>>So I’ll break with tradition a little bit here. I’m going to write assuming you’ve seen to at least the end of season five of Supernatural. If you haven’t, this will likely spoil you on a lot of things.<<
Yep, spoilers! I will kindly cut them out for those who are watching along for the first time. Here's your take-away from this episode, courtesy of Zeroth, who sees all. Well, lots.
>>“Faith” establishes that start, establishes the character of both of the brothers, so that we can get that pay off through the seasons. So that we understand why Dean does what he does.
In the hospital, he says, “- Look, Sammy, what can I say, man, it’s a dangerous gig. I drew the short straw. That’s it, end of story.” That is the ending Dean sees for himself. And we see the roots in the cycle the brothers are trapped in starting here. Sam’s intense drive to save Dean at all costs someone else their life, a life they were entitled to until it was cut short for Dean’s sake.
And the only person who seems to feel guilty about this is Dean.
So, “Faith” is a long-term investment in establishing who these brothers are and what kind of choices they make under duress, to show change and growth.<<