Did Dean Pass the Test in Supernatural ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin’

It’s Halloween on Supernatural and the Winchesters have more to worry about than the raising of Samhain and vengeful angels.  They – or specifically Dean – are being tested by God in “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” and they don’t know it.

Dean must kill the dead that Samhain raised.  Photo courtsey of CW

Dean must kill the dead that Samhain raised. Photo courtsey of CW

How cool is it that God thinks Dean is special enough for angels to heed his decision?  It’s not exactly leading an army of angels, but still . . .

I know it was less about faith in Dean and more about testing him, but I’m still glad Dean realized he had a trump card and played it.  The whole I’m-special-enough-to pull-from-Hell-so-I’m-not-leaving really pissed off the new angel in town – Uriel (Robert Wisdom of The Wire).

I liked the introduction of another angel.  And like Castiel, he’s not all about fluffy goodness.  Uriel is a specialist – he purifies towns.

It’s interesting that the line between good and evil was blurred a little more tonight.  Are the angels (and God if the order came from him) really good if they are willing to smite a town of 1214?  Sure it might save six billion in the end, but is it the righteous thing to do?

I love that Dean – originally a non-believer – comforts Sam – the one who prays regularly – when he’s disappointed after meeting the angels.  Sam tells Dean that he thought they’d be different.  And Dean tells him not to let a few rotten apples ruin it for him, adding “Babe Ruth was a dick, but baseball is still great.”

But Sam was dealing with his own fine line, which he crossed again by using his demon powers.  I was screaming at the TV, “don’t do it Sam.”  But apparently he didn’t listen to me.  He used his psychic abilities to send Samhain back to Hell.  Something that Uriel warns him is very dangerous.

In the end, they save the town (or most of it).  But at what cost?  Another one of the 66 seals has been broken.  Sam used his Demon powers.  The Winchesters got on the bad side of Uriel, who already seemed to have it in for the “mud monkeys.”  And the Impala got egged!

But the real question is did Dean pass the test?

Dean thinks he failed, but would do it over again.  Castiel showed doubt, revealing that he has questions of his own if that plan is just.  As for me, I’m not sure – it depends on what the test was for.

If God wanted to know if Dean could sacrifice a few for the greater good, then yes he failed.  But if God was testing Dean’s ability to lead and get the job done, then I think he passed

What do you think?

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5 Responses to Did Dean Pass the Test in Supernatural ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin’

  1. […] Did Dean Pass the Test in Supernatural ‘It’s The Great Pumpkin’ […]

  2. I think he did.

    You’re right, it was ironic for Dean to comfort Sam in his confusion regarding heaven/angels and God. I think he’s being such a great older brother more than anything. It doesn’t make him a true believer but he’s just making sure that Sam’s okay and that he won’t feel such disappointment against what he believes in.

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  5. Mic says:

    I think Dean did pas the test because sacrificing the innocent to serve your own needs is what the demons do. It is an act of evil. Each life is a important as the other and no one life is expendable. Only by holding al life as precious can an individual remain whole, good and decent and win the war. Considering the revilations of the latest two part eppy ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ testing Dean to see if he’s will to sacrifice others. The correct answer being no would be supported. After 30 years of tortour he cracked and became the tortourer so ‘will he submit to that damn the others and save my own ass’ attitude again may be the quistion that neads answering and he answered correctly. A resounding NO.

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