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The Dean Winchester Factor

An old TV Guide Blog:

Aristotle said, "Evil brings men together."


W. H. Auden said, "Evil is unspectacular and always human and shares our bed and eats at our own table."


Mahatma Gandhi once said, "All through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always."



As I was re-viewing Born Under a Bad Sign for the umteenth time (like that's a hardship), I began to wonder about the x-factor that Dean seems to be becoming more and more for the demons, both for the FYED and Meg. Despite their bravado about Dean's role in the fight, there's this underlying feeling that they are trying to get him out of the picture, like they sense him to be a danger to them, a seemingly uncorruptible force that is preventing them from getting to Sam. {C}{C}

Underestimating Dean could be the worst mistake they make. They do try to undermine him in any way that they possibly can, starting with the FYED's taunting in Devil's Trap about his family not needing him as much as he needs them and now with Sam/Meg accusing him of being worthless, that since he failed to save John, he's likely to fail Sam and that they would have been better off without him. He has wavered in his own belief about himself that he can save Sam, but he keeps that to himself as much as he can. Any flicker of doubt is quickly squashed to be replaced by determination and belief in his brother's salvation and that he will do anything to make it happen.{C}{C}

I think that Dean's "test" by Sam/Meg was also telling. Why would they test Dean's ability to keep from killing Sam? Does knowing that he won't pull the trigger just on a shadow of a doubt that maybe Sam has gone darkside help or hurt them? Both sides can be argued for. The most obvious one is that if he can't kill Sam then they might have a chance to get to him, that maybe Dean won't be able to kill him and stop him from whatever role he plays which would work to their advantage or does knowing that Dean isn't so easily swayed make them worried that he can't be manipulated? Sometimes a man with a single-minded mission can make for one dangerous weapon.

Now, with Bobby giving them charms to ward of possession, they'll have a better chance at keeping themselves clear of being "violated". However, as a side note, I still maintain that there is something really fascinating about the fact that Dean hasn't, as of yet, been possessed. If we go way back to Phantom Traveler and Sam's description of how people become vulnerable to possession then Dean should have been a prime candidate for a long time, especially Season 2. There hasn't been anyone more vulnerable than Dean when he was going through the guilt over John's death and keeping the secret from Sam yet he has managed to skirt possession. I know it can be probably be explained by coincidence, but now that Sam has been possessed, we know that he isn't immune despite his "gifts" and his mysterious connection to the FYED and if Meg is supposed to be the "daughter" to the FYED and if Sam has some kind of purpose to fulfill for the FYED, why would she take the risk of inhabiting Sam and "testing/goading" Dean to kill him? Clearly all her talk of love and loyalty is only when convenient to the situation. If she did claw her way out of hell just to get revenge, that was one hell of an incentive. How typical of demons to go rogue on a whim? All the more reason to wonder about said "test". Did Dean play perfectly into their hands by refusing to kill Sam?

As we head into Tall Tales tonight and brace ourselves for the abyss that is reruns until potentially April, it will be interesting what Tall Tales reveals, if anything, to keep the heat of the speculation running high until April. The DCs don't tell much, but I'm with Rod in that the first DC is just full-on HILARIOUS and seems to lead us to believe that nothing more than a light-hearted, angst-release episode is awaiting us tonight. but there's a sick part of me that wants a little cliff hanger that we can speculate endlessly about. {C}{C}

Enjoy everyone! My apologies if I seem to be babbling and making less sense than usual. I'm fighting a losing battle with a cold and my head feels like it's about to explode...would make for a great Supernatural special effect! I'm hoping to hold out through the episode and write up my blog on it tomorrow, but if you don't hear from me, then I've probably been possessed by some kind of "pestilence" in my compromised immune system.