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Parting Shots (Part Two) - gif spam and a little thinky... 
12th-Aug-2013 08:52 pm
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After posting Sam's Parting Shots recently, cordelia_gray requested one for Dean. I had been pondering doing one for Dean and that was just the push I needed. :)

1.01 Pilot

I love this little moment. Sam had said goodbye but Dean needed to say one last thing. And what a lovely thing it is. I've included this here because even though it's Sam who decides to stay I see it as a goodbye from Dean as well. Luckily for Sam (and us!) he returns not long after this moment.

3.11 Mystery Spot

Perhaps not truly a parting moment because it's been manipulated, but I wanted to include it because Dean's pleading look to Sam is so desperate and reaching. Dean may not remember this but I am sure Sam remembers it very clearly.

3.15 Time is On My Side

This isn't a moment when Dean decides to leave for good, he and Sam just have different agendas in this hunt and decide to separate. Dean always looks so reluctant when he leaves Sam, but he has a determination that can't be argued with. Dean leaves and Sam lands himself in trouble - it's a common theme when they separate (so stop separating!).

3.16 No Rest for the Wicked

Ack! Such a horrible way to die! Whaaaaa....Dean! :((

5.04 The End

So much love for this scene (this whole episode in fact). Dean has just made the decision to stay away from Sam even though Sam has asked to return. Such a difficult thing for him to do, but at this moment in time he believes it's for the best. *guh* his face...

5.17 99 Problems

Capturing the parting moment in this scene was hard because there's a series of moments as Dean makes his escape. Dean lies so smoothly to Sam - saying he's just getting something out of the car. It's only this little tiny flick of his eyes that suggest there's something more going on. Not enough for Sam to see, but enough for us to read his intention. And there's guilt there if I'm not mistaken.

5.17 99 Problems

I had to include this shot because I just love it. It's the Impala's POV - or maybe what Dean sees in his rear view mirror. I love the way this emphasises the growing distance between them.

6.01 Exile on Main Street

I included this in the last gifspam but I wanted to include it again here because it's actually Dean who makes the decision to stay. Even though Dean has made this decision you can see the inner emotions being played out.

7.03 The Girl Next Door

Sneaky, sneaky Dean. Dean lies so smoothly before leaving to kill Amy (Dean really is very good at lying to Sam even though he's stated he hates doing it). He does this little tiny look to Sam as he departs. Maybe making sure he's not following maybe? Maybe because he knows what he is about to do is going very much behind Sam's back.

8.23 The Sacrifice

I've included this one because I see this as a moment that Dean leaves Sam. Ok, so it wasn't going to be forever but it was at a time when I think Sam really needed him. He's reluctant and it's obvious that Cas isn't too happy about it either (they still left him though!).

Then there's also these...

3.22 No Rest for the Wicked

I included Dean reacting to Sam's death so I wanted to include one of Sam reacting to Dean's. I can't believe Sam's tears are spraying every where. :(((

6.12 Like a Virgin

This is another one of my favourite reunion moments. Sometimes when they have a reunion hug either one is a little bewildered (Sam after he died and Dean after he died a number of times in Mystery Spot), or one of them hiding something (soulless!Sam and Sam with Ruby). This one, I felt, was full of relief (or maybe that was just my reaction because finally we had Sam back!!). I'll leave my blab about the variety of reunion hugs for my (half completed) hug meta. :)

Note: I didn't include the one when Dean leaves Sam to go and help Benny in season 8 (Blood Brother). This is because I couldn't find a good giffable moment. It's an important moment though, as Dean makes a definite decision to leave Sam because he doesn't want him to find out about Benny.

In comparing parting shots I think Sam leaves due to needing to do things away from Dean whereas Dean leaves to do things despite of Sam. Sam seems to seek that independence (looking for John, answers about himself, time to cool down) whereas Dean leaves because he has to do something he doesn't want Sam to know about. Or he decides staying apart is the best course of action. Either way, separating never works out so they really should just accept that they have to be together. Forever! :))
12th-Aug-2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yay, you did one for Dean, too!!! Was hoping you would. This is *lovely*. You captured the nuances of Jensen's acting perfectly here - all those tiny flicks of his eyes - and the one from 6.01 is especially telling.
13th-Aug-2013 09:59 am (UTC)
I did! And yeah - it's interesting how gifs can really catch those little moments. Jensen is so good at those subtleties. I love 6.01 for such a range of emotion in such a short time.
12th-Aug-2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
Ooo, another brilliant collection of gifs! Thanks, bb!

It's amazing, isn't it? The times when they separate are always so darn painful, but the moments that result are just beautiful . . .
13th-Aug-2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you hun!

And yes - it's awful when the separate but it's always so fraught with emotion - it's worth it just to get the depth of their relationship.
12th-Aug-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, these are lovely, and some sad but they're so much with the feels, and I think that reunion is my favourite, the way they say each others name and Sam's face...

Thank you for posting these and reminding me :)
13th-Aug-2013 10:01 am (UTC)
Thanks hun.

So many feels. These guys...killings us softly so often...;)
12th-Aug-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
This really allows one to see the subtle nuances of how Jensen is such an amazing actor and inhabits Dean so well!
13th-Aug-2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Yes indeed. Jensen seems to be able to say so much with the tiniest of expressions. I think that's why he pulls off angsty Dean so well.
12th-Aug-2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
awesome!! all so very awesome!!
13th-Aug-2013 10:03 am (UTC)
13th-Aug-2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Very, very nice!
13th-Aug-2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Thank you!
13th-Aug-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
I love this so much, because it slows things down enough to really capture the amazing nuanced acting these guys can deliver. I can't even look at these without *feeling* so much.
14th-Aug-2013 08:01 am (UTC)
I think that's the thing I love most about gifs - being able to capture those nuanced moments. Jensen does these so well.
13th-Aug-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting these all together in one place. Great gifs. I knew it wasn't just Sam who did the leaving but it's cool to see it all in one spot. I totally agree they both end up in a heap of trouble going it alone. That one from 8.23 had me yelling at the TV, "don't leave, Dean."
14th-Aug-2013 08:03 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) It's weird to me that Sam leaving feels different somehow to Dean leaving. It's probably the reasons they have for leaving.

And yeah - I couldn't believe Dean left Sam to face Crowley alone. I know he "had" to, but wow. Bad timing...
14th-Aug-2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
The reasons, yeah, but also, how they react to the other leaving. Sam tends to make bad decisions without Dean around but seems functional. Dean gives the impression he doesn't care about life so much without Sam, hence a demon deal as a first response. Dean's sense of self-worth still has a lot to do with how he sees himself as Sam's protector. With Sam leaving, there's always that chance he's going to make it without Dean. We know that Dean's not going to leave him for good even if Dean thinks he is. It violates the prime directive, take care of Sam. Family before everything else. One of Dean's big psych wounds is that everybody leaves him and we know how bad it is because demons have taunted him with it. It was reinforced by things like his reaction to Henry leaving John behind. We know Dean takes being left as another emotional wound. We know the damage it does to him. I wonder if part of it for us is that the story is told more from Dean's POV so we see the leaving through his eyes and so we feel left behind too. More to mull over.
13th-Aug-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! You did the Dean one.

The one from 99 Problems is both sad and hilarious. Sam's arms!

And yeah, going their separate ways never works out! You'd think they'd have learned that by now :)
14th-Aug-2013 08:04 am (UTC)
Yep! I did. :))

Hee.. Sam's arms in 99 Problems. Arms of distress!
13th-Aug-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
So hurty and good. Thanks for these. <3
14th-Aug-2013 08:04 am (UTC)

16th-Aug-2013 08:03 am (UTC)
These are beautiful. Gah, Sammy's spraying tears make me cry.

16th-Aug-2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
*guh* I know! When these guys cry so do I...:((

Thanks so much for stopping by. :)
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