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04 October 2012 @ 07:34 pm
Quick reaction to season 8 premiere ...  
Popping in just for a quickie, here.

I really liked this episode. While Sam's behavior concerns me, I am absolutely confident that we still have a LOT to learn about what actually happened to him after the moment season 7 ended, and when we learn the whole, we'll realize that what was going on wasn't remotely a man being callous, selfish, or shallow. I will wait to see what happens.

I'll go into a lot more detail later, when I manage my episode write-up, but here's one quick piece for thought.


That figure watching the Texas house as Sam left Amelia and the dog? I'm convinced that was Dean, scouting his brother with all the wary caution of an Army ranger doing recon of a village in enemy territory, trying to figure out whether it's a trap or legit. I don't believe for a second that he actually smelled the dog in the car (no matter how acute his senses became in Purgatory!) or just guessed there was a girl: I'm positive he knew of both because he was there and saw them, and was probing to find out whether Sam would tell him the truth or not. I think Dean tracked Sam down to Texas, watched him, and followed him when he left. And once Sam crossed the state line into Montana, it would have been obvious that Rufus's cabin was his destination, so it would have been child's play for Dean to beat him there and be waiting to ambush him for testing when Sam opened the door.

And about Sam's departure from Amelia's place: the nature of it gave me the sense that this - stealing away in the night - was something he had done multiple times before. The way Amelia woke but remained silent and still, just watching him leave without making any comment or calling him back, made me think this was a pattern to which she'd grown sadly accustomed. Rufus's cabin being reasonably clean and with a fridge stocked full of beer implied to me that Sam visited there on a regular basis. Sam may have abandoned hunting, but I think he hadn't abandoned this last place still linked to his family. It felt to me almost like a pilgrimage - like a monthly trip to a grave site to clean the marker and spend a little time in contemplation. I think Dean turning up there alive was a total shock to Sam's system - and yet, given their weird history, something that seemed simultaneously almost inevitable after all the previous times death or disappearance had lost their hold on him.


I loved war vet Dean, jumping out of his skin from the constant overstimulation of his combat reflexes by perfectly ordinary sounds and sights that have been made alien to him after a year in constant combat. I'm intrigued by Benny and want to see how his connection with Dean developed and led to their escape from Purgatory. And I'm dying to learn the fate of Castiel and to see where the whole quest for the Word goes.

Bring it, season 8!



 
 
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vyperdd: beautifulSamvyperdd on October 5th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm also wondering why Sam didn't want or need to test Dean: He says "I don't need to. I know it's you."

And Sam's pause at the door to Rufus' cabin and the shoulder shrug seemed to like a sigh of relief, almost, being back on familiar ground. So I agree with you that Sam leaving Amelia periodically to drive to Montana makes sense.

Looking forward to reading your ep write-ups.

And yes, welcome back Show. I am so jazzed for this season, I can hardly sit still.
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on October 5th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
"I am absolutely confident that we still have a LOT to learn about what actually happened to him after the moment season 7 ended, and when we learn the whole, we'll realize that what was going on wasn't remotely a man being callous, selfish, or shallow."

I am trying with all my might to have your faith!
rosefickeroseficke on October 5th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Mmmm...interesting speculation. Quite plausible. Although, I'll just say that I can tell instantly if someone has had a dog in the car so that could have been an honest reaction from Dean. I found Sam's actions so out of character that I think it's being done deliberately by the writers, in this case Jeremy Carver. I recall reading in several interviews that things are not as they seem, perspectives will change, so I definitely agree with you that there's much more to Sam's story than what he told Dean.

I loved this premiere. I never watched any spoiler clips either. I have a really good feeling about season 8. I think having Jeremy at the helm will definitely notch it up. I'm ready for a great ride this season!
scullspearescullspeare on October 5th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Totally agree with you there's more than meets the eye where Sam is concerned.

I thoroughly enjoyed last night's premiere but Sam was so OOC at times, I just kept thinking this has to be intentional. How easy would it have been to tweak the script so that Sam had looked for his brother for months, stymied at every turn until, ultimately, he was forced to give up because he'd exhausted all possibilities. That would have a) kept Sam in character and b) fed into every other facet they presented last night's episode. But Carver chose not to, and there has to be a reason for that - and I can't wait to find out what it is.

Love, too, your rationale as to why Sam went to the cabin...

Looking forward to your full review.

(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
From RGNYC
A thought about Sam at the cabin--it was the year anniversary of Deans disappearance. Hence Sam's reason for the visit and his sad sigh at the door?
(Anonymous) on October 5th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
I desagree with you. I am pretty sure that the watcher wasn't Dean. I guess one of Crowley's demon or what Would be good is a vampire sent by the alpha, it could be a link with Benny.
It´s true that Sam was out of character not looking at all for Dean but if he thought Dean was in heaven, I can understand it. Besides, Sam has been honest with Dean even if he didn't tell right away about the dog but it was true. Could the dog be a sinwalker? I am more skocked he let down Kevin.
Dean was also totally out of character, almost psycho. And the Dean I Know Would have been happy that his brother found hapiness and a girl. He also stop hunting for an year to stay with Lisa. I think he feel guilty about what he did in purgatory, liked it and resents his brother because he came back for him so he showbiz it by anger. He is very dull with Sam and Kevin too (even about Cas). He has only been nice with Benny.
So I am worried about both brothers and hope Carver doesn't want an other rift between the brothers.
Ditn't like the vet ever. I am afraid there is nothing more than an boring lovestory here just like Dean and Lisa.
LainieBdinkwerks on October 5th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
on who is watching the house...
My theory is that it could be Benny...wouldn't have Dean told Benny about Sam?
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grand_sophygrand_sophy on October 6th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
Hi there! (I was the person at VanCon who directed you to the power outlet at the back of the hall.) About Sam's attitude, I thought it was remarkably healthy from a psychological point of view. He'd already experienced months of pathological searching for Dean twice before in his life (counting Mystery Spot since he remembered it), recovery from demon blood, the loss of his soul, and a complete psychological breakdown. I think he really needed a year off from obsessing to regain his sanity. He let it all go, and trusted that things would turn out--which they did, more or less. Does this mean he's regaining some of the spirituality he had in earlier seasons? Hmmm.
sothcwedensothcweden on October 7th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this quick reaction, and I'll be curious to see how your predictions play out! And yes, Dean's PTSD seemed very well done, and Sam's departure made me wonder all kinds of things.