This is a quiet, frightened, insignificant old man who has been nothing all his life - who has never had recognition - or his name in the newspapers. Nobody knows him. Nobody quotes him. Nobody seeks his advice after seventy-five years. Gentlemen, that’s a very sad thing to be nothing. A man like this needs to be quoted, to be listened to, to be quoted just once - very important to him…He wouldn’t really lie. But perhaps he made himself believe that he heard those words and recognized the boy’s face.
“As he pulls out his wallet to show them “facts”, out flies a picture of him with his son. He threatens everyone that he will not be intimidated. He glances at the picture, painfully rages at his own family’s relationships and his own sense of guilt, and tears the photograph to shreds. Broken and contrite, Juror # 3 sobs into his contorted fist: “Not guilty. Not guilty.”
There are many things to talk about in 12x14, so of course I’m choosing to start from the things that were not in the episode, namely Cas and Crowley, as you do. I’m kidding, this is actually about the Alpha vampire and the British Men of Letters. And Cas and Crowley. And everyone else.
Something that got my attention about 12x14 was the season 7 feels. Actually, all of season 12 hasn’t been scarce in its season 7 callbacks and references, especially in regards to Cas, but The Raid in particular had some interesting bits. @charlie-minion in this post has pointed out the parallel between Dean’s softened attitude towards Mary at the end of the episode with Dean’s attitude towards Cas in 7x01 when his body starts to drastically fail under the pressure of the Leviathan. Several people have also pointed out the parallel between Dean’s conversation with Jo in 7x04 (Hunters are never kids. I never was) and Dean’s line I never was when Mary tells him he’s not a child. And of course there was the Alpha vampire, whom we’d last seen in 7x22.
Now: why bringing back the Alpha vampire? Well, other than plot reasons (someone they’d need to use the Colt to kill) and extradiegetic reasons (the dangling thread of the Alpha vampire’s promise to “see you”), I think there are other subtextual/structural reasons. Partly related to the character’s role ins season 6 (the parallels between Samuel, Crowley, Cas, Mary, the British Men of Letters…) and partly, I suspect, related to the Alpha vampire’s role in the final portion of season 7.
My question is: can we see the British Men of Letters as a Leviathan parallel, and the process of taking the BMoL down as a parallel to the spell to send the Leviathan back to Purgatory?
The British Men of Letters don’t really seem to have much in common with the Leviathan in terms of goals and motivations, but if we look closely there are some things they kind of have in common. The professionalism in their organization, for instance; the Leviathan were different from regular monsters because they organized as a corporation, the BMoL are different than hunters because of their organization as some kind of corporation, too. There are some kind of territorial issues regarding the United States; the Leviathan’s plans were to subdue the human population of the United States (the demons could have Canada) and once the US were done, they could extend to other countries, the BMoL’s current plans are to eliminate monsters from the territory of the United States, and I guess that their intention is to do the same with other countries with “monster problems”.
There are also things that ping my radar like the fact that the tablets arc started in regards of the Leviathan, and Metatron was introduced, although only mentioned, in 7x21, and now the BMoL seem to have assumed the “meta” role of Metatron in the narrative, their reports and communications thus working as an equivalent of the tablets.
Speaking of the tablets - the Alpha vampire’s role in 7x22 is exactly connected to the instructions on the Leviathan tablet. 7x21 Reading Is Fundamental, 7x22 There Will Be Blood and 7x23 Survival Of The Fittest all feature the research for the way to get rid of the Leviathan; in 7x21, Kevin translates the Leviathan tablet:
Cut off the head, and the body will founder. Waste not thy time nor your breath upon the Leviathan herd. Point thy blade at the heart of their master, for from him springs all their messages. Leviathan cannot be slain but by a bone of a righteous mortal, as light and good as the Leviathan are hungry and dark, washed in the three blood of the fallen: a fallen angel, the ruler of the fallen humanity, and a father of fallen beasts.
One of the most interesting characteristics of the Leviathan is that the Leviathan - despite being referred to as a “they” as plural - is an actually one monster composed of different parts. That’s why hitting Dick Roman sent all the rest to Purgatory along with him - technically, Dick wasn’t one Leviathan among others, but he was the head, the most important part of the Leviathan as a whole.
I am wondering if season 12 is going to frame the “old men” in charge of the British Men of Letters as some kind of narrative equivalent of Dick Roman, minus the dick jokes (Mr Ketch seems to cover the homoerotic part efficiently…).
I am also wondering whether the “seduction” Ketch is operating (relatively successfully on Mary, not on Dean) could be paralleled to the effect of the Leviathan’s corn syrup, in a way - making the hunters docile and useful to the BMoL’s ends, via manipulation instead of chemicals.
Basically, a whole “reverse Leviathan” situation, with an organization of humans trying to eliminate monsters instead of an organization of monsters trying to make humans into food, and so on - so, why not a “reverse Leviathan tablet” situation, where the creatures involved in the spell to take the Leviathan down are victims of the BMoL instead of contributing to defeat the Leviathan?
So let’s get back to the Leviathan tablet, the Alpha vampire, and the rest.
The spell inscribed on the tablet requires the bone of a righteous human coated in the blood of a fallen angel, the king of hell, and an alpha monster. The events of collecting the bloods does not really follow that order (Cas is the first - in an episode that emphasized how the angels see Cas’ relationship with Dean as something that has corrupted him… anyway. um. let’s not digress - then the Alpha vampire also gives them his blood, then it’s Crowley’s turn) but the tablet itself gives us this specific order: bone of righteous human plus blood of fallen angel, king of hell, alpha monster.
Now, let’s put the bone of sister Mary Constant aside for a moment and focus on the creatures that give their blood for the spell: Castiel, Crowley, and the Alpha Vampire.
Basically: the last time we saw the Alpha vampire he was part of a “trio” along with Crowley and Cas. What if again he’s part of a “trio” in the narrative along with Crowley and Cas? More specifically, people who’ll get in trouble because of the British Men of Letters? And maybe, that Sam/Mary/some combination of characters will have to consider killing because of the British Men of Letters?
Let’s make a “you’re living my life in reverse” mental experiment and reverse the order on the Leviathan tablet. Alpha vampire, Crowley and Castiel.
The Alpha vampire comes first. In 12x14, he shows up, to fight against the British Men of Letters. Sam, though, sides with the BMoL, and kills him.
It’s not a difficult choice for Sam. The Alpha vampire is a monster, he’s killed many people, turned many people into monsters, and now he kills people who were in the BMoL base to do their job and didn’t have blood on their own hands. Sam allies with Mick, and the Alpha vampire dies.
What if the next big choices Sam (and Mary, and Dean, and everyone) has to make regard Crowley and Cas?
I mean, it’s pretty obvious that the whole “let’s get rid of all the monsters!!” attitude at some point will have to clash with the fact that some monsters are not evil and in fact some are family. But I expect, in particular, a progression that goes from the Alpha vampire to Crowley and Cas.
I mean, many people have been talking about this kind of issue in relation to Cas, but there also Crowley to put in the picture. Because, while Cas is seen as family by both Sam and Dean (and seemingly Mary, although of course she could rationalize eliminating Cas for the greater good) but Crowley does not possess the same status for the Winchesters. So, I can see Dean and Sam defending Cas from Mary and the rest, but can you see Dean and Sam defending Crowley?
Mary has made it clear what her perception of Crowley is - touch me and I’ll kill you - and Sam, while seemingly more chill around Crowley, does not like him any more. I can see a conflict among the Winchesters arising where Crowley is concerned. Dean, as much as he acts like he doesn’t care, does care for Crowley. It’s super complicated, it’s layered in layers of guilt and shame, but Dean has shared something with Crowley and Crowley does have a place in Dean’s virtual family table. (Maybe neither of them really realize it, definitely not Crowley, so I can see a storyline where things get clear for everyone involved.)
Sam has never tried to hide his feelings of aversion for Crowley. He’s worked with him when needed, but he’s never shared moments with Crowley except the one in the church, that was totally one-sided from Crowley’s side. Sam has acted chill towards Crowley lately because of the various circumstances they’ve been in, but Sam has never really stopped hating Crowley, hasn’t he? He’s never forgotten Crowley for the various things he blames him for (some of which definitely understandable…), including trying to steal Dean from him.
If Sam were in the circumstance of having to kill Crowley, I am sure that he would do it without really hesitating - I don’t think his feelings for Crowley have really changed since the time he used Rowena’s demon-killing instrument to try and kill him, especially if killing Crowley were presented to him as something rationally justified. Dean and Cas, on the other hand - I doubt either of them would willingly kill Crowley.
So I expect the story to go towards a place where Crowley and Cas find themselves in some sort of similar situation to the Alpha vampire - of course, in the case of the Alpha vampire the situation was completely different, because he was indeed a monster and choosing to kill him instead of letting him kill Mick was an easy decision. But if Crowley and Cas gets targeted by the British Men of Letters, if it’s decided that the Colt will have to be used against them, who will make which decision?
A reversal of “always happy to bleed for the Winchesters”, maybe? With the Winchesters sacrificing something/themselves (not necessarily lethally) for Crowley and/or Cas?
Of the past three episodes this one was my favourite, but of course it was, it had Cas in it - however small his part was. I think it was the best structured for the story as well though and for where it left us in terms of speculation and meta. Basically I have a lot to say.
Davy Perez returns for 12x15 and I think he had a lot of fun with this one.
Lucille makes an appearance and I am sure that fans of the
Walking Dead recoiled in horror watching Dean Winchester carry that horrid bat,
I also enjoyed poor suffering Castiel dealing with the crazy “lizard people” man
and the Queen making an appearance (much to Misha’s delight I’m sure).
Other smaller moments I liked – the overlapping
conversations both Dean and Sam had to Cas and Mary respectively that led to a
blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment where it was easy to mishear Dean saying “I
love you too” to Castiel. In a Perez episode. When his last episode was 12x12. Which
was the episode where Cas confessed his undying love? Yeah that ain’t a
Also Gwen was a totally awesome character of the week who
was twice able to fight off a hellhound that she couldn’t see. Please keep
giving us these awesome female characters show. We are starved and scramble for
this kind of stuff.
Final small point - Winchesters in glasses *drools*.
For the longer meta points however I’ll start with something that grinded my gears on first watch…
Dean Winchester – No longer
Yeah this bothered me.. When did DEAN “bathing in purell
tonight” Winchester not care about showering after getting covered in monster
goop? There is only ONE OTHER time in the whole series that that was the case…
Purgatory. Perez sure loves his call backs to previous seasons. I didn’t pick up on it at first and basically huffed a “that’s out of character” at the screen. But I have since thought about this and re-watched the episode a couple of times and well, its clearly a purgatory callback now. I had to kick myself for getting grumpy at first.
So why are we calling back to Purgatory Dean? Where it “felt
pure” and his mission was to “find the angel” at all costs? I know Davy Perez is
new, but I can’t imagine him getting the characterisation so wrong here,
especially after what he has given us so far. Dean is in purgatory mode. He is
going from hunt to hunt unknowingly from the BMOL’s leads and thriving in the
kill. Could this be because after twice being told “you’re a killer Dean Winchester”
he’s decided to accept it? The last time he truly embraced that killer side of
him was in purgatory after all (the mark of cain does not count since he fought
against it with every fibre of his being). I think the nod to Lucille also
kinda comes into this here. Dean with a distinctive weapon, being the thing
that the monsters fear most, it’s some very strong imagery. We are being lead
to believe that Dean truly IS the “killer”, the “American Ketch” if you like.
So of course I fully expect him to defy the BMOL expectations and fight against
that eventually. Dean is on a journey of self-acceptance after all. When he
realises he is SO MUCH MORE than just a “killer” (no matter how pure he felt in
purgatory) his journey will be complete.
Sam and Lying
I have already covered this briefly in part 1, but Dean is our token
excellent liar in this show and yet right now he really is on an honesty kick.
Sam however, is not. “Oh so we lie?” “Yeah.
A lot” The interesting thing about Sam’s lying is that when he does lie, he generally thinks it
is for the best. This is the case with their lies to Gwen and it is also the
case with his lies to Dean about the BMOL. He thinks it will give his brother “peace”
to just keep it to himself for the time being. Then he has this conversation with Gwen where she says:
“If I’d just told him, why couldn’t I just tell him the
“but I didn’t, I lied, I lied to make things easier”
This show does love its character parallels after all. This
one was pretty obvious. Marcus is Dean getting ripped to shreds by the
hellhound, Gwen is Sam lying to make things easier.
Now aside from the uncomfortable wincest implications of
such a mirror this is a good point. Because as I said about 12x14, Sam chooses
the objective path rather than the emotional path pretty much all the time,
because it is easier for him. He may
be emotionally intelligent in how he deals with difficult situations generally,
but when it comes to his brother and potentially difficult differences of
opinion, he would rather keep things quiet.
(I will talk more about Gwen and Marcus as mirrors a bit
It is pretty clear to the audience that this conversation
with Gwen is what makes Sam decide to tell Dean the truth about working with
the Brits. It is evident of how far the boys have come that we are no longer
seeing such a toxic relationship of lying
and sacrifice etc etc so much anymore (since it was getting super old). Though
he still hasn’t told Dean all the details, and whilst Dean warns that “the
minute something feels off we bail” I can’t see Sam actually bailing now. For
some reason I reckon Sam has picked his side and is determined to set things
right. I expect to see his relationship with Mick develop into almost trust by
season end and I ALSO expect that another wedge will be formed between Dean and
Sam because of this.
Crowley – rubbing off
I’m sorry I couldn’t help but make a joke about that line. Which
I will never get out of my head! Crowley was really the star of this episode
(mainly because Cas only had a small part and even my extremely biased self
couldn’t give this one to him and that hot angel dude who was manipulating him).
Nope Crowley wins it. He was brilliant. Crowley is still desperately trying to
pull his “I don’t care about the Winchesters” act. I’m glad to see that
EVERYONE sees through this at this stage.
I was talking to @purplesummer91 after watching this episode
(we watched it together with pizza) about how I was so infuriated with
Bucklemming for writing Crowley so fucking dumb in 12x13. For choosing to put
Lucifer into a purpose built vessel and chain him up in a way that was clearly
not going to go well for Crowley. We were both super pissed off about it. Even all
the painfully cringe worthy exposition couldn’t save Crowleys character in
12x13. Bucklemming probably had some stupid plan for Lucifer to get out and
rape a few more people before finally doing something really stupid and out of
character for Lucifer and move to LA to solve crimes… pfft…
Davy Perez however, is now the hero who has saved the
script, and Crowley, from their slimy incompetent hands. What he managed to do
in this episode was actually have Crowley’s plan make sense again. His “ten
steps ahead” speech was really clever of Perez. Giving Crowley the upper hand
and putting him right back where his character belongs – as the smartest character
in the whole fucking show. Now, I get bored of generic suit wearing demons and
angels as much as the next person, and the weakest part of this episode was
those two idiots trying to barter with Lucifer and set him free (everyone in
hell should really know by now that you stick with Crowley if you actually
wanna live at least a little while longer) and whilst I am really bored of
Lucifer (and don’t like the season 12 rendition of him at all) I enjoyed
watching Crowley beat him down again. It felt like some spiteful revenge on
Bucklemming and their idiocy – your next job Davy is to bring Charlie back and
have her joke about how terribly stupid her supposed “death” was and how only
an idiot would really believe her quick thinking glamour magic from Oz to put
the Stines off her trail (if you haven’t noticed already, I’m still super
Let’s talk about Drowley for a moment though. Because as @purplesummer91 and I discussed after watching, we still can’t believe this is
still a thing. I mean, okay, sure. They had their fun together in early season
10, but the fact that the writers continuously bring this back and shove it
rather graphically in all of our faces is something else. Never let a hater
tell you that Bi!Dean is all in your head, or that you only want it for your
ship… because NO ONE ASKED FOR FUCKING DROWLEY. The show chose that. They chose
to shove that down our throats and practically make it canon. The fact that it
is so fucking obvious in canon is still unbelievable every time we get another
“Maybe you rubbed off on me, maybe I rubbed off all over you”.
Thanks Crowley for that mental image. Where is Sam so I can borrow his brain bleach?
If you are doubting the impact of this line from a shipping
perspective, ask yourselves this: would
that line have had as much impact if he had said it to Sam?
Yes, Crowley talks in innuendos, and loves to be overly
sexual with the boys, BUT since season 10 and Crowley and Dean’s “summer of
love” his sexual jokes have been almost exclusively to Dean. Because Crowley,
being the intelligent guy he is, knows that they would have far greater effect
on Dean – Since they are fucking true and there is nothing Dean can do about
that. Crowley has been Dean’s subtextual ex-boyfriend for two and a half
seasons now. This is not something we as fangirls wanted or needed, but the
show went there. I’m never getting over that. Ever.
The other important Crowley point to talk about is how he
was actually validated this episode for the good he has done. Dean’s sincere
thank you for saving Cas, even though Crowley tries to brush it off as wanting
to spare himself from the man pain, it is obvious at this stage that he cares
for Cas (we talked about this in 12x12 anyway so I won’t go into detail). Sam’s
thank you was even more heartfelt, and genuine and sincere, and Crowley didn’t
even come back with a snarky remark that time, nor did he brush off Gwen’s hug
which was extremely heartwarming. Oh Crowley, you big softy. We all know you
still just want to be loved.
Castiel – Angel of
Earth – Hunter of Lizard People?
Why is it every time Cas graces our screens I grin like an
idiot in love. I was a bit sad that Cas’s role in this episode was so small
baring in mind we don’t get him for another three episodes (which I’m slightly
pissy about FYI) and we didn’t get him for the last two either. But, Perez
seems to be becoming the next Robbie Thompson for giving us a lot of info and
meta content in a short space of time.
Cas was so freaking adorable
in this episode. Who would have thought that it was canon that Cas is a Beyoncé
fan to start with – enough that he knows the name of her sister and used it as his alias. Honestly I can see Dean rolling
his eyes but still gazing at him with heaps of affection. The upside down FBI
badge really has become a running joke. Cas just isn’t quite there yet in his
hunter skills. (all this means for me is that I hope by the end of the series we
will get an episode where Cas swoops in like a skilled hunter, flashes his
badge in sync with Dean and is perfectly able to interview a witness without
any issues whatsoever – AND give them a classic flirtatious wink at the end.)
His utter exasperation over the conspiracy theorists lizard
people story was hilarious. As was Cas banging his head against the door. Cas
was so done with this guy. But at least he got his Kelly Kline lead.
I think it is important to point out that at this stage, Cas
is so disillusioned with his siblings that the moment he sees one he pulls out
his blade to defend himself. It breaks my heart but the Dean Winchester in me
wants to scream out “Damn right you defend yourself sweetheart. You stab that
dick with wings!” As hot as Kelvin is I just don’t trust him one bit. Nor do I
buy what he is selling here. What I LOVE is that we are getting MORE unanswered
questions to Cas too add to the heap we already have.
“You ever miss it?
“I love Earth, smells
like hay, but it’s not home is it?”
“imagine it Castiel, for you to come and go as
you please, be part of your family, your true family again”
Castiel doesn’t answer ANY of these questions, he diverts
them. And this is so so interesting to see happening in a script written by the
same writer who gave us “Knowing you has
been the best part of my life, you’re my family, I love you, I love all of you”.
We KNOW as an audience that Cas has chosen who his family, his home is, and
it’s not heaven. But the fact that the angels don’t know this, that they STILL
think they can manipulate Castiel with talk of acceptance and power… I can’t
wait for him to turn to them and basically say “fuck you guys. I am going back
to my boyfriend because HE LOVES ME.” And honestly this is where all the coming
out/non accepting family of a queer kid metaphors come into play and I LOVE
In fact the ONLY part of Kelvins whole little speech there
that perked Castiel’s interest was mentioning Joshua and this:
”the gardeners got a
plan, all we ask is that you hear him out for the greater good.” And at that moment we know Cas is done for,
because his second biggest weakness (next to a certain Mr Humanity) is doing
the right thing – doing it for the “greater good”.
Cas isn’t going back to heaven for acceptance, to get his ‘home’
back, or for power. He is going back because Joshua has a plan that may help ‘the
greater good’ and that is a pitch that Cas can’t say no to. His face when
Kelvin asked him if he was ready at the end, again, no answer. He didn’t look
ready at all, and I HATE seeing Cas in pain. Especially since apparently we ain’t
gonna see him again until 12x19 which I am super pissed off about. Urgh.
But I just need to mention that final moment, Dean Winchester
looks down at his phone after Cas hung up and says “he sound weird to you?” we don’t get an answer from Sam but I would
bet money on that answer being “no?” because only Dean has that connection to
Cas that means he can tell if something is wrong over a fucking PHONE CALL.
They are such husbands OMG. Dean is gonna be so upset when he finds out Cas has
gone back to heaven. This is gonna hurt to watch.
Gwen and Marcus –
The last point I wanted to talk about was how Gwen and
Marcus appear to be a mirror for Sam and Dean’s relationship in the show. This was
obvious when Gwen spoke to Sam in the car and Sam clearly took her experience
and advice and was inspired to tell Dean the truth. The show does this A LOT with
various MOTW characters being some way mirrored with the boys in order for the
boys to learn a lesson of some kind. There are often multiple parallels in
place however and the other parallel here was Dean and Cas. Yes, there are both
Wincest and Destiel readings in this doomed couple. Am I happy about this? Not
really, but the interpretation is there.
Now, obviously the wincest parallel is easily disregarded as
a legitimate romantic thing because the show is NEVER gonna go there. Don’t
stress people. That’s not what I’m saying. If it was I’d quit watching in a
heartbeat. *shudder*. The meaning of the mirror here is that our Sam character
Gwen, kept lying to the Dean character Marcus, which ultimately lead to Marcus’s
death. Gwen blames herself for his death because she lied about her feelings
There are multiple layers to this reading. Marcus was
clearly in love with Gwen, he wanted her by his side and dreaded her leaving
him to go to college. (this all plays nicely with the Winchesters history and
Sam leaving Dean to go to Stanford). The main point of takeaway here is that
Gwen didn’t feel the same way about Marcus that he did about her. Gwen wanted something more in her life, she wanted
to pursue a future that she didn’t feel she could have with Marcus by her side.
Is this foreshadowing of the Winchesters going their separate ways? Dean always
has been the clingier of the two, and I have been saying throughout this entire
post that Dean is emotional whereas Sam is logical. The situation matches Gwen
and Marcus. Marcus was holding on to a dream ruled by his feelings, whereas
Gwen was far more logical and rational about their situation. Is Sam going to
break away from Dean? If he doesn’t break away? Could this lead to Dean’s doom?
Ultimately I don’t think this season is gonna end well for
Dean – call it a hunch, but with the way Ketch was eyeing him up and the
differences between them I dunno, I can just see a clash in the future that I
think will involve Cas somehow… but that is pure speculation. I also think that
this could foreshadow Sam choosing to go to the UK to learn with the BMOL…
The other parallel is similar. In this episode Cas struggles
with choosing to leaving earth and going back to heaven. Leaving Dean. The difference is that unlike Gwen, we KNOW that Cas
loves Dean. His feelings have been laid out in the text. But poor self-hating
Dean doesn’t know that. Will Cas keep the fact that he went back to heaven/is
working with heaven again from Dean? How will that affect their relationship?
We know that Dean loves Cas, but we have yet to have the moment where he admits
to Cas that he loves him too (which I will put money on happening by season
end). Dean could EASILY view Cas’s heartfelt confession as platonic familial
love and therefore feel rejected, especially if Cas now leaves him for heaven
once again. Dean’s main issue throughout pretty much ALL OF THE SERIES prior to
Cas’s break up with heaven in season 11 was that Cas kept leaving him. Ironic
since they are now paralleled by a couple where the Cas mirror NOT leaving him
and telling him the truth lead the Dean mirror to his death.
Basically this is how I see it. If Cas and Sam chose to stay
by Dean’s side and keep secrets from him, then Dean is likely to die. If they
are honest with him, and leave him, then he will live. Could this be
foreshadowing an ultimatum somewhere along the way? If you leave Earth, return
to heaven and stay away from OUR territory, then we won’t kill the man you
OR, If you go to London with us, work with us there, then we
won’t kill your brother?
This is pure speculation of course, but I liked the
parallel, and how it foreshadows Dean ending this season very much alone and
feeling like he was rejected by choice.
I’ve become obsessed with the idea of FAHC!Ryan getting called for jury duty.
Like pick your favorite reason that he gets that summons in the mail. Maybe it’s the really convincing tax returns for one of his fake identities that Gavin created. Personally, I really like the idea that even as a criminal Ryan is still an upstanding citizen who’s made sure to register to vote in Los Santos. So Ryan gets his summons and runs to the crew, ready to demand (or have Lindsay or Geoff demand) that Gavin hacks the system to get him out of it.
So of course the second he goes to complain to Lindsay about it they get the word that Michael’s case didn’t get excused at pre-trial like they had planned. Lindsay makes the executive decision that, instead of just breaking him out of prison, the best way to make this go away is for the jury to find Michael not guilty.
Which means Ryan gets stuck playing nice all through the entire trial process. There was an outfit montage where Lindsay, Mica, and Meg went through Ryan’s closet to pick out the least threatening outfit they can for the city’s most notorious killer to wear to court. (It was surprisingly easy and they all agreed how disturbing it was to see the Vagabond in wireless glasses and a frumpy dad suit).
When it comes to the actual trial Ryan really has things cut out for him. Michael is so obviously guilty that Ryan honestly can’t believe they bothered with a trial. He didn’t know it was even possible to leave that much evidence when you blew up a building.
And it’s 11 to Ryan’s 1 when they go back to deliberate and he’s forced to use every ounce of charm he has to convince the other eleven people in that room the cherub faced kid who looked like he was wearing his dad’s suit couldn’t possibly be the same person who blew up the westbound bridge. It took two full eight hour days before they finally came back with a vote of not guilty.
Ryan insisted his code name be Henry Fonda for their next heist.