OH.MY.FUCKING.GODDDDDDDDDD!! Did they seriously just give us the most amazing dialogue between our two favourite brothers? Like EVER!!!! I cannot believe they actually said those words. (I remember this being tweeted about ages ago but I thought it was for a different ep. I had not idea that was coming).
This is it...(yep, I had to transcribe it because I want it etched in my brain forever) Dean: I need you to be safe Sam. Ok? That's what I need.
I'm a grunt Sam. You're not. You've always been the brains of this operation. And you told me yourself, you see a way out. You see a light at the end of this ugly ass tunnel. I don't. I'll tell you what I do know - that I'm gonna die with a gun in my hand. That's what I have waiting for me. That's all I have waiting for me. I want you to get out. I want you to have a life. Become a Men of Letters...whatever. You, with a wife and kids and grandkids. Live until you're fat and bald and chugging Viagra. That is my perfect ending. And it's the only one that I'm going to get. So I'm going to do these trials and I'm going to do them alone. End of story.
andSam:I want to slam Hell shut too. Ok? But I want to survive it. I wanna live. And so should you. You have friends up here. Family. Hell, you've even got your own room now. You're right. I see light at the end of this tunnel. And I'm sorry you don't. I am. But it's there. And if you come with me I can take you to it.Dean: Sam, be smart.Sam: I am smart. And so are you. You're not a grunt Dean, you're a genius. When it comes to lore to....you're the best damn hunter I've ever seen. Better than me, better than dad. I believe in you Dean. So please, please believe in me too.
GUH!!!!!! All of this is pretty much everything we know about Sam and Dean. All of this wrapped up in these sections of dialogue. It's essentially who
they are and what they want. Not just for themselves but for each other. Dean wants Sam to be safe and have a normal life (lalala first half of the season) and be the one who dies in a blaze of glory and Sam wants Dean to believe in him. He wants to do this and survive - with
Dean. It's the Dean we've always seen - the one who took his approaching deal stoically in S3. The one who has been suicidal. The one who knows it will end either bloody or sad.
It's the Sam who still needs to prove himself in the eyes of his brother. He still looks up to Dean and just needs him to fully
trust he can do the job at hand.
(I am completely handwaving the fact that this dialogue almost makes a mockery of the story arc of those first ten episodes. This has ALWAYS been in them and part of them. The only reason I can imagine the first half existing the way it did - the brothers almost hating each other - is to make all this so much stronger. If that was their plan...IT WORKED!).
None of this is new. This isn't something they've suddenly learned since Dean's return from Purgatory. I am STILL waiting for the penny to drop about what on they were trying to do there. Or rather why
. Maybe is was for Dean to realise that Sam having a normal life IS actually something he really, really
wants for Sam. Maybe it was about Sam developing a positive outlook - knowing that it IS possible to find happiness in this crazy world he lives in.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SHOW for giving Sam this job. I know Sam has saved the world before but this time it's not for redemption. It's on his terms. MY HEART JUST UP AND BURST AT THE END. I cried. I did!! But this time it was tears of friggin' joy rather than despair. Seeing Sam like this is, in this role, might just be one of the ultimate highlights for me this season. Second only to the Batcave 'o Love.
And DEAN!!! *hearts* This is the complex hero that I love. The man you has grown thinking he's the grunt in the outfit - the expendable hero. Who doesn't friggin' know how amazing he is. The one who DOES care for others (lalalala first half). And the chick magnet with a heart of gold.
And we know the last two trials won't just come down to Sam completing them by himself. It will take BOTH OF THEM so there's no fear that one will do this above the other. And wanna BET it will come down to involving them both in the last trial. (HOW EXCITING! TRIALS!!\o/)
I haven't read any reviews yet. I pretty much had to come here and BLAH and SQUEE before reading stuff. I'm not sure if there might be concerns about revisiting old ground with both Sam and Dean. Thinking maybe that both would have moved on from these well known thoughts and desires. My feeling is that they are such an ingrained part of their characters that it's likely that they'll ALWAYS carry these. Sam may never feel he measures up in his brothers eyes (even though Dean makes it clear he does) and Dean may never know his worth (even though Sam has told him before).
For them to be actually VOICING these truths to each other is something we just don't get very often. *wallows and wallows*
GLASSES!!!! Seriously!?! The producers are SO stalking our journals. Boys in glasses is just...*GUH*... (though they both looked a little silly but I kinda loved that too...)
- Dean cooking for Sam (and being awesome at it!) I love that it took Dean having his OWN PLACE to discover his talents in the kitchen (FIC! FIC! We need Dean cooking followed by Sam really
showing his appreciation...;D).
- Sam taking the burger with him. :)
- Dean having is own room WITH GUNS ON THE WALL
- Dean having a photo of his mom in his wallet
- Sam smiling SO warmly when he sees Dean's room... god I loved that moment.
I pretty much loved everything else also. I mean, it was pretty easy to pick that Ellie was the one with a hellhound on her tail. I was a tad miffed that Dean didn't pick that up when they were making it pretty clear (to us) that it was her - "one time offer" and all that. But maybe that was about upping the tension. Or something.
Oh and I loved Ellie. Strong, driven, knows what she wants woman. I just hate harping on but when they show us they CAN write decent women (*waves* to Charlie and Jody), why couldn't they give poor Amelia just a little bit of that (I know... move on Sarah...). The Kevin montage was cool. The hellhound effect was cool. Dean was cool. I have SO many warm fuzzes for Dean right now.
But seriously (yeah, I've said that a lot *g*) ....it was ALL about Sam and Dean and they EPIC EPIC love for each other. Surely they can't go backwards from here (hee...famous last words I know). But I'm sure they can have "relationship drama" without it being about them horrible to each other.
I'm so happy right now. Happy the show is giving us this amazing stuff. Happy to come off of an ep wiping tears of joy. Happy we have S9 as they obviously DO understand these characters.
Am I in step with y'all? It's weird not knowing what the general consensus might have been. All I know is I loved it.
xxIf you come with me I can take you to it.
ETA: Just a thought. I often hear of people wanting to see Sam save Dean (like me...), maybe this is how Sam will do it. Showing him the "light" at the end of the tunnel might be a big picture kind of saving that Dean needs.