Here we at episode 3! It seems only yesterday we were all excited for episode 1! Well, I guess it was 3 weeks ago, but those 3 weeks have flown by! I already feel like this season is going too fast.
Anyway, let’s take a look at this week’s episode, “Heartache”. But first….
In the last episode we got to see some of the events in Purgatory with Dean, Benny and Castiel. We saw how focused Dean was in finding his Angel friend and how committed he was to not departing Purgatory without him…. Yet, we were left with a shocking final scene, which appeared to be Dean’s memory of leaving Cass behind…maybe…but we don’t really know…but that’s what it looked like.
Kevin and his mum are in the wind, after falling foul of Crowley and losing faith in the Winchesters, but especially in Dean. Kevin no longer trusts Dean, when it appeared that Dean was willing to sacrifice Kevin’s mum in order to gank Crowley. Crowley’s well-timed words about Dean tossing people aside when they were no longer useful, sure didn’t help matters.
Crowley has the God tablet and knows what its contents are. He also showed his true colours…red. He’s just a Crossroads Demon after all.
Sam is being very Zen. He seems somewhat detached or complacent or accepting of his situation and his brother’s laser like focus on the job…which one of these, I’m not sure. But, we’re about to find out because 8.03 “Heartache” is all about Sam’s flashbacks.
This week’s episode was directed by Jensen! So that’s exciting! It’s also the episode with Jensen’s daddy, Alan Ackles, in a guest role, acting alongside his son. They’ve acted together once before, playing father and son in the movie, “Devour”. A movie Jensen says he has no idea what it’s about! I agree Jensen…but *cough* chair scene *cough*. Oops…got distracted...
“Heartache” was written by Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming who are responsible for “Route 666”, “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”, “The Slice Girls” and “Of Grave Importance.” They got better as they went along right?
So here’s the official synopsis:
Sam and Dean investigate a string of unusual murders where the victims were all recipients of organs from the same donor. The killer is captured, but things become even more complicated when the brothers find their killer in a trance mumbling an ancient prayer.
Outside of the case, this is the first episode we get to look more closely at some of Sam’s year apart from Dean. We've had the opening season set up episode, the second episode focusing on Dean and now this, the third episode, which will focus on Sam. I’m hoping this might shed some light on where Sam’s current headspace is, as well as how he was when he first lost Dean and whether that’s affected where he is now. Trauma affects people in different ways.
It looks like we'll see scenes with him and the vet Amelia and the dog he hit with the car.
We also see Sam telling Dean, that when this is all over, we assume he’s talking about the hunt for Kevin, Crowley and the Word of God, “I’m done. I mean that.” Dean’s response, “No you don’t.”
This scene between Sam and Dean reminds me of the season 1 episode “Shadow” when Dean was explaining why he dragged Sam everywhere, that he wanted the Winchesters to be a family again and Sam said:
“… I'm not gonna live this life forever. Dean, when this is all over, you're gonna have to let me go my own way.”
Sam seems to have come full circle. I love how this show does that…brings in and references elements that your recognise from the past. It almost feels like foreshadowing. With all his talk over the years about never going back to his old life, Sam seems to have done exactly that and gone back to where he was at the beginning of the series. It makes me think that maybe, all this time, he was simply trying to convince himself that the hunter life was for him but that at his heart, he was always the Sam who wanted a normal life.
Dean didn’t believe him then and he doesn’t believe him now….though I think it’s more, he doesn’t want to believe him. That would be too painful.
The preview clip shows the brothers having a fight about whether to take a case or whether to continue the fruitless hunt for Kevin and the Word of God. Hmmmm smells like an Apocalypse argument…
Dean is eager to pursue a case involving hearts being ripped out (cool) and Sam is insisting that they’re on a case, while buying organic apples and once again, seeming detached, or maybe, only there because he feels he has to be.
Dean has a dig at Sam about giving up the family business, Sam has a dig at Dean for mentioning it again, Dean says he gets it (he doesn’t get it) and then says… “…do we ignore stuff like this or are innocent people supposed to die so you can shop for produce.” Yeah. I think this episode might be full of hurty brother feels.
I look forward to finding out more about where Sam is at. How his relationship started. What was the immediate fall out when Dean disappeared. Just, everything really. I’m totally interested in Sam’s year.
One thing you can tell from the preview clip, is that it's obvious that this was the first episode back in the new season. Jensen and Jared have serious hiatus tans going on! It looks like Sam and Dean were tracking the God tablet in Hawaii or something!
Anyhoo… After the last two episodes, I’m jazzed to see what’s revealed this week.
Like I mention earlier....and I think this bears repeating, this is only episode 3...episode 3.... We have a long road of storytelling ahead of us.
What do you think? What are you looking forward to from this weeks episode? And just a reminder lovely people, please play nice in the comments huh?
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