I agree with you - with that tremendous weight on his shoulders, I don't know either how the hell Sam has managed to stay sane. Although episode 5.11 looks interesting...... How the knowledge of what he'd been tricked into doing hasn't crushed him where he stands, I'll never know.
So this was totally believable as a dream. I'm betting that Lucifer tortures Sam's mind with just that - dreams of Dean being killed or hurt until Sam caves. My other line of thought is perhaps Zachariah might do the same thing to Dean regarding his decision not to be Michael's vessel. If that slimy angel gets his hands on Sam....
Had tears in my eyes at Sam's breakdown, and that heartbreaking line, "I just want it to end."
I hope it does for them, but not in the way the angels and demons have planned. I'm keeping my fingers, toes and everything else crossed that the brothers find a way to defeat Lucifer, and walk away at the end.
Yes, I am very interested in what 5.11 holds for both boys. I'm working on a fic now set immediately after 5.10 and exploring Sam's mental state.
I'm glad the dream thing worked because I didn't start out with it being a dream. It just kinda worked out that way.
I have faith that the boys will find a way to put Lucifer back in his cage without saying yes to being vessels. I will be so disappointed if that happens.
Thanks so much for the review!