Back in the Dreamscape, we’re at Bobby’s house. The study and all the furniture is shrouded in shadows and covered in sheets. Candelabra’s are burning everywhere. Sam enters, gun drawn, and comes around the corner. He sees a shadowed figure sitting at the table in the kitchen and shouts, “HEY!”
Figure: Oh. Hey, Sam.
It’s Sam’s voice, only…broken.
Sam: Which one are you?
Figure: Don’t you know? (He stands up and his face is covered in blood) I’m the one that remembers Hell.
In the Panic Room, Bobby is packing up and Dean is looking at Sam, holding the address.
Dean: Sam, this is where we’re gonna be. (He tears up.) So, get your lazy ass out of bed and come meet ups. Sammy…please.
He puts the address down next to Sam on the cot and holds it down with the silver Colt he carries – looked like the same one Sam used in the Dreamscape.
Back in the Dreamscape, HellSam is still in the shadows, his voice shakily confronting Sam.
HellSam: Wish you hadn’t come, Sam.
Sam: I had to. In the real world, I’m at Bobby’s. This whole time, I smelled nothing but Old Spice and whiskey. If I get back to my body, I can snap out of it somehow.
HellSam: You have to go through me.
HellSam (his voice growing teary, sounding young…like a whipped, forgotten orphan): You have to pull yourself back together again before you can wake up and I’m the last piece.
Sam: Which means…I have to know what you know.
HellSam: You don’t want to know it.
Sam: No. But I have to.
HellSam: Don’t. Stay here. Find that bartender. Go find Jess. Don’t do this. I know you. You’re not strong enough.
Y’know…he said the same thing to Dean once upon a time (and while I know this was only a fraction of Sam saying it to himself, it’s still Sam) and Dean proved him wrong. Over and over they have proven that they ARE strong enough. This is just Sam’s turn to prove it to himself.
Sam: We’ll just have to see.
HellSam: Why is this so important to you?
I was dying to hear the answer to this question. For Dean, it’s all about Sam. I wanted confirmation the reverse was also true.
Sam: You know me. You know why. I’m not leaving my brother alone out there.
Thank you, Show. I needed to hear that.
HellSam moves around the table and picks up a knife. Sam points his gun, instinctively.
HellSam: I’m not going to fight you. But this is your last chance.
Sam takes the knife.
HellSam: You’re gonna need it.
Not sure exactly what he means by that – but I suspect he’s insinuating that he’ll want to kill himself when he remembers Hell. But…well, Dean was strong enough to handle it without anyone — anyone — to talk to about it. He survived torture on the rack, breaking, and becoming the torturer. Sam was there longer – and in a different place – but if Dean can handle it on his own, then surely Sam can handle it with someone who has an idea of what it’s like to talk with about it. It goes back to that WWII analogy I made awhile back: a Veteran of the European theater and a Veteran of the Pacific theater experienced very different forms of War Hell. But they have a common ground to meet on and share their experiences: War.
I believe in Sam. He’ll be able to handle it. You hear that, writers? He’ll be able to handle it.
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