My fellow writer Patrick Donovan recently pointed out that I’ve neglected one of his favorite television shows in my weekly feature Fangs God It’s Friday. So this week, I’m going to fix that. Although, I’m going to save the Winchester boys for the future (soon, I promise), I decided to go for one of Supernatural‘s first vampires.
Luther shows up in the first season of Supernatural. The series managed to hold off on a vampire episode until its twentieth entitled Dead Man’s Blood, and it’s damn good. Part of what made it work was how they handled the vampires. They aren’t treated as tragic immortals, and they aren’t just plain evil. They have to kill to survive, and the ones we meet in this episode are survivors who’ve embraced that deadly need.
We’re offered small hints to Luther’s history, and there’s a depth to the character which the script and actor Warren Christie deliver well. He never displays the stereotypical arrogance most vampires are given. We learn he was born in the 1800’s, and while you get the impression he’s originally from the Wild West, that’s never confirmed. While he kills without any sign of regret, he’s sincere in how he pleads to one of the Winchesters about why these hunters can’t just leave them (the vampires) alone. He’s also a practical killer. When he learns his lover Kate and a few of his other followers have killed a hunter, he’s actually troubled, knowing their act might lead other hunters to them. That’s exactly what happens, and sadly, the Winchesters make sure we won’t see Luther in an any future episodes… barring flashbacks or time travel.