Season 6 Musings, by Elle2
With about five weeks left until the start of Season 6 I find my self wondering just what we’ll see in Season 6. So, I decided to put fingers to keyboard and get my musings out and find out what others are wondering.
First off, there will be some spoilers in this article. I’ve read the Comic Con reports, seen some behind-the-scene photos on Spoiler TV and read an interview or two from the writers and producers of the show, so my musings have in part been formed by that material. If you avoid anything of the sort, stop reading now.
Okay. For those of us that don’t avoid spoilers of that kind the rest of the article is fair game. This is simply my wonderings and some hopes of Season 6. It’s merely to whet the appetite, nothing more.
One Year Later:
I actually really like this idea. This past spring when it was bandied about as a rumor I was pretty turned off, now I’m really looking forward to it. I have a few reasons for liking this ‘time jump’: It allows us to move past the immediacy of the apocalypse and all its baggage realistically. If not for the time jump, we’d be heavily weighed down by the emotional and psychological aftermath for quite some time. Also, it allows for some mystery to the season, akin to Season 4, when the events of both Sam and Dean for the intervening four months (or forty years) were slowly unfolded. It allowed for some wonderment, surprises and even a bit of suspense.
It’s been suggested that Sam has been out of hell for most if not all of that year since Swan Song. I have no idea if that means Sam spent one day (topside time) or one week or one month (all topside time) in hell or not but I like the idea that he wasn’t there very long for it lends weight to Bardicvoice’s excellent hypothesis of the how and why Sam reappeared. (If you don’t know what I mean, go to Bardicvoice’s review of Swan Song and read through it, she articulates her thoughts wonderfully.)
I have no idea how long Sam was in hell, pretty certain we’ll ultimately get that information somewhere in the first half of the season and I’m looking forward to that reveal. I like the idea that both brothers are getting a taste of the other’s experiences. Sam had Jessica and a ‘real life’ for four years, Dean has Lisa and a year having a ‘real life’ (albeit with quite a bit of sorrow and baggage but I don’t think all of Sam’s four years in college were completely joyous; he worked hard to keep his former life battened down and hidden away, not simple, certainly sorrowful). Each brother will have a different perspective on the other (and perhaps a more rounded one at that) for now having some deeper, shared experiences, Sam in hell to Dean in hell, Dean with Lisa to Sam with Jessica.
Shared experiences tend to lead to bonding,brotherly bonding is always good in my eyes.
Sam has a car:
I like this idea,as long as it’s not permanent. The brothers’ conversations and yes, their fights in the Impala are too important to the show (IMHO) and thus while it makes sense for Sam to have a car while he was without Dean, and I’m looking forward to a little banter and teasing between the two as the Impala comes out of retirement, I definitely look forward to the day when Sam’s car becomes a backup they keep at Bobby’s place (or Lisa’s) and the Impala is the main vehicle of choice.
I don’t mind this at all. I know, no surprise, I’m just kinda positive that way. Seriously (seriously?) I’ve never minded the role reversals that have occurred over the seasons because each time they’ve been accompanied by some type of growth/development of the character.
Sam became focused on hunting in Season 2 to honor John’s memory and because he figured if he saved enough people perhaps it would save him from his destiny. Dean became more and more disenchanted with hunting as he was weighed down by John’s sacrifice and Sam’s possible future.
Dean tried to hide his fears in Season 3 by becoming reckless as well as recognizing some things that had escaped him and likely would forever as his year ticked down (yes, I’m speaking of Lisa’s two appearances and focusing more on the subconscious one in DALDOM; our subconscious always tells the truth.) Sam became a bit ‘darker’, less sympathetic to the things they hunted as he believed it necessary to prepare to carry on after Dean died.
In Season 4 both brothers more diverged in their paths than reversed roles, Sam slipped and slid down the dark path as Ruby’s manipulations deepened while Dean found himself believing in God and trusting angels.
Season 5 found Sam finding redemption for releasing Lucifer (“I let him out”) as he was able to face his greatest fear and overcome it and Dean faced his greatest fear and thus far thinks he lost. Dean let go of his need to be the ‘driver’ (remember his comment to Sam in Fallen Idols, “you’re not driving this bus.”) and instead back Sam’s play. Dean let go of the control he’d held onto for likely his whole life and in the end through Dean’s letting go of control and Sam’s ability to overcome his fear (by love of family) they saved the world,well, that part of it that Lucifer hadn’t already destroyed.
So Season 6 finds us perhaps with a darker, more focused on the hunt less on emotions Sam and Dean torn between having a new life and still being connected with his old life. Sera Gamble suggests that Sam will be much like the Dean of Season 1. Season 1 Dean was very focused on the hunt. In Faith he was ready and willing to kill Roy Le Grange until Sam stopped him reminding him that they don’t kill people (my how seasons have changed that,but I covered that in an article last hellatus). Much like Dean had been hunting without John and Sam prior to The Pilot, Sam will now have spent a year hunting without Dean, so there is a new development in the experiences of the brothers and they will now have that past experience in common as well as hell and a try at a new life without hunting, more bonding material than anything.