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SPN Meta: Adversarial Methodology in 5.15
And here, have a little extra meta-type thing with a pretentious title to go with the 5.15 reaction. Also posting in a rush, also may be edited later.



A Brief Analysis of Adversarial Methodology in 5.15
(AKA When trying to kill Bobby, why did Death use sleeper-mode zombie assassins instead of oh, say, heart attack?)

Why did Death send zombies? Aside from the obvious answers of "because Bobby is way too awesome for a simple death", and "because Death can" (If you had been out of the world for hundreds of years and had to waste someone, would you just point your bony finger and make him die, or would you invoke a whackload of zombies and have a party?)

By including Bobby's wife in a complex emotional Rube Goldbergesque attempt to kill or dishearten him, it might put a crack in the resolve of one Sam Winchester, tailored vessel of Lucifer. Seriously, if the goal of all that had been to kill Bobby, Bobby would be dead. And Sam and Dean would NEVER stop fighting what killed him, that being Lucifer's plans, etc.

Bobby dead would remove him as a support, but make him way more of a sticking point for the Winchesters. Bobby alive, doubting himself, willing to let zombies roam free so he can have his wife back, then emotionally shattered and beaten when he a) has to kill and burn his wife again, b) realizes he has endangered an entire town and contributed to the deaths of a few citizens by not sticking to the "zombies=bad" concept c) has his nose rubbed in the fact that any ally of the Winchesters has a target on them and anyone near them etc etc. that shakes Bobby's resolve and subsequently weakens him as part of the Winchester support network.

Maybe his resolve is shaken, and maybe his soul is re-crushed, and maybe he has doubts, but the net effect is that all that echoes back into Sam and Dean. Regardless of how Bobby takes this and what he does as a result, the boys have to see that Bobby being part of their family is putting him in danger. Remember 'Shadow'? They distanced themselves from John after finding him again because they figured being together was making John vulnerable. If they follow the same logic, they'll distance themselves from Bobby, regardless of his choices. They'll feel guilt, they'll think they're doing it to help him stay safe, but they're really playing right into Big L's hands. As their minimal support network dwindles, they will become that much more alone in their resistance.

It's an awesome and insidious thing. Bobby's death would never have accomplished something so destabilizing for Sam and Dean. Very strategically sound.

Also, as I said in the reaction post, Death gets massive points for style. Zombie-assassins FTW. *snaps fingers or something*



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blacklid From: blacklid Date: March 29th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Regardless of how Bobby takes this and what he does as a result, the boys have to see that Bobby being part of their family is putting him in danger. Remember 'Shadow'? They distanced themselves from John after finding him again because they figured being together was making John vulnerable. If they follow the same logic, they'll distance themselves from Bobby, regardless of his choices. They'll feel guilt, they'll think they're doing it to help him stay safe, but they're really playing right into Big L's hands.

YOU JUST HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 30th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Thank you! \o/
blackcat333_99 From: blackcat333_99 Date: March 30th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
And that becomes the question of the hour: how well can the boys hold onto the lesson of "united we stand, divided we fall"? Different pressures from different angles and at some point something's gonna give. Presumably. Eeee!!!!!

Enjoyed this and your meta. Now I don't have to figure through Death's strategy myself -- you did my work for me!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 30th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
And that becomes the question of the hour: how well can the boys hold onto the lesson of "united we stand, divided we fall"? Different pressures from different angles and at some point something's gonna give. Presumably. Eeee!!!!!

It's been there for the whole run of the show. This is when all the tests get harder and uglier. I think more than lack of unity, one pushing the other away to protect them and go all lone wolf is going to be a major source of potential downfall.

Seven more episodes. Brace for impact.
ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: March 30th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
That was pretty much what I was pondering as well--weakening of the foundations.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 30th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
How do you attack a castle with unbreakable walls that are too high to climb? You undermine the fortifications and the walls bring themselves down. Evil's finally showing some strategy and tactics.
etoile444 From: etoile444 Date: March 30th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! After I read this, I thought: "that means Cas is next"!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 30th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. Absolutely. The Winchester Ally Pool is not a target-rich environment right now. ;-D
amonitrate From: amonitrate Date: March 30th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
all of this! Great points.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 30th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you :-)
brianshanelvr From: brianshanelvr Date: March 30th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bobby almost seems tired with the boys.. "loose my number" might be truer that we assumed.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 31st, 2010 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)
"Lose my number" was the demon talking, and another example of how demons aim to destabilise Sam and Dean's sense of support. As for his being tired, given the crap he's been through in his life before the Apocalypse started, having the weight of the world at least partly on his shoulders, losing the ability to walk, and also recently losing Ellen and Jo, being exhausted in several ways is entirely understandable. There's no vacation from the Apocalypse.
brianshanelvr From: brianshanelvr Date: March 31st, 2010 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree he's had it rough but I can seem to form an emotional connection with him.
brianshanelvr From: brianshanelvr Date: March 31st, 2010 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
As for what the demon said in Bobby's meat suit... what I meant was that Bobby most likely agreed with it more than he put on.
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