Supernatural Sundays – God’s Will
Once Supernatural brought in the angels in season four, the writers spent a lot of time playing around with the concept of God’s Will. It was God’s Will that the boys would be the vessels for Michael and Lucifer, and had been God’s plan all along. In one episode, Dean was sent back in time to try to stop the yellow-eyed demon from interfering with their family and eventually killing their mother. No matter what Dean tried to do, he found that he couldn’t alter the course, and when brought back to the present was told that some things are unchangeable. They were God’s Will.
This reminds me of the part in Groundhog Day where Bill Murray tries day after day to save the old man who dies in the alley. No matter what he did, the old man died.
But God’s Will is introduced before this in an earlier season where the boys come up against a spirit who people think is an angel – an avenging angel who instructs people to kill others. The ‘angel’ leads the people to believe that his messages come directly from God.
Sam discovers it is the spirit of a priest, trying to purge evil from his parish and stops him. Meanwhile, Dean followed one of the men who had been slotted to be ‘purged.’ The man meets his demise in a most incredible way. This is the scene that follows:
I think that the question of God’s Will, or fate, or ‘written in the stars’, or however you choose to label the concept that some things are simply out of our control is one that touches close to the heart for a lot of us. Some of us, like Sam, want to think that some things are in more powerful hands than ours. Some of us, like Dean, want to think that we are in complete control of our own destinies, and every once in a while we see things that we can’t explain.
So many other shows, books, and movies have used this theme successfully. What are some of your favorites?