Dean says killing her won’t be hard for him, but she calls his bluff because he hasn’t done it yet. Then she figuratively twists the knife, causing emotion to spark to life in his eyes.
Emma: You’re my father. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.
Dean softens, doesn’t drop his gun, but his body shifts subtly from I can take you out any second to this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you. He says she hasn’t killed anyone yet – meaning maybe she could go against her nature and live a normal life. He just wants so badly to believe that there could be good in him – from him – even as he doubts it with every statement about himself. Emma says she doesn’t have a choice.
Nature vs Nurture goes out the window when you go from zero to sixteen in three days….
Sam reaches the room, standing outside the door in time to hear the last exchange. The look on his face when he hears Emma say she doesn’t have a choice is a mixture of fear and anger. He bursts through the door, causing Emma to whirl and face him, her eyes going all freaky-red like the blonde cop, before she turns back to Dean (who has not lowered his weapon, mind you). Plaintively she looks at Dean and says, “Please don’t let him hurt me.”
Sam doesn’t hesitate – he shoots her. Dean…works to swallow as he slowly lowers his gun. He looks…crushed. But not shocked. Not upset at Sam or angry at what he did. But…crushed that it had to happen at all.
Here’s the thing. I think Dean would have shot her. I think he needed time to untangle his mind about the fact that he was going to have to kill what was ‘technically’ his own child. Not an easy thing to come to grips with. But just like he took out Amy, who was a monster, I think he would have done it. Like the Top Gun quote – “He’d have hated it, but he’d have done it.”
He’s a hunter. He knows what has to happen – a monster is a monster, end of story. That said, when it comes to kids, he has a soft spot that he’s just not going to be able to ignore. That’s why he let Amy’s kid go – the kid hadn’t killed anyone yet, there was still a chance for him to overcome his monster side. Personally, I think that will come back and bite him in the ass, but still, it’s a personality aspect that he can’t just end. So he hadn’t done it yet when Sam took control, but my opinion is that he would have done what needed to be done.
They head to the Convent of Weird to take out Morticia and her crew, but it’s empty. The rest of the Amazons and their offspring got away. I kinda liked that twist – they quite literally can’t win them all.
It’s night and Sam’s driving again. And he’s Not. Happy. It’s like that…heavy quiet where you know there are copious amounts of words just waiting to be said.
Dean: I don’t like it either. I wanted to torch them as much as you. We’ll get them next time they surface. (pause) Fine, just sit there and be pissed, then.
Sam is angry and brings up Amy – saying that this was the same situation. Sam did what needed to be done, just like Dean had done for him. Which (IMO) they kinda telegraphed he was going to the moment we saw that scene in the THEN. I even said out loud to my friend the moment Emma showed up at the hotel door that Sam was going to be the one to kill her because that’s the way the writers slant the moral dilemmas sometimes. I’m not surprised or even disappointed. BUT. I will say I think it would have been better character development and growth if Dean had been allowed to kill Emma.
First of all, he hasn’t struck the final killing blow of the MotW in several episodes. And second of all, he was able to “do what had to be done” when it was Sam’s situation…it would have been good to see him able to carry that through with his own situation. However, that brings us to the real issue that is brought up when Sam takes it one further and says that Emma wasn’t Dean’s, not really. Dean argues that she was his. That’s the whole point.
But then they get to how each of them is ‘dealing’ (or not) with things – like Bobby’s death. They lash out like weak, wounded animals. Both acutely aware of how much they’re hurting but neither willing to admit it and expose a gaping internal vulnerability to each other.
Sam needs to believe he’s okay and the easiest way for him to do that is if Dean believes Sam’s okay. Dean just doesn’t want to ever look too closely at himself – he never has.
Sam (worried): When Cas died, you were wobbly, but now….
Dean (irritated): You’re just as screwed up as I am. You’re just…bigger.
Sam (incredulous): What?!
Dean (grumpy): I don’t know!
They aren’t looking at each other but are drawn back to their worry like magnets.
Sam: The thing is, tonight it almost got you killed. I don’t care how you deal…I don’t. Just…don’t get killed.
*rubs heart* Aww, Sammy. That said so much. He gets that Dean’s a functioning alcoholic who isn’t going to put down the flask anytime soon because right now it’s his only way of finding balance and now is his only tie to a friend he still desperately needs. But he can’t handle this without Dean. If Dean were to get killed because he’s not focused, It would kill Sam. *rubs heart again*
Dean (softly, almost reluctantly): I’ll do what I can.
Sam: What’s that supposed to mean?
Dean (in a very I can’t give you anything else right now tone): It means I’ll do what I can. Shut up about it.
They quiet down, each glowering into the night with their own disenchanted, disgruntled feelings, trying to find a place to put all that they can’t control.
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