I think that the“Sam’s coping better than Dean” situation is going to come crashing down on them pretty soon. Because I was watching a download, I didn’t see previews, so this is totally shooting in the dark speculation, but I don’t think Sam’s scar-rubbing is going to hold him together much longer – how can it? We’re talking about a serious mental issue that he isn’t going get over.
So…my speculation is this. Dean’s purpose has always been Sam. That’s no secret. Since the return of Sam’s soul, protecting his brother has been at the forefront of his strategy – it was even the reason he gave Frank for why he couldn’t/wouldn’t quit hunting. “I’m not gonna leave my brother.” Not “I can’t do anything else,” not “I was meant to do this,” not even “I’m good at this.” He didn’t want to leave Sam.
I think that Sam cracking will be the thing to help Dean find a way to “deal” as Sam keeps asking him in various ways to do. Now, part of me appreciates this and part of me doesn’t like it. Because I want Dean to be able to crack, too. Not (just) because I want to see that performance, but because he’s human and he’s taken more than his internal dam should be able to stand. That box inside him is getting more and more full.
And I think he needs a ‘straw’ moment – some random moment that catches him and allows him a chance to turn that release valve and break down – just a bit – to give him more room to breathe. Emma could have been that random moment…but she wasn’t. I don’t know if they’ll allow that, but it would be so much healthier to see him break down a little bit rather than the two extremes of not at all or all together. Because that line about “I’ll do what I can” worries me a bit about his state of mind.
If he’s not allowed to bend, the break could be permanent and that is NOT a performance I wish to see. *sniff*
Okay, so there you go! Sorry for the lack of details/quotes this go-round, but I should be back to that for the next one airing on the 10th. I need to find previews for that, though, because I have no clue what it’s about.
Thanks for reading! Slainte.
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