The other side of Sam and Dean’s family tree shows up in tonight’s episode. Post your thoughts below or click HERE for my full recap.
Well, THAT changes everything. This episode definitely broke new ground on the show’s mythology with Henry Winchester being a part of the Men of Letters, the Yodas of the supernatural world.
It’s hard not to love how much this episode adds to the show’s mythology, but also its emotional arc. Daddy issues have been a key part of the psychology of the show since day one and Henry’s story adds new layers to it. John resented his dad for abandoning him, leaving him without a male role model to follow. And John’s resentment may have spilled over to the next generation as he was often not there for his own kids. But does knowing that Henry didn’t really abandon John actually change anything? These are all interesting questions, but ones we’re left to meditate on.
Gil McKinney did a great job as Henry, and it’s those great guest stars that make episodes like this special. It’s cool to find out about the Men of Letters and the potential revelations contained in that “supernatural mother lode” the key opens.
I also loved the Devil’s Trap on the bullet. That’s just a really neat trick and I’m sure the writers were patting themselves on the back when they came up with that one, just waiting for the right time to use it.
I’ll be curious to see if the Men of Letters and the key play a role in the rest of the season, but for now, my brain is still trying to process everything. As Dean said, “Freakin’ time travel.”