A new column at The Nerdy Girl Express is The Miller Twins Talk Supernatural Season 12. Here twins and The Nerdy Girl Express writers, Stacy Miller and Tracy Miller, will share their thoughts about the heroic Winchester boys, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) as well as the many other wonderful characters on The CW’s longest running show. Will these twins agree on the characters and plot themes for each episode? Read below to find out.
This article contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen the episode “There’s Something About Mary” please do not continue reading.
For twelve seasons, The Winchesters have courageously endured heartache, loss and sacrifice as they put in endless hours towards the “family business” of saving people and hunting supernatural evil. But on the May 11 episode as the brothers brace for the explosive Season 12 finale on May 18, Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) not only have their hands full in uncovering the truth behind various “accidents” that have befallen the hunter community, but they also find out that their mother Mary (Samantha Smith) has now been stripped of her free will and transformed into a deadly weapon poised to do The British Men of Letters (BMOL) bidding without question or hesitation.
“There’s Something About Mary”and no, it’s not that she and Arthur Ketch (David Haydn-Jones) were once bedfellows. That’s yesterday’s news. Rather, it’s that Mrs. Winchester’s face-to-face encounters with Toni Bevell (Elizabeth Blackmore), the British Men of Letters operative who has been MIA for most of Season 12 following her mental and physical torture of Sam, has used a combination of drugs and psychological manipulation to sculpt Mary into the ultimate killing machine.
Seven “monster related” hunter deaths have occurred over the last three weeks. But the most recent one hits painfully close to home: The Winchesters learn from Jody Mills that Eileen Leahy (Shoshannah Stern) was mauled by a wild animal. When the boys examine the wounds on Eileen’s body, they determine that her injuries resulted from a hell hound. But why would a hell hound attack Eileen? That’s the 64,000 question. It doesn’t help matters that Mary is missing.
Toni Bevell reveals to Mary that the BMOL’s plan to make Mary into a “purer version of herself,” that is “Mary Winchester, Natural Born Killer.” With the BMOL’s end game to eradicate all of the American hunters, Mary is seen as a malleable option to fulfill the BMOL’s agenda.
When we saw that Eileen was killed by a hell hound that appeared to be controlled by a whistle that Mr. Ketch used, I felt that it wasn’t difficult to surmise that the demonic creature was on loan from The King of Hell. We got confirmation when Crowley (Mark Sheppard) met with Dr. Hess (Gillian Barber). Both are certainly ruthless, but I have to say that when the ruler of fallen humanity is the lesser of two evils, you know that major troubles lie ahead for The Winchesters.
Before she died, Eileen sent a letter to the brothers telling them that she suspected that she was being followed and that her computer and phone were compromised by bugging devices. Consequently, she fled Ireland to escape and wanted to stay with Sam and Dean . Eileen’s letter prompt the brothers to do a sweep of the bunker. In doing so, they uncover a bug then set a trap for the BMOL that allowed them to capture Toni.
I liked the boys’ ingenuity in working together. If the past has proven anything it’s that Sam and Dean function best as a team.
“All my life, other than my family, all I had was my will” Mary confesses to Ketch as she begs him to kill her because she doesn’t want to be the BMOL pawn. For me, it’s so difficult to read Mr. Ketch’s intent. I credit David Haydn-Jones’ skill in portraying Ketch in this fashion. Yes, Ketch is a cold-blooded killer, but there is always something in his eyes that suggests a hint of humanity where Mary is concerned. That small inkling makes me wonder whether any lingering affection that Ketch has for Mary will supersede his duty to the BMOL and his personal ambition (in the case of ambition, Dr. Hess is pitting Ketch against Toni to determine who will head the American operations).
Meanwhile in Hell, Crowley orders his demon minions to find Kelly Kline (Courtney Ford). However, it isn’t long before the tables are turned and Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino) is now in control. When Lucifer stabbed Crowley, it looked like Satan managed to kill Crowley. I suspect, though, that looks were deceiving. After all, Crowley is nothing if not resourceful. Plus, he is the son of a powerful witch AND what about that rat that followed Crowley’s lifeless body? I’m thinking that Crowley’s demonic essence was transferred into that rat and that Crowley will live to raise Hell another day. At least, I hope so. Ever since Crowley’s first appearance in the Season 5 episode “Abandon All Hope,” I’ve enjoyed Mark Sheppard’s performances. I really hope that this episode isn’t his swan song.
The episode ends with a highly charged action sequence in the bunker with the Winchesters (Sam used Toni as a human shield) and Ketch trading gunfire. Just when it looks as if the brothers will emerge victorious, Mary appears. Sadly, she isn’t there as the cavalry to save her sons, but as the well-oiled killing machine the BMOL created. Rather than kill the brothers then and there, Ketch locks Sam and Dean (along with Toni) in the bunker, cutting off their air and water supply. I would have preferred to have seen Sam and Dean work together to survive their predicament without Toni’s presence.
For as much as Supernatural is a series about the adventures of two heroic brothers and their fight against evil, it is also a series of guilt and redemption. Our main characters, the Winchester brothers (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) have feelings of regret for their past actions. Sure they’ve saved people, but have also made questionable choices in doing so. For them, the road to Hell was absolutely paved with good intentions (with a few short cuts by way of a deal).
In “There Something About Mary,” Lady Toni (Elizabeth Blackmore) attempted to use what she saw as Mary’s (Samantha Smith) guilt for abandoning her sons as a means to brain wash mama Winchester into becoming the British Men of Letters’ (BMOL) killing machine. In truth, getting murdered by a demon is hardly abandoning your children, but I believe deep down Mary feels that if she had been there for her boys, she could have spared them some of their lives’ pain. Electroshock therapy and other methods were used to break Mary’s will. For a strong character like Mary Winchester, the thought of her actions being controlled by another was almost too much to bear. She values choice and free will. And to have that option taken from her was a fate waste than death. So, she encouraged Ketch (David Haydn-Jones) to kill her. The scene was heartbreaking and well acted by both Smith and Haydn-Jones. It was obvious that for as much as Ketch talks of the BMOL’s mission and following it without question, Mary’s pain touched him and he had no intention of killing her.
However one female character wasn’t so lucky and fell victim to Ketch. That was Eileen Leahy (Shoshannah Stern), who met her demise at the hands of a loaner (from Crowley) hell hound. The outcry from this was far reaching. Why did Eileen have to die? We hardly got to know her, and I feel she had more potential as a character that could have been developed. But I guess the writers reasoned that for the death of a hunter to have real meaning for Sam and Dean, it had to be one they cared about. Billy Bob who helped them kill that Wendigo a few years ago in Raleigh wouldn’t do. Once Sam and Dean realized her death was supernatural related and not some random animal attack, they were worried for their mother. The boys rushed to the last motel where she stayed. But the only trace they found of her was the mess she left of her room. Mary you slob, now we know where Dean got it from!
A letter that Eileen had written to alerted them to the fact she was been followed and that listening devices had been planted. After a quick sweep of the Men of Letters bunker, Sam and Dean found the bug Ketch and cronies put there. And our smart guys decided to use it to their advantage. They have a conversation to make the BMOL believe they were meeting a hunter at a secret location. The ruse worked and they got their prize: Sam and Dean capture Lady Toni. But because they are the Winchesters, even when they win, they still are majorly screwed. The brothers find a gun toting Ketch and his men waiting for them. In an awesome scene, Sam and Dean overpower the BMOL and get their weapons. And yes, mom arrives to help. But then, crap…Mary orders them to drop their weapons! What the heck? It looks like the brain washing worked and worse, Mary now appears to have turned against her own sons!
Ketch announced that the power and life support systems have been turned off and will leave them to die in the bunker. Where do you think you’re going Lady Toni? Ketch planned to have her meet the same tomb burial as the Winchesters. Driving off with Mary, he’s pleased she’s on their side. How will Sam and Dean (okay, and Lady Toni too) escape their deadly fate?
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