After eleven seasons, something possessed me (see what I did there) to start watching Supernatural from the beginning. If you are a fan of the series, feel free to go back and re-watch it with me. Please do not be a troll and post spoilers for future episodes in the comments section. If you have been wanting to start Supernatural, then I encourage you to watch with me. Spoilers for the series as I go.
The return of Vampires has Sam and Dean at odds with one another as an additional hunter encourages some darker behavior to deal with grief. Plus, the Impala is back and just as beautiful as ever!
Set on the path of vampires, the Winchester brothers meet Gordon Walker (Sterling K. Brown), a fellow hunter who specializes in vampires. Meeting Gordon serves to broaden the world of the hunters and John’s place as a superstar in it. The other hunter had only met John briefly, but the family is well known among others. In the beginning, Gordon refuses the brother’s help with finishing off the coven taking root in a small town Red Lodge. Dean is anxious to get in on some action and he and Sam decide to follow Gordon to a mill where a vampire works. Out matched in the fight, Dean saves Gordon’s life and brutally decapitates the creature earning the other hunter’s respect.
Sam doesn’t have a good feeling about this new person Dean has taken to. Gordon talks about hunting as a sport instead of a calling he and Dean have borne it to be and it doesn’t settle well with the younger Winchester. Leaving Dean and Gordon to their bonding time, Sam returns to the hotel and calls Ellen to get the story about the hunter. Ellen tells Sam Gordon is a good hunter, but a loose cannon. “People who work around him tend to get hurt.”
Over some beers, Dean confesses to Gordon he is not dealing with the death of John very well. He always told himself “he’s indestructible. He’ll always be around, nothing can kill my dad.” Gordon knows how Dean feels, that it is like a “hole inside” that keeps getting “bigger and bigger and darker and darker” he explains. He encourages the older Winchester to use that pain to drive him while hunting. “It is not a crime to need your job.”
Gordon enjoys killing creatures. To him, if it is unearthly, then it must die. Black and White. No coloring outside the lines. A vampire killed his sister and now he will spend his life eradicating the species from the world. Dean is not quite there in this thinking, too much Sam in his ear wondering about the grey. The more time he spends with Gordon, the more he is okay with his way of thinking. I imagine after the loss of his father, Dean finds the thought of simplicity enticing. As much as Gordon bolsters about ridding the world of darkness, he has a lot of it inside of him. The vampire didn’t kill Gordon’s sister, it turned her. His first kill was his own family and he has no remorse about it. It was a thing, not a person. But things are about to become a little less black and white for Dean and Sam.
As Sam is contemplating the warning from Ellen, he goes to get a coke and is kidnapped by the coven, blindfolded, and taken to their hide out. But this is no ordinary coven. The group, lead by Lenore (Amber Benson!!!!!), refuse to drink human blood. They want to live in peace and by feeding off of cattle, they leave no dead people for hunters to avenge. “We have a right to live. We’re not hurting anyone,” she implores Sam and asks that he not follow them when they leave town. To prove they are peaceful, Lenore has the other vampires reblindfold Sam and return him safely to the hotel.
Getting back to the room to find Dean and Gordon tracking where the nest could be, Sam pulls his brother aside and tries to explain what he just experienced. He tells Dean about Lenore and their vow to never drink from a human, how they want to just live. Dean is exasperated at Sam for taking the side of murderers and not a hunter, but Sam is angry at Dean for using Gordon as a sad proxy of their father. “You slap on this big fake smile, but I can see right through it… You can’t just fill up that hole [inside] with whoever you want! It’s an insult to [dad’s] memory.” Dean hits his brother, but Sam is resolute. It is funny that Sam can see right through the façade Dean has up. Dean is good at covering feelings with humor as a defense mechanism, but something as overwhelming as the loss of his father is not easy for him to hide.
Wanting to find the nest himself, Dean goes back to the room to get the keys to the Impala and finds them and Gordon gone. To stop Gordon from slaughtering harmless vampires, Sam shows Dean on the map where the hideout is. He may have been blindfolded, but he counted the seconds and used his other senses to feel where the turns down each road were. When they arrive, Gordon has already taken Lenore hostage. The others in the nest are still out gathering supplies for their getaway. Gordon attempts to show Lenore is no different from any other vampire by cutting Sam’s arm open and letting the blood drip onto the vegan vampire’s head. Lenore is tempted for a brief moment as her fangs drop, but her want to be better wins out and she refuses to drink.
Dean overpowers Gordon in a fight and ties him up while Sam lets Lenore go. She and Sam gather the rest of the coven and set them on their way out of town. The brothers leave the third hunter tied up in the cabin and promise to call someone in a couple of days to come and get him. Dean worries about his instincts to hate anything supernatural and wonders if they had killed anything that was not harmful simply because it was not human. Sam reassures him that he didn’t kill Lenore despite what his instincts told him to do and he will always be around to check Dean if he gets too out of control.
This episode helps to continue the story of how the boys are dealing with the loss of their father and the growing community they didn’t know they were a part of. I like that this story line is not getting resolved over a couple of episodes. The struggle of what to do in the wake of their loss will hang over them this season. Gordon served as an interesting warning to Dean about the darker places he can go if he isn’t careful. In a post Twilight world, I’m a little done with the idea of peaceful vampires, but Benson in the role of the coven leader was such a great casting choice considering her role as Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer made her a geeky household name.
What did you think of “Bloodlust”? Were you wary of Gordon from the beginning? Did the peaceful vampires storyline make you eye roll too? Were you happy to see Tara again? Talk to me in the comments section below and please do not post spoilers for future episodes.