I just saw the quote from this scene go by my dash in the context of saddest moments, and I realized something about Dean’s threat here.  
"If you ever mention Lisa and Ben to me again, I will break your nose." 
Now, Dean makes threats all the time.  But they’re big, showy, posturing hyperbole (though surprisingly, see “I will stab you in the face” he sometimes does follow through) and Sam understands that they’re usually part of his overall persona and ignores them.  If he had said “I will kick your ass so hard you’ll be flossing with my shoelaces”  or even simply “I’ll kill you,” Sam would have kept going.  But “I will break your nose”?  He’ll do that.  He has done that (6.07).  He seriously, literally means that he is willing to hurt Sam if he continues.  
And that stops him, even though he’s in full Righteous Lecture mode, stops him long enough to take a second look.  Long enough to see Dean, and when he does, he realizes that his brother hasn’t cut off an annoying responsibility so he can drive away into the sunset, he’s surrendered what he sees as his last Good Thing and his last hope of being anything but a glorified predator.  
He hasn’t cut loose a burden; in his own way, he’s cut out his Grace, and now he’s falling at a thousand miles an hour and burning hard.  

I just saw the quote from this scene go by my dash in the context of saddest moments, and I realized something about Dean’s threat here.  

"If you ever mention Lisa and Ben to me again, I will break your nose." 

Now, Dean makes threats all the time.  But they’re big, showy, posturing hyperbole (though surprisingly, see “I will stab you in the face” he sometimes does follow through) and Sam understands that they’re usually part of his overall persona and ignores them.  If he had said “I will kick your ass so hard you’ll be flossing with my shoelaces”  or even simply “I’ll kill you,” Sam would have kept going.  But “I will break your nose”?  He’ll do that.  He has done that (6.07).  He seriously, literally means that he is willing to hurt Sam if he continues.  

And that stops him, even though he’s in full Righteous Lecture mode, stops him long enough to take a second look.  Long enough to see Dean, and when he does, he realizes that his brother hasn’t cut off an annoying responsibility so he can drive away into the sunset, he’s surrendered what he sees as his last Good Thing and his last hope of being anything but a glorified predator.  

He hasn’t cut loose a burden; in his own way, he’s cut out his Grace, and now he’s falling at a thousand miles an hour and burning hard.  

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