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05 August 2012 @ 03:37 pm
Welcome to theheartofspn!

This community is a place for SPN fans to gather together in celebrating seven years & beyond of Winchester brothers! As we wait out this summer hiatus for the show's eighth season to begin (on its brand new night even!), let's reinvigorate that Winchester spirit again. Join fans new & old in celebrating the canon of the past, the creative fanworks its fueled, and the exciting potential it still holds!

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- Greatest Hits - Seven years of favorite bro!ments
- Meta Moments - Callbacks, references, and mirrors throughout the years
- Fabulous Friday Recs - Some favorite creative fanworks
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27 November 2012 @ 08:12 pm

8.07 A LIttle Slice of Kevin

This episode is full of little quiet moments between the brothers. They seem very... um, careful around each other. Sam shows constant concern for Dean, knowing something is troubling him. I loved that Sam's concern became a touch of support.

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
26 November 2012 @ 09:27 pm
MoaB title

More of a Brother picspam

(reminders of what makes Sam an awesome brother)
Current Mood: thankful
21 November 2012 @ 05:37 pm

Back to Season 1 (sorry for the delay.../o\)

1.03 Dead in the Water

DEAN: You're scared. It's okay. I understand. See, when I was your age, I saw something real bad happen to my mom, and I was scared, too. I didn't feel like talking, just like you. But see, my mom—I know she wanted me to be brave. I think about that every day. And I do my best to be brave. And maybe, your dad wants you to be brave too.

What I love about this broment is the way Dean is sharing this story with Lucas and Sam is quietly watching on with love and admiration. I suspect Sam doesn't get these little nuggets of information often so when he does it's like a little piece of treasure. For us too. <3

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
You may have noticed some of our mods here at theheartofspn have been alittle quiet since the airing of the new season. Some moreso as the season has gone on. To be fair, if I'm reading my flist correctly these past couple weeks, it's probably why some of you haven't had the energy for comments on Sam and Dean lately either.

So we figured, if some of you may be feeling like us, then it's only right to make sure you are all aware of a letter that's making its rounds around fandom. Some of you may have already seen it...

A friend of cherry916 wrote a letter to SPN writers. You can read it HERE. Signatures in support of it are being collected HERE. There are 247 signatures so far. The goal is set at 500.

I can speak for myself and say, for me, I watch for Sam and Dean. They are a packaged deal. And episodes like the last couple are skimping out on that deal. I created theheartofspn to celebrate what has made the show tick for seven years. And so when we find ourselves suddenly struggling just to find something to talk about post-ep, it's very worrying.

I assert that we are just a celebratory comm and don't seek to be an activist site. But because this is something going on in the Sam and Dean community, we thought it was something our members should be made aware of. The letter is there for you to read. If you find yourself in agreement, the means is there for you to add your signature to the 247 names already listed. However you wish to proceed is your choice. :)
11 November 2012 @ 09:33 pm

8.06 Southern Comfort

I could not contain myself to just a paragraph for this episode. The broments are many. <3 I picked THAT scene and it became meta.

Click here: That's not Dean, Sam

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
07 November 2012 @ 09:26 pm

8.05 Blood Brother

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Some fabulous broments in this one. I think my favorite would have to be at the end. The non verbal communication between them was electric. Sam was monumentally pissed off that Dean not only went on a hunt without him but the "person" he was with was a monster. I loved how concerned Sam was about Dean throughout this episode. And how Dean felt the need to reassure Sam that he was all right. (Even if he couldn't send that text!)

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.

06 November 2012 @ 08:45 pm

8.04 Bitten

Fandom was certainly in a tizz over this one. The brothers weren't in this one much and when they were we mostly saw them from an outsider POV. I liked it - I think there were even some nice broments. My favourite being the acknowledged conversation about them being apart for a year. It's fun that outsiders assume they are a couple. They are just that close. <3

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.

05 November 2012 @ 06:48 pm

It's going to be a Season 8 broment week folks! Catching up so I can post 8.06 next week.

8.03 Heartache

A wonderful brother episode this one. Lots of scenes with just the two of them. (\o/) I get quite a buzz out of watching them work a case together. My favorite moment would have to be Dean's declaration:

Dean: I know when I am at my best. And that is right here, driving down crazy street, next to you.
Sam: Makes sense.
Dean: Yes it does.
Sam: Or maybe you don't need me. Maybe you're at your best hacking and slicing your way through all the world's crap alone. Not having to explain yourself to anybody.
Dean: Yeah, that makes sense. Seeing as I have so many other brothers I can talk to about this stuff.

I know things are weird between them but this season is really exploring their relationship and I rather love that.

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
02 November 2012 @ 09:56 am
SPN 8.05 - "Blood Brother"
w - edlund | d - bee

“You and that whole friend thing, man.”

Such a richly layered episode yes? A little more of the boys past year teased out. But is everything as it seems?
Thoughts? Thinkies? Concerns? Free verse? Prompts? New fanwork recs?
This is the post for it all!
31 October 2012 @ 09:40 pm

I'm going to try and catch up on S8 so I can start posting as the episodes air (hopefully over the next two weeks).

8.02 What's Up, Tiger Mommy?

It was tricky to find one big broment in this episode so I've picked two little ones. Even though they are small I think they really show the bro love.

Sam's little knowing smile at Dean being Dean is wonderfully familiar. It's a little brother reacting to his older brother's "stay out of this".

I found this moment really curious. Sam sits in the aisle at the auction and when Dean arrives Dean tries to move Sam along. Sam doesn't move and corals Dean to the seat next to him. I can't help but see this as a protective move. Dean's a little unpredictable in this episode - he's still twitchy after his return from Purgatory. I think Sam wants to keep Dean out of harms way. (Not really possible, but at least Sam tries). It might also be a tussle for dominance. Later in the episode Sam gives in an moves over. Brotherly either way.

Have a different favorite bromoment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
30 October 2012 @ 07:56 pm

7.02 Hello Cruel World

Dean: Hey. I am your flesh-and-blood brother, okay? I’m the only one who can legitimately kick your ass in real time. You got away. We got you out, Sammy. Believe in that! Believe me, okay? You gotta believe me. You gotta make it stone number one and build on it.

SO many broments in this episode. I just want to wrap all it up and stick in under my pillow. This warehouse scene is possibly one of my all time favourites. Their connection shines through.

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Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.

(A little early this week. I want to play catch up with season 8 so will be posting 8.02 tomorrow).
24 October 2012 @ 09:15 am

6.02 Two and a Half Men

I'm just pinch hitting for ash48 this week and we're up to episode 6.02.  In the early episodes of S6, it was easy to see that something was off with Sam but no one knew what or how bad the situation really was.  Later we learned that his soul had been left behind in the Cage.  Even soulless, he knew to call Dean when he was faced with a baby that needed to be cared for.  Like a typical younger brother, he was still able to laugh at his big brother's expense when it came to diaper changing.  Later he complemented Dean on his Dad skills.  Then he had a frank talk with Dean about how he was managing the situation with Lisa and Ben.  Sam didn't handle the conversation as delicately as he might have had he had his soul, but it was important for Dean to talk about it.  In the end, it clarified how he wanted to be around Ben and Lisa.  I think if Sam had been in possession of his soul, he might have realized the fact that Dean was good Dad material was because he had to step into that role with Sam very early on.  Compared to how things got between the boys as the season went on, this episode still has them working together pretty well.

SAM: Huh. 
DEAN: What? 
SAM: You're just, uh, actually, not awful at that. 
DEAN: Dude, I'm barely keeping that thing alive. 
SAM: No, no, no, seriously. You've got a whole Dr. Huxtable vibe coming off of you. You're like... father material. 


SAM: Look, you clearly care about the kid. 
DEAN: But? 
SAM: But moving them around? Keeping them on lockdown? I mean, you do have them on lockdown, right? How is any of that different from how we were raised? 
DEAN: So you're saying... I'm not shoving anybody into this life, okay? This is temporary. 
SAM: Dad always said it was temporary, Dean. He said it for 22 years. Look, I get it. You want to watch out for them. That's great. I'm just asking, how do you do that and not turn into Dad? 

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.

Current Music: I Am Not Waiting Anymore - Field Report
18 October 2012 @ 12:03 pm
SPN 8.03 - "Heartache"
w - buchner & ross-leming | d - ackles | c - gruska

“Brick used to say, the heart was key. That was the focus of the sacrifice.”

Most precise, intentional SPN ep ever filmed? Y/Y?
Lots of bros issues, meaningful visuals, pointed dialogue,
and gobs of subtext to discuss!
Thoughts? Thinkies? Concerns? Free verse? Prompts? New fanwork recs?
This is the post for it all!
Current Music: Arcade Fire - My Heart is An Apple
17 October 2012 @ 09:28 pm

5.02 Good God, Y'All

This scene is such a heart clencher.

SAM: I'm in no shape to be hunting. I need to step back, 'cause I'm dangerous. Maybe it's best we just...go our separate ways.
DEAN: Well, I think you're right.
SAM: I was expecting a fight.
DEAN: The truth is I spend more time worrying about you than about doing the job right. And I just, I can't afford that, you know? Not now.

*meep* Even though it hurts it's a great moment between them. Not only Sam recognising that he's not fit to fight, but Dean letting him go. It also looks gorgeous.

Have a different favorite bro!moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
Current Mood: nostalgic
After the premiere, I sat down to try and pick a 'Meta Moment' for my mod post of the week here at theheartofspn. I couldn't pick just one. I had an assembly of like ten different quotes and caps from both the premiere and prior seasons. It was like weird abstract art, and I thought, 'Shannon, WHUT ARE YOU DOING??'. There was actually a reason for it, an argument it turned out I was trying to make. Almost two weeks later, and alot of pondering over Sam particularly, I finally cranked out this massive meta that I hope makes much more sense than my first attempt. Hardly a meta MOMENT, more like eight seasons of meta moments. I blame theheartofspn entirely for this monster.:D

Author: zimshan
Title: 'NOT NORMAL. SAFE.': Why S8!Sam Makes Sense in Context of his History & in Relation to Dean
Subject: A walk thru of Sam's mindset as hinted at from the S8 premiere and in context with the last seven seasons of the show
Summary: Why S8!Sam makes sense in the context of where Sam comes from, where Sam has been, the choices he's made, the guilt and torment he underwent for those choices, what he wishes for others, and the climate Dean left him in at the end of S7.

11 October 2012 @ 11:03 am
SPN 8.02 - "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?"
w - dabb & laughlin | d - showalter | c - lennertz

The prerequisite premiere gittiness haze has mostly subsided,
making room for some more coherency this week. After the character heavy opener,
this one seemed much more plot heavy. But its choices still felt very purposeful.
Thoughts? Thinkies? Concerns? Free verse? Or any new 'gotta-tell-you!' fic/vid/art/meta recs? XD
10 October 2012 @ 07:34 pm

8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
Current Mood: touched
04 October 2012 @ 11:27 am
SPN 8.01: 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'
w - jeremy carver | d - robert singer | c - jay gruska

What a treat, there's a whole lot to discuss in this one!

02 October 2012 @ 08:47 pm
theheartofspn's Pre-Premiere BLOCK PARTY 2012

Can't stop thinking about the Wednesday premiere?!
Finding yourself SUPER squeeful?! (YAY, Sam and Dean back onscreen!!)
Kinda feeling incredulous?!? (SEASON EIGHT, Y'ALL!!) Nailbiting in concern over what the premiere will bring?
It's okay it happens to the best of us around this time of year...

You've hit the right place!

I know spoilers have yielded mixed reactions but I fully believe SPN fans and their reactions CAN coexist peacefully. Some of us really nutty birds
even experience nailbiting worrywarting, jump-up-and-down supersquee, and pressing need for SUPA SRS BSNS discussion all at once. We're crazy like that!

So be good to each other. Play nice. Embedded PICS, GIFS, YOUTUBES, NEWS LINKS and FANRECS ARE ALL WELCOME!
Post-ep discussion won't be posted until Wednesday 10pm EST, so if we have livebloggers out there, this will be the space for it. :D


01 October 2012 @ 06:16 pm
With LOVEfest coming to a close, that can mean only one thing: SPN S8 Premiere Day!

As we transition from summer hiatus to the fall TV season, we'd like to find out what you'd like to see at theheartofspn as we move forward!

Poll #1869959 What YOU want to see in theheartofspn as we move forward?:

Two days until Winchester Wednesday Premiere Day! Any interest in a pre-premiere block party style post?

HELL YEAH! Last day LOVEfest celebration!
Sure, that could be fun...
Honestly, spoilers are making me dread the premiere
Nah, don't think I'm interested

Any interest in a comm post-premiere discussion post?

HELL YEAH! I'm SO there!
Sure, that could be fun...
I won't be watching/online Wednesday night, but it'd be neat for Thursday morning
I'm not sure I'll be watching at all
Nah, I'll discuss in my own LJ

What posts would you like to see here during the season?

weekly ep discussion posts (Wednesday night)
weekly ep broment posts (Thursday morning)
weekly ep roundup recs
friending meme
more content posts
I'm holding out until we see the premiere
Something I'll suggest in the comments/suggestions

What dailybursts (mod posts) would you like to see continue?

Meta Moments
Tumblr Tuesdays
Winchester Revisited (TNT rewatch)
Greatest Hits (Broments)
Fabulous Friday Recs

Anything else you'd like to see at theheartofspn? Suggestions you'd rather say here than in comments? (viewing is for mods only)

We'll be keeping this poll open until tomorrow (Tuesday) night...
Current Music: "This Place Your Home" - Loki's vid
01 October 2012 @ 06:08 pm

It's hard to believe October and fall is already here! That means here at theheartofspn, our Winchester Summer LOVEfest is coming to a close as we inch closer to the Season 8 premiere.

I'd like to thank all of our LOVEfest participants for sharing their fabulous talents with us, and filling our comm with mounds of summer love and Winchester-y goodness! We know this was a very last minute addition to the summer challenge lists, but appreciate all the time and energy you all put into each contribution. It's wonderful to wade through all these SamnDean feels, especially all together right before the new season premiere!

We all had busy summers, so if you missed some entries, need to catch up, or just want them all in one place to save and revisit later, below is our masterlist with links to all the entries.

And, if you haven't yet, please, take the time to comment on your favorites! Even a short note is loved and adored by all. :D

(NOTE: For those of you who missed your date and still have entries to post, I will add any last minute free-for-all LOVEfest links to the post until 9pm EST October 3rd. If you are one of these posters, and haven't PMed me yet, please make sure to do so!)

Winchester Summer LOVEfest MASTERLIST: Aug 5th - Oct 3rd

- 'Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep' [Sam/Dean, PG, post-7.17] - __tiana__ [*]
- 'Secret Weapon' [Dean POV, post-7.06] - verucasalt123 - filled from THIS theheartofspn prompt
- 'I'm Still Standing' [Sam/Dean, NC-17, post-7.23] - smalltrolven
- 'More Than Meets the Eye' [Gen, Wee!Chesters, Bobby et al, pre-series in 6.17 AUverse] - platinumrosel and bt_kady
- 'Exit the Crucible' [Sam, Dean, Castiel, post-7.23] - st_salieri
- 'Gotta Move On' [Sam&Dean, gen, 2.10 backstory] - reapertownusa
- 'Slept So Long' [Sam/Ruby, Sam/Dean, NC-17, circa S4] - writersmirth
- 'Listen at the Shore to the Song of Sirens' [Sam/Dean, R, post-4.14] - lysanatt
- 'Resurrection' [Sam/Dean, R, post-7.23] - runedgirl
- 'All That Glitters' [Sam&Dean, post-7.14] - cherry916
- 'My Brother's Keeper' [Sam and Dean, circa S7] - siberian_skys - filled from THIS theheartofspn prompt

- 'The Heart of Me' [Dean, Sam, G] - marciaelena
- 'Home' [SamandDean, G, pre-series] - xizarx
- 'Bedtime Stories' [Sam&Dean, G, pre-series] - ileliberte
- 'Out of Purgatory' [Sam, Dean, Cas, S8] - petite_madame
- 'Won't Leave You' [Sam&Dean, PG] - asatinlace
- 'Normality' [Sam and Dean, G] - xizarx
- 'Purgatory Dypyich' [Sam, Dean, PG, post-7.23] - salty_catfish

- 'This Place Called Home' [Sam&Dean, S1-S7] - secretlytodream
- 'I'll Build A Bridge Through the Fire' [Sam and Dean; S1-S7] - eyestoowide
- 'Make It Beautiful' [Sam&Dean] - lilly_the_kid

- 'The Humanity of the Winchesters: Sam, Dean & the Superhuman Bond between Brothers' - purplehrdwonder - filled from THIS theheartofspn prompt
- 'Ghost in the Machine: Supernatural and the Soul' - maenad

- 'Hakatai' [Sam/Dean, PG-13] by sevenfists - read by applegeuse
- 'The Last of the Weary World [Sam, Dean, 2.09 FitB] by lyra_wing - read by electricmonk333

- 'The Road So Far' - by angstpuppy

We are also working on a delicious account to tag comm posts and recs. More on this shortly...
Current Music: 'just know you're not alone, cause I'm gonna make this place your home'
26 September 2012 @ 07:09 pm

4.02 Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester

I loved the opening moments between the brothers in this episode. They argue about the possibility that Dean could have been saved by an angel. Sam is so happy that that could be a possibility. He tries to convince his brother that the "man upstairs" is looking out for him. Dean doesn't think he is worthy, but Sam knows better. His brother is totally worthy.

DEAN: I mean, I've saved some people, okay? I figured that made up for the stealing and the ditching chicks. But why do I deserve to get saved? I'm just a regular guy.

SAM: Apparently, you're a regular guy that's important to the man upstairs.

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
Current Mood: warmed
21 September 2012 @ 05:29 pm

In our last post we recced some of the ways Sam and Dean could be reunited after Season 7. So now, it's only fair to give a step further and make a rec post about a wonderfully timeless kind of fic: future!fics. These fics show our boys leaving the hunting life behind and making a life of their own a few years down the line, maybe after all their battles have been already fought, so they can be considered completely post-show. To be honest, they are also my personal favorites because who doesn't want to see our favorite brothers get their domestic happy ever after?

Link/Author: Children Waiting (Going Nowhere) [Gen, Sam & Dean, PG-13, 5k] by minviendha
Author's Summary: Things are going well. Future-fic.
Notes by Reccer: Beautiful and cathartic story about the boys adapting to a normal life at different paces, and slowly letting go of their issues in order to reconnect with each other and the outside world at an emotional level. There's talking, schmoop and a visit to the Grand Canyon. What else can you ask for?

Link/Author: Gonna Make It Feel Like Home [Sam/Dean, PG, 2k] by cleflink
Author's Summary: Sam's not sure if Dean's just being an ass or if this actually is his idea of how one goes about buying a house.
Notes by Reccer: Adorable and funny slice of life in which the guys start looking for the perfect place to settle down. Because sometimes happiness is not a place, but a path and the person you share it with.

Link/Author: I'll Close Your Eyes So You Can't See [Gen, Sam & Dean, PG-13, 4k] by ratherastory
Author's Summary: Dean doesn't know how to go on without Sam, so Death provides him with an alternative.
Notes by Reccer: A different kind of future!fic, and yet maybe the more believable one. This story will break you a little and then fix you in the most wonderful, touching and perfect way. Because no matter the realm, Sam and Dean belong together..

Do you know any other brotherly future!fics that made you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Just use our template and share them with us!
19 September 2012 @ 08:19 pm

3.02 The Kids are Alright

DEAN: Hey. Who was that?
SAM: I was just ordering pizza.
DEAN: Dude, you do realize that you're in a restaurant?
SAM: Yeah. Yeah. Oh, yeah. I just felt like pizza, you know?
DEAN: Okay, Weirdy Mcweirderton. So, I think I got something.

Weirdy Mcweirderton! Oh Dean. <3

Slim pickings in this episode for bro!moments I think. This is a great scene though. Sam is going behind Dean's back, researching a way to get him out of his deal. Dean is looking for ways to make the most of his last year on earth. There's a quiet desperation that exists between them during S3. I remember watching this particular season thinking that there's no way Dean would go to hell. Looking back, now knowing that he does, sends a pang to my heart. Oh boys. <3

(If this was one of my motel posts I would be mentioning the re-use of that brick wall and clock ;D)

Have a different favorite moment from this episode? Jump in the comments below and let us know.
Current Mood: thoughtful