Dean decides his viewpoint wins. Of course, he chooses Sam. Nothing this season has suggested Dean would make any other choice. The boys have been angry at each other, but the base of Dean’s anger has been his fear of losing Sam. When Sam told him to choose between remaining loyal to Benny or working with him, Dean, against his own value system, cut Benny loose. He showed growth by stepping back from his hurt that Sam might choose to leave him by telling him to make his own choice about Amelia, but that he wanted Sam to stay was clear.
I liked seeing Dean show how much Sam means to him. And while it was painful to watch Henry decide to sacrifice his son’s happiness for the greater good, I did love hearing him affirm that, flaws and all, John raised two amazing men. But I did think it was an odd story choice to have Dean save Sam.
I think this season has raised questions on Sam’s feelings about Dean. I don’t yet understand why Sam was not driven to find answers about Dean’s disappearance. I don’t know why his emotional state after losing Dean didn’t merit a flashback, especially when so many of his flashbacks didn’t end up pushing the story in the present. The suggestions of living a lie and perception shaping his memory of Amelia were dropped in favour of the love triangle and Sam truly feeling Amelia was his route to happiness. Sam asked Dean to consider a happiness equation that doesn’t include him, with the obvious implication that he is doing the same about Dean.
So, at this point, I’d like to know how Sam defines his happiness equation. Is his choice to stay with Dean still a means to an end, a duty? I think it would have been a better choice at this point in the story to have Sam faced with the dilemma of whether to save Dean. We need to see in action how he feels. We know he has two feet back in the game, but where is his heart?
Henry raises a different kind of issue: continuity. I have loved this series for seven and a half years because I think the story has been so well told. There are some niggles here and there (what happened to the Anti-Christ for example), but the emotional story holds together very well—until this season. I’m already struggling with characterization continuity with Sam, and now I have to struggle with story continuity with Henry.