25 Days of Dean-mas Day 3: Some things of Dean’s personality should never change

"Repo Man" - Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2011 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
"Repo Man" - Pictured: Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL on The CW.Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW©2011 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

Character development is important in any TV show. That character development needs to be realistic. In Supernatural, it means some things shouldn’t change.

Any TV show requires character development. A lack of it is a sign of bad writing. But at the same time, too much development or elements of a personality that shouldn’t change are also signs of bad writing. In Supernatural, there are elements of Dean’s personality that should never change.

I’ve noted this in the past, and my argument continues to remain the same even now. Dean’s reactions as he’s grieving shouldn’t change from the way he reacted in the past.

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It all goes back to Dean’s personality basics. While we can adapt how we physically react in situations or we can grow to become more empathetic, there are times that we will always resort to our original personality defaults. Grief is one of those times.

We all do strange and silly things when we’re grieving. There’s a reason we’re all advised not to make big changes during times of grief. We’re not thinking straight, often leading to mistakes that we wouldn’t have made with a clear head.

Dean’s personality default during times of grief is to lash out. He’s done it time and time again. Just head back to Season 2 to see the way he copes when grieving. He shuts down completely and then lashes out to release the anger. Losing Mary in Season 14 would be just like losing John in Season 2.

And recently, Dean has been in denial mode. He’s scared of the situation with God, so he doesn’t want to deal with it. There’s that case of denial, and it’s going to take something serious to get him to join the big fight; someone to make him see some sense. I think that’s something we’ll experience in Season 15, Episode 7 with him.

Right now, the writers have got Dean’s personality spot on. We may not like what he’s doing or agree with it. Many certainly don’t agree with him blaming Castiel. But as Dean grieves, he feels the need to blame someone. Jack is now dead and Castiel knew something that he kept a secret. With the information, all the Winchesters could have changed the things they did to deal with Jack. It’s no wonder Castiel is the one Dean is lashing out on right now.

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What do you think about the current writing? Do you think Dean’s basic personality traits should change? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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