The yowamushi pedal character designs really are so interesting. Like, the faces are great, I love the faces, but like firescribble says, there’s also so much interesting stuff going on with bodies. And as a series it’s SO MUCH about how people relate to their own bodies and others’ bodies, in really particular ways, and I’m fascinated. Bodies are hardly ever neutral in this series.

  • Me:*leaves house and gets bit by bug*
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  • Me:I came out to have a good time and I'm honestly feeling so attacked right now
"That's what Hell is – forgetting what you are."

As I was watching the Sneak Peek for 10x01, I noticed something was different about the filming but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.  Only in my rewatch did I realize that this is reminiscent, not of scenes that have the Winchesters in them, but of the cold open in which the monster of the episode is revealed.  Based on the camera angles and the words of Dar as she is being tortured, the audience is given a clear indication that the monster in this episode is not the demon onscreen.  Rather it is the captor who is coldly draining the life out of her on his quest for information. 

Dean Winchester may be a demon, but his brother is the one that is shown to be the monster.  Dar’s own words clearly indicate the darkness that she sees within Sam.   At this point it is unclear whether she is referring to powers that Sam could be using in his pursuit of his brother, or the torture that he is inflicting upon her.   While he is not unaccostomed to torture, this enjoyment is something that has not been seen in Sam before.  It was chilling to watch him relish every second of this torture, until it was no longer about information, but rather savoring the feeling of breaking apart the body of his captive until she is ready to do whatever he bids her.  It is not unlike the torture that souls are encouraged to inflict on others in Hell, which will eventually strip away all humanity and leave the soul utterly twisted and changed.

The only time that I can remember seeing either of the Winchesters inflict torture in a similar fashion was this past season as Dean was on his way to becoming a demon.  And although Dean had the Mark of Cain pushing him on his journey, what if that lack of feeling, lack of regret, and lack of humanity is truly what turned him into a demon?  

Similarly what if in the quest to save his brother from eternity as a demon, Sam Winchester is becoming one himself?  This consuming need to find answers is already stripping away Sam’s humanity.  Perhaps it will not be too long before Hell finds the Boy King amongst its numbers.