The Supernatural Weekly feels – Sharp Teeth, 9.12
That sounds wrong, but oh so right.
SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!
The first pass I took at reviewing Sharp Teeth was all full of WHAT THE HELL, SAM? But on further reflection, I get it. I’ve calmed down. I watched the episode a couple more times, and decided it might be one of my favorites, written by Adam Glass and executed with the usual, amazing high standards I’ve come to expect from this show and incredible acting chops of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles.
The recap: Individually, Sam and Dean hear about Garth, portrayed to perfection by the one and only DJ Qualls, being in a hospital, so it makes sense that the brothers both end up there. This was unfinished business.
They arrive at the same place and time, and it was tense and difficult. I held my breath for way to long waiting to see who would break the ice. Sam starts the conversation. Dean was honest with him about the Mark of Cain. There’s a little bit of improvement right there, and I sure hope Sam takes a deeper look into what I feel is a very bad, bad situation for Dean. They find out Garth is a werewolf and belongs to a pack with a new bit of mythology in that they can be born into it, rather than only bitten into it. Loved that part. They find out that all is not well in the wolf family pack and they fix that problem. They also let this group of monsters live. That doesn’t happen but every so often and not usually with both in agreement. I liked that bit too.
We got a couple great hugs from Garth, with Dean actually inviting one – before he changes his mind, and then…well the last few minutes of the Show that likes to rip your heart out did just that.
The fallout: Going back to Season 8, Sam trusted Dean to figure something out to make quitting the trials and not die a thing he could live with. He stopped the trials based on that trust and then Dean, put in an IMPOSSIBLE situation, did the only thing he could at the time – other than let Sam die – and in an emotionally compromised state, he made the deal with the Angel. He couldn’t face Sam dying. Not again (Hello, Swan Song). I believe he didn’t think Sam wanted to die, since Sam spent the whole of Season 8 telling Dean he saw a light at the end of the tunnel. He wanted to kill a hellhound and not die. He wanted to make it through the trials and live, so…Dean did what he had to, and I get it. I’m glad he saved Sam. I understand why he did it. The WAY he did it, despite being the only option, is the big problem.
Dean took away all of Sam’s choice in the matter and then lied about it to keep him alive.
I understand why Sam feels betrayed. He was possessed by an angel, a fairly touchy subject for him, being Lucifer’s vessel and all, his mind and body taken over in a way he never would have agreed to. Or maybe wouldn’t have agreed to. If he’d been given the choice, and given the opportunity to think about it, and if Gadreel had turned out to be less of an SOB, maybe, and we’d have a different show this season…But it’s no wonder that he feels Dean took away all his choices and betrayed that trust.
It’s going to take time to work this out – as it should. As much as everyone wants them back to the same old, same old – this time, it’s different. They are not on good terms and by a couple of inside accounts (Jared) SPOILERS: they won’t be for some time.
The Supernatural fandom is likely to go completely out of its collective mind!
There were a couple things that happened in the last few minutes of the Show that were baby steps taken toward working things out between the brothers. Dean took the moment to try and explain, baring his soul in a way that Dean Winchester has never been comfortable with.
“What’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is more wrong.” He is one mixed up, sad, mess of a man right now, full of grief and overpowering guilt.
Sam is not much better. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them this far apart, but there’s hope for an eventual reconnection, reaffirmation that yes, they are still brothers and yes, they’ll always care for one another. Of course there is, but it’s the journey we’re going to take to get there that makes it hard, intense and wonderful all at the same time. This Show! I swear!
Sam spent most of this episode refusing to leave. I like to think he did that as a means to make Dean face up to everything that happened, make him see where the wrongs are, namely that Dean can’t keep making these drastic, big decisions without Sam’s participation, and he figured out the only way to reach Dean is to stay with him. It’s telling that Dean spent much of the episode pushing Sam away, telling him they couldn’t hunt together, that he could take care of it, that Sam could split, and at each turn, Sam said no. So I think Sam very much wants to fix what’s wrong, but he’s going to do it on his own terms.
You never give up on family. Ever.