Yeah okay, so I posted the hahaha-they-put-Sam-in-a-shot-with-moose-lamp picture earlier today, but I couldn’t shake the feeling I was missing something. Why the hell would they put this in? It can’t just be Serge Ladouceur having a laugh, can it? So, I went back and holy silent story telling, Batman, am I ever glad I did, because wow there’s a lot going on.
First of all, both Sam and Dean are connected to objects in the room. Sam’s connection is obviously the easiest one to spot. From left to right we have the moose man himself, then the silhouette of an actual moose and then the silhouette of a pine tree.
For Dean, the shot is set up to mirror Sam’s.
We have the bearer of the Mark of Cain on the right, and a pine tree on the far left. Therefore, like the moose in the middle representing Sam, the image in the middle of this shot represents Dean. For most of the scene the head is out of the shot, but a glorious beard is visible throughout. There is one shot, though, that shows the entire figure and yeah, once I saw this, I couldn’t unsee it…
To further the connection to Cain, the other in-your-face image in the motel room is the ox. It is on the panel, on the wall. In fact, Dean is framed by them, stressing its significance.
While technically, the Bible never states what Cain used, ask most people what weapon was used to slay Abel and their answer will be the jawbone of an ox. (Additionally, slaying and offering a blemishless ox to God is the Biblical sure-fire way of asking for forgiveness for a sin.)
And there is the way Dean is framed. Torso visible, but head out of shot.
Same for the wooden panel:
torso visible, head out of shot. (Perhaps saying that the figure holding an axe refers to Dean having an axe to grind would be going to far, but at the very least the axe can be a vicious weapon.) The silent story is telling us to pay attention to the Cain-connection.
Why it wants us to do this, I believe, can be found in the following exchange. While talking about the Thinman Sam says the following: “[it] lurks in the background of his victims’ lives until he is ready to kill them” He says this at the exact moment of the screenshot below: Dean lurking in the background, out of focus.
While not exactly in the same position, it does remind me of this glorious season 8 shot:
Dean the predator, going after his prey ruthlessly, single-mindedly, and with a relish for torture that will never cease to scare the living crap out of me.
Cut to the final fight scene and Dean killing a human.
Let me repeat that: Dean killing a human with a BLADE from behind without a hint of remorse on his face or a real human reaction when Sam calls him out on it.
And just to make sure we recall the motel room scene, the shot of his death is framed like this:
Again, we see Dean’s torso, but his head is out of shot. What also strikes me is how incredibly huge this makes Dean look. How inexorable.
So while we have not been explicitly told that the Mark of Cain is affecting Dean, this sure suggests that it is. And even if I haven’t convinced you of the wooden engraving being Cain, at the very least we are seeing that Dean is changing and it is not yet for the better. Rock bottom is yet to come.