Supernatural 14×16 recap: Season 14, Episode 16, “Don’t Go in the Woods,” Aired March 21, 2019
Things have gotten dark and deadly this season, so it’s incredibly refreshing to get a good ol’ fashioned monster hunt. It’s been 14 seasons, but we still get nostalgic for the simple times of monsters, urban legends and ghosts. This monster hunt definitely still gave us some emotional moments, but “Don’t Go in the Woods” still feels like a throw back to the early days of Supernatural and we dig it.
Let’s take a look at the biggest takeaways.
Ghost Facers needs to come back
Remember those kids that live in the town where the bunker is located? They bump into Jack and it’s kind of hilarious because they KNOW about monsters and stuff. One of the kids is watching a Ghost Facers video, which makes everything feel full circle after the news of the series ending. It also reminds us that we love the Ghost Facers and need them to come back.
Jack needs life experience
Jack really is a Bambi. His wide eyed, overly honest encounter with the locals gives us some serious early season Cas vibes. He may be the most powerful 2 year old in the universe, but you would never guess by talking to him. Jack is definitely one of those dudes that needs to go to college to find himself. We get that there are lots of factors here, but he needs to get out of the bunker and hang with some people that aren’t Sam and Dean.
Knowledge is power, but maybe not the hunter kind
This episode gave us a very interesting parallel about the monster world and about why the Hunters keep things a secret. While Jack was off discovering the downside of the Hunter’s truth, the Winchesters were explaining why keeping monsters a secret is best for everyone. Based on the reaction of the locals with Jack, it’s clear that Dean and Sam’s way is the best.
Jack’s struggle is real
This guy just wants to find his place in the world, but it is always an uphill battle for him. He is too naive for the hunter world, and too powerful for the human world. Cas is the only one who really gets him, but Cas can never fully understand what life is like for a half human, son of Lucifer who absorbed the grace of his Archangel Uncle. Phew. His power is isolating.
Jack may not be a Winchester by blood, but he already adopted the Winchester way. In recent years, we have seen Sam and Dean become a little more self aware. They don’t cover up their emotions as much as they used to, but it’s still their first instinct. After making friends, impressing them, stabbing one, healing her and being rejected by the friends – we’d expect Jack to be an emotional mess, but he’s not. He lies. We’ve seen what bottled up emotions do to a hunter, we are a little nervous to see what they will do to a powerful being like Jack.