Supernatural’s “There Will Be Blood” fell short of where the show needs to be in the penultimate episode of the season. Despite the welcome return of such guest stars as Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard and Rick Worthy, the episode was flat, with some very jarring moments that yanked me out of the story. More than ever, the writing made me resent the narrative time wasted in “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” because sure enough, we are headed into the finale without enough exploration of why the boys and Bobby are where they are.
Part of the blame lies with writers Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin. These writing partners have written some brilliant episodes—I loved “Dark Side of the Moon,” while “Frontierland” is a fan favourite. But they’ve been off their game this season.
“The Girl Next Door” would have benefitted from more exploration of Amy’s dual nature, “Time for a Wedding” was a tonal misfire with several logic gaps, and “Plucky Pennywhistle,” while not a failure for many, didn’t come near the comedic brilliance of episodes like “The Real Ghostbusters,” or “Tall Tales.” This week’s “There Will Be Blood” simply didn’t build the kind of anticipation needed to head into the finale. It squanders all the character-driven tension created in last week’s excellent “Reading is Fundamental.”
Dabb and Loflin touch on all the expected story points. For example, we see Sam and Dean arguing about what to do about the Bobby problem. But as Dean points out, Sam has been flip flopping back and forth on what his stance is.In “Of Grave Importance,” Sam was hopeful the boys could find a way to make the situation work. In “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” rather suddenly he was on the vengeful spirit train, a position he is now arguing forcefully.