By Annalee Newitz
Last night’s Supernatural episode, “Blood Brothers,” was great for two reasons. One, it was artfully written (by Ben Edlund) and brought us back to the season’s arc while also telling a completely self-contained story. And two, it offered us a way to understand the emotional connections in Sam and Dean’s lives as battlefield romances — the bonds of soldiers whose intense feelings for each other are cleaner and more binding than anything they might get out of a heterosexual romance. Spoilers ahead!
I disagree with this quite a bit. I’m not sure why sibling jealousy is automatically modelled quasi-incestously—would you do that in another fandom? I also don’t see any sibling jealousy—I see irritation, confusion, worry, and then a great deal of confusion when Dean (who killed Amy and didn’t get Lenore) had been hanging with a vamp. No matter how many times Benny says “brother”, he’ll still only be a potential Cas replacement for me, and Sam has never been jealous of Cas. If Sam doesn’t want Dean to hunt with people other than him, he shouldn’t give up hunting. It’s not complicated, and Sam’s not emotionally stupid. Sam and Dean don’t have a battlefield romance. They have a an incredible, sometimes unheatlthy, fraternal bond. It’s not there so much because they fight at each other’s sides—it’s there because John but Sam in Dean’s arms and told him to keep his little brother safe, and that’s been what Dean’s been trying to do ever since. If Dean doesn’t quasi-mother Sam while they grow up isolated from most other normal interaction, this doesn’t happen. Yea, killing together makes you closer, but it’s a lesser bond than what the Winchesters share.