In the Supernatural episode "First Born," Dean (Jensen Ackles) met Cain (yes that Cain, as in Cain and Abel) and the show stepped off into a new bit of mythology. Putting a twist on the biblical tale, Supernatural's version had Cain striking a deal with Lucifer to save his brother Abel from going to hell. Cain traded his soul in hell for Abel's soul in heaven and, though Lucifer agreed, the deal came with one caveat: Cain had to be the one to kill his brother and send him to heaven.
Anyone who has watched Supernatural for any length of time could draw the lines of similarity between the show's version of Cain and Abel and the Winchesters. But even knowing what Cain was forced to do to his brother, Dean didn't hesitate to accept Cain's mark so that he could wield the First Blade and (hopefully) kill Abaddon.
And with the meeting of flesh and the burning of skin, Dean went into a realm that fans have been clamoring for for a long time: His very own storyline.
Last summer, I wrote about five things that Dean could do in Season 9 and one of the things I hoped for was the older Winchester getting his own story. I said it then, but it bears repeating now — I am not, in any way, shape or form, a Sam hater. To prove that, I even wrote about five things Sam could do in Season 9. I think it's awesome that Sam (Jared Padalecki) gets some amazing story lines. I just wish that sometimes Dean would get some of his own. Stories that don't necessarily wrap around his brother, such as trading his soul for him, worrying about him or taking care of him.
Which is why I actually squealed with joy when Dean took the mark from Cain and accepted the consequences that came with it.
Now, I'm not an idiot, I am fully aware that Dean accepting that mark could mean that he will have to choose between saving the world and saving Sam. Or that he'll have to trade his soul for Sam's. Or any of another countless acts that lead right back to Sam. But for now, Dean is doing something that is wholly based on trying to kill Abaddon and save the world (again). He did it without his brother's knowledge or consent which, to me, totally qualifies it as his own story.
What will happen from here on out, I don't know, but for now I will do a Snoopy dance of joy at the prospect of seeing Dean's new story carried out.
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