So, sorry for the delay between essays. I’ve been extremely busy the past few days, and not just with invading hordes of flesh-eating arachnids.
Anyway, these essays are only going to get less frequent, since I’ve now committed to starting five A-levels next week. (God knows what possessed me. It’s not like I need to sleep or anything.) So without further ado, let’s talk about Anna.
Anna was, I believe, the third angel we met, after Cas and Uriel. I found her entrance in I Know What You Did Last Summer to be slightly overshadowed by JP’s performance as a distraught, bottle-pitching Sam, but in the next episode, Heaven And Hell, the floor is hers. And Dean’s. (I wrote about their sex scene in connection with Dean’s time in Hell here.)
Anna’s a rebel. She’s flying a flag for humanity, and Dean needs someone, at that point, to remind him of why being human is worth the trouble.
Dean: Why would you fall? Why would you want to be one of us?
Anna: You don’t mean that.
Dean: I don’t? A bunch of- miserable bastards. Eating, crapping, confused, afraid.
Anna: I don’t know. There’s loyalty. Forgiveness. Love.
Anna: Chocolate cake.
Dean: Yeah, you got me there.
In an episode full of contradictions- ‘a angel and a demon riding in the backseat’, Godzilla and Mothra- this is the greatest one of all. An angel teaching a human how to feel human again.
For most of Season Four, this is Anna’s role; she’s the ultimate defector, and tries to teach Cas humanity as well. Ironically, as his humanity grows, he betrays her by handing her over to Heaven, just as Dean seemingly betrayed her in Heaven And Hell.
This, then, is Anna’s destiny- to be betrayed by the people she taught humanity, perhaps implying that humanity itself is what inevitably leads to betrayal.
Yet Anna herself refuses to go down that road. When she’s human, she’s steadfast in her loyalty to Sam, Dean, Cas. It’s only when she’s been re-angelified that she kills Sam with a length of rusty pipe, which of course makes it all okay.
And in Dean’s eyes, killing his little brother really was the ultimate in betrayal.
Anna’s oft-described as a ‘fallen angel’, too. Yet it’s when she’s in her fallen state that we see her with the magnificent trappings of angelhood- from the tree that grew from her grace, to her true form at the end of Heaven And Hell.
When she’s supposedly a ‘proper’ angel again, in Season Five’s The Song Remains The Same, that’s when we see her crash-landed on a car, truly fallen from the sky, unconscious and bleeding. It’s not only foreshadowing. She only seems like a fallen angel when she’s back under Heaven’s wing. Perhaps the implication is that we are never truly fallen until we’re betrayed- or betray.
The Anna Unappreciation Thread can go screw itself. I like her.