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16 April 2012 @ 08:11 am
Bobby's Current Arc on Supernatural  
My musings beneath the cut contain spoilers for all episodes aired. Do not read if you aren't caught up on the series.

My spoiler free thoughts on where Supernatural is taking the Bobby story.

I've been thinking about ghost!Bobby a lot, even before we had confirmation that Bobby is a ghost. The hints they've left in the show haven't been subtle at all, though when you bring them all together, it does paint a more complete picture. Maybe I'm off or maybe I'm on. We'll see.

Anyway, the Reaper gave Bobby a choice: stay behind or stay as a ghost (and risk the chance of becoming a vengeful spirit). We've seen examples scattered through the season: Dean's beer vanishes, the paper that mysteriously presents itself when Sam and Dean needed Bobby's help, the sword flying into Dean's hands...I am sure there are more that I am missing. They finally revealed all these occurrences were Bobby and that he is attached to the flask.

My guess is that not only is Bobby haunting the boys, but also that Dean is channeling him. Why not Sam? Back in the Season 2 episode In My Time of Dying, when Dean was a spirit and faced with the same prospects as Bobby, Sam was able to channel Dean due to their closeness and his psychic ability. Here, Dean is the one who is always carrying the flask. I think keeping that item on him is influencing him. If Sam was carrying the flask I would assume it would be happening to him.

I would assume Bobby wants revenge on Dick for killing him. Dean seems to have an unhealthy obsession with Dick right now. (Though it can be argued that Dean is just revenge-driven because it was a loved one who died.)

In one episode, Dean spoke Japanese. Bobby has been shown to speak Japanese. (Though, we've seen Dean say words in other languages before.)

I thought there were more examples, but I can't think of them right now. And yeah, these examples aren't strong and can be interpreted different ways. I'm just going by what I think.

So I was thinking, what happens next? If Bobby starts to become more and more angry, would that channel through Dean? Would Bobby and/or Dean go postal? Would it cause problems for the boys? And if they learn about Bobby, what will they do? It's no accident that they chose Sam's solo case at the psych ward as a loved one turned angry spirit. That girl's brother's presence was comforting at first until his loneliness overcame him. Can we expect something similar for Bobby? I don't see him going off to kill Sam and Dean so they can be together, but if he is turning into a vengeful spirit, that is bound to be a problem.

(I say this with the understanding not all spirits go evil. Think episodes like Home (Mary), and the spirits in Roadkill and The Usual Suspects.)

But the show has set the foundation for some of the main characters to go in the direction of revengeful. It was Tessa's whole part in In My Time of Dying that really piqued my interest in the show. About how Dean could become the very thing he hunts. He could have ended as an angry, frustrated spirit haunting the halls of the hospital. Maybe Bobby is heading for a similar fate.

I am excited and nervous where this story goes. Hopefully there will be some twist. But even if we get a heartbreaking end where the boys have to put Bobby's spirit to rest or he chooses to rest himself, I'm sure it'll be fantastic.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Working for the Mandroid: Mastermindmoonshayde on April 17th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think that if it is happening, it's intentional at all. In fact, if it's going on, I think it's been unintentional and slight. I agree that Bobby is using all his strength to try to help and protect the boys. But I think he's going to have these temptations he's going to have to fight and I wonder in what ways it will affect Sam and Dean, whether directly or indirectly.

What fascinates me is that whether they go wit Bobby fighting to become a vengeful spirit or not, whether he influences Dean or Sam, whether he is just a guardian, no matter what they do it is a great character arc that hasn't been explored yet on the show and I'm excited for it.

Don't have the same optimism that Bobby will come back alive, but hope endures ;)

MegTDJ: SPN - Castiel Bobby uh ohmeg_tdj on April 17th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Optimism? It's not optimism, it's fact! :P

no matter what they do it is a great character arc that hasn't been explored yet on the show and I'm excited for it.

Yes! They've planted the seed for this so many times, so it makes sense that they're finally exploring it, and that they're doing so with Bobby. They couldn't really spend half a season turning Sam or Dean ghostly, and while they might have tried it with John, JDM wasn't as readily available as Jim. So yeah, it makes total sense to me, and I'm excited to see where they go with it, too.

But he's totally coming back to life once they're done. *nods*
Working for the Mandroid: Huntersmoonshayde on April 17th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
It was one the threads that originally nudged me into watching the show, so I have a special affection for it. I loved that whole dialogue between Tessa and Dean in IMTOD, and I liked how they explored some issues with frustrated spirits as Dean was fighting for his life in that episode.

They could not do this with Sam and Dean long-term as they are the stars, and I agree that they might have wanted to explore it with John if they could have, but it wasn't possible. Now they are doing it with Bobby and I know they won't disappoint :)