So this past week's episode of Supernatural featured Dean getting a disease that seemed to only effect people who had jerk tendencies. I personally was so distracted by watching Jensen Ackles singing "Eye of the Tiger" multiple times (since it is kind of the best thing ever) that I couldn't concentrate on the whole Dick vs. Not a Dick controversy that's been a-brewing. Anyway, creator Eric Kripke (who is one of the nicest people on the planet... I swear) would like to set the record straight. He sent a message to fans (via the press) to clear up any confusion.
"So I've never before responded directly to the fandom's comments about an episode, and I don't plan to make a habit of it, but I couldn't resist dropping in a thought about the episode 'Yellow Fever.'
Which is this:
Dean is not a dick.
None of the writers, or anyone on the creative team of Supernatural, think Dean's ever been a dick, past, present, or future. He's a hero. Dean did NOT contract the ghost sickness because he's a dick. Victims contract the illness because they use "fear as a weapon." Dean asks Lilith at the episode's end, "why did I get infected?" And she cryptically responds, "you know why. Listen to your heart." We, as the writers, probably should have emphasized this mystery more; I take responsibility for that omission. But the point is: the reason he was infected is because of a SECRET he's keeping. A dark secret that will be revealed in Episode 10. And not at all because of any dickishness, implied or otherwise.
Thanks, gang. "
Kripke's concern about how one of his characters is perceived by the world at large just made me love him even more. What are your thoughts on his statement? Dean's personality?
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