This recap of The Watcher season 1, episode 2, “Blood Sacrifice,” contains spoilers.
What do home security, private investigators and motels have in common? They all cost money, and money is something the Brannocks are pretty lacking. And yet, what choice do they have? After receiving the second letter at the end of The Observer episode 1, the police are still indifferent. Besides listing the house as for sale to try to scare off a lead that way, the only reasonable solution is to hire someone to look into the matter.
At least Dean manages to confront Theodora Birch (Noma Dumezweni) at a reduced rate. She is dying of liver cancer, after all, and has to earn a living for as long as she can. $50 an hour for the former jazz singer’s never-ending obsession sounds like a bargain.
The Watcher season 1, episode 2 recap
In the meantime, Dean moves Nora and the kids into a motel while he stays in the house. The strangeness begins in both places; Dean hears piano music tinkling through the old intercoms (and the audience sees a figure lurking in the background), while Nora gets the classic call of heavy breathing in the room. Dakota, who is beefing up security in the motel as well as the house, suggests he work the cemetery shift keeping an eye out for anything weird. We know he’s doing it to spy on Ellie, but it’ll still cost Dean another twenty bucks an hour, which he’s happy to pay for his peace of mind (if only he knew!).
Dean also meets Andrew, the former occupant of the house, and he tells a terribly sad story that has many disturbing similarities to what the Brannocks are currently going through. He heard the music, seeming to come from nowhere. His wife has seen things. They received the same letters, presumably from the same sender, and they took on an increasingly violent tone. The difference, however, is that Andrew and his wife allowed Mitch and Mo to babysit their son, Caleb, and while they were there he repeated that he saw the old people of the neighborhood gathered in a circle, wearing red robes and drinking a baby’s blood. which they had slaughtered. It’s eternal youth, according to Andrew’s research. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when Caleb cut himself, and Andrew found Margot sucking blood from his finger, having apparently emerged into the house through a secret passageway that Andrew himself- even could never find.
Andrew and his wife moved in with Caleb, to a bed in town. The visions never stopped and his wife hung herself. Now he stays medicated on all the pills he can find. He warns Dean to get out of the house.
So Mitch and Mo, just like that, become prime suspects, and Dean certainly starts operating on that. When he starts doing even more construction in the house, much to Mo’s dismay, he berates her and makes a sarcastic comment about her having melanoma, which quickly comes back to bite him. That night, Mitch shoots Mo and then himself; apparently she had cancer and he couldn’t face the prospect of living without her. But in his suicide note, he clarifies that the construction Dean is doing, not to mention his “threats”, contributed massively to his decision.
Either way, it looks like a minor victory has been won. But that night, Dean is awakened by the alarm and finds Jasper looking at him smiling through the window. Andrew said Jasper was a good guy – was he wrong?
You can stream The Watcher season 1, episode 2, “Blood Sacrifice,” exclusively on Netflix.
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