This week’s episode of “Supernatural” takes the boys to Great Falls, Montana where they investigate the case of a man who may or may not be a Zombie.
When Sam and Dean go to investigate the body, it reanimates and walks away from the hospital slab. They follow and Dean holds the man at gunpoint demanding answers. The man says he doesn’t know who or what he is but all he does is die.
The man, Shane, admits that he’s died once a day every day for as long as he can remember, but comes back within a few hours. Dean tests Shane to determine if he’s evil, but he passes the tests. Sam starts to think maybe Shane’s not the monster but the victim. They agree to let Shane stay with them until they figure out what’s going on.
In the middle of the night a woman appears in Shane’s hotel room. He awakens and asks her who she is; she attempts to stab him. Sam and Dean, in the room next door, hear the commotion and come in to help. The woman swats them aside and continues to fight with Shane.
They’re evenly matched. He finally gets the upper hand, holds the knife to her face, and asks her again for her identity. She tells him she’s his worst enemy and then fades away into nothing. A few moments later he has a heart attack and dies.
While the boys sit and wait for Shane to come back to life, they try to figure out what he could be. They’re interrupted by a knock at the door. A woman, Hayley, says the boy with her, Oliver, is Shane’s son. Hayley sees Shane’s body on the bed and invites herself inside.
She tells Sam and Dean the story of how she and Shane met; that she knew there was something off about him. By the end of the night they were intimate and then he had a heart attack and died. When she went to claim the body, he awoke. Scared, she ran. Nine months later Oliver was born.
She attempted to find Shane, even going so far as to hire a Private Investigator. They had no luck. A few months ago something happened that led her to begin the search anew. As she begins the story, Shane awakens and walks outside. She tells him it’s time he met Oliver.
Sam does some research and finds Shane is a Titan – a proto-God. They reigned over Greece before being overthrown by Zeus and the Olympian Gods. “Shane” is actually Prometheus.
Prometheus, Sam explains, stole fire from Mt. Olympus when Zeus decided to revoke the power of fire from Man. Man was left unable to warm himself, cook, or see when it became dark. In retaliation for Prometheus’ theft, Zeus tied him to a mountain and forced Prometheus to relive death every day. Sam figures out that the woman that attacked “Shane” in the hotel room was Artemis, Zeus’ daughter.
Sam and Dean fill Shane in on his real identity. He decides the best way he can keep his family safe is to leave. The boys are not keen on this idea. They tell him they need a plan and will take him to a safe place. Hayley then comes in with Oliver who fell while playing. Shane realizes Oliver is dying; he’s inherited Shane’s curse.
The group returns to the MOL headquarters. Hayley tells the men Oliver began dying daily at age seven. Sam says age seven is one of the first Greek Rites of Manhood. Hayley demands information from Shane so that she can protect Oliver. The boys provide it to her, but she can scarcely believe it.
Dean proposes that they need to summon Zeus and have him reverse the spell and the team begins to search.
Dean stumbles upon a MOL journal about Dracopolis, an ancient Greek hunter who fought with Zeus. Dracopolis summoned Zeus into a trap. To kill Zeus, one would use wood taken from a tree struck by lightning. The spell to summon Zeus involves two ingredients: frozen energy from the head of Zeus along with the bone of a person who worships the old Gods. They begin to search for priests who worship the Gods and Fulgurite, a crystallized lightning bolt. (For more on Fulgurite see S7E1 “Meet the New Boss.”)
Sam finds a pagan group that worships the Gods which takes care of one ingredient. He and Shane head out to the cemetery to retrieve it. Dean and Hayley are left to track down the Fulgurite; a task Dean believes will be difficult. Hayley tells him he can find one in any new age shop.
When both ingredients are secured they summon Zeus. Dean asks him to reverse the spell on Oliver. Zeus finds out Oliver is Prometheus’ son. He tells Dean to let him out of the trap and he’ll break the curse. Dean calls him on his bluff and begins to walk away. Hayley, terrified for her son, breaks the trap. Zeus then zaps the men with energy.
When Zeus moves toward Oliver the boys make a run for Zeus. Artemis appears and pins them to a wall. Zeus asks Hayley if Prometheus witnessed Oliver’s death and is pleased to hear it hurt Prometheus to see it.
Artemis reacts slightly. Sam notices. She then releases the boys and then walks them down a hall. Zeus attacks Shane with an energy ball.
Realizing Artemis has feelings for Prometheus, Sam tries to goad her into action. He questions why she, the God of hunters, was unable to track Prometheus. Maybe she didn’t want to find him. He tells her Shane was in love with her.
Zeus continues to work Prometheus over. As his screams ring out, Artemis glances briefly back in the direction from which they came.
Sam suggests that Artemis let Prometheus go in exchange for hiding their romantic tryst from Zeus. She hid her feelings from everyone until the Zombie story broke and she had to take care of the situation. Sam banks on the fact that Artemis’ feels too strongly to allow either boy or man to suffer.
Zeus, meanwhile, continues to focus on Oliver. He moves to hurt him when Artemis returns, telling him to stop. Zeus blames Prometheus for causing them to lose their kingdom and Artemis needs to obey him. Artemis says she doesn’t know who he is anymore.
She fires an arrow at him but he uses Prometheus as a shield, promising him he will sentence Oliver to the mountain just as he did his father. Prometheus uses the last of his strength to force the arrow through his own chest and into Zeus. They both fall. Artemis removes the arrow, looks to Hayley in sadness, then fades away taking Zeus with her.
The boys light a funeral pyre for Prometheus. Dean lends support to Hayley while Sam goes to Oliver who has been through a trial by fire.
Sam flirts with telling Dean about the blood he’s been coughing up . He tells Dean maybe he was being naive that he could will himself to come out of the trials okay. Dean tells Sam to stop questioning himself and that he’s going to live a long, healthy life.
Alone in his bedroom at the MOL headquarters, Dean calls to Castiel for help. He needs the Angel to look after Sam during the trials. When Castiel doesn’t Dean appear Dean asks, “Where the hell are you, man?”
What did you guys think of this episode? Did you like the Greek God story line? Do you think Sam would have eventually confessed to Dean had Dean not cut him off? Sound off below and let me know what you think.
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