Countdown to Supernatural, Week 1: Most Valuable Player

Seven more days!  There are only seven more days before the angst of the Winchester brothers return to our screens.  After a long four months of waiting and theorizing exactly how this next chapter of the Winchesters lives will play out, we only have one more week before the most underrated television show returns.  While the countdown has been fun, it’s only reasonable that this week’s Countdown to Supernatural revolve around the show’s most valuable player.  This character has been a constant in the lives of the Winchesters, protecting them, giving them safe haven during the darkest of times and even saving the world when nothing else could.

Click below to learn about the Most Valuable Player in the Supernatural world.

On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville -- a blue two-door caprice. 

There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car -- no, the most important object -- in pretty much the whole universe. (Swan Song, 05.22)

 

The Impala.  Even after being t-boned by a demon driven 18-wheeler, you managed to be pieced back to together better than before.  For Sam and Dean, this is more than a car; it’s their family, their history, and their home.  This gorgeous piece of automobile history has saved their lives more often than can be counted and in the end was the only thing able to stop Lucifer from destroying the world.  Only the Metallicar and a tiny little toy soldier stuck into its ashtray stood between Lucifer in Sam's body and the end of the world.

After thousands of miles and countless beers while sitting on the hood of the car, the Impala is the only constant in the life of Dean Winchester.  Even when he was abandoned by his father and his brother, he had his car.  His prized possession, he's rebuilt that car from the wheels up and knows that, even when everyone else lets him down, his car will always be there to carry him through to the next adventure.  Let's hope its received a much needed break along with Dean during his time of domestication.

When we first met Sam and Dean, all we knew was that they drove a pretty cool car.  Sometimes it drove itself.  Or a ghost commanded it.  Either way, occassionally the Impala enjoyed chasing the boys down deserted backwood highway bridges, but it never really hurt them.

At the end of the first season, the Impala was all that stood between the entire Winchester family and certain death with Azazel possessed a truck driver to plow into the side of the Metallicar as Sam rushed his already bleeding and broken family to the hospital.  Without the solid car, they would have inevitably died.  There was barely anything left to salvage, but Sam wouldn't let Bobby junk it.  Dean would want to build it from the ground up if he had to.

And when Dean got frustrated by everyone asking him if he was okay after his dad sacrificed himself so Dean wouldn't die... well, the Impala was there for him yet again.  It probably wasn't too offended that Dean beat the crap out of it.  I mean, he was taking the time to piece it back together bit by bit.

 

It knew that it was Dean's favorite thing in the world, perhaps tied with his baby brother on the days when Sam wasn't pissing him off.

 

 

Eventually Dean went back in time to meet his father, fresh out of the marines, and learned that he was the one who convinced John Winchester to purchase his most prized possession.  It's weird how circularly the world works in the Supernatural universe.

 

   

Finally, in "Swan Song" with Chuck narrating the life and times of the great Metallicar, we got a short first hand look at what all this car has meant to the boys.  Even after it's total distruction, Dean rebuilt it with the flaws that represented their life growing up - Legos in the air conditioner, a toy soldier melted into the ash tray, their initials carved into the side boards.  For boys that had never truly known a home, they managed to travel with theirs everywhere they went.

And in the end, when Dean was bloody and broken yet again, the Impala saved the day.  Distracting Sam with its shiny chrome detailing, it brought back all the memories that had been made in and around that car.  Who else should have saved the day in the end?  The Impala is as much a part of the Winchester family as Sam or Dean.

I think it makes sense to consider the Impala the third main character of the show and hopefully it lasts until the very end.  The Winchesters need something that they can always depend on.