I knew I’d seen the red shirt and black tee Dean was wearing in the 10x03 preview clip somewhere else. He wore the same outfit - mostly - in #THINMAN, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.
When he’s wearing just the red button-up and black tee in the motel room in #THINMAN, he’s got the collar hiked up a bit. Later he’s got the jacket on over it - and he’s definitely got the jacket collar covering his neck. (This was not the only instance from last season where it struck me that Dean was using bulky layers on his neck as a form of defense - almost like he was trying to hide under the shirts.)
Fast forward to the 10x03 clip - the jacket is gone, the collar on the button-up is relaxed, and the buttons are all undone. He’s almost out of layers - but he has no reason to hide anymore, does he? He’s confident - cocky, really, even a little later when Sam has a knife to his throat.
Dean eventually turned the Thinman’s knife against him - I don’t think he’ll literally attack Sam; he had plenty of chance to do that already. But #THINMAN was also the first episode where Sam really questioned Dean about whether maybe he’d gone a little bit overboard on the hunt… and in the preview clip, Dean really does turn that back on Sam.
The styling of the shirts could really have been done with any of Dean’s clothes - but I think they wanted to call us back to that moment, and remind us that Dean, at least, had the Mark of Cain as an excuse.
(9x15 stills from HOTN; preview clip still courtesy of larinah).
I saw yesterday that you were discussing the 10x04 title, “Paper Moon” and discussing duality? Since you mention 9x15 now, I thought it was worth mentioning that we got a really long moon shot in 9x15 for some reason.
I don’t think I knew what to make of it at the time, but it seems tied into the issues with Sam (as that’s mainly what the episode illustrated), whereas the sun is tied into things with Cas. Or alternatively, the night/moon is symbolic of “deadly” things and the day/sun is symbolic of “lively” things. This, coupled with Dean’s outfit (the “family shirt color" being paired with a black, "death" shirt) works as a foreshadowing of sorts for Dean to go "howl at the moon".
Just some musings to throw out there~
Oh, that is interesting!
I think there is a fair amount of Hermeticism in the last couple of seasons of the show. (There’s always been some, but the MOL definitely has strong ties.) In fact, I was just noticing on the last post I reblogged that one of the main principles “As above, so below” applied to her theory on angel vessels.
Anyway, I think what you’re talking about with the sun and the moon and duality is interesting compared to this:
A creation story is told by God to Hermes in the first book of the Corpus Hermeticum. It begins when God, by an act of will, creates the primary matter that is to constitute the cosmos. From primary matter God separates the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water). Then God orders the elements into the seven heavens (often held to be the spheres of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, and the Moon, which travel in circles and govern destiny).
"The Word" then leaps forth from the materializing four elements, which were unintelligent. Nous then makes the seven heavens spin, and from them spring forth creatures without speech. Earth is then separated from water, and animals (other than man) are brought forth.
The God then created androgynous man, in God’s own image, and handed over his creation.
Man carefully observed the creation of nous and received from God man’s authority over all creation. Man then rose up above the spheres’ paths in order to better view creation. He then showed the form of the All to Nature. Nature fell in love with the All, and man, seeing his reflection in water, fell in love with Nature and wished to dwell in it. Immediately, man became one with Nature and became a slave to its limitations, such as
. In this way, man became speechless (having lost “the Word”) and he became
,” being mortal in body yet immortal in
, and having authority over all creation yet subject to destiny
So maybe the different possibilities of TFW’s destinies are being explored and that’s why all the heavenly bodies. That big telescope in the bunker must be there for a reason. Perhaps the end goals for all the main characters is a reconciliation or harmony in their dual natures? And both Aleister Crowley (for whom show’s Crowley is apparently named) and the archangel Metatron have very, very strong ties to Hermeticism. I’m certainly no expert on it, but it’s popped up enough in my reading that I’ve looked a few things up. It’s loaded with magic spells and reincarnation and secret societies and angels and demons and tablets that hold the secrets of the universe.
Interesting observations. There are actually at least two more instances that I can recall where Dean wore this exact shirt-t-shirt-combination. One time was in 8x16 “Remember the Titans” (which I personally feel could be a very important episode to look at it in relation to Dean’s arc, like was talked about here), the other in 8x20 “Pacman Fever”. While I think “Remember the Titans” with Prometheus dying over and over again only to wake up the next day fits to Dean dying but not dying and possibly being unable to die as well (at least if he is like Cain only the blade could kill him, though if this would work is a discussion for another time, but that’s what Cain said so I guess the blade can kill you, if someone else, who has the mark does the job), “Pacman Fever” openly foreshadows what’s to come in S9. Sam in a hospital bed dying and Dean - in contrast to Charlie - unable to let go and even emphasizing that very thing in the end of the episode when she asks him when he is going to let go and he replies with “Never”. It’s that moment within Charlie’s and the Dean’s worst nightmare that sets ups Dean’s journey of making one tragic decision after the other all of which combined lead to him taking on the mark that in the end turned him into what he never wanted to be and that - like pointed out above by yarnyfan, neven-ebrez and larinah - getting visually connected by the way Dean dresses.
Love the whole talk about Hermeticism larinah brings up. It feels very fitting to the MoL and Cuthbert Sinclair/Magnus in particular.
As for the sun and moon duality thing. I always thought that Crowley at least since S8 has been strongly connoted with the moon, which fits to Dean kater being connoted with the moon the more Crowley’s manipulation on Dean worked). It started in 8x02 “What’s Up Tiger Mommy” when he bid the moon. Then we got another really long moon shot in S8 as well. I don’t know which episode, but it might have been in the one Kevin starts hearing Crowley inside his head. Because the shot is of Fizzle’s Folly with huge full moon on dosplay while you hear Kevin screaming. A chill-inducing shot really. And then of course we have the instances of Crowley openly saying he’d like to howl at the moon with Dean (which in part was talked about in relation to paper Moon as well here). Most interesting I personally however find the mention of Dean and the moon in 9x16 “Blade Runners” most interesting since this is the episode Dean touches the first blade for the first time and truly sets him on this path of self-destruction and addiction that he himself sees as a liberation. And doesn’t this fit nicely with Magnus saying