A post which went up yesterday got me thinking. I could still sense that people are not happy with Sam and the way his character is progressing. Particularly through the first half of season 8. Even now into season 9 fans are upset as they know Sam will kick off at Dean and all this will come back on Dean. Sometimes I believe them and other times I don’t. We know why Sam was off during season 8 because of his sacrifice in the finale. But others are still not buying it.
I did feel at the time that Sam was not of this world in terms of out of character. But I no many of you here really helped me through it and thank you for it. But at the same time I feel for those fans who don’t see it. Was it poorly written, in the fact that we saw a different Sam than what we have seen before. Is this Sam’s future that he’s going to turn horrible and not the Sam we grew up with in the beginning? I have to admit I did hate Sam in that first part of season 8 as we hadn’t a clue as to why the sudden change in his character. But are the writers building up to something. Are they continuing to write the brothers as complete opposites? As this is what I have thought for a long time. I find myself going over the same ground, that Carver wanted Sam to appear mature. Was he in fact acting mature in the sense that he had lost everything and everyone and had dealt with the situation the best he could. Or was it immaturity in the fact that he simply didn’t care about Dean? What was this word ‘MATURE’ trying to capture and put across to us? Has Sam gone backwards or forwards in your estimation. Has he grown in character? I often think back to the past and remember Azazel saying Sam didn’t come back right was it really Sam. Had something changed in Sam’s head that his actions to this day are completely off kilter.
I think I would like to see Sam mature subtle as Dean clearly has. He has progressed and I feel Sam is living in Dean’s shadow sometimes. I feel he’s not connecting with others, and he’s still very distant from Dean. In terms of still keeping things back from him for what ever reason. Is this maturity, I think its a bit childish. So how can the writers progress with a character in terms of maturity. What could they really do to bring the brothers into the 21st century. Or am I being a bit harsh? Are the brothers okay in terms of character progression. Or do you really feel it could be altered in some way?
So how do you feel about Sam’s progression over the nine years. Has he moved forward and grown with his age? Or is he going backwards in time and taking steps back. My argument has always been why is Sam always the one making most of the poor choices in the show, why is he not able to do good things just like Dean clearly does most of the time. Is the show trying to portray Sam as the bad brother the one the fans clearly don’t like or can’t see around why he does strange things that can’t really be explained?