WARNING!!!!! If you haven't seen "Citizen Fang," read no further! There will be discussion and spoilers and other sundries, and it will ruin your whole hiatus if you cheat and read this before watching. Probably... But, if you've watched, then enter and speculate with me.
Wow, it's kind of hard to believe the midseason hiatus is upon us already, isn't it? And the show isn't coming back till the 16th of January! I was under the impression that it was the 9th, so this is very disappointing! Well, I'll just have to keep myself busy with all the WFB goodness we'll cook up for everyone! (Plug!) Anyway, let's get right down to the most important thing about tonight's episode, and that is:
It Totally Ruined My Sam Theory!
So, I had this theory I really liked, and that was the whole relationship with Amelia was false. Sam manufactured it as a coping mechanism due to a mental break after Dean's disappearance. Everything after Sam and Amelia slept together wasn't real. But it looks like I was way off, huh? I guess Amelia is real after all. Dang, I was really having fun with that whole "it's all in Sam's head" idea. But, when you play the game of speculation, you win or you're spectacularly wrong. So it's all real and Amelia is back in the picture. Won't Dean be kicking himself if his fake text (more on that later) is the reason Sam and Amelia get back together and why Sam leaves for a normal life? Not that I really see that happening, but that would be ironic.
I have to say, too, that I'm relieved Don is a good guy. His scene at the bar was amazing. "The only person who knows what's best for Amelia is Amelia." YES! Don, that is perfect. And he didn't like Sam, but he didn't have to like Sam, of course he wouldn't. But he respected Amelia's choice, and he even bought Sam a beer. I hate it in romantic comedies or whatever when someone has to choose between two people and one is super perfect and right and the other is a super horrible person. It's another reason why I'm glad they chose to respect the audience and show that gee, just because a person is a good human being doesn't necessarily mean that they're the right person for you, or that you have to love them. Show us why Sam is the person who's right for Amelia. Or show us why Don is the right person for Amelia. But please show us quickly because love triangles bore me after too long, to be perfectly blunt. I know "The Vampire Diaries" is a very popular show and people love it, but it's like 85 seasons of love triangle, and I cannot handle that. Which, I'm sure you're all glad you know that about me now. Moving on...
But I'm still not sure I think everything is 100% real with Sam and his flashbacks. It still feels like Sam is disjointed, not acting like his usual self. Perhaps there is something at work behind the scenes still, something that will be revealed in the second half of the season. I just sometimes have a hard time following the Sam flashbacks, where they fit into the Sam and Amelia story, and how I'm supposed to process them. Maybe this is on purpose, keeping us off balance like this. Maybe Sam's feeling disjointed, not sure about what's going on in his life and how he feels about Dean being gone then being back, having a year off, if he could let himself have something good with Amelia, so it's coming through in how he's interacting with Dean, and we're seeing it play out in his flashbacks.
What About Benny?
I really am enjoying the addition of Benny to the show, especially the morally ambiguous area he occupies. He's a monster and has been a monster in the past, but he's not killing right now. Not until pushed to do so by Martin, who just couldn't accept that not all monsters are bad monsters. He's season 1 Dean before he met Lenore and...Ty Olsson as another vampire, ha! But now Benny HAS killed someone, even if in self-defense. Do you think Sam is going to understand that and let it lie or will he want to go after Benny? And Benny was having a hard time fighting off the bloodlust, so do you think he held off after he killed Martin? Thanks to Alice's DVR (thanks, Alice and your DVR!), she was able to tell me that when Martin was lying on the ground, there was a bloody knife next to him and it looked like his throat had been cut. So Benny probably cut him instead of gnawing on his throat. Still, that was an awful lot of blood on the floor. It would be difficult to let it lie, wouldn't it? And is this the last we're gonna see of Benny? He's going deep underground now, but I really hope he'll be back. He always raises some interesting moral questions when he's around. Plus, he's just so cuddly! I want to hug him!
The Brother Situation
There were some major "ouch" moments tonight, weren't there? Let's start with the text Dean sent Sam. Wow, that was pretty harsh, Dean. I know he wanted to get Sam out of the way, but yeah, that was brutal. Though, it was incredibly effective and rather smart. And I found it very amusing that Sam just totally up and left Martin in the woods, at night, alone, while hunting a vampire. That was kind of hilarious. Still, Dean played Sam, and Sam has every right to be upset about it. But Dean knows how dangerous his brother is, and he's trying to protect Benny because Sam and Martin forced his hand, so he was in a bad situation, too. I mean, Martin did knock him out, and he and Sam handcuffed Dean and left him there, so they kind of played Dean, too.
Then there was the whole exchange where Dean said, â€œEvery relationship Iâ€™ve ever had has gone to crap at some point. But the one thing I can say about Benny is he has never let me down.â€ And Sam countered with, "Must be nice to find someone you trust after all these years." YIKES. Okay, so, yes, these two are worlds apart right now. I think Sam was lost when Dean disappeared, and he was jsut beginning to fins his footing again when Don reappeared and then Dean reappeared, and now he's lost again and doesn't know how to interact with his brother anymore. He's totally uncertain about the direction his life is taking, and he's lashing out at Dean. And when Dean came back and found that Sam had this whole other life, he didn't know where he was gonna fit into it, and he's afraid there won't be a spot in Sam's life for him anymore, so he's lashing out at Sam. But i honestly, 100% believe that this discord is a good thing, and here's why: in the past, they both pushed things down and swallowed their feelings so much that it was eating at them from the inside. They never really resolved their issues with each other. And Purgatory has made Dean much more blunt and honest, and living away from hunting for a year has made Sam more inclined to push back and air his grievances, so while it hurts right now, it's good that they're putting these issues out into the open instead of eating them again. Because they're gonna end up talking about them, working through them, and it's gonna make their relationship stronger. They're gonna grow as people and as brothers, and though it will be painful (this is "Supernatural," after all) until they get there, they're gonna get there.
Wow, this is long tonight. Okay, one more thing before I go to bullet points, and that is...
A New Crazy Theory!
When one theory dies, another is born in its place! I just LOVE having theories about this show, and this one is based off the promo for the next episode. Here goes: the CIAngels are working for/with Crowley. Castiel would be able to sense if she was a demon, so I don't think Naomi is an actual demon. She's an angel. But Castiel had never been to that part of heaven. Maybe that's because it isn't heaven at all, just someplace meant to look and seem like heaven. Crowley is the one most interested in the tablets so far, so having a way to keep tabs on the Winchesters and their tablet progress makes perfect sense. Maybe Crowley is even responsible for getting Castiel out of Purgatory. He realized he needed Cass to spy for him, so he got Cass out.
Okay, bullet point time. This speculation is long enough already!
- Ty Olsson has played two vampires on this show, and both of them have been bartenders/waiters. Conspiracy?
- I knew I'd seen Elizabeth somewhere before, and I had! She was the mother in "The Kids Are Alright." Incidentally, I think "Supernatural's" actor recycling is fun. It's neat to see people again after a few years, and if they did a good job the first time around, why not have them back?
- Am I the only one who thought they should have just killed Desmond, tailed Benny for a few days, and seen if the bodies had stopped dropping? Wouldn't that have been a good plan?
- I liked Martin and was happy he was back, but then he went all righteous "monsters are bad no matter what" hunter and forced Benny to kill him. Which, bad Martin! No! No!
- When Benny put his head on the bar, I got rather emotional about it. I should have known Benny would be able to handle it, though.
- Dean singing along in the car is the best!
- Also funny? Jensen's wrestling rugburn was in full effect this episode!
- I adore it when the show gets to use "Credence Clearwater Revival." It fits so well.
- The show looked really good tonight, from the lighting and sets to the directing. It was really moody and atmospheric.
EDIT: Wow, it's late, and I apologize for posting this before I was done. If some of you saw a half-finished article with no header picture, I am sorry about that!