As many of you know, I didn't particularly care for S7. I know some people did, and I'm happy for them, but I didn't.
Back when I rewatched S7...because I'm a masochist and I had to catalogue the clothes anyway... I started keeping an outline of how I would have rewritten S7 to make it better. I used one part of this outline to rewrite 7x08, but then never did anything with the rest of it.
So, I thought I would post it for your enjoyment...
(Please keep in mind that this is written in a way that I use to talk to myself and not other people, so there might be places where I just assume you know what I'm talking about because you're me. And any spelling mistakes are because I type all notes to myself in notepad, which doesn't have spellcheck)
girl next door:
-8 weeks or no mention of time. Sam still hallucinating, still needing Dean to talk him down sometimes. Maybe they realize that talking directly about lucifer actually makes it harder for Sam to get out of the visions.
-Still sees paper and goes after Amy.
-Dean still freaks out, but for better reason this time (Sam's actually not stable). Sam answers Dean's phone call, tells him where he is.
-Dean still comes. Sam still tells him the same thing, but is confident that he made the right decision - maybe Lucifer wanted him to make the other decision.
-Dean still kills Amy because of not trusting monsters after Cas, but doesn't want to tell Sam because Sam was feeling so confident about his decision making skills.
Defending your life:
-Sam and Dean hunting ghosts to try to ease Sam back into hunting, see if he can handle it.
-Not quite sure how to resurrect this one... maybe Dean feeling guilty about Sam's madness...if he had killed Cas earlier, before he broke down Sam's wall. Maybe feeling guilty about lying to Sam too... or maybe realizes that Osiris can just march out everyone Dean failed to save for all of eternity and of COURSE he's going to win, so just gives up.
Shut-Up, Doctor Phil:
-Again, another attempt at a simpler hunt. Maybe plays out the same...only Sam noticing that Dean is upset, and having bad dreams. He worries, wants Dean to talk to him, but Dean doesn't want to talk about it.
-Sam is doing much better, is quite proud of himself that he hasn't slipped up - that he came through for Dean. Dean doesn't want to tell him that he made the wrong call with Amy.
-Dean really concerned about Sam going after Leviathans even though he seems to be doing better. Sam is confident.
-Episode plays out pretty much the same. End fight is definitely because Dean lied to Sam. Sam can't trust him, and that makes it hard for Sam to cope.
-Plays out pretty much the same. Dean apologizes, Sam accepts it. Dean promises not to lie again - maybe tells Sam that he feels like he dropped the ball with Cas, that Cas hurt people, and he didn't want Sam to have that happen with Amy. Sam complains that Dean can't baby him if he makes the wrong call - he has to know. Sam tells him that he misses Cas too, that even Sam wouldn't have killed him...that Dean can't blame himself for that.
S7, Time for a Wedding
-Not Becky, but OC - amature witch who drugs Sam - similar to Mallus where witch doesn't know her witch-leader is a demon.
-Dean calls in Bobby, is sent Garth. Notices the other cases in town. Sam is NOT pursuing them, thinking his beloved is a civilian.
-Maybe the drug makes the Lucifer-vision go away temporarily, so that Sam feels sane...attributes it to being happy with the girl, tells Dean he doesn't need him.
-When the drug starts to wear off Sam starts freaking out, because he can't tell what's real anymore - wants Dean.
-She still knocks him out, ties him to a bed (not another cottage, because she can't move him herself.) When he wakes up he freaks out more, because of rape history. Hurts himself on restraints. witch doesn't know what to do, flees to find demon/witch. Sam overhears conversation before she leaves, even though he is panicking.
-Dean figures out what's going on...goes to confront witch, finds Sam... saves him.
-Meanwhile, witch with demon - demon yelling at her for picking the ONE person she shouldn't have picked. Dean, Garth and Sam sneak up on him - attack ensues pretty much like episode, only no heroic moment for witch. Crowley arrives...same deal as episode, cancels contracts. Dean wants to kill witch for hurting Sam. Sam tells him not to...he got married under a false name anyway, so he just ditches that ID.
How to Win Friends...
-When Bobby hears what happened to Sam, he decides to hunt with him and Dean for a while - too help Dean watch over Sam a bit?
Adventures in Babysitting
-Emotionally wrecked Sam is more susceptible to hallucinations. He tries to distract himself/cheer himself up with hunting.
-Dean sinks further into depression over Bobby. Blames everything, including Sam's madness on leviathan. Starts gunning for Roman.
-When visiting Frank, and Frank mentions "there's no pill for that" or whatever the line is, Dean asks if the pills help - obviously worried about Sam. Wonders if Frank is a good example of someone surviving despite madness, or a bad one.
-Episode ends with the boys slightly cheered up, but Sam's still messed up, now from the Vitala venom as well. Dean doesn't know how he's supposed to cope now that Bobby's gone and he realizes that he's the only one that has Sam's back.
-Change in how fight scene plays out, space between talking to Lee and saying goodbye to Crissy is longer.
Time After Time
-Pretty much can stand as is.
-More emphasis on Sam without Dean though - maybe he ASKS Jody to help him. Scene with him almost talking to Lucifer before the phone rings, then immediately asking for Jody's help while his eyes centre back on that fixed point in the room.
-Possible scene with Jody noticing that Sam seems under a lot of additional stress.
The Slice Girls
-If bring in Bobby's ghost, as per show, then have it overtly affecting Dean negatively - ghosts lingering cause those that are still alive to not be able to move past their grief, etc (per 4x15).
-Sam freaking out more immediately when it looks like Dean might be in danger...taking it more seriously than he does, believing Dean right away.
-At end, after telling Dean not to die, we see Sam look in the rearview mirror and rub his hand before the fade to black.
- Phone call between Dean and Sam after the clown attack - Sam DOES need some talking down, but it still fine (or pretends he is) when he meets up with Dean at the end of the episode.
- Possibly place before Slice Girls for continuity of emotional story-arcs. (In which case, take out opening scene with Dean referencing Slice Girls).
-As is. (?)
Out with the Old
-needs something. I'm not sure what.
...I don't even know for the rest of the season. I'd prefer not to have Bobby's ghost around and Sam and Dean actually figure out the Leviathan plan themselves (maybe that's what Out with the Old needs, actually progress made by SAM AND DEAN on the Leviathan plot.)
In other news, I do have an idea for a canon-esque fic that would span the end of S7 to the beginning of S8 (mainly 7x17-8x01/8x03)... it'd be Cas-centric which is something I have never done before. It'd be along the lines of a fix-it as well, which is why posting this reminded me of the idea. As you can tell from the above outline, I didn't like how Sam's madness was handled in S7, and that INCLUDES when it was transferred over to Cas.
Anyway, we'll see we'll see - I have a few things on the go at the moment that I should be focusing on instead for the time being.