Why Less Sam Was a Good Thing

A lot of Supernatural's Sam fans get a little frustrated if he's not on screen or if he doesn't get to share a lot of scenes with Dean. While this has been true this season thanks to the arrival of the angels, it doesn't mean Sam doesn't have a storyline. He has a big one.

This season, while the angels have been making plans for Dean, Sam has been busy making his own destiny. In the latest episode, On the Head of a Pin, we discovered that Sam's demonic, psychic abilities have grown to an unimaginable strength. But at what cost?

Now we know his secret: demon blood. He was fed a few drops as a baby, but now he's chugging it straight from the tap to become so strong that he can outright kill a powerful demon with a single flip of the wrist.

While fans might complain that we haven't seen much of this transformation, I think that's exactly what the writers wanted. They've been hiding Sam's development into a powerful force the same way Sam has been hiding it from Dean. He recognizes that this is what he needs to become in order to stop what's coming, but he's ashamed of it.

Now that it's coming out and Castiel has seen first hand how strong Sam is, the sky's the limit. His story arc since Dean's descent into Hell has been profound, and just because we didn't get to see every step along the way doesn't mean we don't know what happened.

Sex and Violence put the notion of a Sam vs. Dean battle into the minds of fans, and with this latest revelation, that becomes an even stronger possibility. The Winchesters are headed down different paths, and while the two may argue along the way, the interesting thing is that the destination, at least in theory, is the same.

Sam wants to get stronger so that he can stop Lilith from breaking the 66 Seals. It's the same thing the angels want Dean to do, but he's having doubts about it. The biggest moral question on Supernatural this season is: do the ends justify the means? Is it OK to kill a human if it saves humanity? Is it OK to drink demon blood if it allows you to kill other demons? Would you sacrifice everything, perhaps even your own humanity, to save the ones you love?

For Sam, the answers to those questions is Yes. However, he'd be a lot happier if no one knew about it, which is why it's been kept a secret until now.

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Apr 15, 2009 4:58PM EDT

I think that the fans shouldn't complain. Season 1 and 2 where both about Sam Sam Sam. Then finally season 3 was more about Dean..with him going to hell and now season 4 we finally see more of Dean. I mean let's face it..Dean is soooo funny and soooo hot. He crackes me up every time!! He is the only reason why I watch Supernatural. I like it! Sam is starting to really annoy me with his stupid demon blood!! What Sam is doing is just wrong!! Sam is suposed to be the smart one, but instead I think Dean is the only one who makes sense and is the smart one now. And now they have a little brother. I mean come on?! I really think that Shawn Reaves from Tru Calling should play Sam or the new little brother!! I mean he's just perfect for Supernatural!!!!

Apr 17, 2009 4:48PM EDT

Ok sams idea that dean is not strong enough is really starting to anoy me i mean it was alright to start with adding a little twist with the deamon blood but dean has proved himself time and time again that he can do what he has to. Its time sam owned up to what he really is which is an addict lol he can't stop drinking deamon blood because he likes the feeling of the power inside him.and although Dean has said he does not think he is strong enough he has taken everything thrown at him in his stride and came out on top i think sam should stop blaming everything he is doing on dean and his ability to look after himself. Dean is slowly going back to the sam guy before season 3 when he was condemed to hell. Yet what is sad is the fact that dean seems closer to castiel than he does his own brother right now and that needs to change. I think anyway, i love cas yet dean and sam need another punch up to truelly sort out their problems.

Apr 17, 2009 4:49PM EDT

ps i meant same guy not sam guy

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