I was asked to write a Supernatural Season 5 recap by MaidenGreen as a lead-in to posting my episode reviews on Whedonage during Season 6. I jumped at the chance; these boys and this story have captivated my life and fueled my muse in ways I could never have anticipated five years ago. However, as I sat down to think through everything that happened in Season 5, I realized the crux of it was so much bigger than that. Taken as a whole, Season 5 really wasn’t that amazing. Certainly not my favorite (that spot is reserved for Season 2 … so far).
But … when you look at it from the perspective of Kripke having a Five Year Plan, then Season 5 becomes rather fantastic. In an effort to make myself make sense, I’ve broken this up into three sections:
The Plan: Set-Up
The Plan: Unveiled
Season 6 Speculations
I hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane. And, as always, I welcome and covet your input and feedback. I know I won’t hit everything, and these write-ups are just the journey as I see it. I don’t declare it, or anything else I write pertaining to this show, as The Way it is.
Unless, of course, it’s the way it is. *grin*
The Plan: Set-Up
By the time we reached the end of Season 5, the concepts of Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil, angels and demons were commonplace. Something we all just accepted. Something the guys just accepted. But that wasn’t always the case, specifically for Dean. Though his comfort when he was very young came in the form of his mother’s assurance that “angels are watching over you,” we learned that even those words were tainted.
And there was good reason for Dean to doubt.
This journey began, as we fans all know, when Dean Winchester, a twenty-six year old, blue-collar kid from Kansas who’d spent his life as a modern-day warrior following in his father’s Marine-influenced footsteps hunting evil, climbed through the window of his kid brother Sam’s Standford-based apartment building in search of his family. Their father, John Winchester, had taken off – this time for longer than Dean was comfortable with – and Dean didn’t want to be alone anymore. Not only that, he was worried about what John had gotten himself in to. And because it was Dad, and that world held weight greater than he could carry on his own, Dean went after Sam to help in the search.
John often operated (we discovered throughout Season 1) on a need to know basis. And apparently he’d decided that the fact that he’d gotten a lead on the demon – Azazel, the demon that had killed Mary, his wife – was not something Dean needed to know. In fact, he’d kept both boys in the dark about a good many things as they grew up, which is interesting considering the life he’d forced them to lead.
Ah, well … hindsight and all that.
Dean had been conditioned by this father from age four to have One Job: watch out for Sam. The time away from his brother – by Sam’s choice, not Dean’s – ran sideways across everything Dean used for balance and stability in his life. There was no sense of burden from the older brother when the two reunited. It was as if he was whole again. Looking back, it’s easy to peer through the filters of knowledge and see that connection, but I think even at the onset of the story – before we knew all that we know now – a distinct sense of relief wrapped around Dean when Sam was with him.
Sam, though, had been conditioned by something else entirely – something no one knew about until several years later. Not even Sam.
While Dean’s path had been dictated by a human influence, Sam’s had been manipulated by a secret supernatural one – Azazel, the Yellow-Eyed Demon, working on behalf of his boss, Lucifer. Sam rebelled against the militant, dictated life set forth out of perceived necessity by his father and worked to break free of John’s control as soon as he was able. He had no way of knowing that he – and a slew of other people – might have been safer had he just stayed in the “family business.”
The layers of Sam’s story – and by association, his brother – are quite complex in their reveal, but if laid out chronologically, I think they make sense. Let’s see if I’m right.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a deal was made…
Read the rest of this recap in Supernatural Series Recap Part 1.
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