An interesting topic came up on IMDb in a thread titled Does this season have a point? I seem to recall JC stating that there was no real ‘Big Bad’ of the season that the season was about the characters own personal struggles, which this when you think about it, appears to be the case. Castiel has his troubles with Hannah and her wanting to return her vessel to a normal Caroline life. We have Cas contemplating the same inner struggle. We also have Cas now interacting with his daughter and feeling guilty over her father and the whole dilemma of his vessel which only caused the Novak family years of misery, troubled times and loneliness.
Then we move on to Crowley who some might think is growing soft in his old age, and still remaining very human that he still has feelings for his mother. But what personal struggles has Crowley had, that his mother tried to sell him for three pigs, and he thought he was worth at least 5 of anyone’s money? This pair seem to have a troubled, turbulent past. Which when haven’t really seen unfold yet. So what do you think Rowena is up to, and why after all this time has she decided to show her face now? What’s in this story for her is she wanting her sons thrown, is this all there is to bargain with? Crowley is obviously struggling with his mothers return but why? Is this HIS personal struggle?
Then we come onto our main leads? Sam has not had much of a role, except look out for his brother. Some may say this is his personal on-going struggle that he needs closure on Dean’s trouble to help him through it. It was wonderful to see Sam make Dean a cheese sandwich, and that the roles of nurse maid Dean last season have this season subtle reversed and have been flipped on its head. Sam whilst on his own for six months hasn’t yet been clearly defined as to what he did actually do. What measures he took to ensure that Dean came home? Has this still got to come to ahead? Is this Sam’s personal struggle?
Now onto Dean! What has his personal struggle been? The poor sod died, and came back as a demon. Now we know Dean hated being that black eyed thing, so he’s obviously still not come to terms with being a demon, will he ever? Will Dean ever be the same I ask myself? Some even say and me included that could he have faked it, being cured? Then we still have the Mark of Cain to deal with, and over come. This made me think a lot about how the mark will actually be removed, and what effect it will have on Dean when its removed? Now this personal struggle I would say is the toughest out of all four main leads, wouldn’t you say? I would also add that Dean spent a while with Crowley, and I wonder what feelings the pair of them had for one another, and what symptoms Dean took away from their time together? What Dean learnt and what skills he picked up as a demon working for Crowley? I wonder if the writers will explore this avenue?
Some are also saying that The Mark of Cain could remain a permanent fixture on the show. But I am not so sure about this. Why is Cain coming back? He wanted Dean to end his days. If Dean kills Cain where does this leave the mark. Does this disappear when Cain dies, or will Dean be left with the scare forever!!! Its hard to say at this point. But are the writers up to its longevity? They struggled with the concept of Soulless Sam, and domesticated Dean with Lisa, and that didn’t prove very popular among fans. They struggled with the whole Lucifer arc and Sam’s hallucinations and the Leviathan story line. And thinking about it the on going angel war in heaven. They didn’t really no where to take it? So would they be any different if this plot did decide to become permanent?
So what are your thoughts about our characters struggles, and if the writers can hack out this plot with Dean for ever and a day? Are they talented enough to endure us as fans for the long haul? We know Jensen is up to what ever the writers lay before him, but can the writers cut it?