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15th-Mar-2013 01:17 pm
Thinky thougts
I wonder if it's deliberate that Sam doesn't haven't any male friends.

I mean, I figure he had good friends at college (we know there was Zach and Brady), but we've never seen him with a male "buddy" like we have Dean. We see Dean bonding with other males - Bobby, Gordon, Frank, Cas, Garth, Benny and even John, but Sam is seen as either butting heads with them or being downright enemies of them (Lucifer, Walt, Roy, Gordon, Kubrick, Greedy).

I know that Sam was close to Bobby but not in the same way that Dean was. Same with Garth and Cas. Both Garth and Cas attached themselves to Dean first, then got to know Sam. I figure they are as close to "friends" as Sam has in the show, but they're not just his friends.

I wonder if that's because Dean fulfils that role completely? Maybe Sam doesn't need anyone else (whereas Dean possibly does?).

I'm sure not if this is because there's never been a story line that has allowed Sam to develop a male friendship or because they have deliberately made this part of Sam's character (like his disastrous relationships with women).

It's not a complaint - just an observation.

Hmmm. *hugs* Sam. Maybe books are his other companion.

This is what happens when I enjoy a day off (yay back to 4 days a week!) and get my hair done. :)

I hope they don't use Cas to miraculously "fix" Sam this time. Surely the effects of these trials can't be fixed with a mere touch to the head (I mean, they could if they wanted them to be, but I hope they can't).

That is all. :)
16th-Mar-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
As usual, you have the most perfect way of saying stuff.

I adore this:

Maybe, with his tendency to fragmentation, Sam feels like the only way he can hold himself together is to keep himself bottled up

I often feel like Sam could just explode but keeps himself together. Not just for his own sake but for Dean's as well. I think it's been perfectly within character for him to keep what's happening to him from Dean - and for exactly the reasons you've stated here.

I think the way Dean bonds with secondary characters generally is important and I love to think this has been a deliberate part of his characterization (as well as Sam's). I know there's been some fuss made about Dean bonding with Charlie and not Sam, but I think it's all part of who they are and where they've been.

It's also curious that when Sam does reach out to people it's to lend a sympathetic ear, to console, to provide support - but Sam doesn't take that in return. He takes so much on the chin and internalizes so much that's going on with him. I wouldn't be surprised if one day he does explode.

And yay BB! I look forward to it. You have a wonderful grasp on Sam.
16th-Mar-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Talking about Sam is one of my favorite things.

I get why so many people think of it as having much more emotional access to Dean and wanting the same for Sam, and I do sometimes feel that way, especially when there are scenes that we know HAPPENED in the fiction but we aren't shown them. But I can't really think of it as an overall injustice to Sam because one of the things that gets me crazy addicted in love with Sam's characterizations is how he experiences deep emotional things in screwy, sidelong, cognitive ways. And I think the show, for all it sometimes falls down on one side or the other of balancing and developing Sam and Dean, has also shown a lot of brilliance in reflecting their different ways of experiencing and reacting through its different ways of telling their stories.
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