Who Will Save Dean's Soul?


Famine arrived on Supernatural, and other than grossing viewers out and getting ripped apart by a bloodthirsty Sam, the Horseman provided one shocking insight. According to him, Dean's soul is blackened and decayed so badly that it's as if he doesn't even have one. Can the hero of Supernatural really be soulless?


The simple answer is: yes. After Sam was brought back to life thanks to Dean's Crossroads deal, there was a lot of talk of him being brought back wrong. The same thing could be said of Dean ever since he went to Hell and was tortured for years.


This hasn't been a big issue because Dean's soul got pushed aside thanks to Castiel's arrival, the 66 Seals and Lucifer. There hasn't been a whole lot of free time since Dean came back for self reflection.


The truth is that all that time being tortured and then torturing others took its toll and his soul. Dean is still able to fight the good fight because that's who he is. The notion of Dean being a hero is so ingrained in him that even without a fully functioning soul, he's more of a hero than the average man.


The big question is: can Dean get it back? Losing a soul is easy, but getting it back is hard (just ask Spike from the end of season 6 on Buffy). My theory is that it all comes back to the final scene of "My Bloody Valentine" where Dean looks up and begs God for help.


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Feb 13, 2010 3:10AM EST

I am really interested if God will answer him...

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Feb 13, 2010 6:27AM EST

This whole soul thing is very problematic. When Dean returned from Hell, they made a big deal out of the nightmares, and then there was that crying scene by the Impala in which Dean tells us that he wishes he couldn't feel anything, which of course means that he feels a lot, and it's hella painful.
At that point, his soul certainly seemed to be doing its job. And then there's the pleasure thing. Food and women. Dean has been into both from the moment he returned from Hell, right up until "My Bloody Valentine." I remember him enjoying the hell out of that blonde barwench in "Monster Movie" and just last episode, Anna found him in a dream about strippers, for god's sake. In Swap Meat, he certainly liked his bacon burger. So, frankly, I have to either call bullpoop, or criticise the show's consistency if they mean for Famine to be in earnest.
As things stand, there's no way I'm bying that there's anything wrong with Dean's soul. He's been guiltridden since Hell, of course, and lately he's been given a lot of reason to lose what little hope he had left and be very, very depressed. And of course, badly depressed people do lose interest in a lot of things which used to bring them pleasure, so I do see that happening, but they can't suddenly up and tell us his soul isn't working because of Hell. Famine can just go f*** himself.

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Feb 14, 2010 12:41AM EST

or maybe dean isnt affected by any of the horsemen...think about it, even in "Good god, yall" there wasnt one scene where dean was fighting the "demons" in the town or even where dean saw a person with black eyes, so ya... im gonna stick to my theory that dean is just immune to the horsemen and famine is just an asshole, but equally badass.

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