can i just say i love that the show finally acknowledged dean’s sheer and expansive intelligence
sam is usually credited with being the smarter of the two because of his college education (and sam is fucking smart to boot) but dean is often portrayed, flatly, as the masculine symbol of brawn and power, not brains (coughrobertsingeranyonecough). the show usually fails significantly to recognize dean’s astounding practical knowledge in hunting, mechanics, incredibly apt cultural references (srsly that boy is a dictionary of pop culture from now and decades ago) and just general know-how. and the show finally brought that to the forefront. i have no doubt that sam has known this of dean all along for people saying sam is just realizing dean’s intelligence (given sam knows dean better than anyone), but the fact that the show has outrightly acknowledged dean’s unconventional street-smart knowledge as “genius” is really, just really fucking awesome.