Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

As he turns, though, two things happen really fast: he reaches into his pocket for a stealth gun and Dean sees the black goo oozing out of his ear. Dean reacts instinctively, grabbing the gun hand and shoving it up toward the locker. The gun goes off and Samuel shoves Dean back into Sam and takes off. The boys recover their balance and head after him. They round the corner, see Bobby and Rufus—who’d run out when they heard the shot—and Dean simply yells, “Samuel!” before he and Sam take off again.

Rufus says he needs his gun and Bobby’s all, “Ya think?”

They break into the locker and grab the bag of weapons.

Rufus (to Bobby): Don’t feel bad. It was a good plan—except for the part where a monster would definitely not give up all of his weapons.

Bobby: Shut up.

*Laughs*

Sam and Dean burst in and grab their guns. They say they have to stick together, keep track of this thing and who it’s in. They start to search through the dark cannery, guns out, flashlights up, Dean in the lead. Suddenly, Sam grabs Dean and throws him back. Dean, Bobby, and Rufus are all wth and point their weapons at Sam who replies with his standard, ”Hey! Hey! Hey!”

He points to a trip wire that he’d seen just before Dean walked into it. In a rather comedic moment, all four hunters follow the wire with their lights, all with mouths open, all crouching and bending low as they look up, following the wire to a booby trap. Hee. They step over the wire and continue on—this time with Sam in the lead—until they reach one area where the light start to flicker.

Out of nowhere a door slides between them, cutting Sam off from the group.

Dean (voice gruff and edgy): Son of a bitch! SAM!

Sam: Dean! I’m going around, okay?

Dean: Watch yourself!

But…of course Sam runs into Samuel. Which was the point of that little trick: divide and conquer. Sam trains his gun on Samuel—who looks…off. His eyes are red-rimmed and he seems almost shaky.

Samuel: You’re not gonna shoot me—you got your soul back. You gonna shoot your own family?

Sam: Wouldn’t go with the family thing. Try again.

Sam’s gun is up, his face is set, but his eyes break my heart a little. He looks genuinely scared.

Samuel (advancing): Mary’s still my daughter.

Sam: I said don’t move.

Samuel (advancing more): You’re still named after me.

Sam: I said don’t move!

Samuel: This appears to be our moment, Sam. You still want to know about your summer vacation? I’ll tell you. You’re dying to know, huh?

Sam: Yeah. I am.

I was completely undecided at this point if I wanted Samuel to tell him anything—a wall-related seizure at this juncture would be Very Bad, but at the same time…part of me still wants Sam to know (despite Dean’s speech at the end).

Samuel (advancing again): Let’s just put these down and talk.

Sam: Stop!

Samuel (moving ever forward): It’s alright….

BAM! Bullet. In. The. Head.

Holy crap—I was literally stunned. Samuel was down. Dead and down.

Neither of them acted out of character as far as I could tell—I mean, Samuel had always been a bit mercurial in the ‘care’ department. He did save Dean and he did get all squishy over the baby shifter and he did act out of apparent (or at least spoken) care for getting his daughter back (or at least seeing her again) and he did look horrified in the flashbacks of Sam killing the spider victims and he did get all drunkenly sentimental about family while sitting on Roy’s couch with Sam.

But on the other hand he’d spent most of his time with Dean insulting him, he never stopped Sam from doing what he did, his hunter methods were more than questionable, he worked with a demon to the detriment of his own family, and the nail in the coffin—he tried to kill them both.

Sam never looked less than ‘our’ Sam to me—and he warned him to stop multiple times. There was never an instance where I thought he might be monster-possessed…right up until he pulled the trigger. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Sam being the one to kill Samuel at first. I kinda didn’t want it to be either of them—I didn’t want it to be construed as vengeance. Because while that would be a RoboSam move, it’s not one either of our boys would do (I think). However, the way they played it out, it wasn’t out of vengeance or cold blood—it was out of self preservation.

And…I kinda think it was poetic justice that it was Sam who did it. Looking down at the body of Samuel, Sam just looked…confused and sad and a little resigned.

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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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