Last night’s episode of Supernatural
will probably go down as one of the most important in the show’s history. It marked a turning point in the relationship between Sam and Dean, the moment when their fears and anger and rage boiled to the surface. We can blame the Siren on the epic battle between the Winchester brothers, but the underlying feelings were real.
The Siren made them fight, but I don’t believe the Siren also forced them to say the things they said to each other. Dean said Sam has changed and that he’s keeping secrets and doing things behind his back. Sam accused Dean of being weak and unable to face the truth about what they have to do. When you look deep inside the boys, nothing they said was a lie.
First, it’s important to examine the circumstances. The Siren had the ability to take the form of whatever its target most desired. In an episode full of strippers, for Dean, the thing he most desired was a guy who loved 1967 Chevy Impalas and classic rock. The person Dean wanted most was a little brother just like him.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Dean doesn’t like Sam, just that Sam doesn’t completely fulfill Dean’s needs for brotherly love. After all they’ve been through, Dean has an emptiness in his life that Sam does not and can not fill.
That brings us to the fight. It’s true that Sam has changed. He’s hiding his conversations with Ruby and hiding the fact that he still uses his powers. Sam isn’t the sweet younger brother any more, he’s been changed by everything he’s seen over the past four seasons, not the least of which was his brother dying and going to Hell.
Similarly, Sam was right about Dean. He prefers to hide from the truth as exhibited by his massive amount of alcohol consumption following his escape from Hell. He refuses to accept that they’re in a battle not just for their lives or other people’s lives, but for humanity and goodness itself. Dean isn’t willing to do whatever it takes to win, and in that respect, he truly is a weaker hunter than Sam.
“Sex and Violence” may have ended with Sam and Dean driving off after saying everything was fine, but it obviously wasn’t. Their encounter with the Siren brought some very ugly truths to light, and while they may try to bury it, the truth is still out. Neither brother can take back what was said, and though they may pretend this never happened for a while, it will come back.
There will come a day when Sam and Dean have to face the harsh reality of this fight, and when that day comes, there will be no need for a Siren to stir up a battle. They’re headed down a long, dark road, and the only way for it to end is when one brothers wins and the other brother loses. The only question is: which Winchester will prevail?
Recap of "Sex and Violence"
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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