He served up murder the way a five-star restaurant serves up fine cuisine. For the man who pledged his allegiance to the British Men of Letters (BMOL) an organization that vowed to rid the world of monsters, which was scarier: The monsters or Arthur Ketch?
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Actor David Haydn-Jones certainly made Mr. Ketch one of the most memorable characters to ever grace the Supernatural landscape. Recently, I wrote a Supernatural essay about Mr. Ketch. In that essay I noted that “Haydn-Jones portrays Ketch with such aplomb that it’s like the perfect study in Machiavellianism. Underneath the fine clothes and debonair persona, Ketch is an unscrupulous killer who certainly is well schooled in the belief that the ends justify the means. Ketch has mortgaged his individual choices in favor of doing the BMOL’s bidding.”
What I found striking in his portrayal of the elusive psychopath is that Haydn-Jones succeeded in maintaining the mystery, showing the murderous urges yet leaving viewers questioning whether Ketch’s humanity (that I still suspect was percolating below the surface) was salvageable. Others may argue with my interpretation but I think that Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) meant more to Ketch than a sexual conquest. Regrettably, the writers never explored Ketch’s backstory within the framework of the show; Arthur Ketch met his demise at the hands of Mary Winchester in the Season 12 episode “Who We Are.” But the debate about the character endures in social media and possibly for the essayist or fan fiction writer who chooses to analyze this character.