Is “Supernatural” hunter Garth a werewolf?

A. Quinton — Feb. 1st 2014

After binge-watching six or seven seasons on Netflix last year, my wife and I are confirmed Supernatural fans. It’s shot locally, its writing is wonderfully self-aware, and I’ve always grudgingly approved of how werewolves are portrayed on the show (culturally, if not physically). We’re not caught up on the current season (9) because we’ve been busy binge-watching another series, but I was excited to hear that last week’s episode, “Sharp Teeth”, featured the return of the bumbling, loveable and long-absent Garth, and that his absence might be due to a newly-acquired case of lycanthropy.

Here’s the episode promo:

And the official synopsis:

GARTH RETURNS – After finding out that Garth (guest star DJ Qualls) is in the hospital, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go to check on him. Still carrying the guilt over Kevin, Dean lays into Garth about disappearing and demands to know where he’s been. Garth makes an excuse and then hightails it away from the guys. Confused as to why Garth would run from them, Sam and Dean do some investigating and are stunned by what they find.

SPOILER ALERT: allow me to ruin the “surprise” of episode, which the promo and the synopsis both spend a lot of time drawing question marks around. Yes, Garth is a werewolf now, as is his new wife Bess, they both survive, and the episode ends on a “maybe we shouldn’t kill all werewolves” note. Score one for the good(ish) guys!

  • Will Parsons

    Oh man. That’s awesome. I loved Garth. I’ve been putting off finishing season 7 while I re-watch Hannibal, but now I think I’ll have to get caught up.

  • TheRedFear

    So even though there’s very little difference, at least cosmetically, between how Werewolves are depicted on Supernatural and how they’re depicted on Teen Wolf, you like them on Supernatural but not Teen Wolf?
    Ah well, to each their own :) In other news I THINK Tonight’s episode of Atlantis is going to have Jason becoming a Werewolf or something Werewolf-like.

  • Cosmetically, I think both shows have boring werewolf designs for practical reasons. What I like about the Supernatural werewolves is their portrayal as beleaguered, somewhat sympathetic citizens of the non-human world.

    I haven’t seen Atlantis, but I’ve noticed a few mentions of something werewolfy happening on it – guess I’ll have to check it out!

  • Lew

    Is the episode comprehensible even if you don’t watch the show? All I know about it is from friends’ tumblr posts which are mainly drawings of the characters kissing each other and acting like kittens.

  • TheRedFear

    Yanno I’ve been thinking more about the recent portrayals of Werewolves in Supernatural compared to the early portrayal and certain things are beginning to seem inconsistent. I’d need to re-watch that first Werewolf episode before I’m willing to plant my flag on that though. The two more recent episodes(The one with Garth, and the one about those three college kids) portrayed them as having their strength, healing, and senses even in human form, and being burned by silver even in human form. This would seem to invalidate much of the plot in the first Werewolf episode where Sam fell for that girl played by Emmanuel Vaughn. A large portion of the plot centered around them trying to figure out whether or not she was a werewolf. Given what we’ve seen lately, it would seem a simple solution would have been to inflict a minor cut and see if it healed or press silver to her and see if it burned. It’s been a long time though so maybe I’m remembering it wrong.

  • Lew

    It’s a shame they don’t use the “alpha” suit more. They could divert some of the expenses of shaving the male cast’s chests and maybe they’d be able to afford some more special effects.

  • Ysegrin

    The werewolves in that series are s*%t they onley have ugly sharp teeth and dirty long nails. now that is just cheap.