Was Supernatural's Hitler Episode Just Right or All Kinds of Wrong?

Supernatural Recap

Dean Winchester, you deserve more than just pie for killing Hitler.

I must confess, I went into Thursday’s Supernatural episode with some trepidation and a heavy heart in light of recent real world events. The Nazi necromancer-filled hour, which was crafted months ago, found itself playing out during a weird confluence of feelings on my part. (These are confusing times, OK?)

The CW series is hardly the first program to tackle a Nazi-related plot recently (see: Legends of Tomorrow, Timeless). But it went one step further and actually revived Hitler in the body of one of his necromancer followers (Bones‘ Gil Darnell, doing a fine job with a crazy role). Described as “a psychotic Richard Simmons” by co-showrunner Andrew Dabb, the show’s take on the Führer was classic Supernatural: twisted, comedic — maybe too much so — and slightly absurd.

Hitler took to his new surroundings and old friends like an overly energetic child high on sugar, flailing his arms with giddy excitement at every turn. And he really dug his new cell phone. “I sold 10 million copies of Mein Kampf. What do you think I can do with Twitter?!” he exclaimed. Too soon for that joke? Or was it unexpectedly, perfectly timed commentary?

Just when it seemed like the show’s take on Hitler was going to be all silly laughs while ignoring how horrible the man was, the Nazi leader ordered his underlings to feed his descendant — whose blood made his resurrection possible! — to the “doggies.” Thankfully, that’s when Dean and Sam arrived, leading a cowering Hitler to beg for his life.

“Heil this,” Dean said, before shooting the Führer in the head. And then he couldn’t shut up about what he did: “I killed Hitler. I think that entitles me to free drinks for the rest of my life. I’m gonna get T-shirts made.”

And then again, a few minutes later: “I killed Hitler. I think I deserve some pie.” You certainly do.

Supernatural fans, what did you think of the episode? Was it too jokey, or a nice distraction?

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