First thought was dammit, they went there. As a Deangirl, my instinctive reaction was a protective one. Dean’s sacrifice for his brother and subsequent Tour in Hell set him apart as having his own niche in this universe and balanced (for me) Sam’s Death Visions and Chosen One storylines of the past two seasons. And I knew the moment Sam fell into the Cage to trap Lucifer we would probably have this inevitable comparison of the Tours in Hell and Dean would no longer be unique, but I’d kinda hoped we wouldn’t get much about Sam’s time there because we didn’t get much about Dean’s. And, to be fair, we really haven’t gotten anything, yet, except insinuation and inference. But those insinuations and inferences have been pretty significant–since we now have angels, demons, and Dean’s own experiences to build images from.
Dean’s PTSD storyline was sidelined, but it was still there in shadow through his nightmares and drinking and reactions and Alistair in Seasons 4 and 5 and even in conversation in this Season. And if that’s all they can give us for the sake of carrying on with the story, I will accept that. Sam hasn’t been allowed PTSD yet because he wasn’t really Sam at first and then didn’t remember. So…I calmed myself from my first reaction because maybe it will still be okay. Maybe they will heal Sam and the brothers can commiserate as traumatized Veterans of a war that no other human has fought and survived. Maybe this will unite them and build a new respect for each other–Sam for how Dean has survived all this time with no help just to save him, and Dean for how Sam is a man who went to Hell and back to save the world.
Hey, I always have hope.
My second thought, though, was that Death wasn’t a very good architect. I mean, seriously? One encounter with a former hunt and the wall comes tumbling down? If it was that fragile I think it was meant to fall. Regardless of the warnings and the fear Death and Cas struck into Dean, I think there may be a reason it fell so quickly and with so little resistance.
There was no way, unless they moved out to the coast and sipped mojitos for the rest of their lives, that Sam would not be reminded of events from the past year. No way. Their lives dictated he would clash with his “bad” self at some point. So, that thought coupled with the fact that the previews for next week show Sam as a hale and hearty our Sammy once more, I suspect that this wall was meant to be temporary and that there’s a reason behind that.
Lastly, and again I apologize to those not of the Dean persuasion, I hope we are able to come to a swift and satisfying resolution at the beginning of next week’s episode as to how they ‘heal’ (completely or temporarily) Sam from this Hell-coma. Because as much as I love the guy and as much as I adore Dean’s devotion to his brother, I really want Dean to have something more. More than just figuring out what’s wrong with Sam, fixing Sam, protecting Sam.
I’ll stop because it’s a pointless path to go down. It’s not as if I’m angry or incensed or will stop watching or anything that drastic. Any time I get to watch Dean is good for me. And no amount of ranting will change what is already set in motion. The story has been told, has been or is being filmed, and I am simply here to watch and react.
And while I know that there are several Dean fans who will be more than upset about the course of this episode, I can see where it was appropriate for Sam’s journey. I’m not doing backflips or anything, and I’m ready for us to put this to bed and move on to the plethora of other plotlines they’ve triggered, but I think if they hadn’t gone here, if they hadn’t given Sam this flashback to how dark the world had been without his soul in it, if they hadn’t broken down this wall, even Dean fans would’ve felt shorted because it would have been short-sighted writing of a character.
But, now that we’ve broken down this wall, let’s do what we need to heal Sam and move forward. There are two heroes in this story and both made sacrifices and both have been to Hell and back and both have lost and both have learned and both are hunters and individuals with worthy stories. And I think the writers are capable of traversing the next nine episodes with a shared spotlight.
*sends up flare of hope for the writers to see*
Thanks for reading. Hope you’ll hang in there with me for the ride through the rest of the season.
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