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Supernatural: Dead Things

There's not a lot to say about this episode. I thought it was a good, a very good, episode.

What we learned

Not much. Dean figured out that John sacrificed himself to save Dean's life. Sam didn't appear too shocked' it seemed he already knew.

That does mean that what John whispered to Dean right before he died wasn't his sacrificial plan.

Of course, we all suspected that there was more to it than just that.

How it affects the long term storyline

Dean now has to live with the knowledge that he is what he hates, to some extent. He's supernatural himself - not far removed from the zombie he staked to its coffin.

I have to wonder if being, well, undead in a way will mean Dean has taken on some unusual attributes. Maybe this partially accounts for his bloodthirstiness since John's death? Maybe, but I'm betting it's just grief and having to live with the knowledge that he cost John his life.

Maybe later we will find that Dean is harder to injure or kill, or that he starts to show his own psychic abilities.

Another step in the journey

Sam has always been the more emotionally mature of the two. But Dean is growing. This season he's learned that there is a morally ambiguous side to his work. He's also having to deal with tough emotional issues. I expect to see further growth in the character as the year goes on. In a way, this season will be all about Dean's emotional growth. I don't think Sam will be neglected. He just doesn't have as far to go. However, I expect that Dean's revelation about John's final words will rock Sam's mental world and give him plenty of his own to deal with this year.

Posted by Miller on October 24, 2006 6:33 AM
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This was a great epi. But are you sure Dean knows his father sacrificed himself? He knows his father died in his place, but he doesn't know the details. Just because we do, doesn't mean he does.

I do hope they don't give Dean any powers. I like Dean human, and he's not an undead, since technically, he never really died. John took his place before his own death was completed.

Both brothers have a journey. Dean is learning to become less aggressive in his hunting, to see more than one view about the supernatural, as Sam learned last season that revenge can cost too much, and sometimes it's just not worth the price.

All in all, great start of season 2 and I can't wait to see where Mr. Kripke is going with this brotherly journey.

-- Posted by: hermitme at October 25, 2006 3:25 PM

Dean probably doesn't know exactly, but he's pretty sure John sacrificed himself. I wonder if he'll cling to the doubt to make himself feel better? And yep, the emotional journeys the Winchesters go through have become very interesting. Hope they can keep it fresh. So far, so good!

-- Posted by: Miller at October 26, 2006 1:13 PM

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