This article is brought to you by my aggravation and annoyance every time someone says "It had to be you Sammy, it always had to be you!â€ Do any of you get frustrated by that phase? I do. I donâ€™t believe everything that has happened, or will happen, was determined since the dawn of time, either in this world or in the Winchester world. And as this whole destiny issue has increasingly become an underlying point in the myth arc, I thought it was time to look into what the angels and demoms have been babbling about for 2 years, and see how it all fits togetherâ€¦â€¦.or notâ€¦â€¦.
Since season three, we have been told that it had to be Sam, no other choice. However, once the angels got involved, it wasn't just Sam, it was also Dean. There was no indication any where prior to season five that it also had to be Dean. Letâ€™s seeâ€¦.. how many times have the boys died? Youâ€™d think if they were predestined to be meant for the big â€˜showdownâ€™, they would have been more protected. Maybe have archangels tethered to them as well? However, we are told Sam was always meant to be Luciferâ€™s vessel, and Dean, Michaelâ€™s sword. Their human ancestry decided by a â€˜higher authorityâ€™ using Cupidâ€™s arrows to match the right people for the ultimate vessels directly descended from Cain and Abel, a very interesting twist to the Winchester gospel.
If youâ€™re into genealogy, you will know in ancient times, when methods of transportation were slower, and moving more difficult over long distances, families in small communities married into each other over many generations. There just werenâ€™t a lot of choices. In the world of genealogy, it is a given that a familyâ€™s history is its own back through four generations. After that, everyone is related to everyone else. Cain and Abel would have passed on their genes equally, even if you factor in the biblical account of Noahâ€™s Ark. Also, if Cain and Abel were suitable vessels for archangels, so would have been Adam and Eve, since Cain and Abel would have had to inherit the ability from their parents. However the selective breeding program does bring up the interesting concept of Samâ€™s powers. He certainly inherited them from somewhere! But does that make him predestined to be Luciferâ€™s vessel? So far, Samâ€™s powers donâ€™t seem to enter into the equation, only the bloodline. But all it not said and done yet. Anyway, from a biblical stand point, all are equally suited to be hosts, which is kind of creepy really. But, from a genealogy stand point, we are all related to Jensen and Jared, and thatâ€™s just plain cool!
Okay, back to the destiny thing. The angels keep stating that Dean and Sam were fated for millennia to be Michael and Luciferâ€™s vessels, even down to orchestrating their linage. Ahhhâ€¦nope...I don't think so.
For one thing, Azazel plan doesnâ€™t fit into that concept. He stated heâ€™d been working for generations on his â€˜end gameâ€™ plan. In, In the Beginning (4.03), Cass sent Dean down memory lane to find out what Azazelâ€™s end game was. If it was always supposed to be Dean and Sam, what would it matter WHAT the end game was? When Lucifer first spoke with Azazel (Lucifer Rising, 4.22), he told Azazel to â€œfind a special childâ€. In a more literal sense, there were many special children, including another brother duo, Andy Gallagher (Simon Said, 2.05 and ALL Hell Breaks Loose Part 1, 2.21) and Ansem Weems (Simon Said, 2.05). If it could only be Sam and Dean, why would Azazel test all those other children? And if it could only be brothers, why have female children involved, Lily (ALL Hell Breaks Loose Part 1, 2.21) and Ava (Hunted 2.10, ALL Hell Breaks Loose Part 1, 2.21) being two? If Dean and Sam were the only possibilities why bother with all the rest? One could believe that Azazel expected the â€˜special childâ€™ to be the strongest in his fight-to-the-death battle. Well, if Sam was the â€˜special childâ€™, we know that didnâ€™t happen. Sam died, which is not want the demons wantâ€¦Dean, yes, Sam, no. Why wasnâ€™t Azazel clued in to all of this?
Maybe all those children were from the Winchester blood line? We know there are others (The Song Remains the Same, 5.13). And if Lucifer and Michael have to have a special bloodline, Nick also has to be a relative, otherwise he couldnâ€™t host Lucifer. So yes, we do know there are others. But if thatâ€™s the case, Azazel sure had a very haphazard way of finding them.
In the beginning, Azazelâ€™s â€˜end gameâ€™ was to open Hellâ€™s gate, but that really didnâ€™t affect the outcome of Luciferâ€™s release. What determined Luciferâ€™s release was Sam killing Lilith and breaking the last seal, which wouldn't have happened if Dean hadn't broken the first seal, which wasnâ€™t supposed to be him. It was supposed to be John (On the Head of a Pin, 4.16), not Dean. Dean only became a viable option after John refused to cooperate. If Dean and Sam were destined to play these roles, why was John supposed to break the first seal? Was it his destiny first? Which brings up another question, if John was supposed to break the first seal, who is his brother? The angels have made a big deal out of it needing to be blood brothers, and there has never been any mention of John having a sibling, brother or not. For me, I think it would have been simpler for Lucifer just to tell Azazel to find Sam and Dean and protect them, or at least, not kill John.
The next question is Ruby. Why did she have to go through such an elaborate scheme to get Sam to kill Lilith? If everything was predetermined, why did both Ruby and Lilith feel the need to coerce Sam to do the â€˜rightâ€™ thing? Running such an elaborate plan, all for something that was already determined? That seems like an extreme contradiction. Did Sam have different paths he could have taken? Why manipulate if everything is already decided?
The same logic can be applied to Zachariah. If everything is all cut and dry, why are Zach, and his rebel band, working so hard to convince Dean to say yes? In The End (5.04), Zach showed Dean the future if he continued to say no. But if it is Deanâ€™s destiny to only say yes, how could that future exist? In that future, Dean DID say no, so Dean DID have a choice, and he choose his own path, which is not the one predicted.
Maybe Zachâ€™s future was just a trick to get Dean to agree to Zachâ€™s terms (one that really backfired). But there again, youâ€™d have to ask, why would he need to trick Dean? If all is fated, he wouldnâ€™t need to bother.
In The Song Remains the Same, Anna escaped from her angel captives to stop the apocalypse by time traveling into the past to kill Mary and John, so the boys would never be born. Now we know the angels WANT Sam to be Lucifer's vessel, and Dean to be Michaelâ€™s vessel. So why wasnâ€™t Anna on board with the whole destiny plan? Why try to stop their births if all is unchangeable? Maybe the angels just used Anna to set up the talk between Michael and Dean, so Michael could once again tell Dean about his inevitable fate. Hummmâ€¦if inevitable, why bother? You have to ask, if all is prearranged, what are they waiting for? Just get on with the apocalypse already.
Another point to contemplate, if it was Johnâ€™s bloodline that was supposedly passing on the genetic trait for vessels, why did the demons kill all of Maryâ€™s family (The Kids are All Right, 3.02), and not only her relatives (those that Azazel left alive), but her doctor and all of her friends? It would have to be assumed that the dark forces were trying to hide something from the boys, but if they didnâ€™t have a choice anyway, why bother. (That phase just keeps coming up!)
If this whole destiny thing is real, it seems a lot of players are out of the loop. Azazel, Alastair, Lilith, Ruby, Zach, even Michael, all seem very active at doing stuff thatâ€™s not necessary. To me, this whole destiny, â€˜fated to be the onesâ€™, thing has many holes. It certainly is what the angels WANT, but not necessarily a givenâ€¦..no matter how hard they try, how much they believe it, or how convincing they are. And we can see they can be VERY convincingâ€¦manipulation is something they have mastered over the millennia. Ditto for the demons!
I really donâ€™t think that the concept of â€˜destinyâ€™ is an inescapable, predestined fact. It seems that the orchestrators of this â€˜showdownâ€™ in Detroit had to do a lot of manipulating to find the â€˜destinedâ€™ ones, even with all of Cupidâ€™s arrows. Manipulation implies choice and free will, not an inevitable fate from which there is no escape. The only reason for schemes and manipulation is to secure a particular outcome, which is not necessary, the only one possible.
So it NEVER JUST HAD TO BE Samâ€¦or Dean. Itâ€™s just the way the angels would like it to be. Do the boys have a choice? I believe so. The angels and demons are just working too hard to convince themselves, and the boys, otherwise for me to buy it. The phase, â€œHe doth protest too muchâ€, immediately come to mind. So, destinyâ€¦.or not? â€¦.your call, but for me, I think â€˜Team Free Willâ€™ is going to prevail!