After what seemed like 27 years to the fans of the supernatural-themed show Haven, Season Four was launched in true “Welcome To Haven” style!
CAUTION: SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!!!
We begin with Duke, in the barn. It’s collapsing in on itself, large holes opening in the walls. All around on the floor and walls he sees images from Audrey’s memories, and then suddenly, Duke is sucked out of the Barn screaming into nothingness, only to come splashing down in a tank at the Boston Aquarium!
Duke is placed under arrest, and while the TV cameras are filming him being hauled away, he shouts Audrey’s name.
In an apartment somewhere in Boston, a girl hears him shout the name Audrey Parker, and grabs for her keys.
At the hospital, Duke is startled to learn that what he thought was only a few minutes in the Barn, has actually been six months, and that he has been presumed dead. The detective also tells Duke that they plan to charge him with identity theft. After he leaves, Duke begs the nurse to let him make a phone call, and she tells him that his ‘sister’ has come to see him.
The girl in the apartment is named Jennifer, and she tells Duke that she has been hearing his, Nathan’s, Audrey’s and Agent Howard’s voices in her head for the last six months., leading him to believe that she is Troubled, and that he knows where she can get help for her ‘problem’–Haven.
Duke convinces her to help him escape, and she does. After they get out of the hospital, Duke phones the Haven Herald, getting Dave on the phone. Dave, needless to say, is startled to learn that Duke is still alive, and tells him that Nathan is no longer Chief of Police, that he is on the run from the Guard, who want to kill him.
They find Nathan at a bar, earning money by letting bikers punch him as hard as they can. Nathan pokes Duke to see if he is really there, and then embraces him. He is genuinely glad to see him, and then is crushed when he realizes that Audrey isn’t there. But for the first time, he has a glimmer of hope; if Duke is alive, then that must mean that Audrey is alive as well.
Audrey, now called Lexie, is still alive, and is working in a bar, when a man named William enters, and has a seat at the bar. He seems fascinated by her, and we are left to wonder just how much he knows about her.
Nathan and Duke arrive in Haven, to be surrounded by a group of angry Guard members, led by a very unhappy Jordan McKee, who is more than ready to kill Nathan for causing the Troubles to stay in Haven.
Vince, Dave and Dwight, who is now Chief of Police, arrive to help diffuse the situation, even to the point of Dwight taking his vest off, to prove he is willing to stand up for Nathan. The Guard grudgingly backs down, after Jennifer tells them that she overheard Audrey and Agent Howard talk about a way to end The Troubles once and for all—that Audrey must kill someone that she truly loves in order to make them go, and Nathan is willing to lay down his life for that, but it must be Audrey who kills him.
The Guard make plans to hold Nathan and Duke in a safehouse, when a freakishly strong cyclone appears out of nowhere, ripping the steeple from a church. It disappears as quickly as it comes, leaving them to wonder. Dwight tells Nathan that all sorts of biazarre things are happening in Haven—a body has been found encased in glass on the beach, a wind so strong it blew the windows out of a bookstore, among other things.
Duke tells Jennifer to go to The Grey Gull, which he assumes has been closed since his ‘demise’ but upon arriving there, finds The Gull thriving, and that his half-brother Wade Crocker is now running The Gull, and Duke seems less than thrilled to see his older brother.
Jordan has become angry and embittered, and wants Vince to take action against Nathan, but he refuses. It was strange for me, after seeing Vincent Teagues for so long as something of a gentle soul, to find he is the leader of the Guard! But Vince leaves no doubt that he is indeed in charge when Jordan accuses him of not trying to protect Nathan, but to protect Audrey,, and he tells her that he once loved Audrey, when she was Sarah, to which Jordan snarls, ‘I don’t see the appeal.’
Nathan remembers that on Audrey’s first day in Haven, she encountered a woman with a weather Trouble—Marion Caldwell. They go to Marion’s house, where it is so bitterly cold that Duke and Dwight cannot remain inside for more than a few moments, leaving Nathan to go it alone. He finds Marion, grieving over the loss of her beloved Conrad from a heart attack two days before. Nathan tells her that although he is to blame for the Troubles returning, he has a chance to make things right, and he convinces Marion that it is now time to let Conrad go.
After, Dwight offers Nathan a job as a detective in the Haven P.D. Nathan accepts, knowing it will give him access to police records, to maybe help find where Audrey has gone.
But Audrey/Lexie is having problems of her own, when she sees a strange man enter the bar, and notices he has a gun on his person. He sits down at a table, and motions to her to come over, and pulls the gun on her.
But William steps in, and he tells her that the man was there to stop him from telling her some things that she needs to know—that she is not who she thinks she is, and that if she doesn’t do something, a lot of people will die.
How will William convince Audrey/Lexie that he is telling the truth? Will The Guard do in Nathan? And just what is Wade Crocker’s agenda in Haven? We will learn (one hopes) the answers to all these questions in the coming weeks! The Troubles are back, and the fans of Haven wouldn’t have it any other way.