Why do you think Sam was angry at the mum at the begining of the episode ? (apart for the obvious reason of leaving a child to die without care) Do you think it's about Mary,him finally explaining his disapointment in God or him being angry that she does thing in the name of God (you know since Chuck i his friend) ? I really liked that moment it's one of my favorite but I don't know what pushed him to that limit of blaming the mother out loud like that.( before knowing her psycho ) <3 your blog.
Your guess is as good as mine, Anon! The show didn’t make it clear, but the episode was so rife with parallels to Sam’s childhood and experiences with being psychic that I can’t help but hope that it had to do with that.
I made this post on that exact topic last night, but short story long: I wonder if Sam didn’t see himself in Magda, even before he recognized how much like him she really was.
Here we have a rigidly traditional family, two children. The brother adapted to sudden alterations, and, despite some misgivings and great love for his sister, fell in line and did what he was supposed to. Dean saw this side of the family and said he thought they were all right.
But that son wasn’t their only child. There was another. And their credo (much like John Winchester’s) overpowered their will to care properly for their daughter and do right by her. They’d rather she die than do something that didn’t line up with their beliefs. Effectively, the Peterson family sacrificed Magda on the altar of their faith… which isn’t terribly different from what happened to Sam, whose family disowned him when he wanted an education. Sam, “more than anything,” didn’t want to be a part of the family business; he admitted as much to his English teacher in After School Special. He didn’t want to hunt.
But the family business mattered more than Sam’s wellbeing. (And… later, like Magda, his “humanity” mattered more than his life.)
Well… I suppose I should clarify. Sam’s physical wellbeing was ensured when he was younger—as well as it could have been in such a dangerous environment. But his mental wellbeing and his happiness were neglected.
Then we ended up with John being willing to kill his youngest because of the possibility that he might go darkside, and entrusting his eldest with the responsibility. We have Sam on demon blood and Dean asserting that it’s better that he “dies human.”
Sam’s happiness was sacrificed on the altar of the family business.
This certainly isn’t the first time Sam has identified strongly with children whose families (in one way or another) don’t treat them well. All the way back in season 1, Matt (in “Bugs”) ended up stirring some of that in Sam, too.
Obviously, this is all speculation, but it’s my best guess about why it hit Sam so hard. To me, his anger seemed personal, and the content of the episode only strengthened that belief. The Petersons were not demons, but they believed too hard in something that alienated and hurt their daughter and (as we found out later) treated her as demonic, unworthy, and less than human.
Sam, more than anyone, can identify with that. Even when they thought that she just died of pneumonia, the parallels were clear enough.