Post your thoughts on tonight’s Garth-centric episode. And be happy that, unlike every other network, the CW doesn’t care about the State of the Union and instead gives us a new episode. Click HERE for my full recap or keep reading for my analysis of Sam and Dean’s messed-up psychology.
Let’s talk about the last scene first, because all the werewolf stuff and Garth’s return were fine, but wow. Sam and Dean finally had a real conversation, and it wasn’t pretty. The problem is that I understand both points of view.
For Dean, he loves his brother. He loves him so much that he can’t imagine a world without him and will never, ever let him go. Family means EVERYTHING to him. From the moment his dad put him in charge of holding Sam in the opening scene of the pilot, it’s how Dean has operated.
But he needs to say that. He can’t just say “We’re family” and hope that solves everything. He also needs to apologize. He kind of did, but he didn’t actually say “I’m sorry.” He blamed the changing playbook and how everything is upside-down, and sure, it is, but he still needs to apologize.
Sam, on the other hand, needs to accept Dean’s love. Sam has never wanted to be in the family business, he’s always tried to run away from it (going to college, settling down with Amelia). He wants something more and he’s willing to do anything to get away from it. It’s why he was ready to move on and die in the season 9 premiere. But Dean won’t let him, and he has to find some way to accept that. Despite Sam’s apparent claim that it’s an either/or situation when it comes to Hunters and brothers, that will never happen. They’re brothers AND Hunters.
Of course this is all my analysis of the subtext and the boys need to find a good couples’ therapist to help them work through all of these issues. The final scene of this episode, painful as it was, was, for me, about how they’re both in the wrong. Dean needs to apologize for real and Sam needs to accept it that, while saying “We’re family” isn’t enough, it doesn’t change the fact that they ARE family. Despite Garth’s newfound happiness, you don’t actually get to pick your family.
Sorry for the rant, but I’m so invested in this brotherly relationship and scenes like that one just get me riled up.
Elsewhere in the episode, it was nice to see Garth again and nice that he got some kind of life, even if it’s as a werewolf. I liked all of the Norse mythology tie-ins. Surprisingly, I realized this is only the third episode in nine seasons to actually focus entirely on werewolves. And the others are two of my favorites: “Heart” (which, despite not being mentioned, might have subconsciously influenced Sam’s thinking since settling down with a werewolf girlfriend hits close to home) and last season’s “Bitten” 9the documentary episode that I absolutely loved).
Even if it wasn’t a happy ending for the brothers, at least this case brought them back together, where they belong. Now they can at least try to work out their issues.