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Supernatural Season 7 - my 2p worth

Posted on 2011.11.21 at 15:58
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Hi all, I'm still alive! I'm gradually catching up with people via the odd comment here and there, although I haven't yet had time to get into the massive backlog of fic I've missed.

In the meantime, I've been watching and musing on what's happened so far in Season 7 of Supernatural. My thoughts are under the cut - there are spoilers for everything that's aired so far (up to 7.09) and speculation beyond that. But no future spoilers, and I'm avoiding them, so please if you do comment, keep it spoiler-free!

x-posting this to dean_sam and possibly spn_heavymeta

First of all, please bear with me. I don’t tend to go in for this kind of direct analysis – I prefer to do it through fic, and I am in the middle of one at the moment. But I’m seeing so much consternation about where S7 is at, and where it’s headed, that I thought I’d chuck my hat in the ring with a few thoughts.

. I’m completely unspoiled, but my feeling is that Bobby is dead. (Partly because the hat thing would be pretty lame if he wasn’t, but mostly...) I announced out of the blue after 7.08, to my admittedly rather uninterested OH, that Bobby was going to die, and soon. He had to, because it fit the pattern so neatly – the only thing Dean had left to care about.

. I see what’s happening at the moment as the dismantling of Dean, and more and more I see this as a deliberate strategy by the Leviathan. They’ve been proved to be intelligent, highly strategic creatures, and they have a fair amount of information at their disposal through ‘memory downloads’ – from Cas himself, who had the ‘profound bond’ with Dean and was apt to underestimate or downplay Sam’s role in comparison; from Bobby, who said explicitly that Dean was his favourite; from Dean, who has himself firmly cast in the role of protector. Sam is a slightly different case – I’d be curious as to how much they could get from him, given his current mental state, and this may prove to be a crucial point in their ultimate defeat. Either way, easily enough to come to the conclusion that Dean is the one to target (whether this was the right conclusion remains to be seen), and that the way to do this is through his (extended) family and his desperation to be needed.

. The Leviathan, to date, have removed from Dean: Cas (albeit through Cas’ own actions); Bobby’s house (the only actual building that Dean might have called home); the Impala; the lifestyle he has been brought up in (fake IDs, motels, all the trappings that would give him a sense of the familiar – and we’ve seen how badly he’s responding to the conditions he’s living in now); and now, the biggest body-blow of all, and delivered at a point where Dean was already in a state of near-collapse – Bobby. All Dean has left now is – say it with me – Sam.

. But. Sam, as things stand, seems not to need the protection and support that his brother lives to provide. He did say, at the end of 7.08, that of course he needs Dean watching his back, but then immediately followed up by suggesting that Dean could take some well-earned ‘me-time’. Sam, who doesn’t really get the magnitude of the importance of Dean’s protective role (for Dean’s own state of mind), is genuinely doing his level best to make Dean’s life a little easier by standing on his own feet and dealing so competently with some extremely difficult issues, and deserves nothing but applause for his stance. It’s not his fault that this could be the thing that undoes Dean once and for all.

. So, for now, Dean has absolutely nothing. No family – given that the Sam he has is not the Sammy he needs – no home, no life, no purpose, no motivation. I’d say there’s a genuine chance of him attempting suicide in one form or another in the pretty near future – although I’m not entirely sure what the legal position is on CW shows airing suicidal themes. In any case, clearly this can’t happen, or not successfully anyway, so something is going to have to give.

. Best guess at this point? Sam having some sort of psychotic breakdown, the Lucifer hallucinations becoming uncontrollable, and Sam being dependent on Dean again. And/or Death stepping in to give Dean something of a motivational talking to (probably in the form of threats). But again, I am unspoiled, so this is all speculation. Also, given that we’re only at ep 9, I’m sure the writers have a few curveballs for us. (I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a great big RESET button at some point whereby Bobby, and possibly even Cas, can be restored. This may or may not involve God.)

In conclusion, I’m extremely worried about certain aspects of Show right now, not least Dean’s continuing well-being (Dean’s issues are, without putting a fine point on it, somewhat trigger-y for me on a personal level, and I have a certain amount of emotional investment in him coming through this). BUT, if there’s one thing I’ve taught myself over the last 6 and a bit seasons, it’s not to panic or jump to conclusions mid-season. It’s not always the easiest thing, but I am gradually learning to have faith in the writers – they know and love these characters as well as I do, and I’m fairly sure that it’ll all come good in the end (for a value where ‘good’ does not necessarily equal ‘happy’!)


callistosh65 at 2011-11-21 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
I too have learned not to panic unduly when it gets to mid season. They do seem to be bulding up to some kind of crescendo of bleakness for Dean, don't they? Retaliation has always been right up there in the Winchester way of things, so if Bobby does die, it will probably be the kick in the ass to get him fired up - albeit in a death-wish klnd of a way, maybe? Eep.

Sam having a psytchotic break sometime soon would be rather lovely, wouldn't it? I did enjoy all that ansgt early on in the season.

I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2011-11-21 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
I've seen that theory around - that Bobby's death will be the spur Dean needs - and I really really hope so. I just feel he may be beyond that, honestly. After he threatened to kill himself last time he thought Bobby was dead, too. My gut tells me this will push him the wrong way, but I'm hoping my gut is wrong, because badass off-the-rails Dean in revenge mode is not tough on the eye! :D
percysowner at 2011-11-21 20:48 (UTC) (Link)
First I really hope Bobby doesn't die. I would accept him having some brain damage so that he is unable to be of help while keeping him available if the series is renewed. Bobby's biggest assets are his intelligence and his knowledge and if those are removed the boys are completely on their own.

I find the idea that Sam having a psychotic break being a good thing for Dean to be very sad. All Sam ever wanted was control of his own life and to be strong and independent. You seem to be suggesting and the show seems to be saying is that what Dean needs is for Sam to be dependent upon Dean for the rest of his life. I hate the idea that Sam's wants and needs are considered by the show to be completely unimportant, all that matters is how Dean feels. I think Sam deserves a complete breakdown, but the writing this season has pretty much said that Sam is just hunky dory fine with remembering years of torture and being possessed by evil, so if he finally has a breakdown it will be hard to justify.

I wish the boys could heal and be equal partners in their lives. I don't see that happening but I still hold out hope.
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2011-11-21 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
Brain damage could work. Although, given SPN's propensity for resurrections, death might actually be preferable, and certainly is no hindrance to future availability! But I hadn't considered that angle.

I don't want Bobby permanently out - he's a character I'm very fond of - and I don't want Sam to have to go through the wringer to provide Dean with validation. This wasn't a wishlist, just me calling it as I see it. And, FWIW, I don't think it's the show that's ignoring Sam's needs, I think it's Dean. He's not balanced right now, and his position is selfish, but not deliberately so.

The way I see it, in the end the only way Dean can regain a healthy perspective is somehow to come to terms with Sam as is - an independent, adult, capable, loving brother. But I think he, along with the rest of us, has a rough ride to go through before that point.

saintvic at 2011-11-21 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
Am avoiding the meta as I am so behind on watching it is unbelieveable but just wanted to say hello!
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2011-11-21 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
Hello there! :DD

How far behind are you?
saintvic at 2011-11-21 23:49 (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately I have not even seen any of series 7, I know a bit of what is going on (can't escape all the spoilers) and have the eps saved to watch but I am a bad fangirl.
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