3x10 “Dream A Little Dream of Me” / 9x13 “The Purge”
I feel like both of these aspects
a) Sam trying to save Dean, but eventually realizing that you cannot save someone, who doesn’t want to be saved
b) Sam saying that he would respect Dean’s decision - even if hard to take - and not override his agency like Dean did the other way around
might get explored more heavily in S10 and put to test.
If S9 was about showing how far Dean would go to save Sam and how the fallout afterwards made him much more receptive of Crowley’s manipulation and open to what the mark and the blade provided and made him feel, then I guess S10 will explore how far Sam will go to get Dean back and how dark that might turn him. I dearly hope that Sam will remain fully and purely human throughout all of this. I have been waiting to see just Sam for a long time and I would be pretty sad, if he wasn’t to stick around.
What’s interesting to me about this set up, is how the show might explore two ~kinds of darkness by Demon!Dean and how he seems to embrace this new found “way of life” for a while (though at the same time being reflective of his actions as well and that bringing some delicious internal conflict - which I am dying to see Jensen deliver) and by Human!Sam, who as it appears will do some pretty shady stuff that might render him as much a ~monster as Demon!Dean.
Now, the truly important part though is, that I assume at some point Sam might be placed in the same situation Dean found himself in before in the beginning of S9. Meaning, he may find a way to turn Dean back to being human, but the tricky part will be if he will go through with it no matter whether Dean protests or not (given that Sam had any chance of locking Dean down, which I guess would be a pretty difficult task all on it’s own) or if he will wait for Dean to want to be changed/saved himself.
I personally think that Sam will leave that decision to Dean. Especially because it would be a huge step forward in terms of breaking the co-dependency and moving their relationship to a healthier level, but also because I personally really want and need to see the boy, who never though he was worth anything and least of it all saved, fighting for himself and finally understanding that not only he deserves to live and be saved, but also that he is loved. In the end it truly all comes down to this. You can give someone impulses to change and perspective and help along the way, but the first and hardest step has to come from the person, who’s ~in trouble.
So when we look at 3x10 and Sam telling Dean that he tried everything to save him, but that nothing will work, because in the end it’s up to Dean. And if he decides he doesn’t want to become human again than there is little he can do until Dean changes his mind. And I could imagine that taking quite a while. Just like Soulless!Sam was freed from his guilt and the emotional ties weighing him down, based on spoilers I think Demon!Dean might tick similarly. Free from all the emotional baggage, the self-loathing, the pain. And well, to take all of that hurt and anger back consciously, if you could just have it so much easier, that takes a big step and unlike in S6 when Dean decided for Sam that he will be re-souled (no matter what te consequences), I guess in S10 Sam will wait until Dean sees himself that he needs help and wants to be human again.
Basically I am just massively excited by the prospects of S10, the exploration of both Winchester’s psyches, Dean’s myth arc, Sam being human and the MoC/blade/Demon!Dean storyline sticking around (hopefully we’ll see some more of Cain, I really want Dean to go to him and ask him for directions and help tbh) for a while (to me it seemed as if the MoC/repercussions will actually be permanent) and being woven deeper into the big myth arc regarding the Winchesters and their place in the world.
And last some crazy spec: Anybody else gets a S4/5 vibe from the mysterious character being on the hunt for Dean as well? Like back when Zachariah was hunting down the Winchesters to get them to say yes or how Ruby approached Sam to free Lucifer. I know it’s unlikely to ever happen, but I will never stop daydreaming about somehow the cage being opened back up again. Just maybe this time not by Sam, but by Dean with a little nudge into the right, uhm wrong direction by that mysterious new character…
Either way I cannot wait for Jensen to act the hell out of Demon!Dean, his internal struggle and everything in between. And I also cannot wait to see how Sam’s road will unfold either and how Jared will bring that Sam to life. Dear october arrive soon!!!