Can we talk about this scene? Okay, we all know this is a heartbreaking moment for everyone involved, but there is something that really stood out to me. The last thing Dean says to his mom is, “You’re home now,” which sets off the rest of the conversation. There is nearly four minutes after this where Mary continues to talk and then the episode ends, and Dean says absolutely nothing at all. Four minutes of no dialogue whatsoever on his part. Mary keeps explaining, leaving these long moments between sentences where she expects Dean to say something and he doesn’t, so she jumps in again and tries to explain more. When Sam finally interjects and asks what she means, it’s only after a quick look to Dean to realize he’s not going to do it. Even Sam is expecting him to say something, and he just doesn’t. This is so important to me. Can you recall a time in the series where Dean is in the shot for more than a few minutes and doesn’t say anything? Or a time when someone repeatedly trails off to let him respond and then he doesn’t? This is the first real time where we’ve seen Dean so thoroughly broken and upset that he physically doesn’t have words. He is rendered speechless. You can see it in the way he breathes, the way he audibly exhales in disbelief, the way he blinks in this quick progression as he processes what must feel like his heart being ripped out of his chest. He could beg his mom to stay. Plead with her. Tell her things will get better and everything will be okay. But he doesn’t. He doesn’t say anything at all. His mom waits for it. Sam waits for it (Sam, who knows him better than anyone else, waits for him to say something). And there’s nothing. No questions. No promises. No attempt to do anything at all to sway her decision. The last thing he says is, “You’re home now.”
Mary and Sherlock are standing outside of a small pub after he had a little fight with a stranger.
Mary:Sherlock, it’s pretty obvious to be honest. Don’t you think? Sherlock: I have no idea what you mean. Mary: -points to his bleeding nose- Well you just got in a fight. Sherlock: Things like that happen. Differing opinions. Humans are like that, Mary. Mary: -laughs quietly and shakes her head- Sherlock… Sherlock:What? -rolls his eyes, facing her- Mary: I’m sorry to tell you this, but you can’t hide it anymore. You just fought with a completely random man. And why? Because he was rude to Molly. Sherlock:That is not true…. -looks away, pressing a tissue against his nose- Mary: … Molly: -comes over to both of them, faces Sherlock- Oh my god. That looks horrible! You should go see the doctor. Sherlock: -sighs loudly and looks away- Molly: -looks at Mary, then back to Sherlock- Mary: -shrugs- Molly: Sherlock your nose is bleeding. It may even be broken. This could be serious. Sherlock:I won’t go to the hospital for it. Molly: -sighs and bites her lip- At least, let me check it. Okay? I want to be sure that it’s not broken. Sherlock: … Sherlock:…Okay. -nods and shrugs slightly- Molly: -smiles softly and nods- Alright. Just give me a second. I have to get my jacket. -leaves- Mary:You know for a fact that it’s not broken, huh? Well have a nice evening with her, Sherlock. -chuckles and gives him a cheeky smile-