Ok well THAT didn't work ...
I can't see how to reply within another post like other people seem to be managing to do just fine ...
Wow. Ok, I get that you're angry. Sam has DEFINITELY been sidelined this season. And no, it's not a good thing. Ideally, both would get rich storylines and ample characterization. I agree that we need to see Sam cultivate some relationships outside of his brother. All good things. But, the conspiracy you lay out here seems a bit much. Do you really believe all of this? I mean, even if the writers ARE listening, don't both sides make plenty of noise? I mean, Dean HAS been sidelined for four seasons and Sam has always been more or less the main character. Upset as I'm sure you feel so far Sam has been sidelined for only half of one season. Maybe they're just working some things out as far as balancing the narrative Now that said, I really would like it balanced. Sam needs some more POV, or focus on an emotional arc. That's what they should be doing. And they're not yet and we're all feeling the frustration. But blaming the writers and the fans... idk, just seems a bit harsh. I get you don't like Dean, but for a majority of the fans BOTH brothers matter to the story. And we don't want to see EITHER ONE becoming sidelined. Giving Dean a solid arc should not have necessarily meant not giving Sam one and I'm not happy this seems to be where they're going, but I'm also optimistic that it's more of a transition, rest period and not meant to be a continuing thing (maybe, I'm too optimistic?). Like I said, I really think an emotional arc for Sam would be great! We need to build Sam up before the writers tear him back down, lol. I'm kind of looking to see if they will head in that direction in the future.
Sorry, just my two cents.
I don't dislike Dean. I HATE the fact that the show is saying it is ok for Dean to do the things he does when the same is not ok for Sam when he does things that Dean doesn't approve of.
It is a little hard for me to discuss your comment because yes, I do believe what I posted and I posted a very small amount of the evidence I see to back up my point.
People who used post on here and some that still do will remember how much we used post about the complexity of the storylines and where they must be going. This is at the beginning of Season 8. We used get a good deal of articles and general internal discussion about how the writers should be allowed write what they want because they WEREN'T taking orders from fandom - and that was actually fine because it (clearly) meant that they had a storyline and a plan.
Also very quickly it became clear that the storyline was only making a specific segment of the fandom unhappy - people who wanted to see the show from Sam's point of view as well as Dean's - while those who had no interest in Sam except as an appendage to Dean just didn't have any issue except that Dean should have the mytharc as well. I am not saying that the fandom divides into just those two groups because it doesn't, however that second group is pretty large and getting larger as the viewers who used watch for Sam ALSO, have lost interest in the show.
And we in the first group were told to stop complaining, boy were we told, a lot of people stopped posting because they were being accused of negativity and bringing everyone down. So for a long time we quietened down so as not to be rocking the boat - and the 'Mytharc for Dean' (and a certain, totally fanon, ship which will remain nameless) just got louder especially with the two principle Dean fanboys in the writing staff being very available on Twitter (and no I don't feel I have to qualify that, they have both made it pretty clear that Dean, and their own characters, are who they write for)
Sam has NOT been sidelined for 1/2 a season he has been sidelined as a person, as Sam, since Jeremy Carver took over, since the beginning of Season 8 -that is 2 1/2 seasons. Even the arc of the angel possession which seemed to be about Sam was, it turns out, about getting Dean to where he is now. Really having Dean be so-over-the-top offended by Sam thinking he was dead (and (Sam) having a totally unimportant nervous breakdown as a result) has been about getting Dean to where he is now. Even the trials, as someone pointed out, were told more from how they affected Dean than how they affected Sam.
Mytharc is NOT a character's story, it is more often than not the story of the people around the person being mytharced.
I would be perfectly happy for Sam to never be the 'what is wrong with this character? Who cares, let's go watch his brother emote' ever again. Ever. I am convinced that JC is going to mytharc Sam into complete oblivion by the end of the season and that will be three solid seasons where Sam has really never had his story told. Sacrifice was a bright and shining exception (with Sam's Knights of the round table commentary a good second) but neither of these revelations has been noticed since, in fact Season 9 and now season 10 has worked to make both of them redundant since Dean (ie the WRITERS) clearly didn't 'get' what was important to Sam about those stories and has (have) managed to undo the good of both.
The fact that people conflate 'mytharc' with 'story' is the reason why we get so many movies like Transformers (all bang and no brain) and so little of anything worth watching more than once.
I can watch early seasons of Supernatural over and over and it doesn't feel like I am watching 'the angst of Dean' it feels like I am watching a moving story about two people living impossible lives. Nowadays I don't believe any of it on any level because it isn't emotionally true, it is fanservice true.