Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising cycle and the DCU Batfamily are two reference points I keep coming back to when thinking about Supernatural, in both the major themes and the relationships, so I decided to take a look at the Winchesters in light of the types of heroism shown in those other works.
“Sometimes…in this sort of war, it is not possible to pause, to smooth the way for one human being, because even that one small thing could mean an end to the world for all the rest.”
“It is a cold world you live in, bachgen. I do not think so far ahead, myself. I would take the one human being over all the principle, all the time.”
Will slumped down low in his seat, curling into a ball, pulling up his knees. “So would I,” he said sadly. “So would I, if I could. It would feel a lot better inside me. But it wouldn’t work.”
–The Grey King, by Susan Cooper