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The Return of Cole: What Makes a Monster?

Sam and Cole

There’s speculation that Cole may return in episode seven titled “Girls Girls Girls.” Whether that happens later rather than sooner, he is sure to make another appearance this season. (more…)


Carry On My Wayward Son

Sam Winchester

Dean Winchester

Sam and Dean listen to Carry On My Wayward Son, SPN 10.05, “Fan Fiction”

Gadreel: Dupe or Master Manipulator?

Gadreel gloats about imitating Sam


There is no more Sam

“No more stupid angels.” That’s what Metatron said to Gadreel as he talked him into being his being his loyal hitman or so it appeared. The question that keeps going through my mind is whether that statement is ironic or true. (more…)

Sam and Dean: Conflict Resolution or More of the Same

Kevin tells the Winchesters to get over it

It’s stupid

On the surface, Kevin’s comment to “get over it” seems to trivialize Sam and Dean’s issues, but his statement that his mom was taking home a ghost ought to put it in perspective. His mom will never hug him again or have any reason to cook is favorite meal or tell him to get some rest because he’s studying to late. She will probably watch him deteriorate into a vengeful spirit. From that perspective, maybe Sam and Dean’s fighting does look pretty trivial — not the issues itself, but the fact that they aren’t talking about it or working through the problem. Instead they are shooting verbal barbs at one another, getting under one another’s skin, and pretending that they are just hunting partners. That isn’t a solution. That’s alternately picking at the wound and hiding it under a dressing. It’s not healing it. (more…)

Nine Seasons of Push and Pull Take a Toll

Sam and Dean from Hell House

Sam and Dean from Hell House

It’s heartbreaking seeing the men these boys have become. They bickered and fought and laughed. They protected each other, would and did give their lives for each other, but they were torn apart by the forces of heaven and hell. You have to wonder if they ever stood a chance. (more…)

Dean Winchester: Protector or Abuser

Dean saves baby Sammy
Dean saves baby Sammy

Now, Dean, go!

In response to all the posts I’ve seen the past few days that boil down to  “Dean Winchester is an abusive asshole whose sole motivation is controlling his brother” I say, “Go watch the pilot.”

At the age of four a helpless infant was put in his arms and he was told to run – save Sammy. He did. His big, strong hero of a dad failed to save their mother, but he saved his brother. Rather than take back that responsibility, John Winchester left it on Dean’s tiny shoulders. It was drummed into Dean day after day, year after year – take care of your brother, look out for Sammy – until it became his prime directive, his raison d’etre – call it what you will. When Dean says it’s what he is, it isn’t just some defensive excuse. He’s been programed to save Sammy. Considering the age it started, his brain may be hardwired that way. When added to the love he feels for Sam, how can he be expected to act differently? (more…)

Sam who?




It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the character called Sam Winchester in season nine with the boy who was introduced in season one. Re-watching those early seasons, we see someone full of life, snarky, rebellious, clever – brilliant even. As much as he wanted out of the hunting life, he enjoyed being with his big brother. He rolled his eyes at Dean’s lame jokes, but laughed with him too, sang with him, looked on him fondly and for protection and guidance, even as he insisted on making his own path. (more…)

Sam and Dean’s Normal Lives


beautiful loser

When season 6 opened with Exile on Main Street, Dean was shown in a montage that inter-cut black and white footage of him with Sam in with color footage of his life with Lisa and Ben. We saw him showing both Sam and Ben how to work on an engine. We saw him obviously troubled but comforted by Lisa. They had cook outs. He drank and checked warding around the house. He worked as a carpenter. We later learned that he went out for beers with the neighbor, Sid, and he played golf. (more…)

Sam’s Demon Blood Revisited

chris648  at spoilertv asks “Is It Time to Revisit the Demon Blood?”

It’s an interesting question because Sam’s demon blood was dropped in S6-7, and as pointed out, fans began to think that maybe it had somehow been purged at some point. We discovered in S8 that Sam had felt the stain of the blood since he was a child and that he was being purged of it during the trials. Since he didn’t complete the trials, we can assume that he still holds the demon blood in his veins.

There’s a lot of potential in revisiting the demon blood issue with everything that has happened. After having a vampire for a best bud, one would think that Dean might reconsider his feelings about Sam using his powers. It wasn’t Sam’s use of his powers that was evil. It was drinking demon blood and listening to Ruby that led Sam down the  wrong path. My feeling is that Sam’s powers aren’t inherently evil.

As chris648 says, it is time that Sam become an active participant in the narrative again, and using his powers in the upcoming battles with demons and angels might be an interesting way for that to happen.


Growing Up: How Sam May Have Seen It

So, this gif set got me thinking. For the first ten years or so of his life, Sam saw himself as the center of Dean’s universe. And why wouldn’t he? Dean was always there — from scraped knees to making dinner, chasing away nightmares to wiping runny noses, helping with homework to entertaining on rainy days. And then one day these random girls started appearing that Dean would look at and touch in a way that was bewildering and strange. It must have been inexplicable and hurtful. He must have felt lonely and abandoned when Dean clearly wanted to give his attention to some stranger instead of Sam. He’d chase Sammy out of the room with a “go do your homework” or leave him in a crappy pizza joint with clowns. Sam had to wonder what he’d done wrong. Maybe, Sam running away was as much a vie for Dean’s attention as it was an attempt to get away from hunting. Maybe leaving for Stanford was just a little bit because he felt abandoned first. Dean discovering girls had to have knocked Sammy’s world off its axis. I’m not saying Dean did anything wrong. He did what was entirely natural for a teenage boy, but to a little kid whose world was his older brother, it must have been hard. Dean didn’t get it because he’s never understood how important he was/is to Sam.