I am a fan of Dean Winchester. Hence, I am a Dean-fan. I've been one since the show started. I know people who are Dean-fans. And I think it's a shame that we've been lumped in with the hardcore Sam-fans, because I don't think we whine this much and to such a degree.
From Seasons 1-5 I've watched and cheered Dean on. There were times when I felt that there was loopholes in some of the episodes; but I didn't make comments about the show having only one main character. I didn't cry that Dean wasn't getting enough time. I thought he could have been better handled in some of the myth-arcs and that there some tiny questions that weren't answered but I did not rant about the unfairness of it all. I also don't spout this whole POV+/-screen time/myth-arc somehow equals (=) one main character on a show about two brothers. I found this absurd equation on the Supernatural-tv livejournal.
When it looked like Dean was getting a more prominent role in Season 4... I, and my fellow Dean-fans cried fountains of joy. And then when that role was squashed to some abysmal footnote in the Season 5 finale I chugged down the bitter disappointment and hoped for better next year. And I think a lot of my complaints about the Season 5 finale wasn't merely about Dean being short-changed, it was mostly about the sudden 180 degree turnabout and the shaky writing. Or the anti-climatic confrontation between two brothers. Screw Sam and Dean, a showdown between Lucifer and Michael would have been epic. You know, like Whedon epic!
I am pleased with Season 6 and I am happy about the inclusion of actors such as Misha Collins, Mark Shepard and Robert Singer. I even like Cindy Sampson, because I feel that she is one of the few recurring female characters in the show that was written smartly. Besides Mary Winchester and Tamara, and Ellen I think the other female actresses on this show got the short end. For those who harp about a show spotlighting two brothers, two people can't create a world by themselves. And with a show as intriguing and interesting as Supernatural this is doubly so.
So, this is a statement from a Dean-fan. And I'm probably going to get lambasted from Hell and back. But for the die hard Sam-fans out there? Please leave me, a Dean-fan, alone. Please just let me enjoy my favorite character and let me cheer him on as the season progresses. That's all I want. And I think that's all a majority of the viewers want. To watch an excellent show in relative peace.