Dean Winchester. Let’s face it, his character is iconic. The big brother, the protector of all bad, the macho hero in the leather jacket with the smart mouth… He’s that “no chick-flick” moments kind of guy that underneath it all has a soft and tender side who loves chick flicks and makes women (and some men too) swoon. That tender side is most evident when his brother is involved and his quirky angel friend with some real self esteem issues. Hell, he’s even the main voice of reason to the freaking King of Hell himself.
I’ve traced Dean’s journey of growth and despair ever since season three, a season where he hit a point of “self actualization.” Since then his journey has been captivating. So what happened in season 11? Oh man, what did happen? Instead of any kind of growth, we got a meandering Dean Winchester cliche who more found himself in situations based on happenstance than any sort of destiny. He was walking the walk, talking the talk, and it all ended with Dean playing family counselor, providing off the cuff advice to save the world. He didn’t get to play hero a lot of the time or be the bold and brash leader we have grown to love. He was just…there. You know that the writers clearly hit a wall in season 11 when they had no idea what to do with a character that helped define their series.