Sam & Dean – Cain & Abel or Michael & Lucifer?

When you think about the multitudes of story lines within the past eight seasons of Supernatural, the one ongoing question is the relationship between Sam and Dean.

Dean and Sam as Michael and Lucifer

Seriously? What was I talking about again?

Even though they created Sam to be the vessel of Lucifer and Dean to be the vessel of Michael, (fifth season), you can’t help but feel as though the writers blended the Revelations battle between Michael and Lucifer with the Cain and Abel story from Genesis and balled it all up together in the characters that are Sam and Dean Winchester.

I recently scoured this interview (and several others) for a tidbit from one of the actors that would explain it all. Jensen Ackles said: “the relationship between the brothers … is the crux of the show, what it all revolved around. I knew that if that relationship worked on camera, the Show was going to work.” And work it does, but what about it? I find that there are so many elements of various bits popular folklore AND religion that it is difficult to discern which character or story line came precisely from which biblical element or other myth.

In another article (found here) I read that “Kripke began the show with the intention of displaying American folklore and urban legends and that the scripts resulting from this goal are strongly correlated with supernatural elements of religions demonstrates that religion is prevalent in American folklore.”

And so he has. And now that he is no longer writing, the others have successfully picked up the trail.

And for the rest of us who not only watch the show to dissect it, but to enjoy the … scenery… let’s choose our favorite brother:

Me? Dean all the way. It’s the sarcastic humor that gets me. And those eyes. Those ‘tortured soul’ eyes.

Leave a comment and let us know which is your favorite, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!


About Michelle L. Johnson

Agent with Inklings Literary Agency, Author, and occasional wannabe comedienne. Firm believer in all things caffeinated. Represented by Jamie Bodnar Drowley.

Posted on December 9, 2012, in Supernatural Sundays and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Great post. I have just got into Season 2 of Supernatural (after becoming a quick fan and watching the episodes back to back). Dean is by far my favourite character. I love how he has been written in a way that you know so much lies beneath the surface of what you’re shown. I think he will turn out to be a character much deeper than first appearances show. Love the way you delve into the different aspects of this show. There is a lot here for a writer to learn!

    • I am jealous of you Fiona – being able to marathon watch it all! Well, actually I am still doing that even as I keep current with this season, and am mid-sixth season on Netflix. Both the boys unravel in ways you don’t really expect. I have certainly learned a lot about character development from the writers of Supernatural, too!
      Keep watching! It just keeps getting better and better πŸ™‚

  2. I love the fact that the show evolved into something with Biblical influence and picked up momentum from there. πŸ™‚ Great post, Michelle!

  3. I can’t wait for the holidays so that I can start watching this series. It sounds amazing! Love your post Michelle πŸ™‚

  4. This blog is SO awesome!! Worth it for those pictures alone πŸ˜‰ I am a Dean girl & have been all along but love both brothers. There is just something about Dean & those “tortured soul eyes” as you put it. Not to spoil it for anyone but I totally see the Michael & lucifer thing more than Cain & Abel. Recently, I watched a couple of season four episodes and in one, Sam had sex with a demon. In the very next episode, Dean was with an angel. I think that sums up the good & evil sides of their personalities quite nicely. πŸ™‚ It’s very cool how they’ve done it and continue to touch on those aspects in each brother in different ways as the series grows and continues.

    • *Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen season 4 yet*
      Oh yes. Ruby and Anna. I LOVED season four. And those pairings were truly awesome. It’s funny though – even though Sam is Lucifer’s vessel, he always seems to have good intentions. And I suppose that was the writer’s way of throwing in the old adage “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Hehe.

  5. Okay, so yeah. Dean. Expressive, intelligent eyes. Smart. Funny. Steadfast. So, so fine. Dean is the heart of the show. Without him, Sam wouldn’t last a day and I’m convinced that in the end, it will be Dean’s love and loyalty that saves Sam. And maybe the world. But I can’t help it… I’m Team Sammy. Guess I’m just a sucker for a damaged, tortured Bad Boy. *sigh*

    LOVE the pictures on this post!

    Sorry I didn’t get to “play” yesterday. Out of town without access to the internet. Missed you all!

    ~ Paula

    • Couldn’t agree with you more, Paula! Though I was interested to learn that when casting, the creators of the show considered the Sam character to be the heart of the show. Not in my opinion. Perhaps at the root of most of the turmoil, but definitely not the heart of the show.

      • Just checked on this post because I love Supernatural Sundays so much πŸ˜‰ I now remember that Sam was supposed to be the heart of the show at first. Jared is listed first in the credits, after all. But Dean is the true heart of the show. I can’t blame anyone for being a Sam girl because he has great appeal and is REALLY hot, but Dean is the true heart of the show. Maybe as Dean girls, we will always think so, Michelle? πŸ˜€ But there wouldn’t be a show if Dean hadn’t gotten Sam back into the hunting life in the very first episode. Dean is usually the one to drag Sam back into it. How many times has he said he’s done? But he always comes back for his brother. Man I love this show! I could talk about it for days.

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