'Supernatural': Is Metatron like Joe Carroll from 'The Following'?

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Supernatural -- "Sacrifice" -- Image SN823a_0151 -- Pictured (L-R): Amanda Tapping as Naomi, Curtis Armstrong as Metatron and Devon Slack as Angel -- Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

After eight seasons, "Supernatural" continues to deliver epic season finales that leave fans salivating for new episodes. Season 8 culminated with a deranged Metatron revealing his twisted desire to evict the angels from heaven. As the show's newest big baddie, Metatron is still quite mysterious, but he seems to share Joe Carroll's quest for revenge and insatiable hunger for fresh stories.

Twisted misters

On "The Following," Carroll is a professor, charismatic cult leader, and serial killer who uses the works of Edgar Allen Poe to inspire his murderous devotees. Carroll comes unhinged when his debut novel flops and his teaching career stalls. He wants revenge and critical acclaim, but a raging case of writer's block, the stigma of public failure, and his own ineptitude impede his attempt to pen another book. Desperate for material, he uses his unfortunate followers as fodder for his writing.

While working as a lowly angel in the secretarial pool, Metatron becomes the celestial scribe. He works closely with God until the deity decides to leave Heaven. The loss of his prestigious role and beloved stories leaves Metatron alone and vulnerable. Fearing the Archangels want to pick his brain, he flees to Earth. He believes humans become gods of tiny dimensions when they create stories. An avid reader, he loves stories and uses them to escape reality. His complete plan is unclear but includes revenge against the angels.

Simple solution?

Carroll's obsession with Ryan Hardy's core motivation emphasizes his paralysis and inability to develop rich characters. (Surely, an English professor can think of a way to drive a flawed hero.) Instead of creating stories, he needs someone to spill the details for him. Meanwhile, Metatron's voracious appetite for stories makes him act like a toddler who missed naptime.

There is one obvious solution for these two villains in search of stories: Garrison Keillor. An American treasure and public radio fixture, Keillor's attention to minutiae creates rich yarns that mesmerize audiences. Carroll's obsession could shift from Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" to Keillor's peppy red sneakers. Metatron could dig into a caramel apple crepe while Keillor soothes him with tales of life in Lake Wobegon.

Clearly, Keillor will not become the hero of either TV show. But the villains' shared lust for stories and vengeance is a bizarre coincidence that almost makes it seem anything is possible. It will be interesting to see if Metatron follows Carroll's path, playing puppet master in order to cultivate new tales.

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