Do we need a Ketch backstory on Supernatural?

Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR
Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR /
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Ketch has become one of those characters many Supernatural fans love to hate (or even maybe hate to love). Is this a sign we need a backstory for him?

It looks like the Supernatural writers are attempting to make Ketch the bad guy you love. He’s a rogue British Men of Letters with seemingly no place in the world and at times you can find yourself feeling sorry for him. There’s clearly a backstory to this character, but is it something we need? As many fans love to hate (or even hate to love) him, is this the time to delve into him more?

Make him three-dimensional already

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So far, Ketch has been one of those characters that fairly easy to guess. He’s the rogue bad guy that can sometimes be helpful but will only ever look out for himself. Things are slowly starting to change–he’s sacrificed his safety to help Gabriel and is now in the Apocalypse World to help save Mary–but he’s still fairly two-dimensional.

A backstory would help to flesh his character out. This is a chance to really give us a reason to like or love him. It’s a chance to allow us to see his motivations, similarly to the way we learned Mick’s motivations during Supernatural Season 12.

Supernatural tends to suffer with two-dimensional bad or grey characters. It takes a few seasons to get to know them better. It’s time to change things up and let us get to know who this guy is and what has pushed him to be so selfish and protective of himself.

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Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR
Photo credit: Supernatural/The CW by Dean Buscher; Acquired via CW TV PR /

Give us a reason to root for him

Right now, there isn’t much of a reason to root for Ketch. As much as I love David Haydn-Jones, I don’t have a reason to watch Ketch to survive. I didn’t have a reason to want him to come back from the dead. This is a chance to change all that.

A backstory would help to make Ketch one to watch. He doesn’t need to completely change who he is. That wouldn’t be realistic. But I’d like a backstory to understand more about who he is and see if there is a chance he can change a little–become a little less selfish if the right person is in his life. It looked like there was potential when he was with Mary in Season 12, so there is hope.

There is clearly something. When he and Dean talked about Charlie and who she was to Dean, he seemed to have skeletons that he wanted to share but wasn’t ready to at that moment in time. He’s intriguing and there’s hope that his past will give us a reason to want him to become what he once was.

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Would you like to see a Ketch backstory in Supernatural? Is this a character you need to learn more about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Supernatural Season 13 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.