Dean [to Cas]: “I’m glad you’re here, man.”
*cue the fucking ultimate emotional moment Dean Winchester Family Theme of spn music score*
…That’s probably not significant.
this whole season could have no sound, i’ll just go to the cw with my script and do a voice over for everything. this is a rough draft
shit guise i am so excited for this goddamn episode
What I said was, “And if they have the space, budget, actor participation, and network support to make this story happen….”
I was merely making a point about queerbaiting, in which there has to be a deliberate intention to mislead. I firmly believe that canon Destiel is part of the story we’re being told by the writers, while allowing for the fact that network television is a complicated thing. If they say, “We were going to make Destiel canon but then XYZ happened and it was out of our control,” then it’s still not queerbaiting because their intentions were to canonize it before XYZ happened.
And no, I don’t think Jensen Ackles would stand in the way of Destiel. He’s got a terrible reputation when it comes to this, but it’s largely undeserved. There are only so many nice, considerate, fan-sensitive ways you can say, “Dean and Cas share a profound bond but I can’t tell you anything about where we’re going with that specifically because if I out Dean as bisexual and in love with Cas during a convention I will probably get fired,” before you just start to repeat yourself.
That would be a major spoiler along the lines of Jennifer Aniston saying in an interview during the height of the Friends craze, “Oh, by the way, Rachel is still in love with Ross and we just filmed a great little scene where she gets off the plane to France so she can stay with him.” It’s not gonna happen. The only way we’re ever going to get confirmation of Destiel is from the actual show, nobody is allowed to confirm it at a convention. It takes the shine off it, especially when such a large part of the fanbase is invested in seeing it happen.
Misha Collins doesn’t get nearly the amount of shit Jensen does for avoidance of Destiel questions, and he’s the guy who intentionally misunderstood a fan question about “canon” and made jokes about being aerodynamic. He’s just better at it. He’s better at avoiding and misinterpreting and giving non-answers. But even Misha still has moments where he has to search for exactly the right word that confirms nothing and yet isn’t a lie.
When you take the fans who think they deserve confirmation because they have no idea how network TV works (the concept of a will-they-or-won’t-they viewerbait relationship is not new or difficult to understand, people), and you put those fans in a room with a guy who has to confirm nothing in order to keep his bosses happy but isn’t really good at public speaking, you get the fandom-wide interpretation that Jensen Ackles hates Destiel.
May I remind you that he’s already played a character who has a sexual relationship with his male best friend in Blonde? Clearly he has no personal moral qualms about the concept. Jesus Christ people, if you want proof that he knows Destiel is a thing and doesn’t hate it, watch the show.
Watch Dean interact with John, watch Dean cradle Sam’s dying body and scream his name, watch that beautiful emotional breakdown in the season two finale, and then tell me that Jensen Ackles is not an Oscar-quality actor who knows how to tell a story and has a deeply-felt love for the character of Dean Winchester.
Look at how present he always is in a scene. Even if he has no lines, he’s always inhabiting Dean, and he knows why Dean does everything he does. This is the guy who offhandedly headcanoned that Dean probably turned tricks to feed Sam, a fact that will never be disclosed in the show but indicates that he knows way more about Dean’s internal life than is portrayed onscreen.
And then try to tell me that all the Dean/Cas scenes were accidental, or not played that way, or that every bi!Dean moment outside of Cas was an accident. Tripping over a table as he blustered out the door because a cute guy hit on Dean was an accident?
Jensen Ackles actively plays Dean as a repressed effemiphobe who draws strength from displays of traditional manhood, and has walked us through nine full seasons of that armor being stripped away to reveal the actual Dean. He’s the one responsible for every time Dean silently eye-fucks Cas, the awkward badge-slide of “Oh god this cute boy is hitting on me,” the quality of Dean’s voice every time he tells Cas he needs him.
Maybe he didn’t play it that way in say, seasons 4 and 5, but we are in season 10, folks. He’s talked to Misha, talked to the writers, talked to fans, and is still playing the Dean and Cas relationship with as much electricity as Cas’ first appearance. On purpose.
I mean, obviously I don’t know him personally and have no outside confirmation of any of these claims. But I know when I’m being told a quality story by a quality actor. The fact that he kinda sucks at public speaking doesn’t change that.
When he gets the script that includes the stage direction “Dean and Castiel kiss,” he will not be surprised. He is the main caretaker and cultivator, and the biggest fan and protector, of the character of Dean Winchester.
Castiel will finally interact with Dean’s demonic side in this week’s outing. “It’s a pretty strenuous meeting,” Ackles previews. “Dean is still not quite Dean, and Cas is having to, unfortunately, use some powers he would rather not have to use against Dean.”
Even though the angel is facing his own problems and is low on grace, “Castiel is hellbent on ridding Dean of his demon and willing to do anything, no holds barred, to make sure he’s no longer a demon,” Misha Collins says, adding that their face-to-face is “a little touchy.”"
Since Dean turned into a demon,He cant find him.Now no matter how cruel the world is, he has to face it. Alone.
Adopted Winchesters in Dark Red Hoodie.
There’s a pattern here, they’re trying to pass a message and I can’t figure it out.
it’s the Red Hoodie Of Family. If they give it to you, you’re automatically considered a Winchester.
red riding hoodie
check out the shirt colors though
this becomes more fun when you realize that this is the first time cas would see dean’s real face and not his soul
If by ‘fun’, you mean ‘absolutely soul wrenching’, then yes.
look at that double take he makes
"his face is as beautiful as his soul"
hold the phone though…the first time would have happened before this episode in 9x03 right before he’s stabbed in the chest by April…
I don’t know if someone has already talked about this, but I haven’t read anything similar to what I have to say, so I’ll give it a try.
This morning I was thinking about the show, about Dean and Cas to be more specific (I do that a lot!), and suddenly I wondered: Why is the word “LOVE” being used so much? I have made some connections and, of course, I can be mistaken, but I want to share them with you all.
Do you remember the conversation between the fake Ezekiel and Dean in 9x02?
Zeke!Sam: You were protecting your brother. I am in Sam’s head. Everything he knows, I know. And I know that what you did, you did out of love.
Dean: Yeah, uh, look, Zeke—I’m gonna call you Zeke—I’m not really with the whole, uh, love, and… love.
A lot has been said about why Dean mentioned the word “love” twice. When Zeke said love, he was obviously talking about the love Dean has for Sam, but Dean said “love and… love.” The first one is Sam. Who is the second one? That question matches pretty well the so obviously repeated line “WHO DO YOU LOVE?” in the opening song for season 9 (x). We already know who the first love for Dean is (Sammy), but “who do you love,” Dean Winchester? Who’s the second love in your life?
Then in the season 9 finale, Metatron said this:
“This is a story, […] a marvelous story, full of love and heartbreak and… love.”
Dean and Metatron made the exact same pause “and… love”. The phrase was mentioned again, but this time there was an additional word: “heartbreak”. That might mean nothing, except… if we pay attention to the chorus of the season 10 opening song, we get this:
“YOU’RE A HEARTBREAKER, DREAM MAKER, LOVE TAKER” (x)
So… in 9x23, Metatron made a connection to the “love and… love” said by Dean and added “heartbreak” to it, and in 10x01, we hear “heartbreaker, dream maker, love taker.” Not only did we get the heartbreaker (who is obviously Dean because the season opening songs are always describing Dean somehow), but we also got another two additional phrases “dream maker” and “love taker.” And in the same episode, we got Castiel saying this:
“Not all bad comes from it – art, hope, LOVE, DREAMS.”
Thus, in the season 10 premiere we got the “dream maker, love taker” and suddenly, we also got someone who mentioned dreams and love… someone who is not supposed to experience those emotions because they are “human things.” And what’s the most interesting part? After Cas said dreams, we immediately got Dean’s face on our screen.
FULL CYCLE. We started with Dean and went back to him.
In case we were not sure the “dream” reference was totally about Castiel, in episode 10x02 we got a little girl asking him, “Did you have a good dream?” Two episodes in a row using the word “dream” around Cas when we know there’s a “heart breaker, dream maker, love taker” somewhere. How much more obvious can they get? And of course, Cas answered that he can’t dream, because of course he can’t. The kind of dreams he has, the kind of dreams (hope and love) someone has awaken in him are human emotions given to him by a human. “He’s in love… with humanity” as Metatron would say. Though Metatron himself later corrected this and said that everything Cas did was “about saving one human”, “to save Dean Winchester.” That’s not even subtext! All that is canon!
In case we were not sure the “heartbreaker” reference was totally about Dean, also in episode 10x02 we got a brokenhearted Crowley looking at his selfie with Dean while a song is playing. What does the song say?
“Hey there lonely girl, lonely girl, let me make your BROKEN HEART like new.” (x) I don’t even think I need to explain this anymore. It’s so obvious it really hurts my brain.
What can we expect from now on?
Well, we already know Dean needs Castiel (season 8 established that very clearly with all the I need you’s we got from Dean). Now we are learning what kind of love Cas has for Dean (clue… “He’s in love”). We just need Dean to reciprocate, to be the “love taker.” I’m just going to add here the definition of taker: “Someone who takes or receives something; someone who accepts an offer.” That means Dean-many-issues-I-hate-myself-Winchester might at some point take, receive, accept love that is being offered to him. Who is the one feeling/offering that love? I think that everybody and their mother knows that it’s a certain angel of the Lord.
I’m completely sure that Dean and Castiel are endgame. The Carver era made us a promise since season 8. We just need to be patient. What was the promise? Go back to episode 8x07 and listen to the song playing when Dean was driving and saw Cas for the first time in season 8 (not in a flashback but the real Cas, walking on the side of the road). When you rewatch that part, you will hear this:
“We gotta get out of this place if it’s the last thing we ever do. We gotta get out of this place… Girl, there’s a better life for me and you.” (x)
So… if it’s the last thing they EVER do, I’m sure there’s a better life for Dean and Cas somewhere down the road. That’s their endgame. That’s the promise we were given a long time ago. It might take a couple more seasons, I don’t know, but I’m sure we’re heading somewhere.
I’m sorry you were disappointed. Personally, this episode is what convinced me once and for all romantic Dean/Cas is endgame. I have no idea how explicit it’s gonna be (though, IMO if you’re gonna put THIS MUCH effort into it, seriously, do yourself a favor and go big otherwise why didn’t you altogether stay home), but I’m 101% convinced it’s endgame.
Time together=/=forwarding destiel. And overt references also are not necessarily what forwards destiel more than everything.
Ok, let’s go. I’ll try to be as articulate as possible, but please excuse me if it’s a bit all over the place because I’ve finished watching a couple hours ago and I’m still freaking out. I’ll mention a lot of things and themes intersecting so if any connection I’m making between stuff isn’t clear, just tell me and I’ll try to make the passages more explicit.