Haven Review: A Child of Ruin

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I am not a fan of handheld ghost hunter type fictional television episodes in general, and Haven Season 4 Episode 11 felt like a lot of wasted filler to get through to about 10 minutes of worthwhile content.

Coming off a strong, information-packed episode like we had with Haven Season 4 Episode 10, that was a bit disheartening. After all, we struggled through the first handful of episodes of this season with a lot of filler with Audrey/Lexie behind a bar due to circumstances beyond her control, so we have some making up to do.

But, it is what it is. I'm not going to waste any time talking about the visitors, because they didn't serve a purpose.

The Seekers Return

There was no sign of William this week, but neither he nor Audrey was hurt all that bad after their matching set of gunshot wounds (Audrey's without a bullet). Without much fanfare, Audrey had surgery, William escaped and Audrey was healed. Story over.

At least it hit her just how close they actually were, and she even asked Vince if he had any recollection of this William fellow. Not only didn't he have have any knowledge of him, he found it impossible to think Audrey could have had any part in creating the Troubles. Of course, that just cements her role in my mind.

Meanwhile a heart-eating beast was running through town chowing down on everyone born on June 12, 1981 - the day Jennifer was born. When the crew caught up with her she was clutching Unstake My Heart. The paranormal team had equipment that went berserk in Jennifer's presence, but it was related to the book. When Audrey took it, all activity stopped.

After the beast was vanquished while Jennifer was clutching the book, she saw on the cover - where the moon was - a glowing Guard symbol. The book was her protection against the beast. Later when she opened it, there was an inscription that named her a child of ruin who can open the door and send evil through it. 

So everybody realizes that's why William was trying to kill Jennifer. She can open the door and send him back where he belongs. Personally, I was more interested in the "child of ruin." With the many connections that book has to Audrey, Agent Howard, Jennifer and her adoptive parents, doesn't it seem that she's the child of William and Audrey in their original form - which is ruin?

She has to be. She can open the door for them because they are her family. Audrey doesn't want to think she's ruin, but I think she's going to find out. I'm still clinging onto the premise that she was given the opportunity to atone and has done it, and that's why William is so angry.

I was upset that this episode wasted so much time on the Darkside Seekers because we didn't need them. There is so much story to discover with Nathan and Audrey now that they are openly in love and Duke and Jennifer now that they are newly in love that these other stories are distractions. 

Dwight kicks ass as the Sheriff and there is plenty for the cast and a Trouble to deal with. We've barely scratched the surface of the new roles introduced in Haven Season 4. There's no need to go so big when everything they have is right before them. 


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Good thought on the Ruin being William and Audrey. I took it as the destruction of the Barn (and Agent Howard), i.e. she is the reincarnation of Agent Howard, who keeps Audrey atoning and William from stopping her. I am Canadian, so have appreciated Jane Eastwood's (Gloria, the ME) work since I was a child. She has been charming audiences since 1970. I am so impressed with Adam Copeland! He has done such a great job as Dwight. Haven originally credited him just as WWE Superstar The Edge. I read up on him, another Canadian, and he is so much more than the ex-wrestler I considered him. I'm so glad he has come into his own. He deserves every bit of success.

@ drobertbaker .

it's just EDGE and like most WWE Superstars he's a better actor and can play a better character than most regular actors


I too thought the episode was weak. Only two episodes left and so ,much to wrap up. We don't have any more time for filler. I too thought of the merpeople when the guy talked about his friend. I hope Haven can do it.


In this episode, i liked the video guys. it reminded me of supernatural when they did that. The guy was sounded like he was refering to the merpeople that took his friend. It was nice seeing duke in love. I am glad audrey told someone about what william said to her. I was thinking the monstor was a test until it reached jennifer. I laughed a little because she has become the door-person. Maybe that is what agent howard was and now she is the new one. I t did have the guard symbol. I always wonder why the town does not do a census of people's trouble not public knowledge but for warning. would that be bad thing?

@ Michelle

Agreed! I quite liked the episode. Episode 11 of pretty much every other season has been a filler before the onslaught of a mammoth double finale, and at least this one poked fun at the lame excuses for the troubles, and poor Duke's "grunge" hair! I'm really enjoying our new ME, she's a little like Eleanor Carr from season 1. And I'm loving the expanded role of Dwight, he's great as Sheriff! I've been saying all along Jenny's the new Agent Howard! I'm stoked that whatever she is is lending itself to the greater mystery/arc of the Guard's symbol too. Although the potential for it to break Duke's heart is not so good. I thought perhaps Jennifer was herself was protected from the beast... not the book, but I suppose whatever happened at that moment activated the book.

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Haven Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

Nathan: Jennifer can do that?
Dwight: As far as I can tell, everyone younger than me can do that.

OK - We've all seen Real Bigfoot Housewives. Nobody takes these conspiracy guys seriously.