Where Supernatural sets up the theme where Sam and Dean continue to save the other from death, no matter what the cost. Had forgotten it was so early on.
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I refused to believe right from the beginning of season 9 that Gadreel was evil. Why? Because Dean trusted him. Even before Cas vouched for “Ezekiel”.
So I found this quote from a fic I’m currently reading incredibly fitting:
"For religious and occult purposes, ‘righteous’ has a specific meaning. I remember a reference to it in the writings of Albertus Magnus, a 13th Century German Dominican friar. Roughly translated: ‘He was a righteous man. Heaven had blessed him with a clarity of vision in matters of good and evil. His judgment was absolute. His compassion was without boundaries, his mercy was divine mercy, and his anger was the wrath of God.’" (elfinblue, When Worlds Collide)
(Note: I’m going to assume that people have a basic understanding of Christianity, both for the sake of ‘brevity’ and because I am by no means a theologian. I’m also someone who is very much irreligious so any belief or dogma brought up is done so strictly to illustrate a mythological point for the sake of literary analysis and nothing else.)
I’m someone who is fascinated by mythology. Judeo-Christian mythology is one that I have a particular interest in, mostly because of the impact it’s had on Western literature and history. It doesn’t shock me one bit that I gravitated to Supernatural, considering how much of its plot and themes are taken almost verbatim from that very mythos and then played around with in very creative and intelligent ways. What is shocking to me, or rather, peculiar, is the notable absence of one all important figure from that mythos in Supernatural’s proceedings, namely, Jesus Christ.
Now, Jesus isn’t totally absent from Supernatural. The use of holy water and rosaries, a blink-and-you’ll- miss-it comment about to the gospel writer Luke being a prophet from the mouth of Castiel and the Spear of Destiny being held in the Men of Letters bunker clearly imply that Jesus Christ is, in fact, part of the mythos, he’s just not directly involved in the narrative. It’s totally understandable why he’s not. Jesus is an extremely delicate subject and playing around with him even slightly would no doubt insight cries of blasphemy. Using him directly as a character would skew the shows theological stance (which, despite its Abrahamic tendencies, is planted firmly in an alternating blend of Maltheism, Agnosticism, and Universalism) too much in favor of Christianity.
But perhaps Jesus is only referenced in passing, instead of being an actual character like Cain or Gabriel, not because he can’t be or because he doesn’t fit into the narrative, but because he already is a character. Being played around with on a weekly basis, just wrapped ever so discreetly in the guise of another character who plays the role of Christ figure. Christ figures are, after all, immensely common genre fiction so it’s only logical that Supernatural would have one. Who is Supernatural’s Christ figure you might ask? The answer is simple: Dean Winchester.
By all accounts Dean didn’t start off as a Christ figure. (I think that Dean did, at least in hindsight, as I will discuss). At first, Dean was intended to be, quite literally, the Han Solo to Sam’s Luke Skywalker. Sam is the character who was originally intended to have the Hero’s Journey and at first, Sam is set up as a messiah figure, with mysterious circumstances pertaining to his infancy, mystical powers and supernatural ‘parentage’. Unfortunately for Sam, because of Kripke’s strong desire for him to ‘Go Dark’ and with the introduction of the ‘Light Side’ of Supernatual’s mythology, this morphed into him becoming an Antichrist, all be it a reluctant one, requiring Dean, as the other protagonist, to fill the Christ void. As Sam became more and more of an Antichrist, Dean became more and more of a Christ (a case and point of ‘Death to the Author’).
The first example of Dean as a Christ figure comes in the form of Passion narrative as it relates to Dean’s own. In 2.22, Dean sells his soul so that Sam can be brought back to life after he is murdered by a Psychic Kid, Jake. At the end of that same episode, Dean kills the demon Azazel. Dean sacrifices himself to atone for another’s sin, brings salvation to another and in the end destroys a force of Evil, the whole of Christ’s mainstream theological narrative told in the span of forty minutes. This is done even more overtly in 3.16, when Dean’s deal is due. Dean dies bloody and in agony, attacked by hell hounds. The final shot is of him in Hell hung up by chains and hooks in his wrists, ankles and side, screaming for help, an allusion to both the crucifixion and to the five Scared Wounds. Dean then remains in Hell for forty years were he is tortured and tempted by Alastair until Heaven resurrects him in 4.1, a parallel both to Jesus’ descent into Hell following his death and before his resurrection, as stated in the Apostle’s Creed, and to his forty days of fasting in the desert where he is tempted by Satan as stated in the Synoptic Gospels.
This is repeated yet again in 9.23 and even more overtly. Dean voluntarily squares off alone against the self-made false messiah Metatron. Dean is viciously beaten by Metatron who then stabs him in the chest with an angel sword for his trouble. Sam arrives and carries the mortally wounded Dean away in a vain attempt to save him and Dean then dies in Sam’s arms. At the end however, Dean is resurrected thanks to the power of the Mark of Cain and the First Blade. After Dean is stabbed with the angel sword, his body is shown collapsing to the floor along with the Angel Tablet being broken by Castiel, after which there is an earthquake. This a parallel both to the crucifixion story in The Gospel of John in which Jesus is pierced with a lance to make sure he’s dead and to the Gospel of Mathew were at the point of Jesus’ death, an earthquake is said to occur and the veil to the Holy of Holies in The Temple is torn.
The next example comes in the form of Dean being an apocalyptic figure. The Messiah is, in both Jewish and Christian understanding, someone who will bring an end to the current order, the end of the world. Dean does just this in 5.22 when he stops the battle between Michael and Lucifer, rendering Fate obsolete. Also, in 4.16 Dean is stated in to be the Righteous Man and in 5.1 to be the Michael Sword. The Righteous Man is the one who is destined to break the first Seal and hence start the Apocalypse and, subsequently, is the only one who can end it. The Michael Sword is the true vessel of Michael, the one he uses to fight and destroy Lucifer. Both of these are, as stated in the Book of Revelation, things Christ is and does. In the book of Revelation, Christ is referred to as the Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and The End. Christ is the one who opens the seven Seals which start the Apocalypse and is the one who, with the help of the Heavenly Host, combats Satan and throws him and his army back into Hell, ending the Apocalypse.
This brings me to my next point: Michael and Christ. In a general sense, Michael is the most direct stand in for Christ (the dogmatic/supernatural entity as opposed to the person of Jesus). Both have a lot in common with one another. Christ is, according to mainstream Christian theology, God’s only begotten Son. Michael is the first born angel, God’s eldest son. According to the Book of Revelation, Christ will take down Lucifer, the Antichrist and the False Prophet in a climatic final battle known as Armageddon. He’s a bad ass too, riding atop a white horse with a sword in his mouth, his eyes made of fire and his robe dipped in blood as he leads all the angels and saints into battle. Michael is the leader of Heaven’s army and it is Michael and Michael alone who can destroy Lucifer. There is a theological basis for this connection as well. In some Christian sects, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Advents, Christ and Michael are believed to be the same entity.
Dean parallels Michael. Both are eldest and obedient sons to an absent father and both have rebellious younger brothers. Both are warriors. Dean is also the true vessel of Michael, the human man that is destined to give Michael, son of God and slayer of Lucifer, corporal form. In Christian theology, the man who served that purpose for Christ was Jesus of Nazareth. In this way, Dean is analogous to Jesus and Michael is analogous to Christ and together they make Jesus Christ.
This is long, but an interesting theological/mythological analysis of SPN.
S.H.I.E.L.D + Supernatural why the hell not.
Up too late drawing shit again. Bartonlife2012.
Oh. God. Yes.
greek mythology is just a bunch of incest and backstabbing
sorry did you say greek mythology or supernatural
Ladies and gentlemen; they’ve saved the world. Twice.
castiel | best moments
I want to talk about everything but also Jensen’s accent.
It’s rather hypnotizing.
A wall. A wall? A wall? A wall. A wall? A wall. A.. *17 hours later* A wall? A wall. A wall?…
humpty dumpty sat on a wall. A WALL. A WALL? A WALL. A WALL? A WALL. A WALL?
Reminds me of that acting game/exercise that I never understood. “This is a wall.” “A what?” “A wall.” “A what?” “A wall.” “Oh a wall.”