The rulebook for Haven's Troubles is being rewritten, and this week's episode revealed the nefarious editor. It appears that we are about to enter a game of supernatural cat and mouse, one that may reveal the ultimate secret behind Audrey's identity.
So last week's gunshot proved a fake-out. I can't say that I'm surprised, but I'm a little disappointed. Nathan hasn't been doing much besides trying to get himself killed lately, and I would have liked to see him removed from the chessboard, even if only for a few episodes.
In fact, this episode seemed to be largely devoted to keeping its supporting cast out of the way while Audrey reconnected with William, the fellow from the Barn. Most of the characters find themselves infected by a paranoia Trouble, one that causes them to bicker at the best and threaten to kill each other at the worst. Duke, who has become this town's sole voice of sanity, is left to babysit them and ends up revealing that he killed Wade. It's interesting to see that even Dwight, a member of the Guard, is sad to see the Crocker Curse go, feeling that it helped balance out the Troubles. I wonder if there will be an opportunity this season for Duke to willingly recover the curse. With all the Troubles going wonky, it seems that anything is possible.
But the point of this episode is the final sequence, in which the seemingly amnesiac William reveals that he doesn't have amnesia at all, but has been toying with Audrey, hoping to shake loose some of her own memories. He is the person who is responsible for the mutating Troubles, using Heavy and Sinister as his lackeys. He also claims that he has a relationship with Audrey—the original Audrey, the person who stands at the origin of Audrey's story.
There's a distinct Mephistophelean feel to this William character. He seems distinctly heartless, but also a bit playful, even if his version of a game is deadly. But he's something more than a demon to Audrey's angel; his relationship to the Troubles is apparently active while hers is passive. With so much of the discussion of the Troubles this season swirling around love and self-sacrifice, I wonder if we're about to learn that the Troubles are a tale of love—perhaps unrequited love. Could William be the author of the Troubles? And could Audrey's sacrifice of her time and identity to protect the folks of Haven from the Troubles mean that proto-Audrey felt somehow responsible for their creation?