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Author: DrLiz, BA, MDiv, PhD
During Season Six, Supernatural contemplates the value of the human soul. It’s a notion that the characters of the show confront frequently throughout many seasons: John Winchester contracts for Dean’s life (Season Two); Dean compromises his soul for Sam (Seasons Two and Three); Sam returns from Hell without his (Season Six); Bobby confers his soul on Crowley to find Death’s ring (Seasons Five and Six); Castiel and Crowley seek human souls to fuel their bids for power (Season Six).
Throughout the show the human soul is paranormal currency exchanged between crossroads demons and people seeking to alter their circumstances. Few of these folks seem to understand the price they are paying, but in Supernatural even those who are aware of the cost (John, Dean, Bobby) are apparently willing to make the sacrifice. It is not really until Sam’s return from Lucifer’s cage in Hell that Supernatural attempts to define and extrapolate the actual value of the human soul.
When Sam is plucked from Hell, unburdened by his soul, he becomes, particularly in Dean’s absence, the best hunter on earth.… Read More