Dean’s journey is Season Ten was indeed a rich one, but in a way it bothered me. Sure, it’s a compelling story of fighting the evil within and Jensen knocked it out of the park, but for someone damned with such a dangerous curse, his path ended up being rather predictable. The plot certainly wasn’t rocket science. He’s a demon, then he’s cured, then he fights that monster within all season and then some tragic death sends him off the rails for the big showdown with brother Sammy. It all seems textbook. In this deeper look though, I hope to find some nuances that take this basic story and give Dean a few extra layers beyond the basic plot. They’re there, but just like Sam’s plight, there are times you have to look hard.
Dean’s mission was to simply keep on hunting and try to do good until he went bad. It took until episode 19 for him to openly question that plan. How successful and/or interesting was it to watch Dean fight that inner monster? Just like with the inconsistency of the episodes, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.