'What We Do in the Shadows' season finale: 'Ancestry'

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What We Do in the Shadows sticks the landing of their season finale with a big, unexpected twist in their latest episode, “Ancestry.”

Since the very first episode, many of us (myself included) thought we were leading up to Guillermo eventually being turned into a vampire. Turns out, the What We Do in the Shadows showrunners had something completely different in mind.

We open this What We Do in the Shadows episode with a bit of fun, as Guillermo decides to surprise his vampire masters with a little treat — he’s stolen some of their DNA and sent it back to the lab so they can trace their ancestry.

After some knock-out jokes about Guillermo violating their privacy and how witches often try to steal semen from vampires in a similar manner, Nandor opens his envelope to find that he has not just a couple, but thousands and thousands of ancestors across the globe (still not as many as Genghis Khan has, Colin points out).

Makes sense considering that Nandor used to have 37 wives when he was alive, I guess.

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There’s one, Madeline, who Guillermo learns is living right there in Staten Island, which then promotes a little trip to visit Nandor’s “granddaughter” — a trip that goes pretty much exactly how you’d expect it to judging by What We Do in the Shadow’s track-record.

Upon arriving and floating up to his window (some great banter back-and-forth between Colin and Nandor at that moment), Nandor discovers that Madeline isn’t a little baby, as he had thought — she’s an elderly woman.

An elderly woman who is so shocked to see a vampire floating in thin air that she proceeds to have a heart attack and die right there, on the spot.

In case there was any doubt, What We Do in the Shadows is the best comedy currently on TV by a LONG SHOT.

Feeling sad and full of grief, Nandor asks the rest of the vampires to accompany him to Madeline’s funeral the following night. The only problem with that, however, is that the funeral is being held at a church — aka a place that vampires can’t enter.

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Despite the pain, they decide to stick it out. They sit in the back row to pay their respects, all while smoking, bleeding blood and being mere seconds away from combusting into flames.

Going back in time a little bit, Nadja and Lazlo make it clear to Guillermo that they are very much not interested in what their ancestry results have to say. Colin opens his only to find that it says “white” (God, this show), which then puts an end to the matter.

Nobody sticks around to see Guillermo open his results, though — even though they really have.

Turns out, Guillermo is a descent of the one, the only VAN HELSING, and he didn’t even know it. Guillermo doesn’t believe it to be true at first, but after some reflection, he realizes that he did kill the Baron during “Baron’s Night Out” and then another vampire when he was trying to escape the vampire council meetings during “The Trial.”

Which brings us back to the church, when Guillermo tries to grab some water to put out Nandor’s flames only for that water to be HOLY water, which just makes the fire worse.

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Maybe, he thinks, he really is a descendent of Van Helsing.

Lazlo and Nadja have their own problems, it’s worth noting. When looking at pictures of Gregor — who is now in an insane asylum after the events of “Animal Control” — she accidentally summons him. Gregor breaks out and instantly heads of to the vampire’s house, ready to embrace the woman he loves.

Lazlo is there waiting for him. He greets him with a sword, promising to swiftly cut his head off and send him into the next life as he’s done so many times before.

Upon hearing these words, Nadja embraces Lazlo while telling him to leave Gregor alone so that, for once, he can live a full life.

What Gregor doesn’t realize, though, is that Guillermo placed barbed wire across the yard when he was helping Lazlo with some yard work, earlier. Gregor attempts to go speeding off on his motorcycle but winds up getting decapitated, instead.

Make that three kills for Guillermo, now.

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We end this What We Do in the Shadows episode/season with Guillermo putting his master into his coffin. Nandor seems to notice something is off but, as usual, just treats his slave to more insults instead of actually addressing the problem.

Frustrated, Guillermo walks into the living room to pick up some wooden stakes he bought earlier when he was gardening with Lazlo, only to accidentally trip and drop three of them — three that proceed to hit painted portraits (meaning not the actual characters) of Nandor, Lazlo and Nadja right in the heart.

He turns to the camera, horrified, as we fade to black.

So, it seems that Guillermo might be turning on his masters in the second season of What We Do in the Shadows, which is something I really didn’t expect but am I excited to see.

The only thing we have to do now is wait — wait for the highly anticipated second season of What We Do in the Shadows to arrive, even though we don’t yet have a release date as to when that will be.

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Brandon Schreur

The fella over there with the hella good hair. Movies and TV are my jam, and the fact that I get to write about them on a regular basis is the bees knees.

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