'Supernatural' finale: Who are the 'evil vamp mimes' on Route 77? Here's why Sam and Dean Winchester are hunting them

'Supernatural' finale: Who are the 'evil vamp mimes' on Route 77? Here's why Sam and Dean Winchester are hunting them
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Will the final episode of 'Supernatural' be a regular ol' Monster of the Week (MOTW) hunt? It sure looks like it. While the episode synopsis says "Baby, it’s the final ride for saving people and hunting things," teasing that the boys will hit the road one final time and the creators have also spoken about the episode being "old school", an exclusive The CW clip shows that they will be going after monsters that Dean jokingly calls "evil vamp mimes". 

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What is more, the "monsters" seem to be connected to a case that their dad, John Winchester had been pursuing in 1986. He had even written about it in his famous journal which is what Dean refers to while Sam looks at a map on the hood of the Impala to figure out where they have to head. It definitely gives viewers a Season 1 vibe of simpler times when the boys drove from town to town "saving people, hunting things".

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Dean tells Sam in the clip, "Dad was working on a string of kidnappings along Route 77". He pulls out the drawing made by a witness at the time to show Sam what they are dealing with -- it's a pencil sketch of a skull-shaped face. It looks very much like the monster Dean faces off against in the first look pictures from the episode and also the four "monsters" they encounter in a barn. It is not clear if the skull shape is a mask or how their faces look like.

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Sam and Dean face off against four men with skull faces or masks (IMDb)

John Winchester's journal also gives the brothers the modus operandi of these monsters. "Kids were taken, the adults were drained, had their tongues ripped out," Dean tells Sam. This is when Dean jokingly suggests they are dealing with "evil mimes", excited at the prospect of some unique foes. Sam tries to ground him, like he usually does, suggesting that they are most probably vampires with fancy masks. But Dean is unwilling to let go of the evil vamp idea but works with Sam's conjecture too. "Vamp mimes," he exclaims, his eyes shining. 

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They finally deduce that the victims are usually around the ages of 5 and 10 with families who live outside town and are a bit isolated from their neighbors. They also figure out that the monsters will probably hit Canton next -- this means they just have to keep an eye on the kids that age living just outside town. 

The clip posted on a Reddit thread soon brought together fans indulging in some nostalgia. "The Impala, John's journal and a map on the hood. Definitely season 1 vibes... 'old-fashioned' is the correct term?" said one user, while another said: "You think we'll see them in a crappy motel again?" However, another user could not believe that the actual finale of the entire series was going to be a garden-variety MOTW episode after all that has gone down but promised to hold judgment till he watched the episode. The episode was directed by Robert Singer and written by Andrew Dabb, who has penned many pivotal episodes of the show. So hopefully even though it 'looks' like it is an ordinary hunt, there are more layers to the story. It is quite possible that Jack might have created a special world just for them where they can hunt, drink beer and eat pies -- an extended version of Heaven where the boys can peacefully live out the rest of their natural lives. 

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'Supernatural' series finale, Season 15 Episode 20, airs on The CW on November 19 at 9 pm ET, which will be preceded by an hour-long retrospective finale special looking back on the 15 years of the show.

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