more gifs tomorrow i guess

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4x08 “Wishful Thinking”
“Okay. Fine. Then look me in the eye and tell me you don’t remember a thing from your time down under.”

“I don’t remember”, Dean says. But he may as well could have told the truth, because it’s all the little tell-tale-signs that give it away anyway. And Sam knows how to read them, Dean’s expressions, the set to his shoulders, the look in his eyes, but most of all in this episode he notices, because of Dean’s drinking. I love this episode to pieces - as I love all Edlund episodes, because on the forefront they may seem silly, but it’s in the details where they punch you in the gut and leave you gasping for air - because there so much to unravel about Dean and his time in hell and some of his core problems throughout the episode. And with this lead-in-scene with Sam and Dean at the table and Sam coaxing Dean into opening up, you immediately know this episode will be amazing due to the sheer amount of beauty and tragedy packed into the first 2 minutes.

Because look at this camera work, look at the set up. There are Sam and Dean, facing each other, on opposing sides of the table. One would think this is the normal way of sitting with someone at the table and it is, but if you read up on this and know a little bit from body language and subconscious tells then you may know that this way of sitting is very confrontational, which is exactly what this is. Compare this with moments like this one. Commonly this is a much more liked way of sitting and it gives off an entirely different vibe of closeness. The way they sit here highlights and almost demands for this type of reaction from Dean. But hold on this is not all, it gets better, meaning worse.

It’s this exact confrontational conversation and way of them facing one another that makes the way this moment is shot even better, because it is lead into with a close up of Dean’s neatly lined up multiple shot glasses and with that not only making it unmistakably clear that something is neon bright not right with Dean, but these shot glasses literally form a wall, a barrier between Sam and Dean. It’s like a safety blanket for Dean - a false one of course - only capable to go through the day and this conversation when the edges are a little less sharp. Furthermore this division between them further emphasizes how they are not on the same page, which of course is what while the season unfolds becomes more and more obvious.

In conclusion: I will forever worship at the altar that is Ben Edund’s writing. And I will also forever miss him on the show. ;____;