'Supernatural's' Sam sans soul: What's next?

spn-jared-truth.jpgTonight's Oct. 29 episode of "Supernatural" promised brutal honesty, and it actually delivered answers to some of our questions.

 The Goddess of Truth, Veritas, could compel anyone to tell the truth, but she had no power over Sam Winchester ( Jared Padalecki). It's not the first time Sam has been immune to a supernatural force. He couldn't contract the Croatoan virus, and Andy's mind control didn't work on him in Season 2.

This time, his resistance had nothing to do with the Yellow-Eyed Demon or Sam's connection to Lucifer -- as far as we know. Sam's panicked admission to Dean that he hasn't had emotions since returning from hell came as little shock to longtime viewers, but it was still momentous to hear him actually say it.

Dean ( Jensen Ackles) confronts Sam about not attempting to save Dean from being turned into a vampire. He points out all of the risks - Dean's life was in the balance, as were Ben's and Lisa's.

"That should stop me cold," Sam replies. "But I just don't feel it. Ever since I came back I am a better hunter than I've ever been. Nothing scares me anymore, because I can't feel it. I don't know what's wrong with me. I think I need help."

His cry for help may or may not have been genuine, but Dean had had enough. When the episode ended, Dean had beat his brother more or less to a bloody pulp. Payback for the times Sam -- fueled by demon blood or possessed by Lucifer -- rearranged Dean's face?

Probably not. Dean now has Sam in a position to get some answers, and it looks like when the show returns on Friday, Castiel will help him to discover that when Sam came back from hell, he did it without a soul. Unfortunately, Castiel's method of reading a person's soul -- which we saw him use on a young boy earlier this season -- isn't exactly pleasant.

So what does it mean that Sam's soulless? He obviously has all of his memories intact, and he knows the things he's supposed to feel... he just doesn't feel them. When he saw Dean for the first time in this season's premiere, he said all the right things. "I get to see you again," he said, and later, "I guess I just wish you were coming... it's just better with you around, that's all."

He said all the right things -- but there was no emotion behind his words. Now we know why.

So where, exactly, is Sam's soul? We'll find out. The angel Balthazar reminded us this season that souls have worth in Hell and in Heaven. "In this economy? It's probably the only thing worth buying," he said. "Do you have any idea what souls are worth? What power they hold?"

Sam has been "special" since the pilot episode -- there's always been something about him that makes him demon-bait, just as there's been something about Dean that makes him important to the angels. Maybe whatever made Sam unique is in his soul, and that "power" is what made his soul worthy of stealing.

The real question is: with the help of Dean and Castiel, will Sam be able to get his soul back? Or is he destined for a life of well-intentioned sociopathy?

Those are my thoughts -- so check out the teaser for next week's episode below, and then chime in with your own theories in the comments. Are you counting down the days until next Friday?



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