Now having read many a thread across on IMDb this one the other day sparked my imagination. I kept thinking about this a lot and was mulling it over quite a bit. Dean Throwing Punches was the thread title. As siblings this relationship is a rather difficult call. It’s not very often you come across a sibling being the parent of his younger brother. We know how this story progresses and have our own opinions on it. But what made me think was Dean’s overall responsibility on reprimanding Sam and his general authority over him? Being the eldest does that give him the right to thump his brother?
When the Levee breaks Season 4
Tanked up on demon blood, wasn’t really Sam
Sex and Violence Season 4
The siren was talking – Supernatural influence
Metamorphosis – Season 4
Addicted to demon blood – Sam expressed that he was saving people and this wasn’t enough
You can’t handle the truth – Season 6
Sam was soulless and said he needed help Dean thumped the crap out of him any way.
The girl next door Season 7
Accidental, he explained he left a note.
Southern Comfort – Season 8
Under the influence of a monster
John Winchester was their father and not for many years sadly. We know Dean took on his role and took care of Sam without hesitation or command it came naturally to him. Naturally when children do something wrong it comes back to the parent in charge to tick the child off when something has occurred which should not have. So the child knows right from wrong. As we begin to examine the boys up bringing and have discussed issues many moons over we know how the relationship pans out, and who is the father figure, and yes whom wheres the trousers. Dean is the elder and as far as siblings go considering the time they spend in each others company what happens when Sam does step out of line. What does Dean do, what does his instincts tell him to do? Being natural hunters these boys know how to handle their fists. They know how to land that punch where it hurts the most. But I often think has Dean been right to lay that blow on Sam. Sometimes I think Sam has asked for it, and others not so much. So does Dean have that full responsibility to thump Sam and hit him for an action he doesn’t always approve of. Sam isn’t a little boy any longer, he’s a grown man with feelings of his own. So does Dean have that right to thump a grown man, his own brother? My own brother has never laid a finger on me, and have found this so hard to watch at times when Dean has walloped Sam in the past.
In this thread we also discussed why Sam rarely hits back. Many couldn’t work this out. I found it to be respect that Sam doesn’t relay that punch. He’s always looked up to Dean, and idolized him. Has anyone raised a hand to their own father? So looking at it from Sam’s point of view, being hit by his brother what does that do to a man? Where does Sam gain strength from Dean hitting him and not fighting back. Is there something stopping him from laying down the law and rebelling just like he did with his own dad. Sam’s anger has always been an issue which is why I am surprised his thoughts and hotheadedness haven’t lashed out and returned the blow.
So how do you feel when the boys fight, and they really get angry with one another. Do you feel Dean has that right to punch Sam if he’s angry with him over something? How do the boys relate to one another when their opinions don’t match and they disagree. Living with each other in close proximity day in day out, must have its down sides as well as up’s. And being grown men and being in unusual circumstances does this affect them more? Would Dean thump Sam in the same way if John was still around? What damage has been done, that can never be undone? Fight scenes are powerful, and they hurt us in many ways physiologically so is Sam a better person for being thumped by his brother has Dean built a better person in his brother by using his fists? How do fights usually end in this relationship, canon has shown us their journey, and its not always a bed of roses. The scent hasn’t always been so fragrant. How do you feel about Dean thumping his brother? Brother on brother, not Father on son?