Garth made his return to Supernatural last week, while viewers were reminded many times of the Bobby-sized hole in the heart of the brothers.
In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff members Carissa Pavlica and Sean McKenna are joined by by Alice Jester of The Winchester Family Business as they break down "Southern Comfort." Pull up a virtual chair and gather around now!
What did you think of the return of Garth?
Carissa: It's cool that he's come into his own and found his own hunting space. He didn't really take over where Bobby left off, but he was right. Someone had to do something. Given what he knew, he decided to take it upon himself kudos to Garth!
Alice: I was skeptical at first since his first two episodes were real duds, but I must say I really liked him this time around. He’s quite the intellect! I liked how he could touch the penny-of-eternal-rage and not be affected by it. All because of a yogi and a Sega Genesis. Who knew that’s the secret to life?
Sean: I really like him. He's just such a different character and certainly not your typical hunter. Especially in this episode, he stepped up his game and we got to see he's not just a goofball but a competent hunter. Plus, getting someone so upbeat when everything else is more tense and serious was a nice touch to add to the equation.
Did you enjoy the Bobby references?
Carissa: Yes. It was weird that they just forgot all about him when Season 8 started. I was glad they remembered him.
Alice: Sort of. They fell flat a few times. I found it funny since Garth is the anti-Bobby. He doesn’t drink, he’s affable instead of cranky, he smiles all the time while Bobby snarled, he’s well adjusted while Bobby had a ton of baggage. Garth still feels a big connection to Bobby though, and it’s nice to see that Bobby didn’t belong to just Sam and Dean.
Sean: I really enjoy when the past is brought up and not completely forgotten (even the references to Sam's demon blood days) and at first I was skeptical. However, after really seeing it was all about remembering Bobby as more than just Sam and Dean's friend but an important hunter connected to everyone, it worked. Did you notice the hat Garth wore was the same as the one worn in the first season finale, "Devil's Trap?"
Should Dean still be mad at Sam?
Carissa: He'll be mad for a while. But there is something much deeper going on and if they don't get over it quick, they're going to do something rash that will drive them even further apart. They're both being ijits.
Alice: No. Dean should be talking with Sam. Or he should be talking with Sam when he’s not on a spectre-induced rage. His little “the slate is clean” speech at the end of “And Then There Were None” was certainly invalidated!
Sean: I understand why he's upset but I want them to talk it out further. They've been through so much, they should be able to figure out how to work together again.
What did you think of Sam telling Dean to get over it and move forward?
Carissa: I'd say Dean needs to tell Sam the same thing. Either get over Amelia and move forward or go back for her. Why hasn't he gone back for her? What haven't we learned yet? Whatever it is, let's learn it quick!
Alice: I’m surprised how many thought that was about Dean’s rant over Sam’s past “choices.” I took it to mean he was telling Dean to back off with all the snide comments about taking the past year off. It was about time and I loved seeing him stand up for himself. Hopefully it’ll be the first step toward them repairing their relationship.
Sean: I was glad Sam stood up for himself, mostly because I want these two to be back on track. I think they really need to both get over it and stop being upset and move forward. I know it's never that simple, but until they can, working together is always going to have that underlying tension.
Do you think Sam would kill Benny if he had the chance?
Carissa: Yes, but for the wrong reasons. It would be to get back at Dean for keeping him from Amelia, for holding his life against him and for saying Benny was a better brother to Dean that Sam ever was. Those aren't reasons to kill. I think Dean is slowly realizing there are more to the supernatural and just killing them might not always be the right move. Funny, because it wasn't too long ago when Sam was the one in that position. They're always in the same place at different times. It's about time for a meeting of the minds.
Alice: Yes. The question is, will Sam go out of his way to get that chance, especially when he knows Dean won’t kill him? I believe he won’t kill him unless he’s sure that Benny has hurt or killed someone, but he’ll be the first guy there if/when that happens.
Sean: Sam will definitely do it, but I wonder as to the circumstances. Will he do it out of anger? Revenge? What if he has to kill Benny to save Dean? Benny's death feels inevitable and when the do come to that moment, I'm sure Sam will have the unfortunate task of making the final blow.