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Dean Winchester: A Brother's promise, A Brother's battle- Dean in Season 3

An old TV Guide Blog:

Samuel Johnson said, "Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble."


William Faulkner said, "Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."


Mahatma Gandhi once said, "A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."



Tai53's wonderful blog about choices inspired this bit of speculation for my blog. No spoilers, just random thoughts. Warning: Vivid imagination about to ensue.{C}{C}

My last post to her blog said:

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Dean says that if it's the last thing he does, he's going to save Sam, who's to say the "saving" has to come this season? Perhaps the "saving" comes in Season 3 where Dean must battle his own brother to save him. Now THAT would be the ultimate "My brother is now something I usually kill, how can I save him without killing him?" moment. It's an awesome thought.

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This thought really made me wonder about the fate of our Winchester brothers and specifically Dean's role (of course, when do my blogs ever NOT involve Dean? Hee, hee ).

In the developing mythology, Sam is facing an uncertain fate involving "children like him" and the FYED. Dean is facing doing all he can to save Sam from a dark fate by keeping him from becoming something he's not or preventing anything, specifically the FYED, from turning Sam into something he's not. No small task for a big brother who desperately (and I mean really desperately) wants to save his little brother, but has only a few scant pieces of information to work with which causes him to question whether he can save Sam at all. He squashes this idea though as much as he can so that he can keep his focus on saving Sam and nothing else.

Many of us have assumed that Dean saving Sam was all about keeping Sam whole, that the elemental nature of Sam is untouched, unsullied and that his soul has not been compromised. This assumes that Dean can stop whatever force from even getting to Sam in the first place to inflict any kind of influence on him. What we saw in Born Under a Bad Sign, was that Sam had been possessed without Dean's knowledge because he was out of Dean's sight. Somehow between the motel room in West Texas and the one in Twin Lakes where Dean found him, Sam was taken over. This aspect alone shows that anytime they are separated, bad things happen of one iteration or another. This strengthens our belief that they are stronger, maybe in some ways, more likely to be invulnerable when they are working and fighting together against whatever evil forces come their way, essentially, when they are one. The fangirl in me would like to think that it's Dean's very presence that keeps Sam safe and evil at bay, but hey, that's just me, hee, hee. I'm convinced that evil is scared to death of Dean. I like that idea and I'm sticking with it, hee, hee!{C}{C}

So, what can we suppose from these facts? Well, that Sam is not invulnerable to influence, that he can be possessed and made to do things that are completely counter to his nature and beliefs. Possessing the power of visions, death visions at that, and being purportedly connected somehow to the FYED doesn't make him immune to being evilly influenced by others. Bad news for Dean because that means he doesn't have a defense against those influences, at least none that any of us knows about yet. Other than his brotherly support and assurances, which would be good enough for me, Sam is going through some serious doubts about himself and his ability to fend off his fate. He is beginning to harbor the notion that maybe there might be something evil within him already that can be easily tapped or "activated" in some way. Sure, they both have charms against possession, but possession isn't the only influence that can be exacted to create or promote evil acts. Short of having a "force field" around Sam or a lojack on him to keep tabs on him, all Dean has at his disposal is his hunter's instinct and where he can, keep an eye on Sam and keep him in his sights as much as possible. Dean is also worried his skills won't be enough.

I think it would be AWESOME if at the end of Season 2, we're not left with a cliffhanger in the traditional sense like we were last season, both in the mythology and in reality (gosh, please Powers that Be, don't do to us what you did last year where we were left not only wondering who of the Winchesters survived the crash, but whether the show would get picked up or not), but maybe with a resolution that doesn't make us necessarily happy like losing Sam to evil. What if when Eric Kripke posed the question about what it would mean if Dean had to face the question, "My brother is now something I would normally hunt. How can I save him without killing him like I promised him and Dad?" What if this question becomes the theme that drives Season 3? What if this creates a division, separation or rift (as tai mentioned) that keeps the boys apart except for the occasional confrontation in Season 3? This would also feed into Dean's other most elemental fear. Fear of being alone, not only in the larger scheme where he kills Sam or loses Sam in some very awful way that he would perceive as failure on his part, but also while searching and trying to find Sam, he is doing the journey alone, no Sam at his back covering him, no little brother fighting evil, side by side with him. Dean would be alone in the truest sense of the word and in the way that Dean fears the most.

The quandary Dean faces also inspires Bardicvoice's blog to come to mind about Dean's very simple and seemingly black and white approach to hunting, that beautiful thread and mantra at the beginning of most of the Season 2 episodes: "Saving people, hunting things, the family business". Does Dean's "definition" of "hunting things" become a lot less cut and dried and more grey now that Sam might become more a "thing" than a person. Can Dean overcome the same assumptions he applied to Molly in Roadkill? Can he rationalize that Sam is not a person anymore? Not his brother anymore? But yet another evil thing that he has to hunt down and kill like any other? My Dean-girl heart rebels and yells, "NO! Sam could never be perceived by Dean as anyone less than his little brother", but will this realization, if it comes to fruition, force Dean to face that he has to treat Sam like any other "supernatural" thing they hunt and kill? Does being his brother really justify keeping Sam alive, knowing that Sam might kill innocents and wouldn't want that? Will Dean have to place Sam, the brother who didn't want to hurt anyone, into the equation and fulfill Sam's need NOT to be the kind of evil that would kill innocents and more horrendously, kill Dean? Will Sam's words to counter Dean's argument in Bloodlust about killing evil being their job, not just killing anything supernatural, come back to haunt Dean? Does Sam being evil make him irredeemable?

The romantic in me sees that at some point in Season 3 (as my perceptive friend Tiffany pointed out rightfully, it can't be a whole season of chasing each other down --that the brotherly dynamic is such a pivotal element to the show, it can't be lost to the pursuit -- this would alter the show in ways that would be oh so wrong) Dean will prevail and be victorious in saving Sam, not from anything supernatural per se, but by reaching Sam at the very foundation that their strength is built on. He'll reach him by appealing to the Sam that's trapped inside the evil controlling his body. The Sam that sensitively tried to help Molly face her "unfinished business", the Sam that wants to believe in a higher power, who wants to have faith in angels, who has been by Dean's side when he was lost in his own darkness. It would reveal that the true strength that keeps all of us in check on one level or another is the belief we absorb from the loved ones who surround us and tell us we are worthy, that we are fundamentally good and capable of doing good things, that if we not only believe in the faith and love we receive from them, but also take that love and belief and use it to keep transforming ourselves into people who can have the will to resist evil, doing evil things, causing pain and suffering because we choose not to be evil. There is no more stronger thread in the Supernatural mythology than the love that binds Sam and Dean together as brothers and that will save them both.{C}{C}

The possibilities, obviously, are ENDLESS and no one can know what Kripke and Co. have in mind, but I, like all of you, can't wait to take the ride they will be sending us on.