On a related side note, did anyone else wonder how long Sam had been standing there, how much he heard of what Famine said to Dean, and if he is going to bring it up post-hiatus, in episode 15? I certainly hope so, because Sam and Dean – however cliché and ridiculous it might sound – well, they complete each other, in that they each have strengths that the other lacks, and, as mentioned in previous reviews, they work best when they work together. So perhaps the healing of both – and, ultimately, a successful face-off with Lucifer – would depend on each helping the other to heal.
The ending was quite interesting for many reasons, and is the cliff-hanger that will leave die-hard fans salivating but leave newcomers shrugging with mild indifference. Dean and Castiel are guarding Sam while he goes yet again through demon blood detox, but this time, Dean doesn’t have anger to shield him from the pain of hearing his brother suffering. Castiel senses Dean’s anguish – or did he just notice the bottle of whiskey Dean is downing like water? – but after his encounter with Famine, Dean is left to face his hollowness which, however fantastic he is, neither Castiel nor anyone or anything else can fill. He steps out for some time to think; the anguish becomes all the more palpable, Dean puts away the bottle of whiskey and raises his eyes in supplication: “Please… I can’t… I need some help. Please.”
The fan forums went CRAZY. So crazy that my computer couldn’t keep up. It was insane. And while most people assumed this meant Dean had finally accepted that there is a God and that He is going to help, a relative few mentioned that they thought Dean was actually asking John and Mary Winchester for help.
Whoever Dean was asking help from, this moment had obviously been planned for the last two seasons by the Supernatural team. The meticulous deconstruction of Dean Winchester’s wall of self-preservation has been going on for awhile, and while it’s hard to watch (crazy how much of an emotional connection one can make with a fictional character, isn’t it?), it’s an essential part of the plot.
I don’t know if Dean is ready yet to turn to God, quite honestly, and I don’t know if the Supernatural team is ready and willing to take the risk of turning Dean into a religious, God-oriented character. After all, much of the fascination with Dean is his internal battle between objectively knowing that there is a God and yet subjectively bringing up every single argument in the book against His very existence. And I don’t think that, come the end of the hiatus, Dean is suddenty going to be a believer; it wouldn’t make any sense with regard to some of the strongly worded comments he has made about God in the last four and a half years. However, it will definitely make Dean open to considering other approaches to dealing with the situation, including looking for other angels to join the battle or, perhaps, joining Castiel in finding God. Last season ended with Lucifer coming out of hell; perhaps this season will end with God coming down to earth.