Because...yes. That episode was just that good.
Just a couple of tiny observations and a rec.
Ok. So it is no secret how much I loved the last episode and I have to say I was blown away by some of the fabulous observations in the comments on my reaction post. You guys are SMART! When I wrote my reaction I thought I might have been grasping at straws that the MotW represented Sam and Dean but I was left with NO DOUBT after reading this wonderful post
. (if you haven't read it I highly recommend it. Not least because it makes you see just how smart they are being with the characters this season so far. She also makes a wonderful case for how the parallels work).
You can't tell me this hasn't been thought through by Carver. If he's doing his job right these issues will be teased out over the whole season. If not the whole season then at least the first half. Don't forget we didn't get Sam's side of the story in S4 until episode 9 (I Know What You Did Last Summer) and in S6 we didn't find out what was wrong with Sam until episode 7 (Family Matters). We still have a long way to go. And even if there isn't any great "reveal" about what happened during Sam's year, we know we will be getting something because there are still so many questions unanswered.
This is something that really stood out to me in the episode but I wasn't sure how it was significant until I read the above reaction:
After Dean is about to have his heart literally ripped out (and it's no accident that it's Dean this happened to. After all, Dean was having little pieces of his heart ripped out during the course of the episode. He can see himself losing Sam. And Sam taking that huge chunk of flesh out of that red (heart-like) apple in the beginning of the show? No accident either).
As soon as Dean is saved he immediately turns around to look for Sam. To check he's there, to check he's all right.
And then there's Sam. Of course he's there. But wow... he's had to watch Dean nearly be killed again. It reminds me of Mystery Spot. Sam watching Dean die over and over was condensed into one day. Sam is back to having to worry about losing Dean - again. No wonder he is tired of it all. It's great to me that Carver wrote Mystery Spot because I'm thinking he has this mind set for Sam. Mystery Spot is one of my all time favourite eps, so I am feeling more confident about where all this could be heading.
I know a lot don't want this to be path Sam is taking this season, but dammit I'm loving it. Sam has NEVER had a chance to be just sick and tired of it all. Even in S1 he was never tired of hunting, he just didn't want to do it. It's a dangerous occupation after all. Dean has been sick and tired of it all for a while (ever since Croatoan really) so the switch around is interesting to me. I don't see it as retcon because it's so different this time. Sam's not being prissy about it. He doesn't want a "normal" life just for the kick of it or so he can deliberately hurt Dean. Now Dean's back he has to watch Dean getting hurt, worry that he might disappear or maybe die AGAIN. He is just so friggin' sick of losing Dean - the one person in the whole world who means more to him than ANYONE ELSE. Who can blame him? (don't answer that as apparently nearly everyone can blame him ;/)
The heartache is only going to get worse I'm afraid. For both boys. (um...yay..?! *g*)
gifs from codependentbrothers on Tumblr. Thanks to big_heart_june
for tracking them down for me. <3
I'm off to Sydney (again *g*) next week. Not a holiday this time though. I hope to have time to be on-line but I have no idea how busy I will be. (not too busy to watch the next ep I hope!)