You remember Kansas City, Dad? The circus went through town every spring right around my birthday. There was this guy.Him and my mom used to drink and fornicate and beat the crap out of me.They’d make a whole night out of it. And I remember one time it was my ninth birthday him and my mom had just finished round one of boozing, boning, beating up Jerome, and were deciding to take a little break.
[Bloodlust] wasn’t just a good scare episode, it was metaphorical of something else,” [script coordinator Michael T.] Moore comments. And Kripke believes that’s why the horror genre is so effective. “When you couch and hide things in metaphor, you’re able to get away with so much more subversive stuff. There’s a human supremacist vibe to Gordon’s language, which is very intentional.”
Executive story editor Sera Gamble elaborates on how this is a cautionary tale. “The episode was really about what Dean would become in ten years if Sam didn’t ask the difficult questions and keep him from getting too militant.”
‘Bloodlust’ was definitely a character-driven story, which is the type of episode story editor Raelle Tucker gravitates toward. “For me, the show is at its best when the supernatural story reveals something new about the brothers, or forces them to change in some way. Sam and Dean’s realization that they’ve basically been raised as 'monster racists’ was really meaty stuff. Exploring those characters’ flaws is just as important as showcasing their heroism – these are the things that make them human, that make us invest in them.
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“Surgeons are control freaks. With a scalpel in your hand you feel unstoppable. There’s no fear. There’s no pain. Your ten feet tall and bullet proof. And then you leave the O.R. and all that perfection, all that beautiful control just falls to crap. “