After last week’s episode I found myself wondering if we would learn any more about the Men of Letters. As it turns out, we’ve only scratched the surface of secret, magical societies. While I am intrigued, I have to say that this episode had my head spinning a bit. Maybe it was just me, but in the past two weeks I’ve gone into a bit of an information overload. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited about where the writers are taking the story, but I’m still trying to grasp the fact that Sam and Dean’s grandfather came out of that closet. But I have taken a little time, and copious notes, and I feel like I’ve got a better grasp on things. Was anyone else having a little trouble keeping up with the story?
First off, let’s talk about the box. Last week I was wondering if Sam and Dean would just take it straight to the coordinates and destroy it like they were told. Of course they didn’t. And how could they? A key to everything they ever wanted to know, it’s the proverbial apple and they are Adam and Eve. (I’ll leave you to discuss which one is Eve.) Of course, the box didn’t work exactly as I suspected. First of all, I didn’t expect a physical key. Maybe it’s just the nerd in me, but I expected it to work like Pandora’s box. I thought that if they opened the box they would magically obtain the knowledge it held. I was actually happy to see a physical key. Magically obtaining knowledge would have felt like a cop out. The key did, however, lead to knowledge in the form of the mother of all libraries. Sam looked like he was in Heaven. His “son of a bitch” said it all. He couldn’t wait to crack open the books and even jumped to catalog their newest addition. I think we have a Man of Letters in the making.
I do wonder though about the old man’s warning to destroy the box. (Forgive me, but I can’t remember his name.) Was it just that he was worried that Abbadon would get a hold of it? Or was it a larger concern about having the knowledge? I’m going back to my Adam and Eve comparison for a moment here. (I’m sure I’m not the first to make it.) If the key is the apple, Sam and Dean have both taken a bite. I find myself wondering if there will be backlash for obtaining this knowledge. What do you guys think? Is there a downside for having all this information at their disposal?
I mentioned earlier that it looks like we’re just scratching the surface when it comes to secret, magical societies. In this episode alone we learned about the Judah Initiative and the Thule Society. Did I mention my head and all the spinning? We have the Judah Initiative of badass rabbis on one side. From my understanding they are not a branch of the Men of Letters but it sounds like they may have worked together in the past. They do not seem to practice magic per se, but they do have at least one giant Golem at their disposal. This was my first time learning about a Golem which is shaped from clay and brought to life by a rabbi for their protection. Would we call that magic? Divine intervention? I don’t know, it’s cool either way. On the other side we have the Thule Society, the evil Nazi necromancers. They definitely practice magic; performing all kinds of terrible experiments and bringing the dead back to life to do their bidding. That is a lot of magic-wielding secret societies! And who knows what else is out there. It blows my mind that these groups existed all this time without hunters having any knowledge of them. Although Henry did mention that a few hunters knew of the Men of Letters, it seems like it was only the most elite. I do wonder how the Winchesters could not be a part lf that list! Complete bias aside, I think the Winchesters are a pretty big deal. But now that Sam and Dean know all about the Men of Letters I wonder if other knowledgeable hunters will start to come out of the woodwork? That could be really interesting!
So it seems that the Thule Society may be a recurring enemy for Sam and Dean. They did manage to kill Eckhardt, but another member of the Thule got away. And you know what happens when a bad guy gets away, he goes back to get more bad guys. If Aaron is the last living member of the Judah initiative it’s on Sam and Dean to stop the Thule Society. And was it just me or did they make way too big a deal out of the ring on Eckhardt’s finger. There’s definitely something going on with that. What do you all think? Will we see the Thule Society again? Have any ideas about the ring? If you know a spoiler, please clearly mark it as one in the comments section!
So those are my thoughts on this whirlwind of an episode! I really like the direction the show is taking. It seems like the building blocks of season nine and ten. I think we could go the distance! What do you guys think? Are you intrigued by this magic-filled mytharc? Sound off below!
Dean: “The water pressure is marvelous”
Dean: “Listen brother, let’s not go all geek on this stuff.”
Sam: “You gonna take off the dead guy robe?”
Bass: “I hope they pay you good to keep the bug up your ass.”
It sounds like Cass is off the grid and Dean is worried. I miss Cass too!
Dean: “Why you following me, gingerbread?”
This whole interaction between Aaron and Dean was hilarious.
Dean: “Ok, citizen...” Dean just cannot handle these situations.
Sam: “That would explain why I have something stuck to my shoe.” These boys are so clever...
Dean: “I thought I was being followed earlier, it turned out to be a gay thing.”
Dean: “I told you I was being followed. He was my gay thing.”
Aaron: “This big, naked potato face idiot wakes up and goes crazy.”
Golem: “I did not go crazy.”
I laughed pretty hard at their interaction.
Enough of Sam and Dean going off alone when they could just as easily have gone together. There was no reason for Sam to go find the book by himself.
Golem: “The boy smoked the pages.” Don’t smoke your user manual!
Sam: “What did you do? You cast a forever 21 spell on yourself?”
Dean seemed so proud that Sam is embracing his inner Man of Letters. It seems like a great fit for him and we all know Dean would be happy to play with swords, drink old whiskey and wear a dead man’s robe.
I am certainly ready for next week’s episode! God’s obstacle course should prove to be very interesting!
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