Supernatural has an illustrious history of weekly monsters, but this week’s episode dealt with an especially unusual villain: Adolf Hitler. It leads to the question of whether or not imagining an actual person—particularly one who caused as much death and damage as Hitler—as a horror fantasy is or isn’t in bad taste. Despite the gore and violence that usually comes with horror movies and shows, there’s a certain lightness that comes with the adult realization that imaginary creatures such as vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, and the like don’t actually exist.
Horror movies about Hitler and Nazis, however, aren’t unusual (ranging from the laughably ridiculous They Saved Hitler’s Brain to more recent fare like Dead Snow), and many horror characters are loosely based on actual, often tragic events (such as how Dracula was inspired by the bloody war exploits and reign of Vlad the Impaler, or how the bacteria-related death of an archaeologist led to the idea of The Mummy‘s ancient Egyptian curses.) Regardless, given Supernatural‘s history of mashing up pop culture, ancient myths, religious lore, and just plain ridiculousness, no one should really be shocked by “The One You’ve Been Waiting For”.