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A Very Serious Examination of How the Visual Evidence Reveals Sam's State of Mind in S8 
22nd-Nov-2012 10:51 pm
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This was made for de_nugis as a way of sending *heffa hug glomps* her way.<33

There just hasn't been enough deep discussion about why Sam didn't look for Dean. It's been glossed over and hardly anyone is talking about it (I'm surprised how unnoticed this has gone) so I've decided to give you some deep and very very serious meta and visual evidence about what's going on.

Brace yourself.

glovered mentioned something on her journal that is SO awesome that I think it needs investigating further.

I give you the case for why Sam's memories are false and how Amelia is actually Dean.

Let's start with this crucial observation from glovered's journal.

Sorry but omgggggg when Sam chooses to go find Amelia he walks into the room and he's WALKING INTO HIS OWN MIND. HIS SHIRT MATCHES THE WALLS. OH GOD I WANT MORE MAKEOUT SCENES NOW BC IT'S SAM MAKING OUT WITH HIMSELF.


See the evidence! It's the EXACT same pattern! This is a MAJOR clue that this is all in Sam's mind. Personally, I think no more proof is needed but I shall provide you with clear evidence that not only is it all in Sam's mind but his "memories" have been manipulated, I believe, by the angels. They've allowed him to create this fantasy. There is also so much evidence that Amelia is in fact Dean that it's actually rather embarrassing in it's obviousness. We don't exactly know why yet, but I believe that will be revealed very very very very...er..very very very very very soon.

Time to examine the evidence.

Let's start with the strongest signifier. Show went to a lot of trouble to make the room number clear. It's a sign!

Room # 118

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Amelia's room is No 118. A very potent number. It symbolises a number of things:

It "symbolises a latent potential, unknown, but working actively to appear". source


"Angel Number 118 is a message of encouragement and support from your angels". source

Clearly the angels are manipulating Sam's mind. Making him see positive things. Making him try and forget Dean. But Sam is holding on too tight. The imagine of Amelia the angels have given Sam has been re-created in Sam's mind to represent Dean. This is evident by the fact that:

Amelia wears the same clothes as Dean:

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It's curious that in both these cases Amelia is dressed like Dean was when he was in a hospital. I think this might be a clue as to where Sam might be residing during these hallucinations.

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The red checked shirt is very significant. That's Dean's "angst' shirt. Sam may be living the "dream" but underneath it all is the angst.

Amelia drinks like Dean:

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Amelia is obviously an alcoholic, evident by the all the beer cans stacked up, whisky bottle and an empty margarita glass. Sam can only imagine being around someone who drinks as much as Dean. It's familiar and comfortable. ALSO... look how neatly those cans are stacked in the corner. This is Sam's mind trying to make sense of this world. Sam likes things ordered and neat (remember in Mystery Spot when Dean died? He lived in a very tidy, ordered room).

Limes are mentioned a lot in this scene. Limes are a symbol of resurrection. ("It is a symbol of life, vitality and energy; resurrection." source. OBVIOUSLY this is Sam wishing he could find a way to resurrect Dean.

There's no way any motel could look THAT fugly: (well, there is but let's ignore that fact)

8.06 room

Seriously! Those curtains and that bedspread totally clash! And look at all those flowers surrounding Sam. There's clearly something not right here. His poor brain is in such a muddle he can't even get the decor right. Plus...it looks like he's wearing a skirt. A big, flouncy princess skirt (I am sure there's some psychological reason for this but that's very serious meta for another day). The white shirt symbolises his mental state. He's probably wearing that in the mental institution he's in. Poor boy.

Also, look at that room. It's just a bit too tidy. It seems strange that Amelia would keep the room that tidy and not throw away the beer cans. (Unless of course they were all from the night before, then I suppose that's reasonable). It's also note worthy that they "met" in a motel. This is where Sam and Dean live. In Sam's mind she has to be in a motel because that's what he connects Dean with (I won't even touch the fact that he's had...er...relations with Amelia. You can let your mind take you there if you wish).

The Picnic

I realise that no further proof is required but I'm on a roll, so let's keep going.

The picnic is OBVIOUSLY totally imagined because who lives in those colours? With everything slightly blurry?

In the scene Sam is surrounded by green. A symbol of: "Love, joy, abundance, hope, youth, mirth, gladness, resurrection, spring". source RESURRECTION AGAIN! They are hitting us over the head with all these clues!

This scene starts on a bridge. This is a metaphor for Sam crossing from his real life state to his "dream" state. It's also important to remember that moment when Dean body-slammed Sam on the bridge in the Pilot. Sam doesn't forget heart stopping moments like that (who would!?!). Bridges symbolise the power and passion of Sam and Dean's relationship. (I could go into this much more of course - the bridge sometimes being strong, sometimes rickety - just like their relationship, but that's another important meta for another day).

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The cake is very significant I believe. Look at it! Obviously fake - almost a cardboard cut out. How did she manage to carry that cake there in that picnic basket? It's obviously a construct of Sam's mind. I should imagine that Dean once bought a shop made cake like that for Sam once on his birthday. If this was a real moment the cake would have been hand made by her. Everything else is "perfect" except that. And what is she wearing? Oh Sam, your fashion sense. /o\ No wonder you started dressing her like Dean later on.

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What's in a name?

The dog's name is Riot! A DEAD GIVE AWAY! TPTB think it's a riot leading us down the garden path (much like Riot did) believing that Sam would not have looked for Dean when he disappeared. They are having a laugh at our expense.

ALSO: (VERY IMPORTANT!) ... there is a band called RIOT and it stands for "Righteous Invasion of Truth" (source) NEED I SAY MORE!!!

The meaning of the name Amelia means "striving". (source SEE! Striving to convince us that she is real.

What's in a painting?

If any more evidence is required then just look at that painting Sam is under.

In dream interpretations the water and the sea are HUGELY symbolic:

Water can often symbolize the unconscious or the soul. What might be lurking under the surface?

The ocean may contain what one perceives as danger, such as lurking monsters,

A Very Reliable Source

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And lastly, there's the fact that all of the lamps in this motel room appear in other motel rooms in Sam's life (you'll have to trust me on this) obviously means he's bringing back those memories. It might even be symbolic of Sam trying to "shed some light" on what's going on. Very clever show!

Examining all this evidence makes it absolutely CLEAR that show knows what it is doing. It's had a plan from the get go. Sam WAS looking for Dean but got sidelined by these pesky angels intent on thwarting his progress.


Happy Thanksgiving to all. Even to those who don't have it as a celebration (like us in Aus). Giving thanks can never be a bad thing. I'm thankful so many things. Not least...all of YOU LOT! <3
22nd-Nov-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, am I glad I checked my inbox one more time before shutting down!

leading us down the garden path (much like Riot did)

*dies* Oh, bb, holy crap, that's BRILLIANT!

I've been of a mind from the start that Amelia's drinking corresponded with Dean's and that the birthday cake scene was a fever-dream type of hallucination, but missed the other bits. Sam's shirt matching the room! Amelia's clothing matching Dean's!

Sam WAS looking for Dean but got sidelined by these pesky angels intent on thwarting his progress.

Aw, hells yeah.

You are brilliant. glovered is brilliant. "O brave new world fandom, That has such people in't."

Thanks so much for this. ALL THE HUGS.

Happy Thanksgiving! &hearts&hearts&hearts

Edited at 2012-11-22 03:24 pm (UTC)
22nd-Nov-2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks honey! !

This fulfills my ultimate desire to write crack meta. :)

Though I will say that when I actually started looking I was surprised how much "evidence" I could find.

I blame glovered and that wall paper gif. And some of the comments that appeared on my journal..;)

22nd-Nov-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I am thankful for YOU!

(And I love all the variety we got in hi_de_nugis.) You've explained the big mystery of season 8! It's all so subliminally obvious when you know how to read the clues! We're lucky to have you to guide us!

LOL -- have a happy weekend Down Under!
22nd-Nov-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes... it's all so very subliminal! :))

I am looking forward to digging into all that hi_de_nugis work! So much awesome stuff....

And my weekend starts now! 3 day weekend for the win.

22nd-Nov-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
OMG I love you - can I marry your brain??

Happy Thanksgiving to you too, and now I'd better get cooking since we *do* celebrate it around here!
22nd-Nov-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hee! Let our brains be married!

Yay food! (i was actually in the US once for Thanksgiving and the amount of food blew me away! )
22nd-Nov-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Haha!! Awesome in the very best of ways! Now I can't unsee Sam in that bedspread princess skirt. *sporfle*
22nd-Nov-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ha! I know! I think it was glovered who mentioned the "skirt" and it's all I can see now.

Sam really IS a princess. ;)


Edited at 2012-11-22 04:24 pm (UTC)
22nd-Nov-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I also thought that Amelia is quasi Dean, as well as Benny is a substitution for Sam, but in a metaphorical way, not a mental construct.
22nd-Nov-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hee...well, yes. I think the substitution is rather genuine (And I love that!)... I might have just taken it to the extreme here...;D (or not...)
22nd-Nov-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, I love it! I actually thought (still think?) this is a possibility.
22nd-Nov-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
If this turns out to be true I will drop dead and then point at all those people who put that idea into my head in the first place.

(though I might believe that there is a very slight possibility that the angels are involved somehow. They are manipulating Cas after all....)
22nd-Nov-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
loved this

I have a happy heart now :D

Plus I'm hoping that show is keeping the faith

23rd-Nov-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! :))
22nd-Nov-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
o.O Mind officially BLOWN! Holy crap! If this turns out to be the truth!...

A big, flouncy princess skirt (I am sure there's some psychological reason for this but that's very serious meta for another day).
Already looking forward to reading that meta! Just saying. :)
23rd-Nov-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Ha! If it turns out to be true I might just keel over...!!;)

Hee... and I am sure I can dig up plenty of evidence that Sam sees himself as a princess. (or maybe that's the way Dean see him...;D)

22nd-Nov-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
LOL This is just perfect! *g*
Thank you so much for explaining it all (& with such well-documented & creditable sources, to boot!)
23rd-Nov-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Thank you!

It's all so clear now isn't it? ;)

And yes... my sources are very special. I'm glad you noticed. :))

22nd-Nov-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
23rd-Nov-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Hee... thanks hun! <3
22nd-Nov-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I want this all to be true, I want this all to be true, I want this all to be true repeat repeat................

LOVE THIS, did I mention I want it all to be true?

Thanks for giving us hope Ash, and I'll eat something for you today, Happy Thanksgiving from the US :D
23rd-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Ha Imagine is it was true!?! Maybe Cas does his mind thingy with Sam and suddenly the "truth" is revealed. (um...I actually don't believe it at heart but it was fun trying to find the "evidence" that it might be so. And... who knows?! *g*)

22nd-Nov-2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
My favorite part was all of it. The clothes cracked me up. I will never be able to do a meta seriously again. Thanks for the laugh.
23rd-Nov-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks honey! And thanks for checking it over. <3

It's fun having a dig at ourselves...;)

And you BETTER do serious meta again!!
22nd-Nov-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
...*dies laughing*...
23rd-Nov-2012 04:06 am (UTC)

(see my therapy?! *g*)

22nd-Nov-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
How much I wish this would be true. LOL I love your brain.
23rd-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes - it would be rather interesting if it was something like this. But I'm under no illusion about that. Fun to play though...;D

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23rd-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Hee! The only thing I'm serious about here is making a bit of fun of myself and meta writing. :))) I loved looking for as much "evidence" I could to support my argument and in fact ended up being quite surprised how much there was!

So...you never know...;D

Thank for reading! <33
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