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Supernatural recap: Dark Dynasty

The return of the Styne family leads to a shocking reveal and the death of a beloved character.

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Katie Yu/The CW


TV Show
Sci-fi, Drama
run date:
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins
The CW
Current Status:
In Season

Well, the Stynes are officially my least favorite people in the world. I’ll admit, at the start of the hour, I was mostly focused on the fact that they were attractive. Then, when they revealed that they’re really the Frankenstein family—yes, that Frankenstein—I found them to be both hot and fascinating. But when they killed Charlie? Yep, they lost me forever.

Honestly, toward the end of that hour, even as things started to look bad, I didn’t think the show would go so far as to kill Charlie. There’s no way! I kept waiting for Cas to zap his way to the motel. But when I saw the look on Sam’s face, my heart dropped. Charlie is dead. And I’m not even sure I’m emotionally capable of writing this recap. Let’s see how it goes.

We start things in Nebraska, where Eldon Styne scoops out the eyeballs of some innocent college student. Apparently, it’s called “harvesting,” and it’s a family specialty. Also a family specialty? Jumping out of third-story windows and landing on their feet. So at this point, I’m positive they’re some sort of monster.

And when we follow Eldon back to Louisiana, where we meet his stern father, I start to think they’re monsters with daddy issues. But more than anything, they’re the monsters who have been assigned to find both Charlie and the Winchesters … and more importantly, the Book of the Damned.

Of course, we know that the book is currently hanging out with Rowena, who can’t seem to crack it even with the codex. And with Dean getting worse every day, it’s evident that “Samuel” is going to need to think of something else.

Back at the bunker, Dean suspects Sam of having a woman friend—if only he knew—before he updates Sam on his research into the Stynes. That’s right: Sam’s doing things and Dean’s back at the bunker doing research.

Apparently, the Stynes helped Hitler get started, which is really all you need to know. But when Dean can’t figure out why their family lineage just stopped when he traced it back to the 1800s, Sam sneaks off again. His next great idea? Asking Charlie to work behind Dean’s back to help Rowena in the decoding process.

But that’s not where Sam stops. Nope, he also ropes in Cas to act as the referee for the feisty redheads. As Sam puts it, they need Cas’ “spiritual muscle” to keep them in line. Nobody seems to like Sam’s plan, but there’s no denying those Sam Winchester puppy eyes. When he begs, you just say yes. (Except for Rowena—she says yes because she has no choice.)

Speaking of Rowena, when Crowley finds out that she’s missing, he asks his hamster—otherwise known as the leader of the Grand Coven—for answers. Let’s just say he utters the words “the demon lover” before asking his minion to locate someone. So that should be fun.

NEXT: R.I.P. Charlie