No doubt this season has gone in a daring new direction. So much focus and so much outrage has been placed on Sam. He’s not right, he’s soulless, now there’s big doubt that he wants his soul back even though he’s telling Dean he does.
We’re not here to talk about Sam though.
I’ve read several comments where some have been worried about Dean’s character direction as well. So what is going right/wrong with Dean this season? Has his characterization been as uneven as Sam’s? Or is it a case that he’s being written as too soft and often uncaring? Is he just going through the motions and does he really care what happens to Sam? Why is he sticking with Sam on this when he can’t trust him? Is it that sense of duty and obligation that he can’t shake or that he’s got nothing better to do?
What do you think of Dean not being able to let go of Lisa? How even in episode eight we see him somberly in the motel room thinking of calling her. How he’s silently suffering without her. How many are wishing he would let her go and move on? Is it Sam’s sorry state that’s preventing him from going back to her or is it the guilt over putting her and Ben in harm’s way? Or is it what he told Veritas, he’s a killer and can’t change that? Is this another case of Dean’s low self esteem holding back his happiness? He wasn’t happy though, so why is he even bothering? Gah, it’s quite maddening isn’t it? Maybe this is just a case of the heart wants what the heart wants.
I for one thought that Dean being turned into a vampire was a fascinating, mind blowing turn that shook him to the core (and rightfully so). His reaction after that over Sam’s betrayal and lashing out at his brother seemed dead on to me too. However, that’s just two episodes. How has Dean been all season? He certainly doesn’t seem to be the confident, â€œgive them hellâ€ hunter of seasons past. Yet as he’s proven a few times he’s vicious in a fight. Where is Dean going? What is his purpose? I constantly feel he is on autopilot and is acting without any sort of a mission. Is he just waiting for that day when he’s covered in his own blood?
Okay, here’s the hot button question. Where do you want to see Dean go from here? Do you trust his character will be handled properly?
I’ll state the two rules of the discussion up front. Keep the comments respectful, constructive and no knocking down Sam at the sake of building up Dean. One brother is not better or worse than the other. Other than that, be open and honest. All opinions are welcome and valid, even frustrated ones. Let’s get to the bottom of this together! It gives us something fun to do on this holiday week.