When you first tune into Supernatural and for me that’s seven years back, what was one thing you actually noticed. That the brothers die a lot, and come back to life. This is fact, and very true!! Are the boys ever more surprised each time it happens, or is it now run of the mill, and they almost expect it to happen. Over 10 years there have been some amazing screen caps when we realize the Winchesters are not seeing things, it did actually happen!!
2:01: In my time of Dying
Sam realizes for the first time his brother is dead. Or does he, as time goes by he begins to realize that could Dean still be alive when Dean knocks the glass of water over on John’s bed trolley. Sam decided to take actions into his own hands and make contact with his bro. The Ouija board comes out to play…. Was that wise Sammy??
2: 21: All Hell Breaks Loose ….
Sam goes through Azazel’s plan to become his leader to lead his demon army unknowingly. But something happens along the way that we least expect. Jake stabs Sam in the back and fatally injures him turning Dean into an emotional wreck wondering how to get his brother back. Dean continues to ponder over what he should do to bring his brother back from the dead. Has this set the Winchester cycle in motion?? 8 years down the line, has this motion ever wavered?
Sam finds out that Dean has made a deal and is going to hell for his troubles. Sam lets Dean know he’s not best pleased and that he shouldn’t have done that! Is Dean reacting the same way John did in saving him? Can we see a pattern slowly emerging here?
Sam: “You’ve saved my life over and over. I mean, you sacrifice everything for me. Don’t you think I’d do the same for you? You’re my big brother. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you.”
We also learn that the brothers would do anything for one another, and do all they could to bring the OTHER back from the dead. Was this a good thing, and were they of course affecting the natural order of things this we also learn later down the line. Sam as we know does all that he can during that year to release his brother from that deal. But what totally shocks him next is this …..
3:11 Mystery Spot
According to statistics Dean has died and come back to life multiple times during this episode at the hands of the Trickster. Who later we find out to be the Archangel Gabriel. Teaching the boys, and more importantly Sam a lesson, that he doesn’t live well without Dean in his life and tends to go off the rails just a tad…. This was one reason why I was never very keen on Gabe because of what he put Sam through in this episode. Begging in the end to bring his brother back Gabe finally does the decent thing. Sam spending 6 whole months without Dean clearly was a wreck. Dean is alive once again!!
4:01 Lazarus Rising
Sam cannot believe his brother has come back from the dead, Sam wasn’t utterly convinced to start with but Bobby managed to reassure Sammy, its him, clearly him…. Jared’s facial expressions here are just pure awesomeness as he struggles to believe could it really be his brother, and he’s come back from the dead!!
5:13: The Song Remains the Same
Anna Milton Stabs Sam in the heart with an angel blade and Michael with Dean’s cohesion brings Sam back to life.
5:16 Dark side of the Moon
Dean and Sam are killed by the hunters Walt and Roy in a hotel room for starting the Apocalypse and are caught by surprise and end up in Heaven where the boys continue to run from the angel Zachariah. Cas brings the boys back once more….
6:01 Exile on Main Street
Dean works around the clock to try and find away to bring his brother back from the pit. After he jumped in to lock the devil back in the cage. But Dean doesn’t know Sammy is back in the land of the living bought back by Cas without his soul. Staying with Bobby and the Campbell clan eventually the boys meet up.
6:11 Appointment in Samarra
Dean felt he had to intervene and do something to bring Sam’s soul back to him. So he went to see a specialist who could knock him unconscious to reach reaper Tessa so he could meet Death. He wanted a desperate favour from Death to ask him to retrieve Sam’s soul. Not just his brothers but his half brothers too. Way to go Dean! Death forced Dean’s hand and made him chose and he choose Sam. But there was a condition with this favour. Death put an order on Dean to be himself for a day. But another catch was placed on Dean that if the ring were removed during the day the order would be null and void. But later we learn that Death did retrieve Sam’s soul, even though Dean failed that task.
7:23 Survival of the Fittest
Dick Roman’s days are numbered and Dean and Cas find away to kill him and end up in a lab with the weapon. Dean Stabs him and unbeknown to either character Dean and Cas end up in purgatory, cause if you kill a monster, that’s where you MIGHT end up! Sam is left all alone, and once again ends up in a mess. He doesn’t look for his brother, who isn’t technically dead, and doesn’t rise. But this disappearance ends up causing ripples throughout the fandom. Luckily with Benny’s help the boys one by one, do get out of Purgatory and Sam is overwhelmed that Dean is alive and back in the land of the living once more….
Sam falls sick during the trials which almost ends his life. Dean again panic’s wondering what the hell to do this time! Dean does a deal to save Sam from dying by asking an angel to possess his brother and heal him from the inside.
9:23 Do you believe in Miracles
Metatron kills Dean and Sam communicates with the King of Hell by summoning him with a spell. Was Sam about to make a deal, but Crowley beat him to it. Crowley brings Dean back to life by the aid of the first blade which took him a while to think was that really possible.
So what have we learnt from this little lot!
- Is it worth the boys going into danger to be bought back to life continuously?
- Is coming back from the dead worth coming back from?
- The boys put themselves in this upsetting cycle, but still never learn from that mistake?
- Making a pact is life threatening in itself, so why don’t they change that cycle?
- Sam sort of tried to break this pact, and that was a disaster in the making, so what should they try and do next time. What is the real answer that might be staring them right in the face??
- Has dying and coming back to life ever affected them in some way. Changed their personality?
- If Death doesn’t mean anything to them physically and mentally, what is the purpose of dying in their reality?
- Which is more precious, dying and staying dead, or coming back to life?
- In Sam’s case wanting to die at the end of S8, he desperately wanted out, but it wasn’t in Dean to let him die. Dean couldn’t face being alone without his brother. So making a deal was all Dean understood when the chips were down. If he had let Sam die, what would have changed?
- Asking the obvious question, that we all have to die sometime, are the boys immortal. Can they live for ever, because the world they are in keeps bringing them back? how can they remain dead for ever!
Written By: Bella