But women can never be careful enough, can we? If we take naked pictures of ourselves, we’re asking for it. If someone can manage to hack into our...”
The last few weeks have been really kind of awful for women in the nerd world.
We’ve seen a female led comic be given a cover that...
The false equivalence of abuse with BDSM needs to die in silent ignominy.
The majority of the danger in and to the BDSM world...
…so I’ve got longer than I thought to finish the book. Which might mean rearranging the TBR pile because I’ve got non-renewable stuff due at the library before that.
In the meantime if you want to post questions for the author use #WANO and include an exuberant photo of yourself with the book (or ebook).— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) September 2, 2014
I mean, come on the ‘Dr. Who’ fandom gets to see the new Doctor on big screen we should have the same pleasure to celebrate our 200th episode. Imagine how awesome this would be!
So let it be written. So let it be done!
I’d totally do this - and. hrm. I was going to say that Doctor Who has a much larger viewership than SPN, but I think maybe it might not. If we’re only talking about the US, the numbers are in the same general ballpark.
Yesterday a lovely anon asked me if I could write a bit about Crowley in S9 while particularly taking into account his conversation with Sam in 9x16 “Blade Runners”. Since yesterday I was too tired to come up with anything coherent, I promised to make a post about it sometime this week - sometime turned out being now, because I have a few minutes. :)
I think when looking at Crowley and his arc in S9 it’s vital to ask yourself whether you tend to believe that whatever humanity Crowley re-connected with when Sam was trying to cure him in 8x23 “Sacrifice” had a genuine and long-lasting effect on him or if what we saw of him, especially towards the latter half of the season, was just a very well orchestrated technique to make people believe he was off his game, when he was anything but.
Gladly - and I truly mean it, because this is why Crowley has been a really compelling character to analyze over the course of S9 - this question is not all that easy - and in fact - maybe impossible to answer. I personally tend to believe that the Crowley we saw in the church in the season finale of S8 showed a Crowley completely overwhelmed by human feelings he hadn’t felt in a long time. It’s not having human feelings in general that was new, it was the kind of feelings that were important and telling. Because just like angels, demons and monsters have emotions. They were never shown unable of emotion on SPN. Most of the time though their emotions seem to circle around fulfilling certain drives, urges and darker needs - circling around pleasure and instant gratification of the desired (which fits to what we know about Demon!Dean as well). But we know as well that demons - without needing to be shot up with human blood - are able to feel empathy, sadness and yes, I believe even love. Meg’s storyline supports such a reading especially. That being said, most of the time it’s not the gentle feelings, the emotions of empathy and understanding that is taking the driver’s seat in making decisions, but the darker ones. They cover those that lie buried underneath and just need the right spark to burst into flames…
In a way I personally tend to believe that demons are souls lost to their id (analyzed with Freud - see here or here for more on that) or their shadow (analyzed with Jung - see here). Those parts of their personality overshadowing and suppressing everything else while the other components are still there and maybe consciously or subconsciously stored away.
For Crowley I personally assume he’d long been longing for appreciation, being looked up to, being ~loved - like he admitted to Sam in the church - all of the things he must have never felt he got even though he was the king of hell. This sort of resembles how Cas said when he was powered up by all the souls from purgatory that it’s no use if they don’t mean it (profess their love to him), because they don’t love him or respect him just fear him. And while I expect Crowley to mostly not give a damn about those things, maybe deep down he wanted someone to tell him what an excellent job he does at handling hell. He wanted a friend, a companion. You could even go as far as saying that maybe in a way that is why he worked with Cas as well. Though of course he mostly thought about his own advantage and was playing with Cas (as much as he was playing Dean). And since a friend/lover/companion didn’t come naturally, he decided to create one. Not only in order to be able to get rid off Abaddon once Dean took on the mark of Cain, but maybe as some sort of revenge as well: Sam took everything from him in that church, made him vulnerable, so he took what was most important to Sam: Dean.
Of course it’s not that easy and not that black and white with Crowley. In fact, he is the master of shades of grey and I fully believe that Crowley not only wanted Dean to turn so he could use him as a weapon, but also because he wanted him as a friend, as someone to howl at the moon with together (I am dying to see Crowley realize that the demon he raised is completely out of his control and lightyears out of his league). Maybe also because while Dean’s emotions that made him the person we all have grown to love so much over 9 years is so fully and completely about caring and loving (to the point he as a person disappears) are buried deep and he embraces all the things he formerly suppressed, Crowley’s emotions that used to circle around how to gain more power suddenly circle around love and care as well. Especially in that regard a very important line for Crowley’s arc in S10 could be this one
"You know why I always defeat you? You always put emotion before good old fashioned common sense."
Because - like I said here quite a while back - Crowley might have signed his own death certificate with what he revealed there…
All that being said, I personally tend to believe that Crowley’s words in the season 8 finale were honest and heartfelt and Crowley was mightily overwhelmed by the feelings that washed over him and grew quite fond of them, but got his addiction way earlier under control than he let on and tried to make the Winchesters believe. At the same time I think that what he felt, has changed him and his outlook, which did show in part when Gavin was introduced. He might have dabbled into some human emotions he hadn’t felt in a long time, but he was nowhere near as off his game as he tried to make it seem.
I personally do believe most of his tactic involved looking harmless while gathering his strength in silence and studying his subjects as intently as he had never been able to before, because now he was “inside”, got a front-row-seat. Making himself useful to me was the second step of getting under the Winchester’s skin. Like my dear anon said "Crowley during Season 9 showed an overly growing need to get in the good odds with the Winchesters", he had a tactic and that tactic to me mostly was about building ~common ground. I actually wrote a not (all serious) step by step guide to Crowley’s tactic in that regard (see here), so maybe that would already cover your “question”. :)
As for Sam’s and Crowley’s interactions in 9x16 “Blade Runners”: Those were golden, because they showed so clearly how different and in the end fatal the Winchester’s relationship to Crowley turned out being. While Crowley succeeded in sort of setting himself up as a friend and father figure (this truly is the creepiest thing ever to me personally) with Dean and feeding Dean’s addiction, none of his ~charme worked on Sam, because he wasn’t susceptible for Crowley’s manipulation than Dean was. Crowley tried to make good with sam as well, but fast had to realize that the younger Winchester wouldn’t warm up to him the way he got the older Winchester to.
To wrap this up and to answer the question in the title. To me Crowley is both a magnificent Master-Manipulator and a Lone Wolf Longing to Be Loved. I don’t doubt for a second that he was taken over by what had happened in the church and that it had a genuine effect on him, but I don’t doubt for a second either that Crowley had known fully well right from the beginning what the mark would do to him, what it would turn him into. And so he kept looking for signs, whether it was in Magnus’ lair or when he tested Dean to save him in the bar, he knew and even if he looked somewhat troubled when he talked to Dean’s corpse. His “apology” surely might have had much more to do with him making good with a demon that is effectively the son of Cain.