I know, I know - this is *not* the kind of meta notes I've been long due (and boy, has it been a looooooong while! - RL deadlines coupled by an urgent family crisis, pushing onto quite a bit of a tragedy, really has a knack of getting in the way of fannish indulgement, hiatus or no hiatus). I still owe myself - what is it? three by now? - episode overviews (which would probably add up to four, given the next ep. airs tonight). The weirdest part is that I want to say *so* much about the 6.16-6.18 sequence, up to taking notes at random times and carrying out extended inner monologues, that it tantamounts to zero output posted. Go figure... There's a long weekend coming up - so I'm raising hopes for working myself into the productive overview mood again.
Anyhow, having read around a bit and pieced together some random threads of speculation that irked me upon watching the episode, there's this one idea I've got concerning 6.18 character layout. Namely - Samuel Colt and pra-Elkins - the two "elders" of the profession, decidedly framing the structure and character interaction of the episode. Mind you, Dean is the one, interacting with Elkins the most, Sam is the one - interacting with Colt.
So, what have we got? Samuel Colt (the token pra-hunter we know of in the SPN 'verse), depicted in a close proximity to omniscient. Samuel Colt - decidedly 'retired' from the hunting life (out of the picture?) having completed a grand project, in the know of the kind of a curse his state-of-the-art creation (the Colt) is, despite it's obvious hunting efficiency. Samuel Colt, making up his mind (for reasons, explicitly omitted - we got to hear Sam's argument, but very little of the actual effect it evoked in Colt, once Sam had rested his case) to supply the means for the Winchesters' strife, but still pointedly refusing to get involved personally. And finally, Samuel Colt, casually warning against believing everything you read. In the universe, where 'the Book' (of Fate, Destiny and all things preordained) has been allegedly defenestrated due to the aborted Apocalypse.
And we've got pra-Elkins, described quite discreetly as the one to have been around 'longer than God'. Elkins - to appoint (or rather, promote) Dean into a position of ultimate power within that micro-'verse: the sheriff. The kind of position, incidentally, Cas claimed in Heaven upon resurrection in Swan Song. The position of power (law and order!) that, eventually, resulted into a casualty, which was remarkably both justified and not: the Deputy had it coming for being a jerk, a rapist and a murderer, but still died as an overlook in Dean's bait-scenario, making his demise still on Dean. 6.11 and Death's lesson in actions, effects and responsibility for one's power-decisions within the framework of Natural Order and one-person-justice, anyone?
Besides, wasn't Death the one claiming to be reaping God one of those days? Kinda suggestive as to who's gonna be around *longer* than God, ain't it?
So, my point is: have we (and the Winchesters) actually rendezvoused with God and Death (or suitable incarnations thereof) in Sunrise, Wyoming? If so - to whatever end? Besides educational, of course. For those kinds of encounters never come without a reason - be it metaphoric or literal. Guess, we'll have to see how well the brothers have acknowledged their respective lessons.