Hello my lovely, could you perhaps clarify some things for me? Plot wise: If Mary had kept out of the nursery that night would she have died? If she hadn't died then would she have to die later to kick start Dean and Sam hunting? Meta wise: Why burning on the ceiling with a stomach wound? It's a pretty weird M. O. isn't it? Ta
Hey, my foxy foxy!
Forgive the late reply, please, I have always the best of intentions and then Time is a right fuckererer.
Plot wise: If Mary had kept out of the nursery that night would she have died?
Well, she had to die in the nursery for the plot to have a starting point, right? If we ask ourselves: If Mary had lived, what would that have meant for the plot? The answer is that John would have no cause for a revenge/search for answers road trip, the brothers would have had a suburbia childhood and not been meddled with by Heaven or Hell until the time was right for it. Ie. we’re talking a whole different show because the Supernatural universe is so tied to that first inciting incident: Azazel killing Mary.
If she hadn’t died then would she have to die later to kick start Dean and Sam hunting?
We’re spinning off into AU with this question, my dear! As said, the Supernatural universe rests entirely on the fact that Mary died and she died because she made a deal with Azazel. She didn’t die because she went into the nursery that night, narratively she died because she made the wrong choice in saying yes to Azazel bringing John back to life, allowing him entrance in the first place. So, if you take the moment when Mary dies on that ceiling out of the show and it changes the very foundation of the plot itself.
Could Kripke have done it differently? Sure! But he didn’t, because being hunters, living on the road, dragging baggage around from their messed up childhood due to their mother being murdered was the setup he wanted for the boys! :)
Meta wise: Why burning on the ceiling with a stomach wound? It’s a pretty weird M. O. isn’t it?
Right, so I’ve actually thought about this, and I think it’s possible it was a stomach wound because she was the mother sacrificing her child. I know Jessica has the same thing, but that’s more because her death is a mirror of Mary’s to serve as a visual motivator for Sam, who spends the entire Pilot beating against the hunter life and refusing to do what his father, through his brother, want of him, to then pick up a gun saying “We’ve got work to do” - stepping right into John’s place and it’s pretty amazingly built up to. I’ve also thought that it’s very possible Kripke simply thought to himself “Alright, what type of death would look freaky as fuck?” And went with it. Because it does look freaky as fuck. :)
However, the burning is, I think, a visual plant of the fact that Mary is murdered by a demon and her death is linked to Hell.
And right now in S13 she’s in her own Purgatory possibly working alongside Lucifer to stay alive! I’m so excited!! :P