Stitch, you put into words the exact reason why I had big, fat, ugly tears running down my face during that scene. That was beautiful. 😭
Aw, thank you for saying that!
Some people were not understanding it–thinking I was saying that Dean was LITERALLY Sam’s God, or that I was glorifying abuse or some junk. Oy.
The whole point is, this is an Epic (familial) Love Story, not a real-life one. In actual, real-life love, no one should be hitting anyone. No one should be killing anyone. It shouldn’t even come up. But then again, in actual, real life, NO ONE’S FIGHTING THE GODDAMN APOCALYPSE EITHER. No one’s soulless. No one’s destined to be the vessel of angelic or demonic forces. No one’s possessed by the Mark of Cain. In Epic Love Stories, terrifying, out-of-this-world things happen to larger-than-life characters, who do unbelievable things in response.
Sam and Dean’s love for each other works within the framework of the show. Within that framework, it’s moving and inspiring that Dean would let all the demons of hell go free so he won’t lose his baby brother. In real life? Not so good. But the Winchesters are as much superheroes as the Avengers. Their loves, their battles, their defeats, are archetypal. Mythical. EPIC. (As evidenced by the fact that they never REALLY die, just like Greek/Norse/Hindu/Polynesian gods, but I won’t bore you with all the parallels I could draw between those myths and Supernatural’s mytharc.)
And within that framework, saying Sam’s love for Dean is the same type of codependent, unflappable, fanatical adoration that real-life zealots have for their gods/religions is not just true, but moving. It’s the same type of love that brings down kings; that makes martyrs and terrorists. It’s both tragic and deeply, deeply moving to watch onscreen. ONSCREEN, it’s beautiful. It’s the magic of Story, where princesses kissing frogs is not gross, war is noble, magic is real, and going to hell for your brother is love. This is the Gospel of the Winchesters we’re watching, here, not reality-TV–and it should be enjoyed by that standard.
I’m so glad you saw that. I’m so sorry others can’t.