Now, this is the only part of the episode where I had to work to find the rhythm of what they were doing with the story – not the hunters beat vetala’s part, that’s a given. But with how it all played out. Some things happened in this final battle that I wasn’t sure I felt.
Dean gets inside the garage and sees both of the creatures are there. He grabs a 2×4 and bashes Sally across the face. Blondie is on him in an instant and knocks the silver knife from his hand before he can stab her. She knocks him around but good and gets him up against a wall, choking him. Sam starts to come to, realizing that Dean is fighting the blonde vetala.
Dean gets the upper hand, getting Blondie on the ground and grabs the knife but just as he about to stab her, Krissy rushes in and goes straight for her father. Sally rouses and grabs Krissy’s ankle, turning the tables as she jumps up and uses Krissy as both a shield and a hostage, demanding Dean release Blondie, which he does. Chambers is all “how could you bring her with you,” and Krissy has this weird, almost triumphant look in her eye for a second and Dean looks…lost. Frozen. Paralyzed with indecision.
Sally has Krissy, Blondie starts to feed on Chambers, Krissy is pleading – in tears – for Dean to help. But Dean…just stands there, staring at her. I wasn’t sure if it was the fact that she was a kid that was throwing him off, the exhaustion Frank had been talking about, or the fact that this was the first hunt since Bobby that was crashing down around him, but the wayhe stood there just seemed so unlike him. Before he can snap out of it, Krissy pulls out a knife secreted away in her sleeve, turns and stabs Sally, twisting the knife and turning her to dust. She immediately goes to cut Sam free as Dean dives for his lost knife.
Blondie turns to Dean who drops into a crouch, his knife up, ready to go in for the kill. Sam stands, Krissy’s knife in his hand. Blondie turns to face Sam and Sam stabs and kills her. Sam’s looking at Dean, not so much in a ‘whoa we did it, what a rush’ way, but in a ‘dude, what is the matter with you’ way. Krissy has moved to untie her father.
Krissy: Bad actress, huh?
Dean (breathless):I take it back.
Now, maybe you think that all went down just as it should have as a kid was involved – one who’d been raised “in the life.” But I just didn’t get why they wrote the scene with Dean – who we all know is a badass as they come where hunting is concerned – standing frozen while a kid and his wounded brother kill the baddies. If he’d at least been able to kill Blondie I don’t think I would have thought anything.
But then again, maybe it’s fitting that Sam kill his tormentor, right? And it could all be tied to a path they have Dean stumbling down the rest of this season – how he’s been barely keeping it together and according to Frank is running himself into the ground. Or it could just be a fluke for this one episode. Who knows. Moving on!
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