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08 October 2011 @ 07:36 am
This meta is turning red and flashing back several years.  

So here's the thing about the last five minutes of this ep, which is what everyone's talking about because it's SUCH a mindfuck. I hate watching it, I really do. It's painful and it hurts and we all wanted and expected more from Dean. But I can't bring myself to say it's out of character. It's in character. Dean's going to a much darker place right now, and even though Sam's the one with hallucinations, Dean's the one who's really breaking hard. Sometimes it's the natural, not the supernatural, that's truly scary, and I feel like Show is very deliberately showing us this -- the counterpoint between the two types of madness, the sense that leviathans aside, the real terror of the show this season is the horror within our own minds.

Looking back at some of the spoilers/teasers that came out pre-season, there were a couple of really big themes - the idea that the show would be truly scary again, that we would see what scares Dean and Sam, and more recently that we'd see Dean start to break under the weight of everything he's been through. This episode started to deliver on that in a truly powerful way. And if Dean and Sam really are their own ultimate Big Bads, that means eventually they'll emerge victorious.

So I am clutching my pillow and hiding my face but staying glued to the screen, not from the gore and the black ooze and the Leviathans, but from the REAL greatest fear of the boys - losing their grip on what's real and what's right, losing the certainty that they're the heroes. Yup, Supernatural.... being scary, you're doin' it right. Just don't let me down in the end.

Lady Eternal: Unconvincing Plot Deviceladyeternal on October 11th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
I know why everyone says it's in character for Dean. From my perspective, I have to sincerely disagree.

From the surprise on his face when he turned to find the child kitsune standing there, it was blatantly obvious that Dean intended to be long gone before the kid got back. So Dean's plan was to kill the mama kitsune and bail, having neither planned to kill the boy nor any idea whether or not the boy was going to be left alone in the world if he lost his mother. For all Dean knew, he was leaving a child younger than Ben to fend for himself. And given how selectively the kitsune feed and the fact that the child wasn't yet old enough to have been taught to hunt by his mother, that means Dean was planning to leave a motherless child to either learn how to kill, therefore becoming worse than his mother, or to starve to death.

Also, since the murder was preplanned (and yes, I am going to call it that), Dean has to know that a supernatural child that is suddenly left alone in the world because his mother has been murdered isn't likely to grow up with anything resembling a desire to NOT become a killer. He knew that she had killed out of desperation and might kill again, but he also had no reason not to believe Sam's statements about her usually subsisting on the dead. He'd done his own investigation in order to track Sam & her down. He would have been able to find out exactly what Sam did, and Sam's track record with supernatural women aside, the evidence speaks for itself. So in murdering Amy, he also murdered the only potentially tempering influence on that child's life.

Not to mention: okay, so he got caught red-handed (or red-bladed, really) by the kid and got to make sure the kid had someone to go to. After their Kill Bill moment, Dean leaves the kid to sob over his mother's fresh corpse in a nameless motel room. And when the child's grief is over and the police have come and gone, who exactly is the child going to? Other kitsune, that could possibly decide blood vengeance is something they should exact in the child's stead? And that such vengeance should be exacted on any hunter they come across, not just on him should they happen to find him? If the kitsune track down the brothers, who says Sam wouldn't be a prime target for them, either because they mistake him for Dean or just because he happens to be there?

And with everything else that's going on, Dean's really going to not only purposely plan to murder someone in a motel room (WHICH LEAVES FORENSIC EVIDENCE), but, no matter what his plans for the original body (WHICH WOULD HAVE ENTAILED REMOVING SAID BODY FROM THE MOTEL ROOM SOMEHOW AND POTENTIALLY BEING SEEN WITH IT), when the kid happens upon him, he just leaves the child (WHO GOT A VERY GOOD LOOK AT HIM) alone in the room with the corpse? The child who can't very well dispose of his mother's body or get wherever he needs to go on his own, and so would have to go to the motel manager or the police for help?