Warning!!!! If you haven’t seen the latest episode of “Supernatural,” do not read this! There is going to be plot-based speculation about Sam’s actions and possible motivations behind them. You’ve been officially warned!
Now that that’s out of the way, I think it’s time we all started talking about what we think is wrong with Sam, because it’s pretty obvious that there’s something seriously wrong. The impetus for this discussion was a prompt in the Cbox by Dmakdavis, who wanted a place to come and talk about Sam’s character development this season, a place to speculate about what’s going on with him and why.
So I’ll start things off and then hand the reins over to you, commenters! I hope to update my thoughts on Sam after each episode, if we get some new information or reveals. Here we go.
The PTSD theory
Up until tonight’s episode, “Live Free or Twihard,” I thought Sam had a very bad case of PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was cut off emotionally from everyone and everything around him. It really looked like he was going through the motions whenever he interacted with someone instead of making any sort of meaningful connection. He didn’t seem overly happy to see Dean again, or not as happy as we might expect him to be. He’s sleeping with hookers because, I think, he simply doesn’t want to form any sort of emotional connection with a woman. He didn’t flinch when Cass had to torture a child to get information. I thought he was just so broken, so emotionally cut-off that he was acting completely out of character. Even Samuel Campbell, not the model of good behavior, noticed something was off. But now I have a different theory.
Sam Doesn’t Have a Soul
After “The Third Man” and the revelation that Balthazar was buying souls, I thought maybe Sam had sold his soul to get out. I wasn’t on board with it yet, but I thought it was interesting and had potential. But after Sam stood by and smirked while that vampire turned his brother, the only thing I can think is that Sam doesn’t have a soul right now. Because if it is only PTSD, I am going to be so amazingly pissed at him, I can’t even tell you. I will be so mad -- flames. Flames from the side of my face. Because I don’t care how badly you are hurting and how broken you are, you don’t let your brother get turned into a vampire when you could have done something about it! Now, I don’t in any way mean “only PTSD” like it’s nothing. PTSD is incredibly debilitating and awful and extremely serious and is not to be taken lightly at all. I mean that there better be a supernatural explanation because otherwise, I’m not sure how they can ever repair his character. I’m sure Dean at some point will forgive him, because Dean always does, but I don’t know if I could. I’ll wait and see how this plays out, but boy, Sam, you are on thin ice here, boy-o.
One of the reasons I think Sam doesn’t have a soul as opposed to just sold his soul is because when Dean and Bobby sold their souls, they were still pretty much themselves. They didn’t completely transform like Sam has. And yes, I know that his time in Hell absolutely must have changed him. But not to this extent, surely!
Why I Don’t Think He’s Still Samifer
There are a few reasons I don’t think Sam is still possessed by Lucifer right now. First and foremost, if Lucifer managed to get out of Hell, don’t you think someone would know about it? Crowley probably would, as king of Hell, and with his history, I’m sure he would not be pleased about the whole thing. In fact, he’d be downright terrified because you know Lucifer would be coming for him after the part Crowley played in getting Luci caged up. Death would probably know, too, if Lucifer busted out because he’d probably have to do something Lucifer wanted, like destroy a town or raise some zombies or something. And honestly, the biggest reason I don’t think Lucifer is still in there is because the Powers That Be have said we were done with that story line, and I believe them. I don’t think they are going to revisit that any time soon. At least, I hope not because I would like it to be something besides Lucifer.
Okay, so that’s what I’m thinking at the moment. What about you? Do you agree with anything I’ve said, disagree? What are your theories and why? Let the speculation begin!
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