim to Samuel.

Dean: You’re the least of my worries right now, Rufus.

Sam and Bobby come in, pointing their guns—Bobby at Rufus, Sam at Samuel.

Sam (in an instinctive cry of whoa, wait, let’s think about what we’re doing here): Hey! Hey! Hey!

Dean: I am not in the mood! I just had a 12 inch herpy (or did he say harpy?)  crawl out of my ear.

Sam: What?!

Dean (his face tense and a bit freaked out): I woke up on the ground in time to see a giant…Khan worm crawl out of my friggin’ ear and into a vent. You tell me what’s going on!

Samuel: You killed Gwen, that’s what’s going on.


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 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.


  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:

      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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