As a soap fan, I’m used the slow burn with plotlines. But oh, did Witches of East End go there this week! There was drama, more drama and shirtless Freddie Prinze, Junior …
It’s 1693. A pilgrim Johanna’s running through the woods, screaming for her girls. Alas, she’s too late, she comes upon two burned bodies, tied to stakes. Ick. (This will not be the only time we are squicked out this episode.)
Bald guy — whom we now know is Johanna 2.0 from last week’s reveal — comforts Johanna, saying he’s sorry, but the girls were reckless with their gifts. Johanna, horrified, realizes what he’s saying: he turned them in. Johanna snags his knife and jumps him, magic style. He pleads for mercy. She says, “As you wish.”
Cut to present day: Ingrid and Freya are marveling over their mother’s bad-assery. “You actually cut off his ear?!” (Because I care, I rewound to last week’s big reveal, and, yup, Bald Guy 2.0 has a deformed ear.)
Creepy fingernails? Check. Icky hair doll? Check. Deformed ear? Yup, this guy’s a villain.
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The point of Johanna’s story (in addition to providing handy backstory on 2.0) was to illustrate how the Beauchamps don’t kill. Gauntlet: thrown.