'What We Do in the Shadows' Season 2 Episode 4: Guillermo is a bada** vampire hunter now leading a double life
As the season moves forward, one thing is for certain, at some point, Guillermo and the coven he serves will have to face the fact that he is a vampire hunter. And that can't end well for the coven
Spoilers for ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season 2 Episode 4 ‘The Curse’
Season 2 of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is definitely a season of Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), as he leads a double life. It all started at the end of season 1 when he learned that he was a descendent of the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing. From there, things have been confusing for him. On the one hand, he has learned that his skill in the vampire-hunting department is sort of unparalleled. On the other hand, his weirdly servile and homoerotic relationship with Nandor (Kayvan Novak) makes him want to protect him. What a conundrum, eh?
Episode 4 of season 2, ‘The Curse’ explores this conundrum further in a blitz of hilarity and tension. In episode 3, Guillermo discovers and accidentally joins a group of inexperienced vampire hunters -- they had never really encountered vampires before. The group consists of Claude (Craig Robinson), Tonya (Abigail Savage), Derek (Chris Sandiford), and Shanice (Veronika Slowikowska), and all of them are, for lack of a better word, losers.
Guillermo thinks that by being inside the group, he’d be able to make sure Nandor, Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry), and Colin (Mark Proksch) were out of harm's way. Of course, kismet is not really ever on Guillermo’s side, is it? The group plans to raid a vampire residence that sounds an awful lot like Guillermo’s home and the tiny, portly familiar-cum-vampire-hunter spends a considerable time hyperventilating about what would happen when they reached.
Fortunately, the house that the group had picked was a similar looking one, but a different house altogether. Unfortunately, it was full of vampires. Like, a whole lot of them. And all of them seemed to be dressed for the ‘70s for some reason. Which is not unusual considering our protagonists all dress like they are in the 1700s.
Of course, the so-called vampire hunters were scared beyond their wildest nightmares. I mean, who goes into a house to slay vampires and prepares for identical twins-children monsters reminiscent of ‘The Shining’? Ultimately, Guillermo saves the day (or really, the night). Well, almost. He saves all of them except Derek, whose vibe, right from when he was introduced, screamed: “He’s gonna die soon”.
If this wasn’t funny enough though, back at home, Nandor, Nadja, and Laszlo were dealing with a chain email about a “curse” that they obviously thought was real. The idea of three old vampires being afraid of Bloody Mary, and a "curse" email, is utterly bizarre in the way everything on the show is bizarre and hilarious.
As the season moves forward, one thing is for certain: at some point, Guillermo and the coven he serves will have to face the fact that he is a vampire hunter. Would these goofy immortals then try to kill him? Because if they do, you can be sure that Guillermo will have the upper hand in the fight.
New episodes of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season 2 air on FX every Wednesday at 10 pm ET/PT.