I am so fucking confused right now. Tumblr crashed for me right as the episode was ending, and I am finally getting a look at the commentary, and people are ANGRY with this episode? WTF WHY?!
And people are all saying, OF COURSE ONE OF THE WINCHESTERS IS GONNA SACRIFICE THEMSELVES. Um. Did we watch the same show?
This was LIES being uncovered. This was SUBVERSION in every way. Am I the only one that’s seeing it that way?
This entire episode made me so happy? Sam volunteered to take the Mark, and Dean agreed to let him because THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT DEAN WAS ASKING OF SAM IN 10.23, AND HE DID IT WITHOUT TRYING TO LIE OR BACK OUT OF THEIR AGREEMENT.
AND THEN IT BECAME A NONISSUE.
DON’T Y’ALL SEE?! NOW SAM’S GOT THE SAME UNDERSTANDING DEAN DID. THEIR LIVES– THEIR SACRIFICE– IS WORTH ZERO ON A COSMIC SCALE.
THIS IS NOT THEIR FIGHT.
This isn’t even A FIGHT.
THis is about balance, not about one side “winning” over the other. THEY CAN’T WIN, EITHER SIDE.
It’s all or nothing at this point. They’re playing with the fundamental building blocks of the universe, not PEOPLE. Sam, Dean, Cas, Lucifer, Crowley, Rowena, EVERYONE ELSE IS IRRELEVANT IN THIS.
I LOVED THIS EPISODE.