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So let’s talk for a moment about Season 9 of Supernatural.
Going into the season, we were promised great things:
Regarding the “broken landscape” that season 8 left behind, we were told by Jeremy Carver to expect “A…
Choice was a significant theme in Holy Terror:
- Cas, apparently quoting Dean: ”You don’t choose what you do. It chooses you.”
- Dean: “Then I don’t have a choice. I don’t feel good about it but I don’t have a choice. It’s great to have your help, Cas.”
- Metatraon to Gadreel about God: “That’s why he chose you…”
- Muriel: “Each side is rounding up those who try to stay neutral.” (aka, the ones who don’t choose)
- Metatron to Gadreel: “Decide.”
Or how about:
- Theo: “I did what I had to.”
- Cas: “I did what I had to.”
- Dean to Sam: ”I did what I had to do.”
- Gadreel to Dean: ”I did what I had to.”
There is a whole lot of not making choices or having free will going on here.
We’ve come a long way from standing up to Michael’s taunts of “Free will is an illusion, Dean. That’s why you’re going to say yes,” and the boys who “tore up the whole script and burned the pages.” We’re seeing a whole lot more of, ”Just because you can do what you want, doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you want!"
The important thing is always that you have the choices though. And as Dean is saying, just because you can do something doesn’t mean it’s the right decision to make. (Like bringing your brother back to life to the detriment of people everywhere who are still getting harasses by demons, or making a deal with an angel who double crosses you?)
In the past, it’s been implied that humans have no true free will, until Sam and Dean changed the pre-determined fate of humanity. (Yay!) That was on a large scale—the ability of humanity to determine it’s own fate, separate from heaven. Not necessarily, the individual ability of each person to make choices in their day-to-day lives. (Although, without the former the latter—which is a subset—cannot exist.)
However, this episode displays a pretty obvious bias towards not having a choice at all. Each person or angel has made choices they regret, stating that they had to do it. Which doesn’t sound like much of a choice at all.
Cas and Dean speak of a lack of choices, while interestingly enough it is the angels who speak of having choices to make; to aid Metatron or not, to pledge allegiance to either Malachi or Bartholomew. Things have flipped from TFW vs. the unbending will of Heaven, and now no one seems happy.
In order for humans to truly control their own individual lives, I’d argue that all extraneous forces need to be purged from the earth. Demons need to be locked up in to hell, angels need to be beamed back into heaven for good. Until that happens, these other forces can still interfere with the course of anyone’s lives.
Sam and Dean aren’t fighting for the fate of the world so much anymore. Now, they’re fighting for the fates of the individuals who live there.
Extra note: Consent’s been an issue all season so far—intentional or not. This lack of an ability to choose necessitates a lack of consent.