In our recent crop of reviews for â€œRepo Manâ€ a somewhat fringier theory came up as to why Sam was experiencing such vivid torment from ole fork tongue himself. I certainly was guilty of raising the question in my comments as opposed to the review, so itâ€™s time to bring this concept out into the open and beat the subject to death since weâ€™re still at 25 days until this mini Hellatus ends.
Itâ€™s been our common belief, or at least one that the writers have made us believe, that Sam is hallucinating. The wall came down, and somehow his mind has taken all those horrors of torment from the pit and manifested it all into Lucifer — imaginary friend whoâ€™s pushing all the right (or wrong) buttons. Sure, Sam is seeing some other weird shit too, like being hung by chains from the ceiling or people in the library bludgeoning themselves to death in a game of extreme headdesk, but those could be dismissed as normal signs of psychosis (I know, Iâ€™m mixing â€œnormalâ€ with â€œpsychosisâ€).
Letâ€™s focus primarily on Lucifer. It does seem after â€œRepo Manâ€ that Samâ€™s got one vivid hallucination going if heâ€™s seeing Lucifer torture him all over again. What if he isnâ€™t a hallucination? What if this is truly Lucifer, controlling Sam from the cage, using a psychic bond formed between angel and vessel? Hereâ€™s why Iâ€™m nudging toward that theory.
This goes all the way back to â€œFree To Be You and Me.â€ If you recall, Castiel and Dean found Raphaelâ€™s empty vessel in a vegetative state in the hospital. They wanted to get in touch with Raphael. Here are Cassâ€™ exact words. â€œThereâ€™s almost an open phone line between a vessel and his angel. One just has to know how to dial.â€ Castiel sent his message in Enochian and it got through, even if Raphael chose to answer later when he wasnâ€™t trapped by a ring of fire.
So we know there is a connection between an angel and vessel. Raphael was an archangel. So is Michael and Lucifer. The bond is way more powerful with archangels. Remember Dean asking Castiel as they found Raphaelâ€™s empty vessel, â€œSo is that what Iâ€™m looking at when Michael jumps my bones?â€ Castiel answered, â€œNo not all. Michael is much more powerful. It would be far worse for you.â€ Yeah, I do like to think that was a humorous exchange, but humor was always lost on Castiel, donâ€™t you think? If anything, this little exchange proves that once an angel is in a vessel, especially a very powerful archangel, there are side effects.
Letâ€™ s jump to â€œThe Song Remains The Same.â€ Michael promised not to leave Dean a drooling mess when he was done with him. So while that addresses the physical aspects of possession, aka the vessel can be physically returned to normal if the angel chooses, it doesnâ€™t address the psychic connection. Michael told Dean it was a blood line. So the connection could exist merely in the blood, which is why Sam and Dean were the pre-determined vessels. Since we donâ€™t see Dean feeling any effects from Michael though, itâ€™s my guess any strong connection could only form once the vessel says yes and possession begins.
The power of the angel, or perhaps the agenda of the angel, also affects the vessel. Look at Jimmy Novak. He was a bit shaken by his angel possession, and certainly didnâ€™t find the experience fun, but he was able to function pretty well afterward. Castiel was benevolent with his vessel though and as far as angel chain of command goes, he was middle management. If anything, Jimmy proves that the relationship between every angel and his vessel is unique.
Now to Lucifer. He has told Sam on numerous occasions heâ€™s never lied to him and we have no evidence that this isnâ€™t true. He didnâ€™t lie to Nick either. He said possession would be unpleasant. The connection between Lucifer and Sam though really gets defined in â€œSwan Song.â€ Sam had been prepped his entire life for this role and he didnâ€™t know it.
Sam: I’m sure this is all a big joke to you, huh?
Lucifer: Not at all. I’ve been waiting for you… For a long, long time. Come on, Sam. You have to admit — You can feel it, right?
Lucifer: The exhilaration. And you know why that is? Because we’re two halves made whole. M.F.E.O. Literally.
Sam: This feels pretty damn far from good.
Lucifer: I’m inside your grapefruit, Sam. You can’t lie to me. I see it all — How odd you always felt, how out of place in that… family of yours. And why shouldn’t you have? They were foster care at best. I’m your real family.
Sam: No, that’s not true.
Lucifer: It is. And I know you know it. All those times you ran away, You weren’t running from them. You were running towards me.
Sure, this could all be easily dismissed as Lucifer taunting, playing mind games with Sam to get him to submit, but think about it. If Sam has been on Luciferâ€™s radar that long, you think something like being sprung from the cage is going to break that connection? Sam was fed demon blood as a baby, and as a result he was given demonic abilities. That includes psychic abilities. Those abilities have been dormant for a while, but perhaps itâ€™s through those psychic abilities where the connection between Lucifer and his vessel is made. Remember Nick had to consume a lot of demon blood too. The reason was so that the vessel wouldnâ€™t burn up, but perhaps itâ€™s more?
Iâ€™ve also always wondered how in the world Castiel could have freed Sam from that cage. I’ve raised this issue before, only someone like God or Death could do that. Perhaps Lucifer let Sam go, knowing that he could control/torment up on earth. Itâ€™s literally Hell on Earth. Maybe through that connection his bidding can be done. Either that or weâ€™re back to the whole â€œIs Sam still in Hellâ€ argument, something that if the writers went with, would probably result in a fandom mutiny paralleled with that of Dallas.
Itâ€™s also possible that Lucifer is using his connection just to punish his vessel for disobedience. Remember that Castiel, Death, and Balthazar all said that out of frustration (and possibly boredom) that Lucifer and Michael were hate banging on Samâ€™s soul in the cage. Castiel even said his soul felt like it had been skinned alive after Death retrieved it in â€œLike A Virgin.â€ Perhaps Lucifer has chosen to punish the best way he can, through a psychic connection destroying Samâ€™s mind. Itâ€™s really diabolical actually, because through the mind the torment could go on for years. Remember what Castiel predicted in â€œCaged Heat?â€
Castiel: Sam’s soul has been locked in the cage with Michael and Lucifer for more than a year. And they have nothing to do but take their frustrations out on him. Do you understand? If we try to force that mutilated thing down Sam’s gullet, we have no idea what will happen. It could be catastrophic.
Dean: You mean he dies.
Castiel: I mean he doesn’t. Paralysis. Insanity. Psychic pain so profound that he’s locked inside himself for the rest of his life.
Castiel really didnâ€™t elaborate if returning a damaged soul is dangerous because of a bond between angel and vessel or because Samâ€™s soul has been damaged beyond repair due to torture in the cage. It really could go either way based on that comment, or perhaps both items are a factor.
Whatâ€™s super scary to me is if there is a psychic connection, itâ€™s my guess Lucifer will never let Sam go. Being in the cage prevents actual physical possession, but heâ€™s still there in the mind somewhere, fighting Sam for control. Heâ€™s the master manipulator, patiently waiting for the right time to strike. All it took is one quick moment of weakness. We know what Samâ€™s weakness is. Remember the quick shot of Sam in the upcoming preview? Could that be the sign of a man locked in his own mind? (I won’t show it here, just for those that don’t want to be uber spoiled).
Finally, I keep bringing up these discussions (besides the fact theyâ€™re great time killers) because of a question I got to ask Sera Gamble during our Comic Con 2011 interview session. What are we to expect with Sam in season seven? Her answer still sticks with me. â€œHis wall just broke and he managed to pull it together to help his brother at the lab, try and stop Cas. He will start to see what that really means, that the wall is down. We were pretty specific what the repercussions of that wall coming down would be. Cas listed the terrible list, basically like youâ€™re going to be a drooling mess, hallucinations, things cannot be fixed and Death also (warned) donâ€™t even scratch the wall. Weâ€™re not going to let him off scot free of course and it becomes a pretty major story line. Whatâ€™s wrong with Samâ€™s head?â€
Somehow, I just get the feeling that story line has more twists ahead.
Ow, I think I just broke my brain. Enough analysis on my part. What do you think? Is there enough evidence out there that a psychic connection truly exists? Do you think that if thatâ€™s true, that puts Sam in more danger? If there is a psychic connection, how in the world does one break that? Especially when itâ€™s freaking Lucifer? Is Sam really screwed for life? Or, do you think thereâ€™s no connection and Lucifer and Michael damaged Sam enough where heâ€™s unraveling on his own?
Share any take you have on the matter now. Iâ€™ll entertain just about any theory. Thereâ€™s room for plenty!