After last week’s very funny episode, laced with mythology on heaven’s civil war, this week’s episode seems to slow things down a bit. No angels this time, and no mythology, but a very, very nasty monster compliments of the Mother of All and a group of hunters out to stop it. Quite a few guest actors reappear in this episode in recurring roles.
The CW released a preview clip and trailer for the episode. The preview clip shows a very concerned Bobby, as FBI Agent Willis, showing up at a really gruesome multiple murder crime scene, but he’s the second FBI agent to arrive. The first one is Rufus Turner, which gives Bobby quite a surprise. Rufus also appears to be checking out the situation which, as he describes it, is ’31 flavors of crazy’.
Given they are looking for the same monster; Rufus wants to ‘partner up’ for ‘old times’ sake’. Bobby’s reply, “As long as I get to drive.” “Not a chance”, laughs Rufus. Hehehe
Bobby’s facial expression as Rufus walks away is classic.
So many times he has given that “Why me lord” look in response to some of the brothers antics. LOL
The duo (yeah, Bobby goes along with Rufus) team up with Dean and Sam for the hunt, and that brings up an interesting issue. This is the first episode we see Bobby and Sam together since Sam’s soul was restored. Bobby had some lingering reservations about Sam then and, given Sam had tried to kill Bobby, that’s understandable. Wonder if Bobby has resolved those issues or if they play a part in this episode.
Regardless, they all eventually bump into Samuel and Gwen, the last of the Campbell clan, who are also tracking the creature. The reunion between Dean and Samuel should be interesting as well. Last time Dean saw Samuel, Grandpa betrayed the boys to Crowley (“Caged Heat”). Dean threatened to kill Samuel next time they met. That is now! Maybe all just join forces to eliminate the Mother of All’s latest fiend and put their pasts behind them. (That would be boring though.)
But there seems to be problems with that to, as Samuel and Bobby get into a heated discussion over how to handle the case that can throw a monkey wrench into the alliance. Really, I hope Bobby has more than that on his mind with regards to Samuel. Maybe ask some questions like, “Who the hell are you? How did you get here? Where did you come from and how could you treat your grandsons like you did?” Little stuff like that. (Smile) Whatever happens, my money’s on Bobby!
And who knocks down Rufus!
Dean looks so concerned in the photo as he gently helps Rufus up. Rufus doesn’t seem to be too appreciative though, and I love the “I ? To Polka” sign on the locker.
Seems Bobby and his partner separated for a while and going off on your own in the face of such a deadly foe is never a good idea.
What else is in the trailer? Well, from the looks of it, a lot of confusion, uncertainty and fear! This week’s episode is going to be a whole other kind of mind trip. It suggests the MOTW the hunters will be dealing with can sneak into their heads.
We get glimpses of Dean, Sam and Rufus starring down the barrels of guns (some aimed at each other), sound and dialogue distortion, images popping in and out of clarity, and a lot of very bewildered people.
We also see a woman ‘whispering’ in a man’s ear (or worse), and he doesn’t seem to please about it!
Not to mention a lady in white approaching and leaving an 18 wheeler at a gas station. (Looks like the Mother of All to me.)
A screaming woman:
A crazed Samuel…
Bobby wrapped in duck tape being electrocuted, and it sure looks like Dean and Sam are doing the deed.
Dean shouting, “It’s not in me!”
And this very creepy series of frames, with an equally creepy voice saying, “You can’t kill me.”
Lots of BTS photos for this episode, but the most concerning is the funeral pictures. Rumor has it we have a death in this episode as we see Bobby, Dean and Sam very somberly standing in a grave yard. We haven’t had a death in a while, so we’re due. Besides this is the last episode before the series goes into a 5 week hiatus, and they always want to leave us sad.
So who bites the dust? Rumor has it that it’s Rufus, and based on the photo of Bobby symbolic pouring Johnny Walker Blue Label on the grave, I would tend to agree.
Besides I really don’t think Dean, Sam and Bobby would be that sad over Grandpa’s demise which is the other character speculated to be the possible death here.
I don’t know about you all, but if they kill Rufus off, I am going to be very sad. He’s one of my favorites and I really am tired of all the characters I like being axed. Can’t we keep anyone? That being said, no one really stays dead on SPN, but it would be nice if we could count on a few characters being impervious to â€˜getting the hook’. I live in hope that the funeral scene turns out to be an error of some kind, a flashback, a hallucination, a misdirectionâ€¦.whatever.
Some BTS photos were also taken by Christine Kilpatric. She has some nice shots of Beaver and Pileggi.
Other spoilers: Jim Beaver was tweeting about fighting a ‘big rat’ in the episode, but given Jim his perchance to tease fans, that could mean anything. Remember this is from the person who tweeted a picture of Death’s trailer during the filming of “Appointment in Samarra” and said it was an old photo. (Smile)
He also mentioned that practically everyone was sick on set while this episode was being filmed, everyone but Jared that is, so the voices in this episode should be interesting.
Official synopsis: SAMUEL JOINS UP WITH SAM AND DEAN – Sam, Dean, and Bobby set out in search of The Mother of All’s latest monster. While investigating, they run into Samuel and Gwen, who are also hunting the creature. Samuel and Bobby get into a heated fight about how to handle the case. Written by CW Publicity
Guest cast (IMDb) includes: Mitch Pileggi (Samuel Campbell), Steven Williams (Rufus Turner), and Jessica Heafey (Gwen Campbell)
Mike Rohl directed the episode, his second for season six, the first, “Appointment in Samarra”. He has direct eight other SPN episodes including “My Bloody Valentine”, “On the Head of a Pin”, and one of my personal favorites, “The Monster at the End of this Book”. He brings some powerful talent to the series and some really heartfelt emotional scenes to the episodes. I’d have my tissues ready!
Brett Matthews penned this episode which is the third script he has worked on this season, the others, “Live Free or Twihard” and “Caged Heat” (teleplay and story). He co-wrote the comic miniseries “Those Left Behind”, which bridged the gap between the TV series, “Firefly”, and its feature film follow up, “Serenity”â€¦.some of the greatest SYFY adventures ever. You may also recognize his name from his work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
CW released seven HD photo stills from the episode. You can see them all in our Photo Gallery.
The CW promo videos for the episode are below.
So many ways the story can go here, but it doesn’t appear to advance any mythology as neither Cass or any other angel seems to appear in the episode. There can be a lot of interplay between the characters as conflicts between Sam and Bobby and Dean and Samuel have been mentioned in past episodes and so far not answered. I’d like to see them deal with the conflicts at some level. They all have a common cause in defeating the monster, so best to get all differences resolved.
As for the MOTW, the invasion of the body scenario is not new, and neither is the worm crawling in and out of the ear, although it isn’t always a worm that is the invader…insects are high on the list too. It has all been done before, but no matter how many times I see it, it is still very freaky. A number of posts have remarked how this episode reminds them of “Croatoan”, and that was a scary episode! Dean was drawing down on everyone and I can’t say that I blame him, then or now.
No question everyone is warily of everyone else in this episode as nobody seems to know who is infected and who isn’t. And I’m guessing Bobby gets the monster at some point and the boys ‘shock’ it out of him. I also am going to guess that Samuel becomes infected and goes psycho on everyone. It will be interesting to see if the boys save him or not and what happens to Gwen. Both she and Grandpa are really loose ends now.
Samuel was initially hunting for Crowley to get Mary back, but with Crowley gone; that seems to be a dead end. And we still don’t know how Samuel was ‘pulled down from heaven’ or how Sam and he hooked up, so maybe that will be revealed here. Again, the season is winding down, so I’d like to get some answers to some of these subplots they have started. Now is a good time!
The title of the episode, “And Then There Were None”, is named after the chilling Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name. The book depicts the unexplained deaths of ten people, all mysteriously murdered one by one, but all with a common thread that tied them together. Given this episode is about a number of hunters all with a common cause of defeating the Mother of All, I’m thinking the take home message from the title is deaths in the group will occur. We know the boys and Bobby attend a funeral so at least one hunter dies, but no reason to assume it will only be one.
Mike Ausiello posted a very general spoiler the end of January. He said, “The Grim Reaper will set his sights on two recurring characters in the not-too-distant future.” Maybe more than one hunter dies this episode, Grandpa maybe, or Gwen. It certainly would fit the title and I, for one, wouldn’t miss Samuel. He certainly has overstayed his welcome for me.
Happy episode all! Come back and tell us what you think!
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