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Sam Winchester oozes forgiveness

I know a lot of fans are really angry at Dean for tricking Sam into letting the Creepy Angel in. That’s a legit anger. But they want Sam to be angry at Dean, walk away, estrange himself from Dean. That is what has to happen for Dean to learn how badly he’s screwed up with Sam and to allow Sam to make his own decisions in the future. I thought so too at first, but …

I don’t think that’s what will happen or needs to happen. Sam will forgive Dean. Why? Because that’s what Sam does. He forgives because he knows what it is to make the wrong decision for the right reason. Because he forgave Castiel for the pointless act of breaking the wall in his head despite never having intentionally hurt a friend like that himself. Because he knows Dean better than anyone, and he will realize that Dean made the only decision that Dean was capable of making at the time. Because Dean doesn’t need Sam’s anger or disappointment or pain to know how badly he screwed up this time. Because Dean will need him to help stop whatever cosmic disaster results from all this. Because Dean needs him. Because he needs Dean. Because brothers.

Thoughts?

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4 responses

  1. auroramere

    Exactly. Forgiving is what Sam does, not because he’s committed more crimes than other people (though he believes he has), but just because. He may need to have a shouting match or ten about it first, but once he has, he doesn’t withhold forgiveness. I don’t know if Dean would have believed it if he’d had a faked phone message from Sam saying Sam was done with him forever; maybe he would. But Sam would be surprised that he did, I think. (Me, I thought Soulless!Sam gave the baby’s name as John because Sam’s memories said Sam had forgiven him, not because Soulless was too thick to go beyond simple genetics. It’s Dean who never got to have it out with his father, and Dean who can never really forgive him.)

    December 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    • And Dean who continues to be so much like him in relation to Sam. So sad the way Dean takes care of Sam’s physical being and doesn’t pay much attention to his emotional well-being until he’s on the verge of killing himself to prove to Dean that he won’t let him down.

      December 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  2. Percysowner

    I think it is extremely likely that Sam will forgive Dean, which makes me sad because to me that means that Dean will take absolutely nothing from this other than he can do literally ANYTHING to Sam and he will only get minimal blow back. Trick Sam into giving over his body to an angel who murders Kevin, no biggie Sam forgives. Set it up so Sam is not in control of himself and is helping Metatron? Eh Sam’s good so Dean can move on. Dean never really has to deal with how his actions affect Sam, while Sam? Sam gets hammered about every single time he has let Dean down, even after he has given up everything to make up for it. I don’t think Sam will be angry for long at Dean, but I do think Dean needs something to shake him up and make him realize that Sam is not a doll he can play with and move into whatever he wants Sam to be. Dean needs to see Sam as a separate person with needs, wants and feelings of his own and that those needs, wants and feelings are deserved and need to be honored and respected.

    December 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    • I’m honestly not happy with the characterization of Dean since Carver came on board. He’s always been somewhat controlling, but he cared about Sam. The Dean we’ve gotten since the beginning of S8 is borderline abusive. If the current storyline doesn’t lead to serious consequences for Dean and a shift in behavior and attitude, then they will have ruined the character for me. I wonder if that’s one of the issues that Jensen, along with Jared, addressed in their recent meeting with Carver and the writing team.

      December 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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