Posts Tagged ‘Henry Winchester’

I was going on about the latest Supernatural episode to a friend (who does not watch the show) and halfway through my rather long-winded rant, she just stopped me and asked “Why do you care so much about these people? They aren’t real!”

(In case you’re wondering, she’s not a very GOOD friend…)

Anyway, it actually got me to thinking, because I do talk and talk and talk about these character and about how much it hurts when I see them hurt. Especially last Wednesday’s episode, with Dean giving his customary “I’m totally worthless,” speech again. Honestly, either I’m a masochist or I just have no soul because a sane person would not continue to put themselves in such a position to be hurt again and again.

After thinking (and thinking and thinking) I’ve decided that this show means quite a lot to me for many reasons. I am a fandom nerd, I admit it. I obsess over many fandoms, Supernatural is only one of them. However, it has become the one that I obsess over the most. It’s the one that hurts the most, the one that I get the most excited for and the one I spend the majority of my time annoying friends with.

The thing that attracted me to the show wasn’t the monsters and the fight scenes… It was the characters.

First it was Sam and Dean and their relationship with one another. Their bond, that Die-For-Each-Other love is what makes them so amazing. Those moments whenever I can watch them interacting and smiling and teasing each other…

There are those awful periods where Sam and Dean are fighting, and it just tears at my heart to see them at odds. I get the intense urge to grab then and throw them into a room, telling them they either hug and make up or they die. A lot of this season has had me screaming at my computer screen in anger because of their fighting. Thankfully, the latest episodes are bringing me hope and the direction that things are going is making me very, very happy.

Then there’s John Winchester. A lot of people seem to hate John and claim that he was a bad father, but John was always doing the very best that he could do and he loved no one more than his sons. He wasn’t the best father in the world, but the fact that he tried is what makes me love him so much. Many fathers don’t even do that.

The worst part is, I had always thought that John’s loyalty to family, him drilling that same loyalty and family responsibility into his children… I thought that was because his own father had taught him the same. Then we met Henry and I realized that it was just the opposite. John was so dedicated to his family, because he was striving to be the father he never had.

And it’s not just the Winchesters that have managed to wrap themselves up into my heart. From the moment he was introduced I was in love with Castiel and he only became a more and more compelling and relatable character as the show moved forward.

The thing about Cas that I love so much is the fact that I relate to him so well. I mean, I can find things that remind me of myself in the other characters, but with Cas his struggle with faith, both in himself and in God, was very similar to my own struggles with faith and religion. Something just… clicked with Cas. There isn’t a character on the show I’m more willing to forgive for any wrongdoing than Cas.

I’ve been angry with Sam and Dean for months at a time, but I can’t really ever seem to be too mad at Cas, even whenever he didn’t listen to Dean or when he nearly got them all killed… I just wanted to hug him and tell him it would be okay, but I couldn’t make myself be angry at him.

So… maybe it does sound a little strange to say that I get angry at fictional characters, or that I cry when they’re hurt, or that whenever things are looking up for them I smile, but these characters are so real that I cannot help it. I connect with them, I love them, I hate them and I want them to win and be happy. They’re very real to me. That’s why this show means so much to me. That’s why I care.

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Basically… I got really, really bored and decided to give each character and a few of my favorite pairings a “theme song”, if you will. I made it a bit challenging by limiting myself to only songs from my iPod.

And here it is, along with a sample of lyrics that make me think of each character or pairing. If anyone has any other ideas, or maybe characters they’d like to see here let me know…

Show:

Supernatural: This is War – 30 Seconds to Mars / Carry on Wayward Son – Kansas

–      This is War:
“A warning, to the people,
The good and the evil
This is war,”

–      Carry on Wayward Son:

“Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man,
It surely means that I don’t know”

Characters:

Sam Winchester: Innocent – Taylor Swift

–     “Did some things you can’t speak of
But at night you live it all again
You wouldn’t be shattered on the floor now
If only you had seen what you know now then…”

Castiel: Wide Awake – Katy Perry

–      “Thunder rumbling, castles crumbling
I am trying to hold on
God knows that I tried, seeing the bright side
I’m not blind anymore
I’m wide awake…”

Lucifer: Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood

–      “He’s the devil in disguise
A snake with blue eyes,
And he only comes out a night
Gives you feelings that you don’t wanna fight
You better run for your life”

Dean Winchester: Citizen/Soldier – 3 Doors Down

–      “Hope and pray that you never need me
But rest assured I will not let you down
I walk beside you, but you may not see me
The strongest among you may not where a crown”

Bobby Singer: What About Me – Keith Urban

–      “Sometimes I can’t help thinking:
What about me?
Some days go by that I don’t even see
I’m doing everything right, and I can’t break free
Is this the way it’s always gonna be?
What about me?”

John Winchester: Stand – Rascal Flatts

–      “When push comes to shove, You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ’til you break, ‘Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up, Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong, Wipe your hands, shake it off,
Then you stand”

Adam Milligan: Ave Mary A – P!nk

–      “Of the chaos around me, The devil that hounds me
I need you tell me…Child be still
If the darkest hour comes, before the light
Where is the light? Where is the light?
If the darkest hour comes before the light
Where is the light? Where is the light? Where is the light?!”

Mary Winchester: Unknown Soldier – Breaking Benjamin

–      Full of fear, never clear
I’ll be here, fighting forever
Curious, venomous, you’ll find me
Climbing to Heaven
Never mind, turn back time
You’ll be fine
And I will get left behind”

Henry Winchester: I Am Human – Brian Buckley Band

–      ‘Cause one day I will speak my goodbyes
One day we will speak our goodbyes
One day I won’t run, I won’t hide
One day, one day…
‘Cause I am human, I am human…
I am human and I will let you down”

Gabriel: Hands Held High – Linkin Park

–      “Risk something, take back what’s yours
Say something that you know they might attack you for
‘Cause I’m sick of being treated like I have before,
Like it’s stupid standing for what I’m standing for
Like this wars really just a different brand of war”

Meg: Bad Kids – Lady Gaga

–      “I’m a bad kid and I will survive
Oh I’m a bad kid, don’t know wrong from right
I’m a bad kid and this is my life
Oh now the fact is, don’t know wrong from right”

Ruby: Welcome to Hollywood – Mitchel Musso

–      “I’m so glad I got to know you,
Now I know what I’m supposed to do
(You only think about you)
Friendly faces I’ve been seeing,
Now I know they’re far from being true
(You only think about you)”

Samuel Campbell: Had Enough – Breaking Benjamin

–      “You had to have it all,
Well have you had enough?
You greedy little bastard,
You will get what you deserve”

Crowley: For Your Entertainment – Adam Lambert

–      “I’m about to turn up the heat
It’s alright, you’ll be fine, Baby, I’m in control
Take the pain, take the pleasure I’m a master of both
Close your eyes, not your mind, let me into your soul”

Pairings:

Destiel: Brighter – Paramore

–      “Well this is not your fault
But if I’m without you, then I will feel so small
And if you have to go,
We’ll always know that you shine brighter
Than anyone does”

Samifer: Gonna Get Caught – Demi Lovato

–      “Don’t say, that you need me
And don’t play these games with my mind
You better get out of my head
‘Cause you’re wasting your time”

Dean/Lisa: Happy Ending – MIKA

–      “This is the hardest story,
That I’ve ever told
No hope, no love, no glory
Happy ending’s gone forevermore”

Sam/Jessica: What Hurts the Most – Rascal Flatts

–      “Still harder, getting up, getting dressed
Living with, this regret
But I know, if I could do it over,
I would trade, give away,
All the words that I’d saved,
In my heart, that I’d left unspoken”

John/Mary: Breathe – Taylor Swift

–      “And we know it’s never simple, never easy
Never a clean break, no one here to save me
You’re the only thing I know like the back of my hand
And I can’t breathe without you, but I have to
Breathe without you, but I have to”

Character: Henry Winchester

First Appearance: S8E12, “As Time Goes By”

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I don’t think I should have to say it, but here it is: SPOILERS for Supernatural Season 8, Episode 12 “As Time Goes By”

There, now that you have been sufficiently warned… Let’s talk about Henry Winchester.

 

I knew I was going to love Henry based on the sheer fact that he was John’s father. I was thrilled to be learning more about John’s past, since all we’ve ever really heard is that he was a Marine who fought in Vietnam. I’ve always been curious about John’s family, since we know Mary’s family was all dead, I wondered if Sam and Dean knew about their dad’s family, and now we know.

It took five minutes, that was it. Five minutes and my heart melted for Henry Winchester. There is just something about Winchester men that makes them totally irresistible and wonderful on an epic scale.

I gotta say, the episode wasn’t what I expected. I heard they were doing time travel again (something I always love) and assumed angels must’ve been involved (angels, or the Doctor, but I didn’t get my hopes up there..) so whenever we started out in 1958 and it turns out that Henry is the one doing the traveling through time… Well, I was surprised.

I just have to ask though… is there just some rule that says the Winchesters can never be happy? That their lives just have to be awful? Really, I’m seriously. Let’s just take a look at all the Winchester men.

First, there’s John. He thought his father abandoned him when he was just a child, the woman he loved was brutally killed by a demon and he spent upwards of a hundred years in Hell being tortured. Now he’s God knows where, doing God knows what and he’ll never know what really happened to his father.

Then, we have Sam and Dean and I really don’t think I could ever accurately sum up the awfulness that is their lives.

And then Adam Milligan, the Winchester everyone forgets for some reason that pisses me off. Adam never did anything to deserve his fate, being trapped in Lucifer’s Cage with Michael and Lucifer, being two pissed off archangels’ punching bag for… lemme think… nearly 500 years now. The poor kid has to be mush at this point.

And now we have Henry, the man who travelled through time to stop a demon who killed his friends, who accidentally abandoned his son and never got the chance to know him and then who died because of the demon that fucked up his whole life.

Yeah, the Winchesters are cursed and the writers of Supernatural are doing this on purpose. They’re giving us these brilliant characters to fall in love with, just so they can take them from us.

Henry was such a brilliant character. I loved that he was a “Man of Letters” and the way he regarded hunters and his sheer horror at the fact that John had become a hunter, along with John’s kids… It was so sad and sweet.

I think my heart broke to pieces whenever Dean told Henry about what John’s life had been, and watching Henry read through John’s journal just about killed me, it was so… Oh, there just isn’t a word for it. When Henry realized he wasn’t going to make it back, that he wasn’t going to be able to raise his son… The tears were burning my eyes! It was so… heart-wrenching.

I didn’t expect Henry to die either… I knew he wasn’t going to make it back, of course. I’ve watched enough Doctor Who to know how time travel works. But I didn’t expect that sacrifice at the end. I gotta say, I was surprised at how calm Dean seemed… I get it, he hardly knew Henry and his last grandfather wasn’t exactly a great man.

Of course, I wasn’t surprised Henry would give his life for them… Winchesters just have that annoying habit of doing those self-sacrificing things. It’s why I love them, and hate them.

Henry was… is adorable the right word for it? For a grown man… Yeah, adorable seems like the right word. Funnily enough, I was reminded of Captain America. There was something very Steve Rogers-ish about Henry. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but my heart was his and I just spent most of the episode wanting to hug the guy and make it better.

Seeing Sam and Dean standing over his grave, Dean remarking about how their family tree was “a whole lot of dead” was just… heartbreaking. Honestly, the entire episode was heartbreaking and awful.

All I could think of was the fact that John will never know how much his father loved him, how much he wished he’d been there for him… The entire thing just had me in tears. These time travel episodes are never anything but angst and pain and a bunch of impossible situations that they just can’t fix.

It was only one episode, and my heart is aching for Henry and I already miss him. I’ve been crying since season two that I want John to come back, and now I’m crying that I want Henry back as well. This show will undoubtably be the death of me…