Last week on Supernatural, Dean and Bobby felt forced to act after watching Sam lose control for demon blood. They lured Sam into the cellar under the false pretense that they all had to prepare for the end of the world, then they locked the door. Like any true intervention it was tough to watch. No matter what the good reason, like any true intervention Dean had to betray the confidence of his brother, humiliate him in front of someone else, and impose his will onto another adult in a strong and serious way. That’s not to say it wasn’t absolutely the right thing to do but for a righteous cause it sure looked and felt like kidnapping.
This week it gets even rougher for Sam. In a new clip from “When the Levee Breaks” released today by The CW, Sam begins to panic in his makeshift-cage when he feels something coming. He screams for help but nobody can hear him, and you can vividly sense his growing feelings of abandonment and betrayal, and the deep, fiery resentment he’s going to feel towards Dean for doing this to him. Especially when he turns around to see Alastair standing there.
Though it may look like Sam is being tortured, a closer examination reveals pretty convincingly that he’s not. He’s going through the symptoms of withdrawal – the panic, paranoia, shooting internal pains, and hallucinations. Like the world’s worst drug trip he can’t tell his emotional pain from his physical pain, and he’s so vividly imagining causes for what’s happening to him that his lucid dreams are the only reality he’s aware of.
Also like in any real intervention, Dean has to be prepared for the fact that the person he loves and relies on most may never forgive him – that they may, in fact, be successful in making him feel guilty and repentant. They may say horrible things, and the treatment may not even work long term. Since this is Supernatural those ‘things’ may be cataclysmic. Will Sam turn on Dean come the finale, betraying the person who he feels betrayed by? While his rage carry him all the way over to the darkside? Will Sam be the cause of the end of the world rather than the person stopping it, as he had intended? I can’t wait to find out.
Supernatural airs this Thursday at 9PM on The CW.
-Henry Jenkins, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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