As someone who always wondered if Hunter was meant to be the finalized version of the scrapped ‘Sir William’ character that Dana alluded to a while back (blonde boys who are the prince of the isles), this reveal from the original pilot has me LIVING-
the power season one couldve had if it wasn’t for the “22 years ago” pilot intro. you get to know sam and dean on the storie’s terms and obviously something traumatic happened and made them grow up the way it did. and their father is missing and monsters are real. (neat!) and sam is a seemingly well adjusted college kid that’s dragged back into the life and dean is this way too beautiful overprotective wannabe gunslinger and he just wants this fucked up family to be together again. imagine if it took til episode NINE for us to even learn that dean was the one to carry sam out of the burning house and suddenly you’re like oh. and the first time we meet john is not tucking sam into bed, loosing his wife and saving his kids, but hiding from his sons in a stranger’s living room. and don’t even get me started on if we never get to see mary burn on the ceiling, but we meet her as a benevolent spirit that is literally and figuratively haunting the family…… anyway imagine, if up until we meet YED, we literally have only john’s word to tell us how mary died and what this whole quest for revenge is about. how willing are you to believe a man that’s been abandoning his sons for over two decades and keeps the whole truth only to himself? no wonder dean wants to believe him so badly, imagine the alternative. and of course it makes sam’s anger that much more tangible, because we don’t know what happened that night either. it’s just. the stakes would be that much higher because, we’d be going in blind the same way sam and dean are, it becomes much more of a mystery with thee most fucked up implications…..
John is the woman in white who drowned her kids after her husband cheated except he traumatised his kids and risked their lives after his wife died. so he’s cursed to finding others who did the same as what killed his wife on different back country roads forever, incapable of going home, haunting the world, and his children are stuck just like her children were, desperately needing to face the trauma inflicted upon them, desperately wanting to move on from the violence that shaped their existence.