The theme of this week's episode of Haven is how love—of people and power—can turn ordinary people into monsters. But if our actions can make monsters of Haven's major characters, can inaction make monsters of them as well?
I was worried that after last week's reveal that Lexie was, in fact, Audrey, Haven would return to its sometimes dreary Trouble-of-the-week plus will-Audrey-or-won't-she routine, but this episode was great for how its Trouble-of-the-week plot supported Haven's overarching secrets. Our Troubled person is a man who is in love with his best friend, but hasn't had the guts to confess his feelings. As a consequence, he starts unwittingly setting death clocks on people, assigning them 15 final minutes of life before turning them to stone. What's important is that, when he learned that his inaction was leading to the deaths of innocent people, our Troubled fellow sacked up and asked his crush out for coffee.
Now granted, facing the possibility of rejection isn't nearly as bad as killing the guy you love, but it's hard not to draw parallels between this week's Trouble and Audrey's situation. Even though it could end the Troubles for good, Audrey doesn't want to kill Nathan, and she resents that he's put her in this situation after refusing to let her go quietly into the barn. However, every day that Nathan goes on living, people in Haven keep on dying—and keep becoming monsters in their own struggles against the Troubles. Killing Nathan will certainly be a wrenching act for Audrey, but can she morally stay her hand when there are so many lives and souls at stake? There may not be a countdown clock actively ticking away, but for someone, somewhere in Haven, time is growing short because Audrey refuses to end the Troubles.
Meanwhile, after listening to Vince's story about having Simon Crocker kill his father-in-law in order to end his wife's family Trouble, Jordan decides to preserve her sanity and her soul by leaving Haven. I found myself really liking Jordan in this episode. Her Trouble has left her a bit crazed, and she's a bit too eager to solve problems by plotting to kill people (whereas Audrey isn't eager enough), but I dig how proactive she is in finding a long-term solution to the Troubles, and her rubber-glove petting session with Wade was wonderfully twisted. I was sad to see her go, even if it seemed appropriate that she die at Wade's hand after letting him in on the Crocker family secret.
And now Wade Crocker has gone full-on Troubled vampire, eager to feel the power that comes from absorbing Troubled blood. I doubt that he'll be eager to see the Troubles end any time soon—which could mean that Nathan is the next name on his power-hungry hitlist.