Supernatural Season 8: Will Dean Winchester Get His Family Back?
Sam Winchester's Love Life
In interviews at Comic Con, it was hinted that Sam Winchester will have a love interest in season 8 of Supernatural. Apparently someone likes Sam(Jared Padalecki) with his shirt off. Good for him, the guy's life has been painful for such a long time with Ruby and his now-gone werewolf girlfriend, so he needs something good to hold on to. But it got me thinking, What about Dean Winchester's love life?
Dean Winchester's Family
Dean Winchester had a family in season six of Supernatural. He had a good son and loving wife who knew Dean's past as a hunter and wasn't scared of him (for awhile, anyway). They were supposed to be his "happy" ending after Sam Winchester put Lucifer back in his box.
Looking back, you saw how Dean felt about having a kid when he ran into Ben back in season 2. He was at curious,maybe even horrified (they seemed so much alike, he thought they were related). But he came to love the idea as he smiled when the kid hit on girls and beat down a bully. It was "Little Dean" and it was very cute.
But it was all destroyed by Crowley's shenanigans and Dean's gray moral choice.
Erasing Memory, the Right Course?
To make his family forget he ever existed was cruel for Dean to do to himself and them. It also robbed Supernatural of the chance to have Dean change and evolve as a character. Without his family, he reverts somewhat to what he was before, a way-too-easily-excited dog--referring to his female attractions here-- and a hunter with only his brother and Bobby Singer to hang on to.
Anothing thing which can be mentioned is Bobby Singer. He wished Dean could move on, to be one of the ones who make it alive. Dean should've gotten his shot at a normal life. Bobby hoped for that at the end of season 5.
With that in mind, I wonder if Dean'll remember how much Bobby loved him and Sam like they were his own--Bobby did tell a reaper to stick it afterall. The reason I mention this is we saw what fatherhood meant to Bobby and how it affected him. Will Dean start to miss that with regards his own?
Could the Family Stick Together?
I think the Supernatural writers could've made it work, somehow. Maybe they could've made the wife come to terms with hunting after getting saved. Maybe they could get her a small revenge arc where she plotted the death of a demon. Or maybe Ben could've convinced Dean that he loved him and wanted him still in his life, and the wife could do the same. I don't know exactly what scenario would work (there are many more than the ones I mentioned), but it seems a shame to cut Dean Winchester off from this great source of character development.
Also, season 7's events where Sam and Dean Winchester became criminals could lead to a possibly interesting episode Dean tries to convince them otherwise only to fight off a leviathan later (this is a possibility if they choose to reunite the family). Maybe they can have a flashback sequence similar to Castiel. Play some awesome awesome music and we're good to go.
Chuck Hates Dean Winchester--P.S. Love You Chuck
It's cruel how they treat Dean at times. I mean, he went to Hell, dealt with a druggie brother, fought off angels and demons alike, saw his mother die twice (one time in ghost form), witnessed Sam dying, was killed by hell hounds, etc. And that was in the first five seasons.
But in season 6 and 7, he lost his family after almost losing them to Crowley, nearly became a vampire and almost attacked his son. Castiel betrayed him and became mad with souls. He killed an actual monster daughter of his in "Slice Girls." Bobby Singer is gone. And now he's in Purgatory, meeting probably every bloody thing he ever hunted.
Chuck owes Dean a beer majorly.
My Closing Thoughts on Dean Winchester and Family
I honestly feel family and "real world" responsibilities have to come into the picture at some point, and Dean already has one set up. All the writers need to do is reunite them. It would add a new dynamic and might make the show more lighthearted.
These are my thoughts on Dean Winchester in season 8 of Supernatural. Please leave feedback whether positive or negative or comments. No spoilers please, unless it's from official interviews from the cast or writers. Thank you so much for reading.