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"BROTHER'S KEEPER"
10.23
Writer: Jeremy Carver
Director: Phil Sgriccia
Air Date: May 20, 2015

BY WEDNESDAY

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THEME

What would you be willing to sacrifice in order to attain your desires?
Would you sacrifice someone you
Loved for Freedom and Power?
Would you sacrifice your morals to save someone
you loved?
Would you sacrifice someone you loved to save the world?
Would you
sacrifice your life to save someone you loved?

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PLOT & CHARACTERS

WITCH'S BREW

The coded symbols from Charlie's last message display on Sam's computer along with two photos rescued
from the Styne burn pile. Sam's filling hollow tip bullets with blue liquid.
He
also fills Castiel in: no response from Dean on 12 messages; the LoJack on the Impala was disabled.
Sam plans on "persuading"
Rowena to complete the spell to remove the Mark.
Castiel hesitates, unsure of
the consequences of the Book of the Damned. Castiel stresses they need to "find Dean."
Sam asks, "then what? The only thing that stopped Cain
was death. Do you want to kill Dean? Because I don't.
And the only way I know
how to save my brother is to cure the Mark. And, yes, I know there will be consequences,
but not you, not Dean, not anybody can tell me what those
consequences are.
So, I'm not gonna let my brother destroy himself on a guess. We save Dean."


A1BULLETBORD

BITTER BEER

Dean wakes up on the floor of a nameless motel room.
Looking rough, he rises and staggers to his
phone on the nightstand. He growls at the display, "12 Messages from Sam."
He grabs an almost empty, night before beer
from the nightstand and takes a bitter swallow followed by a bigger swig.
"I'm good." He lies and then again, "I'm good."


A2BEERBORD

CRUSHED EMPTIES

Past Dean's bloody knuckles, from beating Cas, is the dead body of Rose McKinley.
The Sherriff (David Cameron) tells Dean that Rose
was raised by "Nice parents, God fearing folk."
Dean/MOC disagrees, "Well,
they let her leave the house looking like a whore."
The Sheriff's shocked,
"That right there could be the WHORE OF BABYLON, wouldn't make no difference at all.
'Cause all I see is somebody's
little girl."
Dean apologizes,
but the Mark mutters, "Good luck cracking' the case with your eyes shut."

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The Sherriff walks away, calling back, "You worked some pretty dark stuff in your day, haven't you, Agent? Must've left quite a MARK."
Dean agrees, "Oh, you have no idea."
The
Sherriff tells Rudy, "Your partner's a piece of work, Agent."
Rudy (Robert Moloney) joins Dean, who's not happy to
see him. "The hell you doing here, Rudy?"
Rudy says he has a "thing for dead
girls."
(Yuck.)
He changes his answer, "Just working' a gang of fang, you know? Just like you." Dean tells him to take a walk,
but Rudy reminds him that he called Dean. Dean/MOC sneers, "Oh, you called me? No, no. You begged me.
Just like Tuscaloosa, just like Old Lyme. We both know you're playing dress-up out here,
and it's just a matter of time before you get yourself killed.
So, why
don't you take that walk and let the real hunters do the work?"
(HunterS = Dean and the Mark.)

The Sherriff hollers that Rose's friend, Crystal Thorrson, is AWOL. He wants to interview Crystal's parents alone.
Rudy's insulted, "You
know, I don't know what crawled up your ass today, but frankly, I don't care.
Regards
to your brother."


A4RUDYBORD

Dean looks chastised by this, but then returns his attention back to dead Rose.

A6ROSEHANDBORD

TEA

Rowena sips her tea unconcerned that Sam's pointing a gun to her head.
"Hello, boys. Just in time for tea. Unless, something on your mind?"

Sam says he has five "hollow tips filled with witch-killing brew."
Rowena's not impressed. Sam's bluffing. He needs her to do the spell.
"I know you're upset. We all are." As a
sarcastic after thought she adds,
"Poor
Dean. Let's just have a nice wee cup of tea and negotiate."
Sam knows she's right. In
place of killing Crowley, she'll accept new terms "freedom guaranteed and the codex."
Castiel doesn't
think this is wise.

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RAW SEWAGE

Baby's parked in a trailer court near a Plumber's van. Sewage problems?
Dean sits facing Rose's
parents (Roger Haskett and Fiona Hogan).
In order to save Crystal, and sate the Mark's bloodlust, he needs more information.
Did Rose have a
boyfriend or a crush?
Mrs. McKinley
says Rose was shy.
After scrutinizing the pictures of Rose and her family, Dean
lays it out for them,
"In Rose's case,
she not only knew the person, but, uh, she was trying to have intercourse with them.
So I'm just trying to figure out whether it was a boyfriend, or whether
it was just some random roll in the hay."
The parents are shocked. Joe McKinley
asks if it's his job to insinuate his "daughter was a slut."
Dean/MOC bluntly
accuses Joe of INCEST, "I'll admit that thought crossed my mind.
Then I came here, and I smelled the deceit and the
beatings and the shame that pervade this home."
Dean ignores Joe telling him
to shut up. "I don't blame Rose anymore.
No wonder she put on that skank outfit and went out there looking for validation,
right into the arms of the monster that killed her.  Joe, who did
this?'
Joe leaps up to punch Dean in the mouth.
Dean repeats the question.


A8INCESTBORD

Mrs. McKinley pleads for them to stop while their son watches from the other room.
Dean points a gun at Joe who stops and sobs, "I don't know!"

A9GUNBORD

Outside, Dean wheels around with a gun to the face of the son (Darren Mann).
Rose's brother tells Dean about
some "guys living out by Cross Creek."
He didn't tell the police that the girls knew these guys because he was responsible for introducing them.
Rose's brother, guilt ridden, tells Dean where
the Gang of Fang is.

B1GUNBORD

THE MIX

Rowena reads the ingredients from the Book of the Damned and Castiel translates.
Sam,
disbelieving, hears that they need the forbidden fruit of Eden, the Golden Calf
and the most impossible ingredient, Rowena's heart.
Castiel believes it's entirely
possible, looking like he could tear it out of her immediately.
"Not my literal heart, Feathers. Something I
love, the spell calls for me to kill it."
Rowena says she loves nothing.

Castiel doesn't believe her, "Everyone loves something."
He touches her forehead and sees an image of a peasant
Polish boy.
Rowena's stunned that he saw Oskar. Oskar's "family helped me through some difficulties, 300 years ago."


B2HEARTBORD

Sam's interrupted by a call from Rudy with bad news, 
"I just
bumped into Dean working a fang banger case in Superior. ...And, he's not playing well with others."
Sam tells Rudy to text him the details. He takes Castiel
aside and hands him some of Dean's hair in a baggie.
"Make
the spell happen whatever it takes, please."

B3HAIRBORD

BLOOD AND WATER

Outside a shack, a vampire washes the blood from his hands in a trough.
He sniffs, smelling Dean. Dean whacks his head off with a machete, and enters the shack.

B5VAMPBORD


Another vampire holds Rudy hostage with a knife to his throat. Crystal (Emilija Baranac) is tied to a bed.
Rudy introduces the
vampire, Reggie (Jeffrey Wallace) and tells Dean they need to talk.
Reggie
tells Dean to back his ass "out of the room, mister, and leave the blade."
Dean refuses and tells Rudy to walk away. Reggie needs Rudy for insurance so he won't kill him.
Rudy fearfully tells
Dean to do what Reggie says. Dean repeats to Rudy "man the hell up and walk away."
Reggie insists that he'll kill
Rudy. Dean dares him, "Do it!"
Dean advances ignoring
Rudy's pleas.
"Do it!" He goads Reggie, "You don't have the guts." Dean fakes a jump on Reggie. Reggie stabs
Rudy.
(Oops!)
Dean whacks Reggie's head off.

B6DOITBORD


Dean cuts Crystal free. She's horrified by Dean, "He. You could've talked. You just..."
Dean, unrepentant, tells her, "You're welcome."

B7WELCOMEBORD


Dean's haunted with images of Castiel and Rudy in his motel mirror as he washes his hands. (Pontius Pilot)

B8WASHBORD


He punches the mirror.

B8XGIFBORD

Dean goes on temper rampage destroying everything in the motel room.

B8ZGIFBORD

TEARS

Crystal weeps inside an ambulance.
Sam, as an FBI
agent, inspects the damage of the Vampire shack and sees Rudy.
The Sherriff
explains, "One of your boys came in hot, got his partner killed, then went some
kind of samurai on that son of a bitch over there."

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KINGDOM BEER XXX

At the crossroads, Castiel summons Crowley, who appears sighing, "Who summons anymore? Couldn't you call?"
Castiel explains that
Crowley is not on his "contacts list" and he needs Crowley's help to get rid of the Mark.
Crowley's harboring some resentment, "Maybe I'd feel a little different if Sam
Winchester hadn't just tried to bloody kill me!"
Castiel refuses to accept
'no' as an answer and threatens to force Crowley.
Crowley tells him to go
ahead, "Burn those eyes blue. Spread those broken wings and destroy me. Or, Do it my way."
Crowley wants Castiel to beg. Castiel
concedes, after a few failed attempts,
"King.
If you, if you would be so kind... The three ingredients on this list."
Crowley
establishes that he needs a "Quince" not an apple, and it and the Golden calf are not a problem;
but, he's intrigued
by the third ingredient, "Something Rowena loves."
Crowley announces, "I'm in."

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COLD BEER & WINE

Sam sees Baby parked in front of a cold beer and wine store next to a motel.
He breaks in to
find a trashed room, keys, and a note:
"She's all yours."

C2YOURSBORD

BLOOD AND COLA

In an abandoned Mexican Roadhouse, "Juanita's", Dean summons Death (Julian Richings).
Death smells the banquet Dean has prepared: "Queso and, taquitos, tamales. Homemade by yours truly. All with the bad fat."
Dean tells Death it's an offering in exchange for killing him.
Death enjoys a tamale while Dean explains the only way to get rid of the Mark is for him to die.
"I've tried to beat it on my own. And I can't. I got no moves left, except you."
Death says he cannot kill Dean/MOC, and gives a Sunday school lesson.


C3DATEBORD

"God created the earth out of nothing .... Before there was light, before there was God and the archangels, there wasn't nothing.
There was the Darkness, a horribly destructive, amoral force that was beaten back by God and his archangels in a terrible war.
God locked the Darkness away where it could do no harm, and he created a Mark that would serve as both lock and key,

C4

Death has TWO solutions.
One is for Dean to give the Mark to someone else. Dean valiantly refuses to do that.
Another option is to remove Dean to a remote location,
"not even on this earth, where you would still be alive, but no longer a danger to yourself or to others?"

C5OPTIONBORD

Dean calls Sam, "I gave everything I had to beat this thing down."
Sam saw Rudy and knows that wasn't Dean; it was the Mark.
Dean says, "Brother, I'm done."
He instructs Sam to "Grab a pen. It's time to say goodbye."

C6CALLBORD

COFFEE

Seth serves coffee in Phil's diner. There is a concussion of crashing glass and everyone collapses.
Crowley appears to tell a story. He flicks his hand pinning Seth to the counter.

C7ATALEBORD

Seth (Nathan Dales), or Oskar, is stunned. How did Crowley know this?
Apparently, "a hamster" told him.
"That lying, manipulative whore mother of mine gave you immortality, didn't she, Oskar?"

C7COFFEEBORD

OUTER RIM

Sam's alarmed when he enters Juanita's to see Dean and Death.
"Whatever you're thinking of doing, don't. There is another way. You don't need to go with him. You don't need to die!"
That was not Dean's intention. He needs Sam to die.

C8OUTBORD

Sam hears the plan. "What? He's gonna send you into outer space?"
(Aww! LONELY DEAN like THE LITTLE PRINCE.)

C9LONELYDEANBORD

SNAKE OIL

Death fills Sam in, "Our conundrum is simple, Sam. Your brother cannot be killed, and the Mark cannot be
destroyed, not without inciting a far greater evil than any of us have ever known. ..."
THE DARKNESS.
Sam wonders, just "What the hell is that?"
(Good question.)
Dean asks "Well, what does it sound like? Does it sound like a good thing?"
Death will do it but for a price, a blood sacrifice. Death believes Sam will attempt to rescue Dean,
"loyal dogged Sam, who I suspect will never rest until he sets his brother free, will never rest until
his brother is free of the Mark, which simply cannot happen, lest the Darkness be set free.
Then there was that time you stood me up."
Sam understands. Dean traded Sam's life in exchange for saving the world from the DARKNESS.
Sam's not alone when he says, "THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE."
Dean angrily tells Sam, "it makes perfect sense if you stop thinking about yourself for one damn minute!"
(Say what now?)
Death agrees, "It's for the greater good. Once you consider that, this makes all the sense in the world."

D1DARKBORD

SCOTCH BURN

Crowley joins Castiel and Rowena in the distillery.
He guesses they have long faces because "Mother showed you her 'mustn't touch it' again."
Castiel ignores this.
(I wish I could)
He asks for the ingredients which Crowley produces. "The Quince cost me a major I.O.U. with a Palestinian warlock. The gold
from the calf? Well, let's just say I'll be hanged under certain sexual-deviancy laws if I ever show my face in Jordan again."
(Please, STAHP!)
As for the third ingredient, Crowley confesses, "All my long life, I wondered what I'd done to deserve a mother who refused to show
love. I pained over it. I built my bloody kingdom on top of it. Then one day, epiphany struck. My mother was incapable of loving anything.
For the first time in hundreds of years, I felt free. And then you showed up in my dungeon, we communed,
and I began to realize you weren't incapable of love. You're incapable of loving me."
Rowena tells Crowley to "save it for the stage" and that she hasn't loved anything ever.
Crowley snaps his fingers and Oskar enters.

D2LOVEBORD

TOXIC SHOTS

Dean remembers Sam was willing to die to lock up the Gates of Hell. Dean was wrong to pull Sam back from that.
"You knew that this world would be better without us in it." Sam thinks Dean's twisting his words.
(Exactly)
Dean explains, "Evil tracks us. And it nukes everything in our vicinity, our family, our friends.
It's time we put a proper name to what we really are and we deal with it."
Sam refuses to believe it, "We are not evil. Listen. We're far from perfect, but we are good.
That thing on your arm is evil, but not you, not me."
Dean thinks he was evil when he killed Rudy, and Sam was evil when he convinced Lester to sell his soul,
and when he bullied Charlie into getting herself killed.
"I have this thing on my arm, and you're willing to let the Darkness into the world."
Sam argues, "You were also willing to summon Death to make sure you could never do any more harm.
You summoned me because you knew, I would do anything to protect you. That's not evil, Dean. That's not an
evil man. That is a good man crying to be heard, searching for some other way."
Dean says there is no other way.
Sam punches Dean. Dean says that's "good" and pulls his bandana off his hand. "Good. Fight."
(???????)
Dean punches Sam in the face.

D3FIGHTBORD

"THIS IS RIDICULOUS!" exclaims Rowena.
(I was about to say the same thing.)
Rowena greets Oskar and admonishes Crowley, "Even for you,
Fergus, this is a new low. A cruel, shameful, disgusting low."
Crowley disagrees, "It's only cruel if you actually go through with it. Who's the cruel one then?"

D4OSCARBORD

Dean throws Sam to the ground and punches him savagely in the head.
Sam gives in and looks up at Dean through a swollen bleeding eye.
"You'll never, ever hear me say that you, the real you, is anything but good."

D5FIGHTFAILBORD

LAST CALL

Sam understands. Dean has to stop the evil before he hurts anyone else. Sam says, "Do it."
Death hands Dean his scythe. Dean tells Sam to close his eyes. "Sammy, close your eyes."
Sam says, "Wait." He pulls out two photos. "Take these. And one day, when you find your
way back, let these be your guide. And they can help you remember what it was to be good.
What it was to love."
Death points out, "It's for family you must proceed, Dean.
To be what you are, to become what you've become is a stain on their memory. Do it. Or I will."

D6PICBORD

Dean looks at the pictures and at Sam with that marvelous lightning bolt tear track,
"Forgive me."

D6XGIFBORD

Dean swings the scythe completely missing Sam and thwunks it into Death.

D6YGIFBORD

Death disintegrates.
Dean looks completely surprised.
Everyone neglected to consider that the Mark did not want to go along with this plan.

D6ZGIFBORD

INK AND BLOOD

Rowena cleverly gets Oskar to hug his Auntie Rowena and stabs him in the neck with a pen
being sure to catch the drippings into her incantation bowl.
"Everything's fine. Nobody's hurting anybody. Goodbye, my sweet wee boy."
She begins to chant.

D7BLOODBORD

Rowena adds Dean's hair to the blood bowl. A bright light bursts in her face.
A blast knocks everyone over and lightening punches a hole through the ceiling.

D8WORKSBORD

WHITE LIGHTNING

Dean helps Sam up asking if he's Ok. Sam says "he'll live."
(Yes!)
Dean feels "Fantastic. I think I just killed Death."

D9ALIVEBORD

Dean turns to Sam as a shrieking sound is heard. "That sound right to you?"
Lightning punches through the roof, lighting Dean white.
The pink Mark fades from his arm and punches back out through the roof.

E1GONEBORD

SPITTING ICED

Rowena freezes Crowley and Castiel into place despite Crowley's disbelief. Rowena reveals she's plenty powerful.
She turns Castiel into a beast and sics him on Crowley.
She leaves with the books.
(You go, girl! Witches Rule!)
Castiel advances on Crowley, who futilely tells him to stop.

E3HEXBORD

SMOKE ON MUDDY WATER

Sam counts their blessings.
"This is good. The Mark is off your arm. Nothing crazy happened. You get your Baby back."
Dean responds skeptically, "Yeah. I'm sure everything's perfectly fine."
There's a loud crackling in the sky.

E4GIFBORD

Meteorites of light hit the ground. From each punctured hole, coils of black smoke erupt.
"THE DARKNESS"

E4XGIFBORD

The smoke congregates, arcing to a central locale not far from Juanita's.

E4ZGIFBORD

Sam and Dean rush to Baby.
The black smoke grows into a roaring rumbling mass that rolls outwards towards them.
Dean backs Baby up but she gets her wheel stuck in a pot hole.
She spins.

E5STUCKBORD

Sam and Dean look through the windshield as the darkness rolls towards them.

E6DARKBORD

E7GIFBORD

BLACKOUT

THE SCRIPT

Hamstrung for allowing writers to madly write in all directions, Carver tried to wrap it all up in a manageable gift box,
with a hamster. There were some great moments:
Death's surprise appearance and demise; the tearfully sad brother moment between Sam and Dean;
and the meeting at the crossroads.
There was an amazing conglomeration of minutia peculiar to this season that was tied in to the script either visually, or
spoken. (Photos, pens, mirrors, hand washing, the phrase, "Do it!") Many lines referenced past seasons.
Contrary to many viewers, I liked the DARKNESS.
It gives the writers an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over.

FLAWS

Making the Mark Crystal/Claire?

This finale tried to emphasize the deterioration of Dean under the influence of the Mark.
We get a mini episode of the Mark controlling Dean. Using Dean's detective skills and insight, the Mark was formidable.
The Mark spoke the truth to the incestuous Joe who needed to hear it.
In his quest to kill vampires, the Mark did not care for the pleasantries of convention,
or the interference of a bumbling cowardly idiot, or the histrionics of an ungrateful girl.
This didn't make the Mark more fearsome, but rather a more likable vigilante.
If Carver was trying to make the Mark more terrifying, he failed.
Who cares that a meddling, incompetent, cowardly rat hunter got in the way and died?
Who cares that some girl rescued from certain death was frightened by the process?
Wasn't the beating of Charlie and of Castiel the worst actions the Mark made Dean do?
Could anything be bleaker, or more frightening, than the depiction of the Mark of Cain in "The Executioner," where
ultimately the Mark would lead Dean - to a field surrounded by the corpses of people he deemed sinners?
If the purpose here was to underline how horrible the Mark could be, it failed to do so.
Why rehash the scenario of Dean/MOC rescuing Claire from Pimps and rapists and thieves?
On a smaller scale, it's the same scenario. Was it to make things Crystal/Claire?
Good riddance to the monsters, demons, vampires and lowlife pond scum that Dean/Mark of Cain killed.
The motel morning after, the rampage, and the repulsive incest story scenes were excellent.
They didn't belong in the finale, perhaps a prior episode?
The Mark saved Sam and Dean's life.
Dean agreed to be transplanted to a remote area and to kill his own brother.
It was the Mark who prevented the plan from being carried out.
DEAN DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

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Finally, Dean is free of the Mark, but one cannot help but wonder...where did it go?

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This episode had too much backstory. It's the finale episode and yet,
"Oh, here's what we forgot to tell you, or here's what we forgot to emphasize."

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F4BROKEBORD

F5NONSENBORD

Hiatus is almost over. The Darkness is coming. How many more sleeps?

I'll wait here then.

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DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER

Phil Sgriccia/ Serge Ladouceur

PERSPECTIVES

What's the last thing a Vampire sees?

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FROM THE REARVIEW

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Comments  

Jen
# Jen 2015-10-02 22:14
Always enjoy WFB writers insightfull reviews the one line I took away from here straight away was -- Death disintegrates. Dean looks completely surprised. Everyone neglected to consider that the Mark did not want to go along with this plan.

So I'm thinking maybe the MOC saw weakness in Dean, his love/understand ing/compassion/ and a desire to do the right thing would be a weakness to the Moc. So the mark played on this to its own end Releasing the Darkness. It is supposed to be a lock and key maybe it was corrupted over milenna as well We have heard little of the blade since Cas whisked it away somewhere. Has it got a part to play in S11 ??The MOC story is so vague that it is hard to decide either way. And Death we need death for people to die and reapers to take you away. Without Death nobody dies ??!! But in a short clip we hear that women say "Your dying I can feel it" I am a little confused hopefully things will be cleared up soon
AlyCat22
# AlyCat22 2015-10-03 08:27
Yeah but didn't Jensen say that the reason he asked Sam to forgive him was because he had decided to not kill him and take out Death instead, thus continuing with the status quo. In other words, same old, same old. The MOC on Dean, further driving him to become Cain Part Deux and the pain Sam would have to endure because of it. Death told him there was no other way, if the MOC was ever to be removed then it would unleash TD. He was apologizing because Sam would still have to go though all that
sugarhi15
# sugarhi15 2015-10-02 22:43
The whole thing regarding Death has me really wondering what really happened...

I was watching death takes a holiday and Alistair had Death's scythe...not the one from this eppy but the one from two minutes to midnight. Alistair told the boys that he got it from a friend, who has four brothers and that he in fact didn't ride a horse. So it seems to me, that according to Alistair, he got the scythe to kill the reapers from Death. Unless we are supposed to believe one of the other horsemen got a hold of death's scythe and gave it to Alistair?

Then in two minutes to midnight, Crowley ends up giving Dean Death's scythe....and Death ends up thanking him for returning it.....so how did Crowley get a hold of the scythe?

Death told Dean he had to let Sam jump in that hole. So it seems to me that Death is one of those all knowing types that seems to be in on what everyone is up to....given that we can pretty much assume that Death, like God...has sort of that omnipotent thing going on...sort of...

so with all that Death knows....it's safe to say that Death would know that whether or not Sam died at Dean's hands was moot because no matter what Rowena was the one that cast the spell....so sam dead served no purpose other than to break dean once the mark was removed....poss ibly to the point of killing himself because he wouldn't be able to live with the guilt that he'd murdered his own brother.....?

and the scythe death brought was in fact not the scythe Alistair used to kill the reaper or the one we see in two minutes to midnight. and death being pretty much in the know...given that he seems to know all about the mark ....wouldn't death pretty much figure out that the mark would never allow death to isolate dean....that the mark would do anything to survive....that in fact if dean had killed sam, that death would most likely be next anyway as death was just as much a threat to the mark....isn't that why death brought that scythe instead of the one we saw him with originally?

anyone else think the whole thing with death was some kind of a test...one that once again the Winchesters passed....becau se the darkness was always going to make its way out once Lucifer betrayed God.....and isn't it possible that the Winchesters are God's weapon against this darkness...that they always were and once again the boys proved that their love is a force of light strong enough to defeat this evil....?
Marie
# Marie 2015-10-03 07:46
sugarhi15, I couldn’t disagree more with your assessment that Sam and Dean’s ‘love’ is a force of light. It’s not. As it stands at the moment, it’s a force of darkness. For me, it is the darkness because their ‘love’ consistently brings nothing but death or pain or despair or destruction to themselves and those they meet, and chaos to the world at large.

For Sam and Dean, love is betrayal and condemnation and violation and duty and obligation and obedience and entitlement and shattered morals and misery and utter, utter selfishness. It’s knowing that no matter what you do, you’re not good enough. It’s being driven to the idea that suicide is the only thing that will win you acceptance from your brother. It’s finding newer, ‘better’ brothers amongst the ranks of angels and demons and vampires. It’s using your knowledge of your ‘loved one’ to knowingly hurt them, to manipulate them into doing something that you want and that benefits you. It’s doing things that you know the other doesn’t want, that you know will hurt them, and saying you’ll do it again. This is ‘love’ Winchester style.

There is nothing on the show that shows that Sam and Dean are happier together, that they find true pleasure in their relationship, that they’re at ease with their relationship and their role in it. The last time we saw Sam actually laugh was when he was with Amelia. He just about musters a grin when he’s with Dean. This was also the time that he was comfortable and at peace enough to think about his future. The same applies to Dean. Since Carver took over the only time Dean seemed happy and comfortable with who he was, was when he was with Benny or Crowley. Prior to that, it was Castiel. I’m not saying that they don’t love each other, they do. However, there are different types of love and for me, nothing about their love for each other suggests ‘light’.

Love is supposed to be about acceptance, and understanding, and honesty, and equality, trust and respect. These are things woefully lacking in Sam and Dean’s relationship. Love is supposed to be about the other person, what they want, what is best for them, what they need. It’s about being willing to sacrifice what you want for what they want so that they can be at peace, that they can be happy. It’s also about compromise. As it stands at the moment, these things are also non-existent in their relationship.

An argument could be made that in relation to how they present their ‘love’ at the moment, one is the light and the other is the darkness, That could be where the story next season goes, that one will be guided by the other to light. That is how season 5 ended, where love was demonstrated via acceptance, respect, trust and genuine sacrifice on both their parts. In Carver’s three year reign he has followed, almost to a T, the formula of the Apocalypse storyline; (1) Dean mindlessly does something that kicks off a greater danger, (2) Sam (and Castiel) desperately scramble to fix that (3) there are consequences to same. Perhaps if season 11 can close off in the same manner, their relationship will finally be of ‘light’.
Jen
# Jen 2015-10-04 18:33
Hi Marie you write a very compelling thought. As I read through you article, it brought many episodes to my mind and I pictured them differently. It has been a very very long time since we have seen the Boys really enjoy each others company Probably the first season. In all families we grow and mature and wonder off in different directions. We still Love our siblings but it can become a Love/hate relationship. The Boys have driven many wedges between each other and / tried to kill/mistrust/d isappointment and many other things, but one thing remains a Love for each other.
Lets hope this season can turn that Love back into Love and Light and as you said Sam will be the one to do this
AlyCat22
# AlyCat22 2015-10-03 08:15
Well obviously the scythe Dean returned to Death at the pizza joint was his "portable", for when he just doesn't feel like lugging about the heavier one. I mean, look at it. Would you want to haul that thing around with you all the time? And taking it on a flight, trying to fit it in the overhead? Not to mention the hassle to get it checked through... Forget about it. Death puts to use the scythe he brought with him to Juanitas when he wants to look his most impressive. Especially in this case. Let's face it, it's not easy to look imposing while you are mawing down junk food. Sheesh, it's really quite simple if you just think about it... ;)
Vince
# Vince 2015-10-03 20:34
Simple answer, Kripke retconned all the Death stuff.
disgruntled viewer
# disgruntled viewer 2015-10-04 11:38
Oh, guys, you look at the Death's scythe as at something material from our world, and that's why you are surprised that it changes form. It may look to a human eye whatever you like. It's just human perception, you see? It's more like a force, not a material object, which seems material when in our dimension, or when people look at it, or touch it.