Night out with the crew! #mitch #bowling
Night out with the crew! #mitch #bowling
Ah, Sam Winchester. The object of my affections, the Boy King, the cause of Heaven and Hell and everyone in between. The most sought after, lost little boy. I tried really hard to use objectifying language there. Let’s talk about Sam Winchester and the fact that he is, and always will be (it seems) Dean’s pretty, fragile little tea-cup.
I can see your point about getting a blood-drenched vengeance not necessarily being a good thing. For one thing, Sam’s gone the vengeance-obsessed route before and it hasn’t exactly worked out well. For another, what needs to be addressed is that Gadreel didn’t act alone when he possessed Sam and that Dean is just as culpable as Gadreel when examining the victimization of Sam in this instance.
My issue here is that I’d like for Sam to have arrived at that conclusion on his own. In this case Dean took the choice away from Sam, just as he took it away from Sam with the possession. Sam didn’t choose to not torture Gadreel, he yielded to Dean. Again. He didn’t come to a conclusion about not becoming a torturer, he walked away like a little boy on time out because Dean called him out on his anger. Because Dean told him he was “too close to this,” invalidating his right to be angry about what was done to him.
Nothing would have made me happier than for Sam to choose to allow Gadreel to go with no further harm than that punch. It’s that lack of choice that bothers me - the whole issue of Sam’s victimization becoming all about Dean again, while Sam becomes a passive observer.
I also think this is really tied to the way Sam is seemingly never allowed to have outbursts anymore. As lots of people have said, I think his patience and reserve (essential, good parts of Sam) allow people to ignore his feelings. Since Dean’s emotions often result in his lashing out, he’s never ignored. It’s all in your face.
(And I think people are biased toward sympathizing with Dean whose emotions are raw and unexamined. Sam ruminates and sometimes calculates, and somehow, that makes him strange….. Also, in the tv format, Dean’s emotions are easier to understand, because they are underlined by actions…. Sam’s, I think, are more subtle because oftentimes they’re underlined by inaction, such as not decorating his room or denying himself romance, friendship, etc.)
I think allowing Sam to deal, even physically, with enemies would result in more than closure for Sam; it would bring back an aspect of his character that has been shut away in a closet (because Dean finds it distasteful?)
Remember the look on Sam’s face when he killed Jake? How Dean listened to YED and thought maybe he had brought back a new person, someone not Sam?
It was Sam. A Sam who was doling out what he thought was justice. Jake had taken a cowardly path, and that decision led to Dean making a deal to save him. And Sam’s smart. I always thought that, perhaps in just those moments after Jake’s astonishment at his “survival,” he figured out what Dean had done. People can argue that Jake didn’t deserve Sam’s cold-blooded reaction, but it was an interesting look into Sam. He made a decision different from the one he had made earlier, when he wanted Jake to help him kill YED.
It was character development, which is not always a progression toward the ideal. He had been tempted to kill Jake earlier, and I think it’s not a stretch for him to regret failing to prevent this moment at the Hell Gate.
Sam knows that Jake failed to make the right decision, to reject YED’s proposals. He thinks Jake had to make the same choices he did, and he reacts, makes a judgment. He doesn’t think of Jake as a side-character in his own story. Jake’s decisions were his own in that Ghost Town, even though YED was breathing down their necks.
I think a lot of people in this fandom listen to Dean and think Sam’s judgment must not be trusted, and it’s inextricably tied to the demon bood stuff. If Sam punches an angel, he’s out of control and liable to go dark-side. Meanwhile, Dean can go back to torturing and continue being the “Righteous Man.” UGH. He’ll always be toeing the line between being worth saving or deserving of death.
Sam must constantly prove his innocence. Dean is innocent until proven guilty.
If this has all been part of their elaborate scheme to continue ruining Sam’s self-worth (and it IS gas-lighting in that he feels he can’t trust himself while he always seems to trust Dean’s judgment, instead), I hope there will be a pay-off.
And maybe this season…. even a role reversal??? Mark of Cain?
I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”
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