Prompt 20: The Amazing Race AU where Katniss & Gale are teammates, Peeta & Madge or Delly are one of the other teams. They’re neck and neck in the contest, but Peeta & his partner are having more fun because hotheads Katniss & Gale keep fighting/are too competitive. New challenge! Switch partners. What happens next?
I hate bucklemming but they dont make the overall decision they were likely told who to kill or their kills were approved in orher words: #firerobertsinger
I agree with this. They didn’t do this in isolation. And, honestly, I understand when characters are killed for the story and done in the right way. This was just so lazy. This is a named recurring fan favorite who was killed in the cold open without so much as a line of dialogue. Remember Jo and Ellen’s death? It was beautiful and tragic and gut-wrench. In other words, good TV. Remember Bobby’s death? Wow! Another one that gave the character the send off he deserved. This was just cheap and lazy and a waste of a great character.
6.17: This episode takes place primarily in Chester, Pennsylvania.
1. Have I mentioned how many awful things happen to our boys in Pennsylvania? Because it seems like a lot…
2. This town is called CHESTER. Not WINchester. But also not LOSEchester. Just more of the same Chester. I mean, like 5.16, this episode is a strange loop. This reality dissolved when Balthazar re-sank the Titanic and but the Cosmic Order to rights, but for ~reasons~ Sam and Dean were allowed to remember that world where Ellen and Jo were alive, where Bobby (and they) had a support system in their enlarged family. When they “wake up” and Cas tells them it had all been real, they don’t completely understand the point of it all…
3. Because they haven’t put it together with Death’s warning to Dean, that it was all about the souls…
(granted that warning had been so dang vague, and they don’t yet fully understand just how far Cas has already gone in his plans to defeat Raphael, or that he was working with Crowley all along, or that Crowley isn’t actually dead and the plans to crack Purgatory are still entirely in the works. Sorta puts them behind the eight ball again.)
The first clue we get that something’s ~off~ in this episode is Sam and Dean climb into a Mustang and drive off without blinking, followed by Ellen showing up, taking care of Bobby because they’re married. Incredible.
WTF is up with Dean’s terrible interrogation technique in this universe though?
RUSSO: Yeah. It’s a shame. But I’m not that close with my family, so, uh (sighs) is this gonna take long? DEAN: No. Five minutes. Five minutes. Uh, can you – can you tell me anything, uh, noteworthy about the Russos? RUSSO: Noteworthy? No. I mean, not exactly – average, you know, big, from Italy. DEAN: I see. Uh, was anyone ever killed or maimed in a war or, you know, some other violent thing? RUSSO: (scoffs) What do you mean? DEAN: Like something so dark that it would sully future generations. RUSSO: Uh… No. DEAN: Good. Good stuff. Anyone own a slave? RUSSO: What? DEAN: Routine question. Any ties to the Nazi Party? RUSSO: Excuse me? DEAN: Did grandma ever piss off a gypsy?
Like, real smooth there, Deano.
They go into this case thinking it’s a “Family Curse,” But then unrelated people are turning up dead all over the country. These people aren’t all related, but they were all in the same boat. Literally. The Titanic.
SAM: Okay, I didn’t think that was possible. I thought you couldn’t change history. BALTHAZAR: Oh, haven’t you noticed? There’s no more rules, boys.
but the small changes that resulted (and the 50,000 people alive who wouldn’t have existed at all) are really unsettling. Not only does Dean have no idea what an Impala is because apparently it never was made (and ACK can you even imagine a world where Baby wasn’t the thing that saved the universe? THE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE DOESN’T EXIST HERE?!), but Balthazar gives them a VERY GOOD REASON to not want to “re-sink” the boat:
DEAN: Apparently, a crapload of dominoes get tipped over if the Titanic goes down. And, uh, bottom line – Ellen and Jo die.
(oh, and an aside, we get a very interesting comment on why Cas is staying away from Dean, and sending Balthazar along to handle them on his behalf. It’s a seemingly jokey throw-away comment, but it really DOES explain why Cas has been avoiding them ALL SEASON LONG. Because like in s4 when Uriel told Dean that Cas was being kept away from Dean because “he likes you.” Well, Balthazar ups that ante to “in love with you.” And honestly what must Balthazar think about everything Cas has done for and with the Winchesters while supposedly being in charge of this war in Heaven? Even Rachel in 6.18 is ANGRY with Sam and Dean for distracting Cas from his mission in Heaven, but Balthazar just sort of rolls with it… because he gets it in a way Rachel didn’t… because Balthazar had abandoned heaven for humanity, too…)
CASTIEL If I know her – and I do – she won’t stop until you’re dead. DEAN Awesome. So what do we do? CASTIEL Kill her. SAM Kill fate? CASTIEL Do you have another suggestion?
But why would Fate suddenly target Sam and Dean now, over that, unless Cas had put them directly in her sights by doing something like… unsinking the Titanic?
(taking a short break to go spelunking for excellent posts about this episode that somehow didn’t end up TAGGED for this episode, because past me sucks::
and that’s just the entrance to the weird parallel universe rabbit hole…or maybe the tip of the iceberg, if you will. If you’ve got a lot of free time on your hands, have a nice time killing a day or two getting lost in the warren)
But these are all cosmic consequences. Change one thing, let someone live who was slated to die, and it has the power to eventually change the entire universe. And this parallel world has had a hundred years to change around these people who were supposed to have died on the Titanic, but who ended up surviving anyway.
Mary being back, in s12, and now Cas directly interfering with her dying again in 12.09, is a cosmic consequence event just like unsinking the Titanic. Only on a smaller and much more personal scale for the Winchesters. I’ll leave it to Atropos to explain:
ATROPOS You know what? I’ve kept my mouth shut. I could have complained, I could have raised a fuss, but I didn’t. But you know what the last straw is? Un-sinking the Titanic. You changed the future. You cannot change the past. That is going too far! CASTIEL It’s Balthazar. He’s erratic— ATROPOS Bull crap. This isn’t about some stupid movie. He’s under your orders. You sent him back to save that ship. CASTIEL No, I didn’t. Why would I? ATROPOS Oh, maybe because you’re in the middle of a war and you’re desperate? ATROPOS Come on. This is about the souls. CASTIEL You don’t know what you’re talking about. ATROPOS That angel went and created 50,000 new souls for your war machine. CASTIEL You’re confused. ATROPOS No. You can’t just mint money, Castiel. It’s wrong…It’s dangerous… And I won’t let you.
And there we have it. It’s all about the souls, just like Death told Dean. We get our first look at just how entangled Cas is in this mess, but while all this REAL INTEL is being laid out for US, Sam and Dean are frozen in the background, apparently locked in time and unable to hear anything of this conversation. That’s why they buy into the lie that Cas tells them about it being all on Balthazar, and why they still haven’t understood Death’s warning:
DEAN Hold on. Uh…So, if you guys went a-and changed everything back, then that whole timeline or whatever, it just got erased? CASTIEL Yeah. More or less. DEAN Well, then, how come he and I remember it? CASTIEL Because I wanted you to remember it. SAM Why? CASTIEL I wanted you to know who Fate really is. She’s cruel and capricious. DEAN I’d go so far as “bitch.” CASTIEL Well, yeah. You’re the ones who taught me that you can make your own destiny. You don’t have to be ruled by fate. You can choose freedom. I still believe that that’s something worth fighting for. I just wanted you to understand that. DEAN So, wait. Did…Balthazar really, uh, unravel the sweater over a chick flick? CASTIEL Yes. Absolutely. That’s what he did.
And he flaps away before they can even question it… Sam and Dean believe that Cas ordered the Titanic re-sunk solely to save THEIR lives. They don’t really get that Cas had ordered it unsunk in the first place to try and keep Dean out of the war in the first place… because EVERYTHING in s6 eventually comes down to that moment we see in 6.20 where Cas leaves Dean raking leaves in Lisa’s yard and accepts Crowley’s deal.
And we’re getting closer and closer to the moment when that entire trick is revealed.