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For Dean and Sam Winchester, It's all about soul

An old TV Guide blog:

It's all about soul

It's all about faith and a deeper devotion

It's all about soul

'Cause under the love is a stronger emotion

This life isn't fair

It's gonna get dark, it's gonna get cold

You gotta get tough, but that ain't enough

It's all about soul

There are people who have lost every trace of human kindness

There are many who have fallen, there are some who still survive

Who's standing now, who's standing tomorrow

You've got to be hard

As hard as the rock in that old rock 'n' roll

But that's only part, you know in your heart

It's all about soul


-- Billy Joel from the song, All about Soul



Oscar Wilde said, “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”


Friedrich Nietzsche said, “There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”


William Netwon Clarke said, “Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.”



Whew, wasn't expecting to get so carried away with the Billy Joel song, but couldn't help it, there were just too many references and I couldn't leave any out.{C}{C}

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!!! Sorry I have been so woefully absent during the summer months with my blogs. It has been a hectic one for me and not in the kind of way that would make enduring several months of torturous waiting for the start of Season 3 any better or go any faster. I hope I am forgiven and as you can tell by just my quotes alone, I plan to make up for lost time.{C}{C}

1 day, 9 hours, 33 minutes respectively (depending on your time zone - this is my "ticking time bomb"){C}{C}

It has seemed like a long, hot, summer for most of us, but thanks to Cindy and Mary, among others, we were able to keep connected and while away the days, weeks, and months it took to get here with lovely little "pretties" from Cindy (my DeanGirl thanks her for that) and thought provoking seminars from Mary (I, too, am an unbashed spoiler hound, Mary). I, for one, am delighting in the anticipation of resuming my copious note taking as I watch the shows intently and am keeping the defibrillator close by. Cindy's lovely "homage" to us obsessives in her video on her recent blog pretty much sums up what I'll be doing. I have dibs on the camo bean bag chair.{C}{C}

In pondering this blog, I found my mind wandering to where we left off in Season 2, allowing myself multiple viewings of the last 3 episodes. Once I regulated my hearbeat again and wiped the tears away (and recycled my empty kleenex box), my muse directed me to what I think will be the core theme of Season 3, the soul. Specifically Dean's, of course, because after all, when we last left Dean, he had made a deal to forfeit his soul in just a year's time for the life of his brother, but there is Sam's soul to consider as well as he fights and struggles to find a way to save his brother just as Dean saved him. He made a declaration that he was going to get Dean out of the deal, no matter what it takes and we all know, it's a promise that will be hard fought.{C}{C}

It is already well-known that Eric Kripke and crew aren't going to make the resolution to this somewhat thorny problem easy, not for Dean, not for Sam, and not for us. The season opener, The Magnificent Seven, will likely not have a tidy little "solution" to Dean's predicament and I, for one, am glad for that. Personally, I hate it when season openers resolve a monumental cliffhanger of the season before with a nice, tidy bow that often leaves me feeling cheated. Then they never revisit the issue ever again. They go through all the trouble of leaving you gasping, anticipating, and downright ravenous for what happens next, enduring a long, painful summer and then they just plop a ridiculously simple, and oftentimes completely unbelievable and unsatisfying resolution into your lap and you go, "Is that it?" "I waited all summer for that?"{C} {C}

Not our beloved Kripke and Crew, so with that said, I'm not going into tomorrow night's season opener expecting Dean to be miraculously saved from Hell and I'm totally okay with that.

That leaves the rest of the season for us to follow in the journey of the Winchester Brothers as they confront Dean's seemingly unbreakable contract. {C}{C}

We can pretty much safely speculate that Dean will see his last year as a way to "go for the gusto", to enjoy an unburdened life and do whatever he wants, or what he hasn't been able to do for the last year. If Season 2 was all about Dean's responsibility to the promise made to his father, to the uncertainty of whether he could save Sam or have to kill him, and to killing the yellow-eyed demon that had dogged their lives from childhood, then Season 3 is all about what Dean said at the end of All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2, cross those items off of the "To Do list". In Dean's eyes, he's accomplished everything he's needed to do. The fact that he had to sell his soul to bring Sam back was insignificant in his eyes. It was his job to look out for Sam and he did. Pure and simple.

So now, Dean feels free. He can now do whatever he wants to do, no more burdens, no more responsibilities, to enjoy the tenderness of a woman's company where last year, he couldn't even give Jo his guaranteed-to-melt-a-girl's defenses Dean flirtation (though he did manage to reveal it to Tara Benchley), to head into battle to capture the escaped demons with complete and utter fearlessness. Dean has never been one to fear death, he couldn't do the job if he did. Though survival has always been the prime directive, Dean has always accepted that there might be a "short straw" to be drawn for either of them. He's drawn it more than most.{C}{C}

Dean doesn't seem to fear going to Hell, not yet anyway, which might be a healthy dose of denial, for now, but like he said in All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2, he's got nothing to lose now. He can throw himself in the fight with complete fervor. For Dean, it's all about not sitting around and waiting for the year to end, to doing research to save his life when he knows he can't because it would mean death for his little brother. A fact withheld from Sam, for now at least, but likely to reveal itself at some point in the season. For Dean, it's all about living for the moment and making the most of those left to him. And maybe in the back recesses of his mind, the crossroads demon's words might be echoing, "keep your gutter soul, it's too tarnished anyway". Demons lie, but the lie is only as good as the believer who hears it.

Then there's Sam. His soul has already been sacrificed in the battle with Jake last year. Sam died. Dean brought him back him back, but the question is out there. How much of the real Sam is back? What of Dean's edict of "What's dead, should stay dead?" applies to Sam? Clearly to Dean, it was only meant to be applied to him, but the yellow-eyed demon manages to taunt Dean and us with that "reasonable doubt". How much of Sam was lost, if at all? Certainly the cold stare Sam gave after riddling Jake with bullets gives one pause to wonder. Bobby looked shocked, that's for sure.

Sam carries the burden this time in Season 3, though one could argue that he had one in Season 2 too with the uncertainty about his fate and what he might become, but I think Season 3 will better reflect the same kind of burden Dean carried in Season 2. Instead of worrying about himself, Sam will likely become consumed with the mission to save Dean. He will also likely experience the same anxieties that Dean did in Season 2, similar questions will arise like "Will I be able to save him?", "Can I protect him from getting killed and being sent to Hell before I can figure out a way to save him?", "What will I do if I fail?" Then, of course, there's the battle to fight the demons that escaped from Hell. Will Sam have time to research to save Dean? Or more critically, will saving Dean matter if the war turns to evil's advantage? Will there be a Hell on Earth anyway? Intriguing quandaries, indeed. Once again, the characters have flipped, giving us new nuances to discover as they go through the next challenges, happily together.

For Season 3, it may come down to the soul. How strong it is, how heroic is it, how devoted it is. We all know that when it comes to brotherly dedication, there is no finer example than with Dean and Sam Winchester.


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