Supernatural 4.19 Review: Papa Winchester Was a Rolling Stone - Featured

Without even appearing in the episode, John Winchester made a huge impression on last night's episode of Supernatural. Unlike Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural doesn't need Jeffrey Dean Morgan to appear as a ghost to get its point across. Even though Dean was right about John's long lost son Adam Milligan being a trap, he was also wrong, because it turns out John really did have another kid.

Not only did we learn a lot more about John's secret past, but we learned more about his relationships with his sons. He showered Adam with affection and baseball games not because he loved him more, but because John wanted some level of normalcy, and he knew he could never have that with Sam and Dean after what happened to their mother.

John Winchester was fiercely protective, trying to shield Adam from the truth, but in the end, that failed. Adam was killed by a lowly Ghoul because he wasn't prepared for the world of demons. Sam and Dean, as much as they may resent the life they've been given, are only alive because of what John taught them.

More importantly, the episode ended with an interesting conundrum. Dean admitted that even though he tries his hardest to look and act like their dad, it's Sam who is actually the apple of his father's eye. Sam wasn't sure whether being compared to John was a compliment, and it's a question fans are now asking themselves.

On the one hand, John Winchester was brave and fearless, an expert hunter who cared deeply for his family. He also proved his bravery after his death, as Alastair told Dean that John refused to stop the pain of Hell by making the same deal Dean made. John sacrificed his own well-being for the greater good, something Dean wasn't able to do.

Sam, however, lives by this same code. All season long he's been drinking demon blood, slowly giving up a piece of his humanity, in order to become strong enough to defeat demons. Hunting was something he never wanted to do, but now it's his life and Sam will do whatever it takes to do it.

Supernatural has always been about the sacrifices people make. Dean was willing to give up his soul to bring his brother back to life, but that isn't the kind of sacrifice men like John and Sam believe in. Sam is giving up his humanity not to save the life of someone he loves, but for good. He's willing to go over to the dark side and drink up the demon power in order to do what must be done.

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Default avatar cat
Apr 25, 2009 5:08PM EDT

"Dean was willing to give up his soul to bring his brother back to life, but that isn't the kind of sacrifice men like John and Sam believe in."
this isn't necessarily true as John sacrificed his life to save Deans in the episode where we first meat Tessa, the reaper.

Default avatar cat
Apr 26, 2009 5:27AM EDT

agree with babygirl0305 and that sam is going for the greater good isn't necessarily true either, maybe he thinks he is but to me it looks more like he is addicted to the demonblood and the power that goes with itand btw what's with the sam and dean bashing in the article (more dean) and the comments? people, is that really necessary?

Default avatar cat
Apr 30, 2009 4:43PM EDT

I totally agree with babygirl0305 and also when dean was in hell sam offered to go hell himself in order to bring dean back.
And to all those so called fans that think season 4 has been crap (someone people have even stopped watching it?!?!?!?!) lay off the show because i think it's been the best so far!!!

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