A piece of writing in a thread today got me thinking about this subject much more closely. Season 8 saw Sam take a u-turn and do something so unexpected or actually was it in character. When we look at Sam’s history he’s always wanted out of the family business when I remember Sam talking to his teacher in After School Special, and Sam re-visits him in later years. That teacher had a real affinity with Sam, even though we later learn the teacher in question was disguised as a demon. As we know Sam returns and is eager to be re-united with his former teacher to say thank you. And The teacher ends the conversation with as long as you are happy Sam, you are happy Sam?
The teacher was manipulating Sam who told Sam what he wanted to hear, and said he didn’t have to go into the family business. It was his own choice what he did with his life, and it was his decision alone basically with how he steered it. But was the teacher/demon steering him in another direction? The words in the thread were indicating that Sam is often selfish and has a history of looking out for his own needs, regardless of how his actions reflect on his brother. And the Family business is not really his thing? Now in the finale, I think this wasn’t so. He was thinking of Dean and laying his own personal feelings on the table. So were the writers mature in where they were taking Sam. Had Sam matured when he bolted and ran, or are we to assume now that since its been penned and is canon, that this is now imprinted in Sam’s nature. Has Sam changed that much that he has done a complete u-turn and disregarded his own feelings in saving people. I still find it hard to believe that he didn’t think of Kevin and maybe the grief was so raw in him that he couldn’t cope. But I still don’t think that the bad choices he made in life were selfish. Yes, he’s made some really low calls, but in the end has always come back home where he belongs. Helping the family business and sitting in the Impala next to his brother.
Season 8 felt a mixed bag for many, and I come now to the question, what is Sam’s thing really in life? Do we really know him, and fully understand him as a character? Does he go much deeper than any of us ever really thought? Jeremy was wanting Sam to mature, so all the emotion Sam built up over loosing Dean, and meeting a lady was this the mature Sam coming through? Sam felt so guilty over continually letting Dean down. So what were the writers really trying to convey to us?
We don’t know what music Sam enjoy’s; we have an idea of what food he likes, what style of clothes he wears, the type of women he likes to en-counter. But what else do we really know about him? We’ve also seen him tune in to animal programs on the TV, and watch baseball with his brother during the Christmas episode. Sam also didn’t really enjoy Christmas and hated the thought of his brother going to hell. We know Sam enjoys hunting and the thrill it gives him in saving a life and being on the road with Dean. He’s actually quite a solitary kind of guy, who keeps himself pretty much to himself. He’s a geeky book addict who loves nothing better than to attach himself to a computer, if he could 24/7.
So what have I missed folks! What do you think Sam’s thing in life really is if you could pin-point exactly. What do we sense are his deepest thoughts, his favorite past-times, his TV show. If we collected that perfect scrapbook of Sam Winchester what collectively would be in it? If you could sum him up, his personality. Any thoughts …….