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Supernatural Round Table: "Blood Brother"

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A vampire got between Sam and Dean on last Wednesday's episode of Supernatural. How did our TV Fanatic Round Table feel about "Blood Brother?"

Find out now, as staffers Sean McKenna, Carissa Pavlica and Carla Day are joined by Alice Jester (of The Winchester Family Business) for a rundown of the latest development. Read on. Jump in!

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What do you think of Sam's flashbacks? Amelia?
Carissa: I liked Sam's flashbacks better during this episode than I did previously. Learning a bit about why he was where he was and how he was being a handyman without any idea where to go gives his love story some much needed backbone.

Carla: They provide much needed perspective to what Sam went through. It's not like Dean disappeared and Sam just got a dog and fell in love the next day. Life just happened.

Alice: I’ve actually been dying for some backstory, especially from Sam. I like Amelia. She’s damaged, much like her gigantor counterpart.  I just wish we had more right now. Anyone think the dog is some sort of conspirator designed to bring them together? Agent of cupid perhaps?  Nah, probably just a dog.

Sean: They just didn't do it for me. It would be interesting if the dog was perhaps supernatural and the bringing of Amelia and Sam together was more than just mutual attraction. Yet for now, I'm not feeling their crazy love for each other and hope that we really get to see it soon.

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Why do you think Dean's waited so long to tell Sam about Benny?
Carissa: I had no idea that Sam didn't know about Benny. I think he was probably feeling guilty about befriending a vampire, especially since Cas didn't make it out of purgatory.

Carla: Dean knew Sam's reaction would be to kill Benny. A vampire is an enemy. He also feared the Sam wouldn't understand the relationship and it would drive a wedge between the brothers.

Alice: Dean knows that Sam wouldn’t understand, especially after the whole Amy mess last season. I bet Dean would have still kept Benny a secret if Sam hadn’t shown up at the docks in time. He’s trying to protect Benny. 

Sean: Dean knows Sam would want to kill him. Maybe he would never have told Sam, especially because teaming up with a monster has always been kind of a no-no. Remember when Sam worked with Ruby? It didn't end so well.

Are you glad we spent time getting to know Benny?
Carissa: Getting to know Benny has been fantastic. As I've said before, I'm a giant Ty Olsson fan and Benny as a character is very well fleshed out. Even I was surprised at just how well he was written after we learned about his vampire pack. Turning his back on the woman he loved said a lot about who he was before he was killed and who he was with Dean.

Carla: Yes, it's important for us to know why Dean is friends with him and not considered an enemy. With the coming battle between the brothers, we can at least understand Dean's perspective now. Sam and Dean have a lot to work out.

Alice: Yes. I like seeing a monster for once that isn’t a scheming savage. It’s quite refreshing. I believe Benny is good, turned by circumstances beyond his control. I hope he stays that way, even though he’s having a huge identity crisis right now. I think Dean will be the one to help him.

Sean: For sure! He's got a great personality and the situation of a monster who doesn't want to be one is interesting to watch. That and the fact that we get to see more and more of why Dean and Benny were able to work together.

What did you think of Sam's initial reaction of Benny? What will he tell Dean in the next episode?
Carissa: Sam's initial reaction to kill Benny made sense. It's what they do. There are very few supernatural characters who get away from the brothers alive. I think he's going to be pissed to learn he gave up Amelia when Dean brought back a vamp friend. The two have nothing to do with each other, but love isn't rational.

Carla: Sam's reaction was natural. He's a hunter and Benny should be the hunted. Sam's restraint says a lot about the brother's relationship though. With a simple head shake from Dean, Sam backed down. Despite the craziness of the situation, Sam accepted that Benny was not an immediate threat. Sam is not going to be happy about it, but I kinda hope Sam accepts it without much trouble.

Alice: Sam’s reaction is natural for a hunter who’s spent a lifetime hunting these things, and especially natural when he had a monster friend not too long ago that Dean killed because she killed humans. I’m certain Sam will rub that all in Dean’s face, asking for proof that Benny hasn’t killed before.

Sean: I would have been surprised if Sam actually shook hands right away, but he knows Benny is a vampire. He's bound to tell Dean all the problems with the friendship, but I hope he understands. Same as I hope Dean comes to understand better Sam's decision to want a normal life.

Do you think at some point Dean might have to choose between Sam and Benny?
Carissa: I hope not. I can't think of a scenario where he would have to choose between them, but then again, it's Supernatural and there are a lot of scenarios that I don't think about on a daily basis!

Carla: I hope it doesn't come down to Sam saying him or me type of thing. But, I wouldn't be surprised if a life or death situation arises that would require Dean to make a choice. Though, it's not much of a decision. Dean would pick Sam no matter what. It would be a more nuanced choice that would be difficult.

Alice: Yes. Only because the writers of this show are that twisted. After all, Sam had to choose between Dean and Ruby in season four, so why not put Dean in that same situation? The question becomes, who’s loyalty is deeper? If the boys don’t work out their differences, the answer in kind of obvious. They'll be a few more fangs going around.

Sean: I don't doubt it. This show loves to pit the brothers against each other and while we may just want them to get along all the time, those problems really help keep the shows and characters alive. I hope Dean doesn't have to choose, but somewhere along the line I've got a feeling there will be a moment where it comes down to Sam or Benny.

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Of course Dean will have to choose at some point they arent writing this the way they are for no reason. Thats why they are making sure we get a sympathetic view of Benny and why they didnt have Sam look for Dean . So when tragic Dean has to choose we will feel if he chooses Benny we can understand because Sam doesnt want to hunt and he didnt look for his brother so the choice doesnt make Dean look bad. Sam,s story is pointless because we know he will end up staying in hunting Amelia has been presented in a unsympathetic manner and there is zero explanation to Sam how he changed a non existent promise that Jeremy Carver has twisted to suit his idea and a claim the brothers relationship is at the heart of the show but you dont mind if we keep creating other brothers for Dean.

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It's interesting that we saw Benny's backstory right after that awful 'Bitten,' which showed how some monsters are monsters through no fault of their own. Dean is unable to explain Purgatory to Sam and; therefore, Benny, because Dean thinks, as Sam told him, that he didn't look for him (translated by Dean to mean that Sam just left him to die). I don't understand Sam's immediate reaction to Benny, given his history with Lenore and Madison and the history of both brothers working with Crowley and Meg. Sam knew Dean wasn't in any danger, so 'shoot first and ask questionss later' Sam didn't work for me. I'm going with the needed to set up the coming confrontation between the brothers. I also don't think Dean will have to choose between Sam and Benny. I think Benny is doomed vamp guy and will probably ask Dean to kill him in the end or something else will happen to where he is killed. I just want to comment on what a great idea to include "In the Hall of the Mountain King" music throughout this episode. A great Halloween piece for an episode that aired on Halloween night.

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I do think Dean needs to calm down a little bit. He's in complete warrior mode. While I do like Benny, Dean was always the one that said no matter what, you have to take them down. He's being a little bit of a hypocrite. Sam would have a reason to be annoyed with Dean for not practicing what he's been preaching to Sam all these years.
I do like that this season reminds me of the first season. Sam wants out and Dean is all in with hunting. I don't understand why Sam is acting like he's never had a normal life though. Did he not leave his family and go to college. He fell in love with someone. I also find it hard that Jess never celebrated his birthday with him.

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I loved the episode. Sammy and Dean were bound to reach an area where they went their separate ways but they should still be close and supportive. I don't have a problem with Amelia OR Lisa- they were both good for Sam and Dean respectively. I love Benny- am so glad that he and Dean are helping each other. Now Dean has a better understanding of Sammy and ironically, Sammy is now acting like the injured party lol They'll work it out.

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first off.... I don't think Sam gave up Ammlia... he has already told Dean that once he is done that he is going back to his life. Love the Benny and Dean story line. Wish we had mor PTSD for Dean. Dean has been to hell and back suffered so much taking care of Sam over the years. You know he should 'break' at least once. He hasn't. Except for a few tears about hell once. He hasn't. Want to see more of that story line. Also the Sam thing with Benny... I want the brothers to whale on each other and have a drag out fight. Still don't like Sam because he left Dean (even though he believed he was dead"... he wasn't. And Dean found a way through Sam's many deaths to get him back... Way to numerous to state. But Dean did it. Sam should have.

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Amelia just doesn't do it for me. Lisa didn't either. Blonde ruby was cool. I'm missing bobby right now. He would actually help the boys get on track and accept each other more. Sam and dean are 2 completly different people. At some point, dean has to realize that its okay for sam to have a life because that's what sam wants. Dean is equipped for happily ever after and white picket fences. If the series ended with a brother dead, it would be dean because the idea of sam having a life outside of hunting is way more realistic than dean

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Sam and Amelia's storyline is not the same as Lisa, at ALL. Dean was with Lisa cause he made a promise to Sam. Sam does love Amelia, and I prefer Amelia. Lisa was such a bitch, she wasn't even glad when Sam returned, she was actually pissed. I'm sure Amelia would care more about her brother in law (Dean) than Lisa would've love hers (Sam). About Ruby, (gosh, I hate when somebody reminds me about season 4, was such a CRAPPY season) it was obvious she was evil, it was obvious she wanted to unbound Lucifer, it was just that Sam was too "blind" to see it...Kripke turned Sam from a smart guy into a dumbass on season 4, got his character destroyed. It was obvious she was evil, since her first appereance on season 3. I'm sure Benny's storyarc is more complicated than that. Carver is smarter than doing a whole storyline all over again. This season its so awesome, love both Sam and Dean's storylines. For now, its my favorite so far.

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I like Benny, but I'm really not into a remake of the Ruby storyline, just like I'm really not into a remake of the Lisa storyline with Sam. Been there, done that, and much prefered Lisa! What's with all the sappy love stories, anyway? That's not why I watch the show. Now purgatory, that's why I watch the show! You guys didn't mention the purgatory scenes, but they were by far the best ones, in my book. Those fight scenes were uber cool. They should've just sent Sam to purgatory after Dean and filmed several whole episodes there. Especially since there's no way Sam didn't go looking for Dean.

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