Supernatural: More Fuel for the John Fire
Yep, it seems John was in town 19 years ago investigating a bunch of grave robberies. He suffered a "hunting accident" and went to the local hospital, where Kate -- Adam's mom -- cared for him. Romance -- or at least nookie -- blossomed, and nine months later, a son was born. John didn't know about Adam until the boy was 12, but he embraced him -- visited when he could, took him to baseball games on his birthday, bought him his first beer, taught him to drive in the Metallicar... it's that last bit that makes Dean snap. We're John's sons, you're an imposter or a demon or a shapeshifter or a SOMETHING, and I cannot, WILL not, believe you're who you say you are!
But Dean is eventually convinced -- there are a whole bunch of happy John pictures, the times John was with Adam coincide with blank or cryptic parts of the journal, and Kate was apparently grabbed by something that dragged her into the air duct and caused a big mess. Let's face it -- contact with John often leads to contact with monsters. So now the boys just have to figure out what to do about it. And where the guys end up on the issue is surprising, because they've flipped positions from season one: Sam wants Adam to be a relentless hunter who has no outside ties, and Dean wants him to have a normal life. Dean asks Sam what's going on.
Sam: Dean, when I look at Adam, you know what I see?
Dean: A normal kid.
Sam: No. Meat. Because to the demons and monsters out there, that's all he is. So we didn't have a dog and a white picket fence, so what. Dad did right by us. He taught us how to protect ourselves. Adam deserves the same.
But Dean has a different perspective:
Dean: It's too late for us. This is our life, this is who we are, and it's fine, I accept that. But with Adam, he's still got a chance, man, he can go to school, he can be a doctor...
Sam: What makes Adam so special?
Dean: What are you jealous of the kid?
Sam: Are you? Dean, all this, it's not real. The dad Adam knew he wasn't real. The things out there in the shadows, they are real. The world is coming to an end, that's real. Everything else is part of the crap people tell themselves to get through the day.
Dean: Dad didn't have a choice with us, but with Adam he did. Adam doesn't have to be cursed!
Sam: He's a Winchester. He's already cursed.
So same adopts Adam as an alterna-brother, just like Dean did with Nick back in Sex and Violence. And just like Nick, things ain't what they seem. Sam looks at Adam and sees meat, and Adam returns the favor. That's because Adam and his mom are ghouls. They take the form of the last people they've eaten, and they decided to branch out from feasting on dead things to creating dead things on which to feast. John killed their ghoul father when he came into town all those years ago. now they're going to return the favor by killing John's sons. They trap Dean in their crypt lair, and cold cock Sam and tie him to a table. They're going to feast on him -- while he's still alive. Let the bleeding begin!
Fortunately, Dean gets out of the prison and rescues Sam. You kill a ghoul by destroying the head, so he dispatches Kate-ghoul with a headshot. Adam-ghoul gets a more personal approach -- Dean bashes his head in with a lamp. It takes a long, long time. Urg. All the while, Sam is bleeding out. Uh-oh. We're guessing he's going to need another demon transfusion soon...
The guys give Adam a Hunter's send off, torching the body. Because yes, he was John's son. John really did have another family, a normal one that didn't labor under the same curse. He really did have a son he took to ball games. He had a son who was allowed a normal life. That son got eaten by a ghoul in the end, but he had 19 years of normality -- something our boys never had. Oof.
And Dean tells Sam he's figured something out:
Dean: I finally get why you and dad butted heads so much: You two are practically the same person. I mean, I worshiped the guy -- I dressed like him, I acted like him, I listened to the same music -- but you were more like him than I will ever be. And I see that now.
Sam: I'll take that as a compliment.
Dean: You take it any way you want.
OK, so how do YOU take that? And how did you take the rest of the episode?
Has your opinion of John changed? Are you still suspicious that Adam wasn't really John's son? Did the boys' change of view on Hunting surprise you? Talk!