I have been a fan of “Supernatural” since the middle of Season 3. It was recommended to me by a friend who knows I am a huge “Buffy” fan. I rented season 1 from Netflix, and before I finished watching all of episodes on the first disc, I was already buying season 1 and 2 on DVD. I was caught up in time to see season 3 on reruns. Of course, now I own all the seasons on DVD and have my pre-order in for the 6th season. Somewhere during the season 3 reruns, I found Alice’s articles and fell in love with her analysis of the show. Alice’s articles brought a whole new dimension to my enjoyment of each episode, as do the other contributors that have started writing for the Winchester Family Business site. Now as I wait for season 7 to start, I thought I would take a stab at a little hellatus killing myself.
One of my favourite pastimes during hellatus is to watch old episodes to find the little bits that are still hanging out there and speculate on possible sceneries to answers them. Since I get defensive of the criticisms of some of the fans, the co-dependent in me likes to give the writers a plausible way out to fit the canon of the show. Think of reverse Mythbusters.
Now, I’m not talking about the questions with answers, such as:
In the Pilot, we are left wondering who killed Mary and Jessica. We find out at the end of season 1, the Yellow-Eyed Demon killed both. We later find out in “The Devil You Know,” that while YED ordered Jessica’s death, it was (demon) Brady that carried out the actual act of killing Jessica. The writers already gave a plausible answer within the canon of the show.
Also, I am not referring to the obvious cliff-hangers from the end of season 6, such as:
Is Castiel a God? Will Sam and Dean bow down to Castiel? Will Sam finally have a nervous breakdown? Will Crowley go after Sam and Dean? Will Castiel find his redemption? Will Dean survive yet another betrayal from someone he loved and trusted? Those answers I will impatiently wait for in season 7.
I am talking about the threads that don’t seem to have an answer – yet. Here are some of the ones I like to speculate about:
In “Bloody Mary,” we find out that Sam is hiding the secret of his visions and it is only a few episodes later that he confesses to Dean this secret. What about the fact that Dean was also a target of Bloody Mary? What was Dean’s secret? My plausible answer – it doesn’t need an answer. I know, all you Dean Fans want an answer, and quite frankly I wouldn’t mind an episode with that as the plot. (Another article idea; what plots do you want to see?). In my mind. it’s not necessarily a big deal. Let’s remember that Bloody Mary only cared that someone died and that it was a secret. Since the definition of secret is hidden from others, it just doesn’t mean that it was hidden on purpose. In this episode, it wasn’t always a murder or that the person did the actual killing. In Charlie’s case, it was just that she felt guilty. Let’s face it; in Dean’s life, that’s an everyday occurrence. Since he went on a few hunts by himself just before getting Sam at Stanford, it’s possible whatever his Bloody Mary moment was, he just never felt compelled to mention it to anyone.
In “In My Time of Dying,” John whispers something to Dean. It takes to “Hunted” for us to find out that he told Dean to save Sam or kill him if he couldn’t be saved. Just how much did John know? My guess; John only knew about the psychic kids and that Sam would lead the demon army. If John knew that Sam would let Lucifer out and start the apocalypse, he would not have allowed it to happen. John would have given Dean more of a heads up if he did know all that information.
In “The Kids Are Alright,” the question comes up as to whether Dean is Ben’s father. Of course, Lisa tells him no, twice. However, in “Let it Bleed,” (demon) Lisa says Dean is Ben’s father. Is that true? Lisa had no reason to lie the first time she said no (she didn’t know about Dean’s life at that point). She still denied it at the end of TKAA after Dean saved Ben’s life, and Dean was practically begging Lisa to say Ben was his child. The clincher is that after a full year of Dean being out of the “business,” she never told Dean that Ben was his son. So my answer: NO! But it’s fun to give the fans this little bone to pick at for the summer.
Where is Dean’s amulet? We see the amulet in almost all the episodes. Dean makes a point of taking it back from the shapeshifter in “Skin.” In “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” we finally find out it means so much to Dean because it was a gift from Sam. In “Good God, Y’all,” we find out it will help to locate God. However, in “Dark Side of the Moon,” Dean throws it away because he has lost faith in both God and Sam. Did Sam pick it out of the trash? Hell Yes! This amulet has just as much sentimental value to Sam as it does Dean. Look at how Sam makes a point of returning it to Dean in “Lazarus Rising.” The fact he hadn’t buried it with Dean’s body but kept it for himself tells us it means something to him. This plot is a must for season 7, in my book.
On the subject of the amulet, why didn’t it go off all the times Dean was around Chuck? Is Chuck God? Yes, and God can do whatever he wants, even make an amulet not work.
In “99 Problems,” the Whore of Babylon can only be killed by a servant of heaven, and Dean kills her. Is Dean a servant of heaven? Of course! Both Sam and Dean are servants of God, in my book. Their bloodline is angelic. Besides, I think God knew team free will would save the earth, making them a servant of heaven.
Where is Adam? I don’t think Adam’s soul was in his body when he fell into the pit. We see in the first half of season 6 that the body can function without the soul, so maybe Adam’s soul is in heaven. Michael made a point of saying “Adam is not home right now,” unlike Lucifer, who said to Dean in the field, “(Sam) he’s in here, all right, and he’s going to feel the snap of your bones.” I know Death gave Dean a choice in “Appointment in Samarra” of Sam or Adam. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t yanking Dean’s chain just for the fun of it. He knew Dean would pick Sam.
Are Gabriel and Balthazar dead? God brought Castiel back twice, why not Gabriel and Balthazar? It seems to me that God wanted his angels to learn the same lesson as Sam and Dean: family. He wanted the angels to learn the same lesson as Castiel: love my creations. Gabriel learned those lessons; maybe Balthazar did, also. So why not bring them back? I know, just trying to give the writers a way for either of them to be seen again.
If Sam does have a nervous breakdown, where would he go for psychiatric help? How about Dr. Fuller from “Sam, Interrupted?” I know Dr. Ellicott was better, but after finding the body of the Wraith, maybe Fuller is a little more inclined to believe them now. Dr. Ellicott never saw anything supernatural, so he would just think they were nuts. By the way, I think Dean could use a few sessions himself.
For that matter, is Sam still angry? After he found out the extent of Azazel’s manipulation in “Swan Song,” no wonder he was so angry. My guess is that after his talk with John in “The Song Remains the Same” and a hundred eighty or so years in the cage, his anger is the least of his problems.
Here are some of the questions I will leave for the rest of you; maybe you can come up with “canon plausible” explanations:
In “The Song Remains the Same,” who was Anna working for? It doesn’t seem to be Michael and the rest of the angels. She certainly isn’t on Sam, Dean and Castiel’s side. Is there another force at work?
Ruby tells Dean in “Malleus Maleficarum” that demons were humans that after years in the pit have had all their humanity stripped away. What about Sam’s years in the cage? Will that strip away his humanity? Will he be a demon? For that matter, will Sam have some of Lucifer’s knowledge?
We are told in both “Lucifer Rising” and “Two Minutes to Midnight” that if Sam consumes the amount of demon blood, it would change him forever. Did it? What about Sam’s powers? Ruby said in “Lucifer Rising” that he never needed the feather to fly.
In “Devil’s Trap,” Meg is exorcised to hell by Sam and Dean, yet she is back in “Born Under a Bad Sign.” How does she get out of hell so easily (Not to mention Crowley’s ability to come and go without a problem) especially since Azazel has to go to so much trouble to get Lilith out of hell?
Does Dean still want to kill God?
Does Sam still pray?
Are the horsemen still around to go after Sam and Dean? After all, they only lost their rings. Death still operated without his ring.
If angels can heal, why didn’t Castiel ever fix Pamela’s eyes?
Will Sam ever find out that Dean’s message on his cell in “Lucifer Rising” was changed by the angels?
How did Raphael plan to restart the apocalypse? Wouldn’t he have to break 66 seals? After all, Lucifer was put back into the same cage (so I assume the same locks)? If not, wouldn’t it be easy for anyone to free Lucifer, and why hasn’t anyone?
Is the alpha vamp still alive? I liked him. He was creepy. Does Dean now have a bond with him?
What about the idea of the bloodline of Sam and Dean? Mary’s family were hunters from a long line of hunters. However, it was John’s bloodline to the angels.
Why is the Winchester family cursed? In “The Song Remains the Same,” Michael said it’s a bloodline that goes back to Cain and Abel. Is that the curse?
I had fun finding the unanswered questions, and I look forward to reading your explanations. Be sure to let me know if you find more unanswered questions I might have missed, along with what you think the answers could be within the canon of the show.