“Carry On My Wayward Son…” - On the Importance of Mary Winchester During Carver Era (with a Sidedish of Spec on the Season Finale)
“Our names are Dean and Sam Winchester. We’re named after your parents. When I would get sick, you would make me tomato-rice soup, because that’s what your mom made you. And instead of a lullaby, you would sing “Hey Jude”, ‘cause that’s your favorite Beatles song.”
5x13 “The Song Remains the Same”
Dean and his relationship to his mother has imo always been one of the most beautiful things about the show, therefore I loved how often during the Carver Era attention was drawn to Mary and especially in relation to Dean. After having seen the spoilery set pics and having read this post about Mary Winchester being listed on the season finale’s character sheet, I just had to make this set and write something down, because while this spoiler may turn out being false, I personlly would not be surprised if Mary Winchester was to make an appearance as imo she has been tied to Dean’s coming of age arc and hero’s journey quite heavily as the past seasons have shown.
I have been writing in the beginning of the season about the importance of mother figures and with that Mary Winchester here and also had posted a S10 scenario focusing on Mary Winchester’s love to be what would save Dean and bring him back since I thought that would have made sense for the show to do and well… We kind of got it in 10x03 “Soul Survivor” and 10x23 “Brother’s Keeper”, but I think the true pay off for such a scenario may happen this season finale in S11.
So let’s take a look back at all the little and big nods and shoutouts to Mary Winchester over the past three seasons (the ones above are actually just 12 instances, I had to narrow down to these from more than 20 instances) and what her emphasis may mean and in the end offer some theories on how she may factor in on the finale and why that may have everything to do with Dean.