(13x06 Spoilers!) as soon as it turned out to be a ghoul and we already saw in the cold open that Dean was in the graveyard without the rest of TFW 2.0 - it kept me thinking about Billie describing one of Dean’s possible deaths as “stabbed by a ghoul in a graveyard”. Dean didn’t seem to worry about that. Logically, there’s still the mysterious important “work to do” left, but it’s still somewhat alarming to run into ghouls right after that warning/revelation. (Wonder if we’ll see Rowena soon)
Yeah, I think that one was specifically chosen to make us think that the notebooks contained possible death soon to come… I still can’t decide if Billie’s desk is in the W section because she wanted to keep an eye on Dean or because the W section is so vastly inflated by the Winchesters that the middle of the library is actually at W :P
I mean I assumed this since last episode anyway, but picking something where Dean was alone taking on a ghoul in a graveyard, and using it as the cold open as well, rather than any generic MotW cold open death person, does seem to put Dean in the role as the potential victim.
Billie said it was his choices that would avoid him getting killed or not, so even if that was a potential end for him, his choices meant that he chose to live and to fight, and so basically confirming Dean’s will to survive again?
I hope it is a herald of Rowena’s return, anyway, especially something to make casual viewers sit up and think, because the steps are all pretty clear if you remember last episode still when you watch this one. It’s literally blatant foreshadowing but in some cases I think it’s good to get a reminder that there’s a plan and the writers have things in hand.
One of the things that’s made this season so good so far is all the use of dramatic irony, which is not actually something the show has utilised SO heavily before, at least not to the extent they’ve let us know Mary and then Cas are fine/going to be fine and then even had Dean still aggressively mourning Cas *while* he was already confirmed alive and well and back on Earth instead of rushing to reintroduce him. It’s almost like pantomime shouting “it’s behind you!” for our level of audience participation, and seeding things like Billie casually telling Dean some ways he might die for reals and then immediately following that with one of those scenarios is a good way to do similar, not with dramatic irony but just with giving some join the dots to make the story engaging in the sense of giving back the bigger picture sense of something lurking in the future, whether it’s whatever purpose Billie warned Dean about, or on a meta level the writers giving a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.
Anyway for the time being we have to assume Dean dies none of those deaths or any of the others on the notebooks, and he’s going to be making better choices to avoid them. It’s interesting the amount of control it seems to hand him :D