OK even I have a strange fascination about the Lizzie Borden case so I was really interested in this episode when I saw the previews and it did not disappoint.
Right out the gate the about-to-be-dead guy mentions how the Ghostfacers can’t capture the rage in the house. Come on– the Ghostfacers are the best and it makes me happy that they are still relevant in the Supernatural Universe. Then of course him and his girlfriend got an ax to the back.
The Lizzie Borden house
The house in general was a great backdrop for this episode. It had all the macabre elements that those kind of places have plus the creepy, too personal, feel of a bed a breakfast. Turns out though that all the flickering lights, strange sounds, EMF readings and all of that were staged by the owners to make guests scared/excited about the possibilities of a haunting.
What would be better than Lizzie Borden’s house? The Winchester House. I have always wondered why they haven’t done an episode focused on that house or at least mentioned it at some point. Of course maybe they don’t have working squeezy things on their perfume bottles and that’s why.
The episode moves on and Dean sees a creepy dude taking pictures outside and then overnight the owner got hacked to death too. Leading them to go interview said creepy dude. On their way to interview him though the cops call and tell Sam that there has been another victim. So the boys split up.
Odd behavior from interviewees
Sam interviews the newest victim’s family (and babysitter) and the wife of the victim acts very very strangely– like she doesn’t care at all that her husband was just found on the driveway chopped up. Odd right?
Well then Dean interviews Len, who may be the best new character we’ve seen this season, and we find out that Len has recently met Amara and she most definitely sucked out his soul. This explains a few things and Dean finds out that Amara is aging super quickly.
Dean throws Len in the car with him because he knows that soulless people usually end up in a bad way. Len is showing an odd amount of compassion though for a soulless individual.
Dean can’t bring himself to break the news to Len though and tries to get Sam to do it (and seems sad that he doesn’t have an excuse to kill Len– which seems odd to me). Sams stalls at breaking the news though. . .so Dean does it.
Seriously though Len is the best thing about this episode
Don’t tell Mom the babysitter’s. . .oh wait
So the babysitter ends up being the bad guy here. Well– she seems like she was a nice girl until Amara sucked her soul out. We still haven’t figured out Amara’s end game and although she’s filling up on souls all over she could be doing much worse damage if she wanted to. Is there a reason she’s pacing herself? Is her growth limited or is she playing a bigger game?
The babysitter gave her evil speech which ends in her saying that she wants to take care of her murder victim’s son and says Sam and Dean are going to be sacrifices to Amara— who she’s contacting through “prayer”. My thoughts on this are: Does she feel the connection that Dean has to Amara? Is that why she doesn’t kill him? Why does she want to care for the boy? They talk all about how Len isn’t acting like someone who lost his soul completely, but why would she care about the well being of some kid. I would think a truly soulless person would kill the kid too.
We never find out though because Len buries an ax in her back, but with her dying breath she says, “The Darkness is coming. It’s so peaceful. It’s coming for all of us.” What if the Darkness is just life without a soul? A life without feelings or concerns.
Len turns himself in
Wait, what? Len ripped his thumb off out of curiosity to see if he could do it to get out of the cuffs and then went in and saved the day for Sam and Dean. Not because he felt obligated to help, but just because he could. He knows that he’s going to become a bad guy eventually and doesn’t want to hurt someone. But here’s the thing. He turns himself in so that way he’ll be locked away for crimes he didn’t commit, but won’t be able to hurt other people. What about the inmates though? Some of them may deserve getting murdered by a soulless person, but I’m sure there’s also people in there that just made a few mistakes, or can’t cope with the real world. I just find it slightly flawed that Sam and Dean were so cool with this option. Why not just admit to the final murder and ask for help/therapy? Maybe commit yourself to an institution?
What kind of person can murder and feel nothing?
Dean. Dean is that kind of person right now. Len asks that question, but Dean has been had to be corrected numerous times by Sam who has reminded him that he’s there to save innocents not kill people. Did Amara take Dean’s soul too and he just doesn’t remember that? Does he know and he’s keeping it from Sam? Something just feels off about Dean and I wonder if Amara’s coming took away an important part of Dean. Len says, “I remember what it was like to do the right thing so I’m going through the motions for as long as I can,” and that seems to me to be exactly what Dean is doing right now.
Can Dean feel Amara?
He seems to look right in the woods where Amara is hiding when he and Sam pull away. Does he feel her presence? Of course something is up with her– I just wonder which way they are going to take it.
Well goodbye Len– I’ll miss you. You were like Castiel with your cluelessness, but without the desire to do good.