After Balthazar changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship. Castiel tells Sam and Dean that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her.
Did anyone else (in the States) find it ironic that this episode aired on tax day? Maybe ole Ben was right: “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
I hope you’ll forgive me two things in this ramble: waxing lyrical about fate a skosh and summarizing some details of the episode. I’ve had a crazy work/travel week and I’m paying for the minimal sleep I’ve allowed myself.
How many of us enjoyed those choose-your-own-adventure books when we were kids? I totally did. I’d read the book all the way through one path, and then go back and see the results of each different choice. I’ve been dying to figure out how to build an interactive fanfiction like that, actually.
The interesting side-effect to enjoying those stories, however, has been a tendency to wonder…what if? What if I hadn’t moved to that state, what if I had taken that job, what if I had picked up the phone that time…. Now, I’m not saying that those who didn’t read those stories never wondered what might’ve happened if they’d turned left instead of right, but…just go with me on this for a sec.
The idea of a choose-your-own-adventure life, however, is just…heartbreaking, honestly. Pondering the possibilities while knowing they’re impossible. Once I was asked what one thing I’d change if I could go back in time. My first thought was to answer that I’d evacuate the Towers the morning of September 11th. But then…what if all of those people lived? What if we couldn’t deal with the changes of the world in the wake of that?
I never really put much weight in fate or destiny. I’ve just always believed that what happens to us is a direct result of the choices we make—which is one reason why last season’s Team Free Will was so appealing to me. I don’t think there’s a script to life, no pre-determined path. I do believe things happen for a reason, but that for the most part, the reason is a result of a series of choices by a plethora of people over a period of time.
The only time, thus far, I’ve conceded that stance is when I met my husband. I’m sure any of us meeting our perfect matches could be potentially seen the same way. I escaped my life in Indiana and moved to Phoenix to live with a high school friend. I got a job as an Administrative Assistant at an Architectural firm through a placement agency. It was a total dart-thrown-at-board situation.
He graduated Architecture school at the University of Kansas and had two interviews: one in Phoenix and one in Denver. He only had money for one flight. He flipped a coin: heads was Phoenix, tails Denver. It was heads. That? Felt a little like fate to me.
Seeing one of the actual, Greek-mythology Fates was cool, but it’s certainly not the first time our show has ventured down the path of there being some all powerful Force controlling everything, to quote my favorite Corellian. However, there seem to be a multitude of players with skin in the game—from all points of literature as well. Angels, of course. Death and the Reapers—teaching Dean that his declaration of what’s dead should stay dead wasn’t too far off the mark when it came to messing with the Grand Order Of Things.
And now Greek mythology’s three Fates.
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