During Carver’s reign has seen the boys go to darker places, but fundamentally in his favour has always bought the boys back to the beginning ‘family’ and what really matters. Family is at its core and there is NO getting away from this. ‘Brother’s Keeper’ proved that a photograph of their family group bought Dean back from that ledge. There is something very powerful in this relationship that never lets the other die without doing something amazing, to lure them back. This time it was the power of that family portrait, so what secrets lie beneath?
Sam was smart in going back into Dean’s room and picking up photographs of the family. He had a sense then that he knew what lie in his brothers heart, deep inside. He knew what would bring his brother back from the brink. He was clever in understanding what a photograph meant to Dean, that it persuaded him on so many levels but did he have any real idea what affect it would really have on Dean? That it would so vehemently change his mind in saving his brothers own skin by his own hand? The camera NEVER lies, and tells us the truth as to what is really there. What is going on is down to our memories within that frame. At the same time it clearly draws on our perceptions and plays with our minds quite literally. Did we have any idea that an OLD photograph had this much mind blowing power? Just look at Sam’s desperate eyes in trying to pull Dean back!
I asked myself this very question, did Sam really have an inclining as to this photographs power. What it would actually prevent? Did he contemplate when in Dean’s room its foreboding heroism? We sensed Sam KNEW it might be worth taking along for the ride or even as back up a plan B, but had he really envisaged this mental turnaround? What immense power a family portrait has on our very souls, that can pull us back from the brink? Had Dean seen Death flash before his eyes before that moment that Sam had pulled out those photographs. What magic lied beneath that none of us ever saw coming? It lets us in as to how much family really matters to Dean, but does it go deeper than this? The boys have had extraordinary lives and something in the background has to be there to keep them on the straight and narrow. Did Sam feel it was like a magnet, that he sensed what those pictures meant to his brother. Had those memories also bought up deep thoughts for Sam too?
So what power did you think lie beneath that found Dean right back where he belonged?
By Bella xx