“Double, double, Toil and Trouble
parties burn and Nonsense bubble.”
REAL FACTS ABOUT THE THREE WITCHES
The three witches are characters presented in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Throughout the play, the witches—referred to as the “weird sisters” by many of the characters—lurk like dark thoughts and unconscious temptations to evil. In part, the mischief they cause stems from their supernatural powers, but mainly it is the result of their understanding of the weaknesses of their specific interlocutors—they play upon Macbeth’s ambition like puppeteers.
The witches’ beards, bizarre potions, and rhymed speech make them seem slightly ridiculous, like caricatures of the supernatural. Shakespeare has them speak in rhyming couplets throughout (their most famous line is probably “Double, double, toil and trouble, / Fire burn and cauldron bubble” in 4.1.10–11), which separates them from the other characters, who mostly speak in blank verse. The witches’ words seem almost comical, like malevolent nursery rhymes. Despite the absurdity of their “eye of newt and toe of frog” recipes, however, they are clearly the most dangerous characters in the play, being both tremendously powerful and utterly wicked.
The witches bear a striking and obviously intentional resemblance to the Fates, female characters in both Norse and Greek mythology who weave the fabric of human lives and then cut the threads to end them. Some of their prophecies seem self-fulfilling. For example, it is doubtful that Macbeth would have murdered his king without the push given by the witches’ predictions. In other cases, though, their prophecies are just remarkably accurate readings of the future—it is hard to see Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane as being self-fulfilling in any way. The play offers no easy answers. Instead, Shakespeare keeps the witches well outside the limits of human comprehension. They embody an unreasoning, instinctive evil.
THE THREE WITCHES IN ‘THE HUNTING’
Sophie, Amelie e Catherine were three girls raised by an aunt in the suburbs of Cordoba, southwest of USA. Her aunt was a witch, and since early age, was able to summon spirits, and make them do whatever she pleases, for good or bad.
One day, the summon went wrong.
The spirit, an entity called Marduk (actually a very ancient and powerful Babylonian demon) was able to escape the devil’s trap prepared to hold him and assalted the old woman. Afraid, she tried to reason with the demon, offering three inocent souls, instead of hers. Marduk accepted, and before destroying the old woman for her insolence, he divided his essence into three distinc parts: met, amid, zarot, inhabiting the little girls.
Cut to 2010.
Daniel Spitz took the gang to Cordoba, following a hint received by Biker John concerning the Big Black Wolf’s latest attack against the owner of a Ice Capades ring.
During their initial investigation, they discovered that the deaths were not near related to a werewolf attack. The MO was the usage of a very ancient and intricated spell of disintegration of the soul, leaving the empty carcass of the person to be animated as a (according to BA, “freakislhy gooye”) zombie.
The gang got attacked by zombies, and after the fight, came back to the hotel to lick their wounds…
Since it was Halloween’s eve, Daniel decided to be on guard during the night, to protect the children all around from a possible attack from whomever was creating the zombies.
The essences of Marduk, sensing the immediate presence of Castiel’s latent energies, put the three witches against the gang, who were none the wiser at the time.
Following Ashley and BA, who were investigating a tip about the purchase of some black magic items at a Wicca store, Amelie and Catherine were able to get some hair from the girls. At night, they created a very powerful – and deadly spell – called “Undeath’s Ascension”, which reanimated all the corpses from the local cemitary to one and only objective: kill the girls.
A major battle unsued in Cordoba. Seeing that they were in very few numbers, Daniel called The Hunters Hotline, asking for assistance. While waiting for some backup, they barricated themselves inside Mama Jane’s Pizza Place, with others from the town. Outside, the gathering of zombies was very harsh.
While the backup came to the rescue – which included Biker John, Sally Kent, and the Winchester Brothers, Sam and Dean – Ashley and BA were able to sneak out of the restaurant after having noticed the three girls observing the zombie attack. Following the girls back, they found the Coven’s residence. Inside, among all the witchcraft literature, they found a book called “Fifty Names of Marduk”. Investigating the book, they found out a way to “dispel the presence of marduk, the God of Babylonia” from this reality. Understanding that only a god could have done this kind of power, Ashley, BA, Sam and Daniel developed a gory ritual where all of them should partake a part of their blood in a seal to unsummon Marduk’s essence into the void.
Sensing the ritual, the three witches came back to the house for the killing. Another battle – a very dangerous one – took place, with lots of wounded all around. They were able do knock the witches of – with a little help from Dean in the nick of the time – and finished the ritual.
Marduk’s essence imploded – with the bodies of the three girls – and went to the void beyond the worlds. A timely appearance of the dead three girls’ souls to thank the gang was a must-see scene.
After the ritual, they all shook hands, and there was even time for a funny last scene with Daniel, Sam and Dean trying to understand Castiel’s vessel-taking abilities. As always, Dean has a filthy way of understanting…