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Doctor Strange: The Oath #1 Story: B. K.  Vaughan Art: Marcos Martin, Inks: Álvaro López Colors: Myself Lettered Willie Schubert

Doctor Strange & The Sorcerers Supreme #7 Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Myself, Inks: Álvaro López Colors: Jordie Bellaire Lettered: VC’s Joe Caramagna

‘Baby’ foreshadowing

‘Baby’ is not only a fantastic episode in its own right but imo fantastically foreshadows so much for season 11 and I’m sure will continue up til the end. Some of the points here I feel had been a little sidelined before 11x04 and they were just fantastically brought back up to the surface of the narrative in this episode and now are central to the whole season 12 arc…

Sam

Wants ‘more’. Not one but 2 instances of pushing this agenda home. Wanting to give Piper his number and the ‘wanting something more’ conversation.

Wanting out and wanting more is a recurring theme, rearing its head in season 8 and now season 12 with a vengeance. Particularly key now is seeing his interactions with Mary and the BMoL considering that they are offering him exactly this, a world without monsters. Sam isn’t stupid but this is what he’s wanted all along so lets see how this pans out.

Has self trust issues. Ok I’m going on the record here that I love Sam ok. Its just… he thinks God is talking to him and that he’s the one doing the right thing by going to the cage. AGAIN. This is what caused Lucifer to rise the first time. I just hope this is the last time and he gets closure with Lucifer at some point, preferably by working alongside his family instead of going off alone that should be the subversion here. And again, Lucifer is such a big part of season 12…

Sam is praying and Dean isn’t. Dean has no faith. Sam does. Yet Sam’s interactions end up being with Lucifer (of course not his fault!) and Dean’s the one in the end who God relies on, who God’s sister is hankering for and whose loved by an Angel. Pff. I love SPN. 

Dean

Will always want to hunt. Dean on the other hand openly scoffs at Sam’s idea of setting down. He still sees no other option, again a season 8 reference. He’s also talked about enjoying the kill (only if it’s really evil) in the past and now in season 12 tells Mary ‘I think we make the world a better place, I know we do’. He doesn’t want out.

Then theres the subtextual and visual representation of Dean having to repeatedly kill the MOTW, which JUST. WONT. DIE. It feels ‘never ending’….

This is a great parallel to their real life as hunters and his perception that it won’t ever end. Again relevant in season 12, especially after 12x15 where we saw that it is Dean who is the ‘grunt’, doing all the leg work as Sam is left spotless after the back to back hunting.

Overall

During this episode Sam takes the ‘hands off’ approach and does the questioning etc. Dean takes the ‘hands on’ approach and does the fighting with ‘powered down’ Cas as back up….

@elizabethrobertajones pointed out in this post that they are both good at both hunting and lore, pointing out that 8x14 is a clear ‘subversion’ of their perceptions of each other, namely that Sam is the brains and Dean is the grunt.

In 11x04 this is again referenced with Dean re: Aesop ‘I read’ knowing snippets of lore as well as Sam and his ‘geek’ knowledge about date changes of the metal composition of coins. And I think we are going to see even more of this in season 12, with already having Sam as the killer of the Alpha, Ramiel and the Hellhound and Dean giving Cas perfect advice for finding Sam in 12x01, using his knowledge again v Toni in 12x02 ‘turns out this ape has read a book or two’ etc.

So although they’re both capable of being both lore and fighting focused and of potentially getting out or staying in the hunting life, their choice / preference is well established before and cemented in this episode. As is Cas’s position as (potentially less angelic) back up and placed specifically in Dean’s camp. 

I just love that season 12 is continuing on the work that was so painstakingly laid out in all it’s glory in this episode. Thank you Robbie.

“Let’s go home”

Sob.