Dean and Friends: Charlie Bradbury
8x11 „LARP and the Real Girl“/ 8x20 „Pacman Fever“
9x04 „Slumber Party“
Let’s talk about Dean and Charlie. Let’s talk about how the quirky nerdy girl, the Queen of Moondor, the little sister Dean never wanted, but grew to love nontheless, has so much in common with the older Winchester. Let’s talk about how they’ve become pretty close friends even though they only met one another a handful of times. Let’s talk about how one could say that in a lot of ways she can be seen as Dean’s positive female mirror. And it not only shows in how in many episodes they are both dressed in the same colour palette, but also in their character traits, what they love and what they are good at.
Let’s talk about how Charlie and Dean share a tragic backstory. Losing their loved ones early in life and to this day feeling guilty about it, being haunted by it, being unable to let go. Let’s talk about how they both mask their true feelings with quirkiness at times and let only a few, special people, in, who they are comfortable with sharing their deepest fears and hopes. In Dean’s and Charlie’s case they both lived each other’s nightmare, gotten to know each others deepest fears and it made them grow closer.
But what connects them as well isn’t the tragedy, but their shared passion for all things youth- and playful: comics, LARPing, movies, pop culture, fighting the good fight and adventure.
Let’s talk about how they both are good with technics. Whereas Charlie is a genious when it comes to all things computer, Dean built an EMF meter out of an old walkman. Let’s talk about how they understand without words when it comes to strategy in battles (or think of a pron star rather than a poison), how both of them like to dress up and pretend to matter, to be heroes. Let’s talk about how neither of them sees themselves as heroes, but see it in one another.
Let’s talk about “What about you, did you break up with someone too?”. Let’s talk about "There is pretty much nothing the Winchesters can’t do if they work together". Let’s talk about "What about Castiel, he seems dreamy". Let’s talk about all of that and more and then let’s talk about one of their most wonderful exchanges (relating to their shared excitement over pop culture and movies and how this exchange has something so innocent and pure an). Let’s talk about theme playing up to Han Solo and Princess Leia’s dialogue in “The Empire Strikes Back”. Let’s talk about "I love you" / "I know".