Oh my god I was watching Hunteri Heroici and I had a terrible, awful, evil though. In one of the flashback scenes Sam is washing dishes and we clearly see him press into the scar on his hand. Several times in the episode, including this scene, the phrase 'living in a dream world' is mentioned. Sam presses into his scar just after this is said and right when Amelia's father comes along and starts tearing down Sam and John and everything Sam has built, saying it won't last. Lucifer vibes anyone?
Right, though? Lovely observations, Anon! Sam touching the hand scar is just all the heck over s8! I read a transcription of something Jared said during a con (I can’t find the link!) about how none of those moments were actually scripted. He just did them unconsciously, I think. I just love all the things he brings to Sam. We’re absolutely blessed.
In the show itself, though, you’ve gotta wonder how many times he wondered if this brief happiness was just a prelude to some new sort of torment, or if losing Dean yet again was a fun new torture. Obviously this is all speculation, but I’m glad Sam pressing the hand scar was there to speculate about. It adds so much depth to those scenes.