On this blog, we tend to analyze the bejesus out of certain things. Okay, maybe a lot of things. And as readers of this blog, I’m sure you agree (at least somewhat) with our analyses. But I think the question everyone needs to ask themselves is, “Are we doing too much analyzing?” In other words, are we making something out of nothing?
There are two layers to this question. Layer one: did the creators of a show intend for x to mean something? For me, this question really doesn’t matter. So the motels in Supernatural frequently have the same setup right down to some of the wallpaper (it’s the x in our above layer one). Is it a coincidence? Never, because somebody made the decision to make everything similar. Maybe they didn’t make it intentionally, but they did make it. And even if we had the opportunity to ask the director what every hotel looking similar means, he might say that he has no idea what we are talking about. So the ‘intended’ part of the question renders layer one moot. It’s up to us how deliberate anything that can be taken as symbolism is.
Layer two is: is it in fact symbolism? I think that’s also up to us to decide. We are given all of this information (the show) and it’s up to us as an audience what to do with it. Due to Moffat being a little crazy when it comes to details, we as fans have learned to keep our eyes open for any little thing. Maybe it means something, and maybe it doesn’t. For example, many people thought Clara was the child of Human Ten and Rose because a ‘shop girl’ gave Clara the Doctor’s number. It turns out that wasn’t true (whether it means something else is a completely different story that could turn into an entire post so I’m not going there). My point is every detail can’t be something. A minute detail might just be nothing. We as viewers have to process and figure out which details are important and which ones aren’t.
So we are just going to keep doing what we’re doing. However, sometimes we’ll be wrong. If you feel we’re wrong or going way too far, call us out in the comments. We love ourselves some lively debate.