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Episode 09×14 AKA The one with Kevin Tran
It’s Winchester Wednesday! I, for one (again, not the Collectress, surprise!) have missed the boys and am glad to have Team Free Will well represented in this episode, if not all together as of yet. We also get the beginnings of a new Winchester dynamic (#betterbrotherbond anyone?), a Cas storyline and (spoilers) to say a proper goodbye to Kevin Tran.
The bunker is haunted. Lights flicker, the coffee machine goes wonky, and the boys figure that the bunker must be haunted by someone who recently died inside the walls. Yup. It’s Kevin Tran. The ex-prophet of the Lord is noveau dead and so it takes him a while to figure out how to manifest for Sam and Dean. He finally shows himself as Dean is in one of his self-loathing monologues, voicing what we all are thinking, which is to say the Dean Winchester, pity party of one is getting old. Kevin informs the boys that Heaven is closed, as in, no new spirits are allowed through the gates. He, along with a line of ghosts that rivals the DMV times infinity, are stuck in the Veil until further notice. Kevin reveals that he heard through the ghost-grapevine that his mom is still alive and implores the Winchesters to find her. The boys head to Wichita, Kansas to find a ghost named “Candy”, who claims to have been locked away with Linda Tran in a public storage, one the boys easily find and infiltrate.
The mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead debuted this week and boy, was this one a doozy. The intense character development of Carl and Michonne reminded viewers how much the zombie apocalypse has changed those who are living through it. Carl has traded in the modern comforts of video games, flat screen televisions and chocolate pudding for a hand gun and dry cereal. He spent much of the previous season by his father’s side and only now has begun to break away and question Rick’s abilities and judgement. Carl is becoming a man with his own thoughts and views and it is terrifying. For Michonne, the waste land of post-apocalyptic America has turned her into a zombie-killing machine; she is good with a sword and never hesitates when it comes to slicing off the head of a walker. She is a loner with nothing to lose because she lost everyone she loved long ago.