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Hemlock Grove 1×12 “Children of the Night” Recap

After the cliffhanger of the last episode when we found out Chasseur actually is still alive, we see her struggling to get out of the burlap sack and cage she’s stuck in. Naturally, she’s in the ruins of the Godfrey steel mill, because everything always comes back to that place. With some effort, she manages to break through her bindings and begins to pick the cage’s lock.

Elsewhere, Norman Godfrey approaches Sheriff Sworn and asks worriedly if the body they found was Christina’s. Sworn tells him that they found an ID for a Jennifer Fredericks near the remains. Noooo! Not her! She was so nice, and she was Shelley’s only friend.

R.I.P. Jenny.

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Norman expresses pretty much the same sentiments as me minus the active mourning, then muses that Christina could still be alive somewhere – but Sworn doesn’t seem to be taking much comfort in that thought. In an unintentionally hilarious moment, a hostile Sworn snaps at a gawping passerby, prompting Norman to tell him to go home and get some rest.

Sworn states that he’ll rest once Christina is safe and Peter Rumancek is “dead and in the ground.”

Back at the steel mill, Chasseur’s attempts at freeing herself are interrupted when Olivia casually walks in and starts recounting a story about her and her cousins. When she was a kid, they would play a game called “wolves in the wood” – Olivia would lay still on a bed of moss as her cousins prowled around the edge of the forest, growling. When she finally moved, they would pounce on her and commence their tickle torture.

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Chasseur’s facial expression shows exactly what she thinks of Olivia’s tale: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That. The scene itself is pretty well done, one of the more memorable ones from this series that didn’t involve blood or guts. Finally, Chasseur gets the cage open… and the camera cuts away just as we hear her screaming. Uhh. She wasn’t dead before, but she’s certainly dead now. R.I.P. Clementine Chasseur. All of my favorites are dying in this episode, ugh.

Meanwhile, Letha Godfrey is at home making a cup of tea when white-haired Christina pops up out of nowhere like a gigantic creeper. Sweet, kind-hearted, darling Letha immediately brings her in out of the cold, even though Christina is acting oddly (she doesn’t want anyone to know where she is, and made sure that Norman wasn’t home before entering the house).

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As Letha turns to make a cup of tea for her guest, Christina smirks at the other girl’s back and mutters “Stupid fucking bitch” under her breath. Uncalled for, Christina. Letha (who didn’t hear the statement) asks Christina why she left the hospital, and Christina tells her it wasn’t safe there – that “it” was coming for her, and that she wants to warn Letha that it’s coming after her as well.

Back at the abandoned church near Hemlock Acres, Peter and Roman reconvene, and Roman hands Peter the bacon grease he asked for. Roman also shows Peter the weapon that Olivia gave him, to Peter’s great amusement.

Peter’s mood quickly turns serious again as he talks about what’s to come: “When I go out there tonight, I won’t have to go far. It’ll be waiting for me.” Roman then gets a call from Letha, asking for his help – though she doesn’t tell him that it’s concerning Christina. When Peter hears that Letha needs help with something, he tells Roman he’s coming with, even if it means hiding in the trunk of Roman’s car.

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Sheriff Sworn, by the way, has totally lost his mind – he’s currently standing outside of Jenny Frederick’s home with a loaded gun in the middle of the day because “it might come back.” Two of his police officers try to talk him down and get the gun from him, but he refuses to leave.

Olivia, meanwhile, has finished her Clementine-flavored meal (hah, see what I did there) and has called Dr. Pryce to dispose of the body. Pryce is pissed off, and several very interesting details come out during their argument – for instance, that Lod LLC (the company who wants to buy out Norman’s share of the company) had something to do with sending Chasseur to Hemlock Grove. Hmmm.

After a little more conversation, Olivia orders Pryce to “clean it up” and stalks away. Pryce rounds the corner to find Chasseur still alive, but barely – because she’s been flayed from the waist up. I… I was not ready for that image. That’s definitely going be nightmare fuel. I would screencap it for you guys but I’m just not emotionally ready to save that picture to my harddrive, so here’s a work-safe picture of Dr. Pryce instead.

 

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Pryce offers her a few kind words before suffocating her to death. He then gets to work disposing of the body.

Elsewhere, Sheriff Sworn has been brought into Norman’s office at Hemlock Acres to finally get some help. Norman tries to be understanding, but Sworn quickly shuts all of that empathy stuff down as he coldly tells Norman that another girl is going to die tonight – so if Norman has anything to say to any of the women in his life he should probably do so now.

Peter and Roman arrive at Letha’s house. They’re surprised to see Christina there, but shockingly enough Christina doesn’t freak out upon seeing Peter. Instead, they trade awkward greetings, and Christina even later apologizes for telling everyone that Peter is a werewolf.

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Roman drives Peter, Letha, Christina, and himself to a convenience store, where Peter secretly tells Roman that he thinks the vargulf is going after Christina next, and that they need to be ready to protect her. They pick up some cable wires, but the cashier at the convenience store is someone Roman’s insulted before. The guy remembers Roman’s insults very clearly, and refuses to sell them the wires.

Roman (surprisingly sincerely) apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the cashier lets them make their purchase.

At the Godfrey mansion, Norman goes to visit with Shelley. He apologizes to her for lying about his affair with her mother Olivia, and then haltingly informs her that the last victim was her friend Jenny. Shelley is overcome with grief, and runs out of the house, disappearing from Norman’s view.

The Letha-Christina-Peter-Roman crew go back to the abandoned church for shelter. Christina has a bit of a breakdown, telling Peter between giggles that she kissed him once when he was sleeping because she wanted to know what it felt like, so she could write about it.

She then tells him that’s why she researched how to turn into a werewolf.

This… this is not looking good for the Peter-Letha-Roman crew. Sure enough, Christina did the unthinkable: she drank from werewolf-Peter’s paw print after a full moon, and it turned her into a werewolf. Not just any werewolf, either, but the vargulf. Ooh, shocking twist!

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Peter and Roman leap into action – Roman holding back Letha, who’s freaking out because she promised Christina she wouldn’t let any harm come to her, and Peter tying Christina up with the cable wires. He tells her that if she decides to turn tonight, he’s going to kill her.

When Peter asks Christina why she went to Letha’s house, if she meant to kill her that night, Christina answers that she did it out of jealousy, that she wanted to feel Letha die by her hands – er, paws. She tells Peter that he can kill her as long as he doesn’t hate her – “You made me. I’m yours.” – and that he should do it while she’s still human.

Peter doesn’t do that, of course, because he’s a dummy. He watches in shock and horror as Christina begins to turn into the vargulf and begins to speak to him, telling him that Christina “didn’t know, and she’s very, very sorry for everything that happened.”

When the transformation finalizes, a pure white wolf stands there growling at Peter… who backs slowly away then slathers bacon grease onto his face. Roman holds back a screaming Letha as Peter approaches the wolf…

Who then savages his face off. Remember how Peter said the “price for turning when the moon isn’t right” is his face? Yeah, that’s what he meant. The image is so gruesome I also can’t bring myself to screencap it. R.I.P. Peter Rumancek.

 

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Letha runs off, smashing at the locked church doors with her fists, as Roman holds onto his axe and faces off with the wolf.

Comments + Verdict

Looks like this series is finally getting some forward momentum (in the second to last episode of the season, sigh). This episode was actually pretty good – a lot of good build up of tension, leading to the great final showdown scene of the episode.

Rating: B

Memorable Quotes

Sheriff Sworn: You gonna say something to me or you just gonna eye fuck me?

Pryce: Fuck you, Olivia. For years I’ve been your janitor, making your messes go away. The blood on my hands because of you. You couldn’t leave this one alone?
Olivia: I could. I chose not to.

Olivia: I think you’ll find the world doesn’t change so easily.
Pyrce: We will see.

Cashier: Card declined.
Roman: I got cash.
Cashier: Do you want me to call your mother?
Roman:
Peter: What the fuck did you do to this guy?
Roman: We had a … misunderstanding.
Peter: Jesus. I’ve seen your “misunderstandings.”

Norman: You’re a lamp. You shine on people. You’re either gonna show what’s best in them, or what’s most crummy.  …You’re always going to be surrounded by people who don’t deserve you.

Christina: It’s like I said, experience is a writer’s material. And you had so many stories, I wanted my own. I wanted to be as free as you.

Christina: That’s the thing with whispers. You put a thousand of them together and you get a howl.