It's that time again....new episode time and it's time for Sam to meet Benny....
Ok, so…I need to tell you first up, I'm pretty excited to see this one. This was the episode that was shooting while I was at VanCon and this was the episode I watched a couple of scenes being shot for! When I saw the preview clip I nearly jumped 10 foot in the air, because I was there, just over Jared’s shoulder and to the right! Exciting!
So with any further ado, let's get down to business.
We best step back a bit…before the Teen Wolf episode....
Dean has returned from Purgatory with a vampire in tow. We haven't seen hide nor fang of the vampire Benny since Dean's last conversation with him on the phone, where they both told each other to keep their noses clean. Dean hasn't told Sam about Benny, he's been vague about Purgatory, how he got out and what happened with Castiel. Did he leave Cass behind or was he not responsible? Was Benny in someway responsible for Hot Wings not making it back topside? What was that flashback of Cass reaching for Dean and calling his name?
Sam is being vague about his gap year from hunting. We've seen Sam pining for the life he had while Dean was at Big Ps, but we don't know why he walked out on it in the middle of the night. Was it really all sunshine, puppies and birthday cakes? Or was something else going on with Sam? Why did he head to Rufus' cabin and why did he never unpack the trunk of the Impala if he was forever out of the game? What happened to make him walk away from the woman he remembers so fondly and the life he says he always wanted?
Kevin is in the wind, the God tablet and Crowley are parts unknown and the mysterious figure outside of Sam’s house remains mysterious.
We resume our regularly scheduled programming….
Episode 8.05 “Blood Brother” is written by Ben Edlund. Ben says it’s the first script he’s ever turned in on time! It’s the one that he coined the term “Vampirates” for at Comic Con this year. The episode is directed by Guy Bee. This will be Guy’s seventh episode of "Supernatural" and his third Edlund script, having directed “Hello, Cruel World” and “How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters” in season seven. Interestingly, he’s also directed three Dabb and Loflin scripts.
Let’s look at the official synopsis….
BENNY CALLS DEAN FOR HELP— After Benny gets brutally beat up by some vampires, he calls Dean for help. Dean abruptly packs up and tells a confused Sam that he’s taking a “personal day.” Benny confesses that he’s going after his Maker (guest star Patrick Stafford) so Dean offers to help, flashing back on the many times Benny helped him and Castiel in Purgatory. Meanwhile, Sam uses his solo time to reflect on the life he left behind with Amelia (guest star Liane Balaban). However, when things go bad for Dean and Benny, Dean calls Sam for help, which makes everything very complicated.
So Sam is going to meet Benny and at least one of Dean’s Purgatory secrets is about to be revealed! Awkard. I’m excited for this meeting, even though we know it’s going to mean some Winchester argy-bargy! I’m looking forward to getting at least one secret out in the open!
The promo shows us Dean coming to Benny’s rescue after the vampire gets into a spot of bother. It also appears Dean bought some takeout with him, in the guise of some blood bank blood. Ewwww. I wonder if we are going to see him – em – acquire the blood? We see Benny stating he drinks blood, he doesn’t drink people….why don’t I believe him? He must have drunk people at some point. Maybe he just doesn’t take into account the people aspect attached to his dinner. Or maybe he’s been subsisting on blood bags since his return to the human world? Whatever, Sam looks unimpressed.
The promo shows that there are going to be some Purgatory flashbacks in this episode too. The CW promo doesn’t show much, but the CHCH promo does give us a glimpse of Castiel (p.s. their promos are better). I’m including that one this week because it’s got meat on its bones. The last scene is a corker. If you don’t want to watch it, then you don’t have to.
The preview clip shows Sam and Dean arguing about Dean suddenly taking off on a “personal day”. Sam says they’re on the hunt for Kevin, what’s he thinking. Dean says they don’t know where Kevin is, Sam has some research to do, Dean needs a day to do his own grown up personal crap – so he’s going and Sam’s staying, looking frustrated and angry and by the way, can he take the Toblerone! Dean mentions Sam’s year again, which is obviously bubbling away under the surface for him, as he doesn't understand why Sam chose to walk away and not look for Dean. Though, I suspect the tables are about to turn when Sam discovers how Dean spent his year being buddies with a monster. Tit for tat with these boys…
Now…this scene over the Impala is the scene I saw them doing on location at the 2400 Motel. I also saw a scene with Dean coming out of the motel room and talking on the phone – one has to assume, to Benny. In addition, I saw part of Sam’s flashback scene being shot – well, not the actual scene, that was inside a room, but I saw Jared and a hairy co-star in-between takes. So though it’s not in the promo, Sam has flashbacks in “Blood Brother” too. If you're interested in reading my set report, you can read it here.
Ben Edlund’s episodes are some of the most eagerly anticipated by fans of “Supernatural” and they often turn out to be standout episodes of the season. As one of the senior writers on “Supernatural” he always seems to manage to get all the plates spinning, which many of the other writers struggle to do. I’m looking forward to seeing him juggle the brother’s burgeoning stories with a sprinkling of that unique Edlundesque humour.
So, maybe a few nuggets of both the Winchester’s mysteries will get revealed this week. I’m excited for both stories and I’m enjoying this slow burn. The anticipation is killing me, but I’m looking forward to watching how it all plays out. It's certainly got me itching for each new episode each week.
Oh and I love that opening shot in the CW promo with Dean slinging his legs over the bow of the boat. Makes me giggle every time I watch it. Who’d a thunk it?
So it’s back to the big story…well I think it’s the big story, Sam and Dean’s story…that God tablet thing can wait for a bit.
Are you excited for this episode? Worried? Freaking out? How do you think Sam’s going to react to Benny? How do you feel about Benny?
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