written by Mackensie Baker (@MackensieBaker)
What's a pre-Halloween episode without a handful of heart-eating monsters? Yes, this week's Supernatural features werewolves again, specifically one we've met before. And although she's short, blonde, and does yoga, Kate isn't alone in her wolfy ways.
Sibling rivalry plays a subtle role in this episode, and draws some parallels between the two young were sisters and the hunter brothers we love so much. Even the costume department pitched in, making Kate look almost like a Winchester girl in some jeans, a plaid flannel top, and a baggy green jacket. Sitting across from Dean in the diner as they discuss the intricacies of family ties, I couldn't help but get the feeling this episode was more about Sam and Dean than Kate and Tasha.
The line between hunter and hunted has been crossed before, as has the line between human and monster. But this time the focus seems to be on what San and Dean have become. When we first met them, Sam was a chubby-cheeked college kid with friends, a girlfriend, and the normal life he'd fought for for so long. And Dean, well, he smiled easier and believed in what he did. Now, both brothers have carried the other's dead body in his arms, and both have done countless things they regret. Sam lost his soul, Dean became a demon, and everything they did was to hold on to the last piece of family they had—each other.
Ugh. I'm getting a little emotional over here. Getting back on plot, I feel like the brothers still have a few things to talk out, but for now they're going to do everything in their power to get Dean back to normal. As for Kate, she has to make her own way after having been forced to kill her own sister. God but I hope that's not foreshadowing.
Kate told Sam and Dean that she owed her sister "every chance to make this right" and that if she never did then Kate would be willing to "take care of it." But can the Winchesters say the same? Of course, we hope it will never come to that (again) but it may be an option in the very near future.