I gotta ask a question about Hannah. Does she seem a little suspicious to anyone else?
Robbie said he named her Hannah just so he could use the “Hannah and Her Sisters” joke. That would be from a movie with the following character description:
The leading characters are three sisters: Lee, the woman of Frederick, an old misanthrope painter; Holly, who dreams of becoming a writer, or an actress, or who knows who…; Hannah, famous actress, beautiful, intelligent, good mother, good wife, good sister, in short perfect, the pivot of the family.
So movie Hannah is basically too good to be true, right? And she’s the point around which everyone else revolves.
Earlier, I mentioned that the way Metatron phrased things as leaving Hannah alone alive to tell the tale reminded me of some other stories. All those sole surviving tale tellers were agents of fate, or God. Other than in the case of Job’s servants, they get to do the majority of the talking, observing, and interacting with the villains. Ishmael is a likable guy telling us about the obsessions of Ahab and how he leads all his other followers to their doom. Dave Bowman is a stand-up fellow going up against and defeating HAL 9000, but only after everyone else on board is dead. Odysseus is the hero of the tale he tells, outwitting various supernatural entities along his journey, but losing his entire crew before he gets back home.
Metatron calls Hannah by name. She’s got a definite role in his script. He seems to have chosen her specifically. She’s rather pivotal because she’s not only telling the tale, she’s encouraging Cas into taking a certain path. The same path Metatron wants Cas to take.
When we first see her, she is a shadowy figure just about to stab Cas in the back. He turns and she tells her tale.
Look at her injuries. I don’t recall any other angels caught in fights looking quite like her. Her right eye is swollen shut and there are strange scratches on her face. I know I keep harping on this, but Metatron’s books had a really strong theme running through them about different forms of blindness. And Metatron himself is absolutely missing the point of most of them. He knows the facts, but doesn’t get the intent…much like Cas is right after receiving Metatron’s media download. It’s kind of like he’s “half blind”. Or he’s lacking in depth perception because he’s only looking at half of the story.
Metatron also mentions the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze. In that story, the owner of a stolen horse doesn’t recognize the animal because its distinctive blaze has been covered up with dye.
Holmes notes that Gregory is “an extremely good officer,” and observes that the only quality he lacks is imagination—the ability to imagine what might have happened on a given occasion, and act on this intuition.
I’d say Cas would fit that description much of the time. He used imagination back when he slyly told Dean how to get an archangel into the same room with Lilith, but most of the time he seems pretty straight-forward. That’s actually how Metatron managed to trick him the first time, because Cas never imagined that Metatron wasn’t telling him the truth about the Heaven trials.
In Mystery Spot, we saw that Gabriel was able to make himself look like a different guy who ate pancakes with maple syrup. He was right there every day, but Sam never saw him through his disguise. (Until he finally made a little slip and ordered something different.)
So, here’s another question: Is Hannah possibly a true puppet of Metatron in his story, or even Metatron in disguise? He’s the one telling the tale on the grand stage, isn’t he? He expects to be the survivor. Presumably he can make himself look like other people/angels in his little play, just like Gabriel could. And he doesn’t just want to be the writer, he said he wants to be the hero to Cas’ villain. So that would mean he’d actually have to be one of the characters, too, wouldn’t he? Maybe he wants to play more than one character or work the strings on another character who is fully his own creation and will do exactly as told.
If he does want a more interesting part than that of the white whale, or the monolith-building aliens, or Zeus removed from the action on his mountaintop, what better part for him to play than the heroic, pivotal, perfect sole survivor, left to tell the tale?
I don’t know, but I’m keeping both my eyes on her. And maybe Cas is too, keeping his friends close, but his enemies closer.
Screen caps from Home of the Nutty.