Itâ€™s time to put on our metaphysical hats and we have Bardicvoice to thank for it! In my recap of “Appointment In Samarra” I very briefly touched on the point that the brothers have been knocking down dominoes ever since John made his demon deal for Deanâ€™s life in â€œIn My Time of Dying.â€ Well, I couldnâ€™t have been more wrong. In her review of the episode Bardicvoice took it further. She postulated that the original demon deal went all the way back to Mary bargaining for Johnâ€™s life in â€œIn The Beginning.â€ Ultimately, Sam and Dean should have never existed.
First, before reading this speculative piece, I HIGHLY suggest checking out Bardicvoice’s review. She has her entire thought process laid out in awesome detail (and dizzying at points) under the â€œYouâ€™re An Affront To The Universe, And You Cause Disruption On A Global Scaleâ€ section. Iâ€™m going to include a few excerpts here to enhance the discussion, but what Iâ€™m doing doesnâ€™t do what she wrote justice.
First thereâ€™s the notion that the angels and demons all started this by manipulating the â€œnatural orderâ€ themselves and bringing about the apocalypse. Azazel started it by contacting Lucifer and finding the â€œspecial childâ€ needed to start the apocalypse. Heâ€™s the one that pushed Mary into making that deal by killing John. Of course, why were John and Mary even brought together in the first place? Bardicvoice mentions what cupid said in â€œMy Bloody Valentine,â€ that bringing together John and Mary was a very high priority upstairs. Sam and Dean had to be born.
If thatâ€™s true, then what would have happened if Mary didnâ€™t make the deal and John stayed dead? Would Sam and Dean not have existed? At this point, Samuel and Deanna were already killed. I donâ€™t know, I also remember Castielâ€™s words â€œAll roads lead to the same destination.â€ Mary could have hooked up with someone else and had kids that way. Still, without Johnâ€™s bloodline, they wouldnâ€™t have been the ideal vessels for Michael and Lucifer. So whatâ€™s Maryâ€™s significance? Could it be her hunting bloodline? Could Samuel have also played a role in her being involved? The angels certainly didnâ€™t count on her defiant personality that was passed onto Dean and Sam, thus allowing them resist using the free will of man. It sounds like John and Maryâ€™s pairing, which happened before the deal, was the true first twist against the natural order.
Speaking of the free will of man, Bardic brings that up too. â€œThis posits that God understood and could foresee the continuation of the dispute between Michael and Lucifer, and did nothing to impose any different outcome than the one the brother angels pursued because of their own characters, personalities, perceptions, and beliefs. The wild card was the very human free will that ultimately derailed that deliberately engineered apocalypse: Deanâ€™s steadfast commitment to his brother and his human refusal to yield to Michael and fate, combined with Samâ€™s choice to save the world and redeem his earlier bad decisions by making himself a trap for Lucifer. The irony of that in the context of this entire discussion, of course, would be that, if Iâ€™m right, neither Dean nor Sam would have existed as part of the natural order in the first place. If Lucifer, Michael, and their angelic and demonic minions hadnâ€™t deliberately tried to bring about the end, they wouldnâ€™t have brought into being and shaped the very two men who spiked their plans and changed the whole world game.â€
After what Tessa and Death both said in the last episode, it is true that Sam and Deanâ€™s entire lives have been laced with chaos and sadness. This was determined for them long before they were even born. Itâ€™s mind-blowing now how Sam figured out in â€œSong Remains The Sameâ€ that was the ultimate solution, Mary leave John and they never be born. How ironic that was probably the right answer to fixing the universe! Would it have really fixed things though, or would the angels, demons, or whatever forces found another way? Did Sam and Dean have to exist to correct an imbalance in the order?
Bardicvoice brought a nice little twist into that thought pattern. â€œMind you, I think both God and Death may enjoy the Winchesters precisely because they are so out of pattern and unique. They may be exhausting and somewhat irritating for Death to deal with because cleaning up after them requires constant effort to match their constant disruption of the fabric of existence, but they also afford marvelous opportunities to relieve the boredom and ennui of otherwise repetitive and predictable nature, and their peculiar position and abilities may provide unexpected leverage for God and Death to subtly make things happen in despite of the plans of angels, demons, andothers who want to control humanity.â€
Considering God (supposedly) came to earth posing as a prophet to record the Gospel of Sam and Dean Winchester, Iâ€™d say that sheâ€™s onto something there. They likely werenâ€™t supposed to exist, but they certainly have brought something to the universe. Even now, Death sees them as â€œuseful.â€ Itâ€™s my assumption as soon as they stop being useful, God or Death will take care of it.
So, what do you think? To be or not to be for Sam and Dean? John and Mary? Does anyone think that Samuel has a role in this as well, which might be one reason Mary was chosen? You think we need a freaking episode now in which Sam and Dean see what happens to the universe if they werenâ€™t born? What do you think it would look like? Is your head exploding yet? Hey, we need something to do after eating too much food and getting one too many pairs of socks for Christmas.