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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid: "Death came for me"
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I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not -Robert Green Ingersoll

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man. -Confucius

Be life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.  -David Starr Jordan




Sorry for this being late.  Real life intervened and to be honest, this was the episode that I dreaded most. Though I've always dreaded that Bobby would become a season finale casualty each time each season ended, I was always relieved when he had been spared.  Now that we are facing the Apocalypse and Bobby in grim shape with first being paralyzed and then having to kill his wife again:

”She was the love of my life. How many times do I gotta kill her?”

I fear that Bobby might be broken, that his spirit has been shattered, and perhaps that he's feeling the cold, steely breath and blade of Death's scythe at his neck, marking him because of his support of his boys.  A broken and dispirited Bobby is one who might be ready to surrender to the pressure. Heaven forbid, it would drive him to betray his boys to save himself. That's NOT the Bobby we know and love.  If anything, Bobby would bail, but even THAT is hard to comprehend.  There's a part of me that hopes Bobby will find his way back, but in looking at the mythology of the show and the fact that Eric Kripke had mapped the futures of all his characters with a 5 year expiration date, I think that maybe Bobby might be the final blow cast to end Season 5 on a tragic and potentially triumphant note, with a renewal for Season 6, who knows? Maybe the Apocalypse will be prolonged just without Bobby there for the first time. It's an awful yet intriguing idea.

The episode itself was standard fare and I don't mean that it was a bad or predictable one, in fact, I liked the premise that zombies weren't all bad, that they started out as normal, knowing that they are dead and yet acting as if nothing had happened. It's later that they turn into the kind of flesh eating zombies we're all familiar with.  Having this take on it, opened the door for Bobby to have his wife, Karen back and as heartbreaking as we all knew the outcome would be in the end, it was great to see someone cater to Bobby, to see Bobby as he once might have been, all cleaned up, gussied up, and downright little boyish about having his wife back.  It's his interaction with Karen that we get a glimpse of what Bobby might have been had she not become possessed and he then having to become a hunter as a result. It's sweet to see that.  I also LOVED her talk with Dean. Carrie Anne Fleming who played Karen was WONDERFULLY home spun (Dean was in pie heaven with her) and if it weren't for her pasty complexion, you'd love the idea that Bobby had such a great woman in his life as the love of his life.  Her lesson to Dean about love broke my heart because I could feel for Dean that he hadn't experienced that kind of love. Of course his love for Sam is all encompassing, for good and for ill, but it's not the same kind of romantic love that Karen and Bobby shared and I can't help, but feel sad that Dean might be robbed of that kind of everlasting love because of the Apocalypse.  Sam had Jess and though people could argue, it's not the same, that they were just kids, I think it had a potential for being an enduring kind of love. Why always have Jess thread through the mythology if she wasn't a pivotal player in what normal life might have been like for Sam? What normal love might have been like?  After all, he was going to ask her to marry him if things had been different.  Dean, however, hasn't had that. Cassie and Lisa were flings even if Dean imagined he would love a life with her and Ben, she still wasn't the love of his life.  In a non-gross kind of way, his mother was the love of Dean's life and maybe to which all women would be compared.  Her love for him permeates his life and shaped the kind of hero he is, if not the marrying-material of a man that he thinks he isn't (though we DeanGirls know otherwise - hee). You can see that as he faced the end of his life in Season 3 and in glimpses of it in this season, case in point, Swap Meat, Dean is considering what family life would be like, that it might be nice to have one. It's Sam who's poo-pooing the idea now, saying that they can't have that, but you can't help but wonder if Dean is longing for it now.  Who could blame him?

As usual, I digress and turn a Bobby thing into a Dean thing.  Typical of me. Unrepentant DeanGirl, after all.

Getting back to it, this episode though, yet again, put a grim pallor on the events to come, nothing looks good at this point of the show, I also saw a demonstration of Dean and Sam's foundations being ripped from them as well. This wasn't just about zombies, it was also about Bobby and how much of a danger he is to their (pick one, Lucifer's or the angels, both) plan.  They know the kind of principled man Bobby is. We fans have known it for years and when things get off track for Dean and Sam, they often turn to Bobby as much as they do each other, especially in the last year when they were lost to each other.  Bobby is their voice of conscience, their appropriate slap-upside-the-head or their reminder that they're acting like "idjits". He's the seasoned hunter who's seen it all and who has stuck by them both, even when Sam released Lucifer. Bobby emphasized, even when he was crippled, that he would never give up on Sam even when Dean wasn't as certain about himself. It's a conviction that gives the boys much needed hope and the will to go on, but now, what will happen to them if that foundation begins to crumble, to give under the pressure of whether anything they've done has been worth it, whether they can even win, or if the world was worth saving anymore?  A stark contrast to the Bobby we saw in All Hell Breaks Loose telling a grief-stricken Dean that the world was ending and that they had to do something about it.  If Bobby crumbles, what's left to our boys? It's pretty much telling them, they got nothing left so why not just give in and be done with it?

Again, my heart of hearts tells me that Bobby won't abandon them. It's not in him to do that. It doesn't mean that he'll live to tell the tale at the end of it or it might even be too much to ask to even expect Bobby to be excited about it, that he's too battle-weary to expend anymore energy, but I know for a fact that if either Dean and Sam were in danger, he would once again, rush in to save them without a second thought. What I'm more wondering about is whether Bobby will let Dean and Sam become vessels, that he won't counter the argument of doing it anymore, feeling that maybe it's the only way out.  I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed, but I would be sad.  As I've said, it's Bobby's conviction of what's right and wrong that keeps the boys' moral compasses straight. What will they do without that, without him?

It's evident that Dean is cracking under the enormous pressure he's under. Who could blame him? It won't come as a surprise that after all they've gone through and lost and likely even more spirit breaking to come in tonight's episode, that Dean will question himself, that he'll wonder if he should just give in.  I wouldn't be surprised if seeing Bobby's silent resignation and knowing that he's on Death's hit list will drive Dean to wonder if maybe he should just let go of his pride and become Michael's vessel.  You can see the pain on his face upon learning that another horseman is on Earth:

"Awesome. Another horseman. It must be Thursday."

And it's another one of those "How does Jensen do that" moments when a simple gesture of rubbing his forehead can reveal how tired Dean is, how resigned he must feel.

Without any obvious revelations or answers from on High to build hope on, who could blame Dean for wondering if he's just being a stubborn "idjit" for nothing, that nothing, except for Cas, Sam and Bobby has exactly encouraged his line of defense so maybe he's wondering if he's been wrong all this time.  It's easy to be influenced by all of the external factors around him than stick to his convictions against all odds. It takes effort to do that and Dean is reaching the low point of effort at this stage. I mean, NOTHING has gone right for them and there's nothing but bad guys everywhere, attacking them in every which way.  If all this has been a test of Dean's will, Dean is losing that fight.  He needs something to hold on to, but the ledge is slipping away.  I don't know about you, but I need something to hold onto.

An interesting comparison is Jared's portrayal of Sam.  We last left Sam going through withdrawal in My Bloody Valentine and yet here, he seems to be in control, almost at peace with things, as if this is just another job. Jared plays Sam with such a subtle confidence that you find yourself wondering what's happening with Sam. He was amazingly normal! How can he be so almost calm about yet another horseman rising? Suddenly he's the Sam of the past, treating the Sheriff with compassion, acting almost like the innocent and boyish Sam in the early seasons. Sam is sympathetic about Bobby's dilemma and Dean is darkly practical about what needs to be done. Dean's also being fiercely protective of Bobby and no one has to wonder why. Dean cherishes Bobby as his father figure, maybe more than Sam and he would do anything to save Bobby and to spare him the agonizing task of having to kill his wife. I LOVE that Sam understands and undertakes saving the whole town with a touch of humor:

"Okay. I'll head to town and rescue everyone. Should be easy."

"Sounds like."

In that moment you feel a touch of the old Sam and Dean rapport that's been missing. It's fleeting, but still it's so heartwarming that it's still there between them.  I have to admit that feeling it made me feel just a little sad. It made me want SO MUCH for them NOT to be in the positions they are in, that the bigger picture will destroy that moment as quickly as their mutual understanding of the situation at that moment created it.

Okay, Kripke's House of Gore is still in business. When Sam confronts Mrs. Jones or what is left of her and gets up close and personal with her on the off chance she might have something useful to tell him, I admit that the closer he got to her, the farther I got from the TV. EESH! Jared played this to great humorous effect despite knowing what was probably coming. As gross as it was, it was sure effective!  I really loved Sam in this episode.

I love the invading zombie army.  It harked back to all the B-movie zombie movies of my misspent youth. Happily, none of the cliched straight armed march and vacuous looks of those zombies were present here. Just your garden variety scary people coming to get a buffet meal. Sam and the Sheriff were great partners and rescuers.  I LOVED how Sam mobilized her help and with empathy towards her, undertook taking her son out for her.  It harked back to Heart when Sam had to kill Madison. Again, Jared was just stellar at that moment.  You wanted to hug him in thanks on behalf of the Sheriff. The intensity of the zombies attacking Dean and Bobby was AWESOME!  Jim Beaver just showed how completely capable Bobby is even in a wheelchair, that he's still got some fight left in him. If he hadn't, he'd just let the zombies get him and be done at that moment. I JUST LOVED IT. Of course the humor when the zombies started closing in also reminded me of the good old days:

"Don't you ever get tired of being wrong?"


This statement though said with some humor, you can't help but wonder after learning about Death's message to Bobby whether Bobby meant that with some double meaning, that he felt that Dean was also wrong about saying no to being Michael's vessel. It hurts to think so, but you can't blame Bobby for thinking it or for feeling it. You can see that Bobby knows why they are attacking them. It was Death's death squad hoping to kill two birds with one zombie army. Sam and the Sheriff coming to the rescue was great. Again, Sam was played as a hero here and it worked well. I LOVED it.  Knowing that Dean is crumbling, weakening in his resolve, makes Sam's forthright presence all the more important and critical.  Maybe it's not Sam's resolve about consenting to be Lucifer's vessel that we need to worry about. It's what we've assumed because Sam's shown so many vulnerabilities and Dean seemed so adamant about his belief in resisting becoming vessels,  but at this juncture, you can't help, but see the contrast and wonder if it's Dean we have to worry about, that maybe it will be Dean's turn to crack under undue influences and pressure and make a decision that could prove to unleash something that shouldn't be released. Intriguing idea. I LOVE how Dean and Sam switch off roles during particular moments in the mythology.

The moment between Karen and Bobby was just KILLER! Jim Beaver just ROCKED!!! I needed PLENTY of kleenex then. The bond between them was so beautiful and authentic  that you forget that she's a zombie and her love for Bobby was as clear as day, giving him permission to kill her then telling him that she remembered everything. When she tells him that she wanted to see him smile and didn't want to ruin things by telling him that she had remembered everything (a moment that reminded me of Dean and not wanting to tell Sam or Bobby that he had remembered his time in Hell) because he had seen so much was WONDERFUL!!! The expression on Dean's face after seeing Bobby when he killed Karen, was so AWFUL and touching. Jensen doing it again with just a look, needing no words to communicate EVERYTHING that needs to be said.

It was a great and welcome episode to start or restart the mythology after a long and agonizing break.  Hope there isn't another one to torture us between now and the finale.  I don't think my constitution can handle it.

Here's to more agony as Dean and Sam die...AGAIN and go to Heaven this time around, only it's not the kind of welcome one wants there.  Zacariah waiting to likely impart more lessons.  I hope there is no more bad news to come, but with a future episode called Point of No Return, I have a feeling there will be more dark before we hit any semblance of a dawn.  Enjoy the episode everyone. 

Thanks for reading!

 




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I think that maybe Bobby might be the final blow cast to end Season 5 on a tragic and potentially triumphant note, with a renewal for Season 6, who knows?

I'm really worried about that too... *looks nervous*

Carrie Anne Fleming who played Karen was WONDERFULLY home spun (Dean was in pie heaven with her) and if it weren't for her pasty complexion, you'd love the idea that Bobby had such a great woman in his life as the love of his life.

I agree! She did a fabulous job! I loved her strength too, and her slightly wry at times, but practical attitude about her own death, and her sadness over what Bobby had to do.

As usual, I digress and turn a Bobby thing into a Dean thing. Typical of me. Unrepentant DeanGirl, after all.

Lol, who could blame you? :D

And it's another one of those "How does Jensen do that" moments when a simple gesture of rubbing his forehead can reveal how tired Dean is, how resigned he must feel.

Totally! Jensen was just amazing as always. I loved the comment about it being Thursday too, lol! :D

Jared plays Sam with such a subtle confidence that you find yourself wondering what's happening with Sam.

I completely agree! I hope we'll have a chance to explore what he's thinking. He really did seem like the Sam of old.

Just your garden variety scary people coming to get a buffet meal.

*falls over laughing*

The expression on Dean's face after seeing Bobby when he killed Karen, was so AWFUL and touching. Jensen doing it again with just a look, needing no words to communicate EVERYTHING that needs to be said.

It was! It was such an incredible scene!

I loved all of the points you made. Awesome, awesome blog as always! :)

-Laughter

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