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Did Kripke Screw Over Sam Fans?
I will end all suspense, if there was any, and state unequivocally that the answer is no. No, Sam is not too stupid to live. No, Kripke did not screw over Sam fans. To believe that is to believe that the enemy is simple-minded and obvious in their ploys. To believe that is to believe that Sam is not a man of deep thoughts and deeper emotions. To believe that is to believe that all the rest of us were completely on board with the plan from The Pilot and somehow saw all this coming for 82 episodes. And, if that doesn't compel you to think differently about Sam, then how about this: To believe Sam is too stupid to live is to believe he is anything other than human.
Having read numerous threads about how fans have had it all figured out from way back when and then, after Lucifer Rising read about how fans never saw that coming, I'd have to say that Kripke caught some by surprise, others not so much and most loved the whole thing. Also, there is genius to insinuation, if we look at Meg's first attempt at enacting Azazel's plan to Ruby's we see that the enemy learned a lot. The genius of Ruby comes from what Meg learned and likely shared.
Azazel had a plan that took a long time to bring to fruition and only he knew what strings he was pulling and when. It is only now that we know way back in 1972 Azazel slew eight nuns and spoke to Lucifer who was locked in 'the pit.' In 1972 Azazel was told that Lilith, and only Lilith, could break the necessary seals to free Lucifer; 37 years later that plan looks to have succeeded.
Ever since 1972 Azazel had been out 'seeding' the landscape, as it were. He found breeding stock and wormed his way in so that he would have access. Anyone who wishes to state that Mary was weak, John was weak, Dean was weak, Sam was weak is welcome to make that affirmation, however, may I suggest trying to imagine yourself in their shoes"¦and the many others who apparently were equally willing to make that momentous decision when the time came. I can't say that I've ever been forced to make such a choice, so I for one will not judge any of the others that did.
The fact that Sam was not the only 'special' child tells us that Azazel was successful in making a multitude of deals that would later give him access to the infants. Using an infant is diabolically devious, they have no choice, are perfect victims -- don't talk about what happened, have no memory of what happened, cannot stop what is happening.
We also know that in no way was Azazel certain that Sam was the child to complete the task, as baby Rosie in Salvation is evidence. Azazel was patient, true evil is, it is slow, purposeful, careful, willing to back off and regroup when one course of action appears ineffective, and always, always, always vigilant looking for an opportunity; Winchester loyalty, Winchester self-sacrifice, Winchester pride.
I don't wish to offend anyone in the writing of this article so, when I started writing, I worked very hard to try to put myself in their shoes and understand why they think Sam is stupid, a fool, ineffective, rendered back to being a child who is incapable of being able to tie his own shoes, much less making decisions about what is or is not evil. I have a feeling some will be offended because try as I did throughout the writing, the watching of episodes and jotting notes, gathering of thoughts, formulating sentences and paragraphs and reordering things I find myself again and again clueless as to why some think Sam is stupid or rendered a fool.
I've never seen Sam as evil and Dean as good. I've never seen Dean as only holding Sam's 'cape' or Sam playing second fiddle in storylines. I don't see Dean as "˜Saint Dean' and Sam as 'Demon Sam'. I don't believe Sam is destined to destroy the world and Dean destined to save it. I know some call Dean the Jesus Christ of the Supernatural but that is pure lunacy - all right, I was quite forthright about that.
My point is is that there has been a very deliberate progression from Season 1 to Season 4 and no doubt to be built upon in Season 5. It's obvious to me that Eric Kripke has had a vision for the show that had a plan and a timetable. It's also obvious to me that at times he's had to contend with the reality of making a television show and that at times that plan has been expanded, contracted and expanded again. It's not his fault no one had a crystal ball and said, yes, Mr. Kripke, we've looked into the future and seen that indeed this show will be successful enough to warrant us giving you a five-year contract right now, in 2005, and guaranteeing that Supernatural will run for five seasons.
Still, despite the stops and starts, the uncertainties and the meddling, a writers' strike and the realities of budgets, we've gotten a story that has built slowly but surely from the first episode, the beauty is that along the way the writers have cleaned up, quite well, most issues that have arisen.
Having written some fanfiction that at most was about 50,000 words long; I know how easy it is to write yourself into a corner. I had the luxury to decide when to begin posting my fanfiction and I always waited until I was at least 50 percent written and about 75 percent drafted with 90 percent outlined before I dared to post the first chapter; series television doesn't have that luxury, these guys do awesome.
So, those of you willing to delve into this exploration with me will get to read my thoughts on Sam's journey as we know it. The genesis of this article came from someone posting on the "Damn you, Kripke" article that Sam was too stupid to live and that Sam fans were leaving in droves. That person is entitled to their opinion, even as I do not share it. Since I completely disagree with them, I thought I'd take some time to post my thoughts as to why. Here we go: