December 7th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry this is late! *hangs head*
Lame I know, but I'm in awe, you always manage to outdo yourself, and I didn't think it was possible after your Devil's Trap's catalogue.
I mentioned this a little in my other comment, but it was enormously intimidating to write this meta. It's a beautiful hour of manlove, but it's almost entirely big and bold, rather than layered and gritty like ELaC. So I felt pressured to meta up to its standards (not possible) and also to find some layer to explore. Episodes like Salvation and CSPWDT are easier to meta because the characters go through some sort of evolution, but episodes like IMToD just… are. How do you meta beauty? It's impossible. I tried my best to do it justice. I suppose that's all we can do…?
it just blows my mind the way everything that happened in first season seems to have taken him straight "here".
It has been such a wonderful set-up for where they are currently, hasn't it? Everything adds up. That's a terrific feeling as a viewer, to know that things won't be forgotten.
But I like to think that Sam knows, that he's realized and "understood" Dean during the last year, recognized his loyalty for what it is.
I truly believe that, while he may very well have known certain things about Dean from their childhood years, he grew to understand Dean at last through this past year. That said, the lost years of childhood are overflowing with potential for the same sort of shared understanding. I sincerely hope we get flashbacks in the future, showing us something not quite so predictable as was the case with SW (bless its heart). I'd love to sneak at teen!Dean through Sam's eyes. What all did he understand? Did it prompt him to leave, or was it one of the hardest breaks? They've never really explored that aspect, Dean's part in Sam's choice.