A usual topic started up on IMDb today, and often comes up when fans aren’t happy about what Sam did during his search for Dean. So this little scene has always intrigued me. I decided to do a bit of digging. Dean killed Lester for what reason exactly, because Lester was also cheating on his wife, they were both at it?
Men aren’t built for monogamy… because of evolution. We’re — we’re — we’re programmed, you know, to — to spread our seed.
– Lester Morris, 10.02 Reichenbach
Lester Morris was a man who made a crossroads deal to have his wife — Mindy — killed after finding her having an affair.
So were we meant to feel sorry for Lester, because his wife was having an affair behind his back? Was this the only reason he wanted his own wife out of the picture? Was this a god awful reason to get rid of ones wife just because she was having an affair?
Writing courtesy of Supernaturalwiki.com
When Crowley offers Dean the chance to kill Mindy Morris to sate the Mark of Cain, since the crossroadsdeal involves her death it would be killing two birds with one stone if Dean did the deed, for which he somewhat reluctantly agrees to do. Just as Dean is prepared to enter the Morris home and kill Mindy, he notices Lester park across the street from the house and enters the car. When Dean questions why Lester is there, he tells him he wants to make sure everything goes right. With tears in his eyes he tells Dean Mindy flushed his life down the toilet by cheating on him and wanting a divorce. However, Dean doesn’t buy what Lester is saying, claiming to know that Lester had cheating on Mindy first. After Dean smacks Lester and calls him a loser, Lester demands Dean go in the house and kill his wife. Dean does not take kindly to Lester’s demand and stabs him with the First Blade, killing him and voiding the crossroads contract, denying Crowley Lester’s soul.
So in a roundabout fashion here, Lester has shot himself in the foot, Dean was right to be curious, but had this also laid plans to Sam’s part of the plan. Had this backfired on him? Was Dean best pleased to hear on the grapevine the his bro had landed him Lester on a plate? Did Dean know of this before hand knowing his brother was hiding something from him?
10.03 Soul Survivor
Lester is getting drunk a bar, and lamenting the fact that his wife has left him when Sam overhears and takes a seat next to Lester. Lester tells him he wants to take revenge on his wife, but that it will never happen. Sam tells him it’s possible for Lester to have revenge, as well as anything he wants. Sam takes Lester to a crossroads where he uses him to summon a crossroads demon in a devil’s trap, however before Sam can intervene Lester makes a deal with Dar to have his wife killed.
Had this been the worst deed that Sam had done to rescue Dean? Was it something he could have avoided using another life to get him information on Crowley’s wear abouts? Did Sam actually wonder if this all might go pear shaped? Was he playing with fire? I felt at the time that Lester was a sitting duck, a sitting target waiting to be clutched by Sam, and used at whim. Of course he was silly, it was all part of the plot. But the more I think about this was there a better, more effective ways Sam could have got to Crowley without using a human as bait to do it? Was this Sam at his all time lowest? Did he really need to stoop so low as to pull in a vulnerable man who wasn’t clearly all with it, over powered by booze and not thinking straight. Of course Lester would have gone in blind, but would you have taken Sam’s word, a complete stranger who comes up to you in a bar, and offers you a sudden way out? Would you be a bit, just a tad skeptical? I just think the writers could have found a better way of Sam doing dodgy things, than using a man a human as bait. Yes, this was their objective, wanting to make Sam look bad, but had that really achieved very much when Lester ends up dead for fuel for ‘The First Blade.’
10.04 Paper Moon
Lester is mentioned by Sam and Dean, when Dean questions Sam if there are other people out there that Sam used in the same way while he was looking for Dean.
We know that Sam was telling us the truth, but how far would Sam have gone if Lester hadn’t have failed in his plan, and in what dark ways would those humans have ended their days? I still feel that with Sam’s brains he could have found a much safer, easier way to contact Crowley to find Dean’s wear abouts. Smart ways to show how diligent Sam is, and how effective his rescue plans could be. He’s not stupid, and the old bait tactic seems to be wearing a bit thin now, and could this story line have been better thought out, and utilized more.
So how did you feel about Sam’s attempts in contacting the King of hell, did you think he went about it the right way? Could Lester’s death been avoided, or was he low life that no one would have cared much about anyway? Was this what Sam was thinking, that he wouldn’t be missed?
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