Post your thought on tonight’s Dean flashback episode. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for my quick analysis.
This felt like a throwback to the early years. From the “Then” that featured John Winchester and scenes from the pilot, it was as if I was watching season 1 again.
You had ghosts, burning bodies in a cemetery, using iron rods and salt circles, it was all so old-school, especially compared to angels and the King of Hell. I appreciate the retro feel.
I also love any episode that delves into the psychology of the brothers. I’ve been hard on Dean for lying to everyone this season, but this episode reminded me (and us) why Dean is so great. He’s selfless and always sacrifices everything for his brother.
Here he had a new, normal life, winning awards for wrestling, getting good greats, nabbing a girlfriend to a school dance. It was the kind of regular life Sam always wants and Dean had it. Then his dad came with little Sam in the back of the Impala and Dean left.
The scene with teen Dean telling Robin about wanting to be a mechanic is one of those special moments I love. He loves cars because they come in, you fix them up and then they go. It’s what Dean wanted instead of having to always take care of his brother. But at the end of the day, teen Dean’s journey into manhood led him to realize that he doesn’t get that life, he has to go protect Sam.
That’s what Dean has been doing ever since John handed off his baby brother when Mary was set on fire. The show nailed it, especially by having Dean give Sonny a firm, manly handshake before leaving, showing that he really did grow up and become a man.
The fact that the ghost story involved a kid being protected and dealt with a mom who was burned alive only added to the Winchester family drama.
Ending with Sam thanking Dean, and Dean acting like it’s no big deal, was also perfect. To me, this whole episode was about how Dean learned to accept that everything he does, everything he will ever do, is to protect Sam.
Also, we saw Dean’s first kiss. And since he was 16 in these flashbacks, and Sam was only 15 when he was with Amy Pond, it means Sam actually started kissing girls younger than Dean. That’s just hilarious.