Ever since iamsuchaleo started speculating on the tablets (and what they mean for the end of season) I’ve been itching to talk about them. Mostly because they fit so seamlessly into the show’s previously established mythology, but also because they provide such brilliant symmetry for the characters and their individual journeys.
I was rereading rootsunknown’s utterly brilliant meta on Genre and the Main Character, and in it she talks about Sam acting as the adventure/fantasy hero.
- He’s [Sam] an eminently good person coming to grips with an inner darkness and a fate he never asked for. He has inhuman powers and has to struggle to find the best way to contain and direct them for the good of humanity.
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about SPN is its ability to combine and cross genres, and rootsunknown is exactly right in suggesting that this happens (and can happen) because they’ve embodied different genre characters in their two leads. So Sam, who is the adventure/fantasy guy, tends to get assigned tasks: i.e., he’s a far more interesting character when he’s doing something. He’s the character that needs to go from point A to point B (aka the character who needs the quest, the adventure) in order to grow and develop as a person. Without that quest, he stagnates (one of the primary complaints re Sam in S6/7 was his lack of quest, making the character almost redundant). So when it was announced that Sam would do the trials, I was not only unsurprised, but delighted (and quite shocked by the outrage in certain corners of the fandom).