Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester on The CW’s Supernatural.
Usually, Sam is the one who brings me to tears, but I have to say that I was beyond impressed with Jensen Ackles’s performance in season 15 episode 5. It really made me think about how far Dean has come as a character, as I started to come to terms with the fact that we are nearing the end of his journey.
For me, Dean has always been the charming one to bring us some much needed comic relief to break up some of the angst and tension we often see throughout the seasons. Dean has certainly had some truly epic and emotional moments as well, but there was something so real and moving about his conversation with Ashley in season 15 episode 5.
Please note spoilers are ahead if you are not up-to-date on the series.
During Dean’s talk with Ashley, he takes a moment to self reflect, especially after Ashley wonders if they might be better off with a set route for their lives. We have previously seen Dean struggle with this, wondering if they are all just Chuck’s puppets, but in this moment, he actually finally realizes that his life is so much more than that.
Dean talks about how much he loves his job and says that he enjoys helping people and that’s the point. It’s about all the small moments and it’s not supposed to be easy. It may not be possible for Dean to save everyone, but every action counts and he recognizes that here.
Even though we later find out that Ashley is actually Lilith, it still doesn’t erase the honest and reflective moment here for Dean. I’ve been watching his character grow for 15 seasons and this was the first time I truly stopped to both smile and cry at his words. Maybe it’s because I know we are approaching the end or maybe it is because I was so proud of Dean for finally realizing that his actions do matter.
What’s next for Dean? We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like he is ready to find some impossible way to stop Chuck/God. I can’t ignore Sam’s dreams or visions and I’m wondering if one brother will truly have to take down the other? This isn’t the first time we have seen a plot like this on SPN, but since we are in the last season, all bets are off.
I don’t want us to lose Dean, but he is no stranger to sacrifice and he would do anything to protect Sam.
Either way, I’m excited to see some more adventures for the Winchester brothers and I’m hoping that there is some way for Dean to make it out of this OK. I sort of just want him to be able to take on the open road at the end of the series, riding off into the sunset, but nothing is ever that easy on SPN.
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