Anonymous said: First of all, thank you for the incredible reply :) but, if you don't mind, I'd like to discuss a point a little more. While I totally agree with that Dean's confrontation with Sam was indeed like a game of good old cat and mouse chase, I //do// think that Dean was going to kill Sam. Sam was a second away from being a dead man. If he hadn't ducked //just// in time that would've been IT for him. Also, when you notice the force of the blow, by looking at the impact it left on the wall (1/2)
It was pretty powerful. Absolutely no messing around with that one. It may or may not have been his intention from the beginning. You talked about this certain arrogance that’s in him now and he could’ve been there to satisfy that, as well as to make sure that Sam wont get in his way again, as you already stated. But has started off as ”fun and games” definitely didn’t end up that way, for both of them, but a lot more where Sam’s concerned. Um, just let me know what you think. (2/2)
awesome that you had the first part saved just in case tumblr would fuck up! :) Now your message indeed makes much more sense to me. :)
And of course we can discuss some more, you know I am always up for some meta and spec or just good old flailing. ;)
I am kind of re-modeling my impression and opinions and ideas of that scene on a daily basis and the more info and spoilers we get. I still think that Dean didn’t really want to kill Sam, even though everything we see is pointing against it (I really don’t know why I keep thinking about it this way *sigh*). Therefore, if I am putting my headcanons aside for a moment and just look at the scene again, I have to agree with you. If Sam was just a tiny bit slower he would have been hurt badly, maybe mortally. Of course Dean trying to kill his brother serves as the ultimate indicator for how far off the reservation and how far off from True!Dean Demon!Dean is, because Human!Dean NEVER would have killed his brother (though he certainly did some very shady stuff in order to save his brother while fully knowing the repercussions of his actions may have the very same result like Sam’s wall being broken or Gadreel burning him out).
So in that vein, I guess you could say Dean coming back to the bunker to hint Sam down may have been a way for him to cut all ties with his old self of which his brother was an integral part.
That being said: The question really is WHY Dean came back in the first place, because he wouldn’t have been found by Sam unless he wanted to be found, so whatever the reason for his visit is, it might be more tied to what Sam did to find him and maybe less about Dean himself.
If we wanted to think that Dean set out to truly kill Sam one particular scenario won’t leave my mind and it’s tied to the story of Cain and Abel.
In 9x11 “First Born” it’s a huge and important moment is this one here, where Cain says him and Dean are very much alike, but Dean argues that he didn’t kill his brother.
Maybe the whole Dean/Cain and Sam/Abel is now setting off??? Either way it is interesting to keep in mind, because the sneak peek scene is the complete turnaround to what Dean said in 9x11 and just contributes to how Jensen said that Demon!Dean simply does not care about anybody. Not his family, not himself, not the car. No one (see here, here, here and here for examples).
Either way the whole clip grossly establishes that Sam is outmatched and Demon!Dean lets him feel it in any way possible and especially he lets Sam know, that nothing that used to mena something to him means anything to him anymore.