The “brothers theme” is playing in the background—the one that always melts my heart and usually plays during a significant Dean moment. And I know that what happens later kinda negates the emotional impact of what Dean said, but as he was defending their right to save just these two, I started thinking about the whole ‘greater good’ concept. Because when it stops being about saving just one and starts becoming sacrifice this one for the sake of those ten, the purpose is skewed.
Yes, there are worthwhile, noble, necessary sacrifices where one is given for the sake of the masses. In the Supernatural universe, Sam is a perfect example, with his fall into the pit at the end of Season 5. And there’s a pretty big example in the real world, too. *smiles* But in war, the moment that becomes the norm is when direction is lost and meaning is turned on its ear. If they start to say it’s okay to allow two kids to die just for the chance to kill a monster, they might not recognize the monster when they see it.
I think the reason why Dean hasn’t fallen into the “for the greater good” gravitational pull like Sam did and Cas is now, is because his greater good has always been so much smaller. He’s concerned about the world, but his focus is narrower. It’s one person, really.
Cas watches them walk out of the police station with a sad, almost regret-filled expression. In the (stolen) car, the kids are in the back seat. Joe tells his little brother to get some rest and pulls him close so that Ryan can rest his head on Joe’s shoulder. Our boys exchange a look and Dean’s mouth pulls up into a soft grin while Sam glances out of the window with a small smile of memory. It’s a really nice moment that I wish they would have been able to keep.
Back at the police station, Cas is staring out of the window, his expression frustrated and…a little lost.
Bobby: They won’t take long.
Cas: You don’t know that. They might find more wayward orphans along the way.
His voice cracks on the end of the last word.
Bobby: Don’t get cute.
Cas turns to face him.
Cas: Right. Pardon me for highlighting their crippling and dangerous empathetic response with “sarcasm.”
He totally busts out the quotey fingers. And I kinda hate that they made him right. I get why and all, but…I just wanted Sam and Dean to have this moment of solace that they’d done right. That this time, not killing the virgin (so to speak) was the right decision. I understand that war is Hell and hard decisions have to be made and as soldiers they can’t always make those decisions with their heart, but they’ve been fighting for so long and they so rarely get to win one…and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Cas: It was a bad idea letting them go.
Bobby: You don’t let Sam and Dean Winchester do squat. They do what they gotta. You know that.
That’s the truth, brother.
Bobby: We want Eve? We need coordinates. So, we can stand here bellyaching, or we can poke that pig until he squeals.
Elsewhere, Dean and Sam watch the uncle hug Ryan and Joe, exchanging a heartfelt glance before they head back.
Bobby is questioning the Starship who is still resisting and finally Cas asks for five minutes alone with him. Bobby’s like, but…your batteries are dead. Cas repeats that he needs five minutes, so Bobby has himself a coffee break. He hears the bad guy scream and shortly thereafter, Cas comes out, wiping blood (a lot of it) off his hand and tells Bobby the address to where Eve is, suggesting he call Sam and Dean.
As they’re gearing up to head out, you can see that the bad guy cop’s head is missing. Cas—minus angel powers—ripped the dude’s head clean off. YIPE! You do not want to mess with this guy. *gulp*
Dean passes around the Magic Shotgun Shells of Ash—keeping two for himself—and tells everyone to load them up and make them count. So, I guess they gave Cas a gun? They head to the address and realize that it’s Erwin’s Diner—same place they had breakfast that morning. Eve probably waited on them.
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