If this look they give eachother isn’t love I don’t know what is.
yeah, well, maybe this one for example
Dean is like the sun because he’s cute as hell and keeps ppl alive and is usually drawn as a cute cartoon but he can also kill u and it also hurts to look at him sometimes do u feel me
I actually find it very interesting at the end of Meta fiction that he tears the angel related research materials off the wall (his hunter style approach to his Angel related problems) and then he takes off the trenchcoat (his angelic identity) and puts up the sigil in his suit - which is a very deliberate adoption not of a hunters technique but of hunter’s ATTIRE, perhaps with his human objectives as his new priority.
So technically he didn’t reject either world entirely. Instead he blended them…taking from each world as he needed to in reevaluating and planning out his new objective. Because what he now knows require a massive change in strategy.
Cas isn’t choosing to be just an Angel or a just hunter, he’s making himself into BOTH. He’s establishing his own distinct identity in a time of great need.
Also important to note: while he began blending his various aspects/selves he started by casting off his angelic signature in favor of the garb of humanity, perhaps indicating what he is most comfortable as or what he most wants to be. (Or perhaps who he really is when no one else can see. I’d be saying Nephalim here, but we know he’s not one in the technical sense of the word.)
The scene cuts away with him still in the suit and we don’t see him in the trenchcoat again until the next morning, when he’s going out to greet his siblings, with whom he’ll need that aspect of his identity.
There is a wealth to be said about EVERY MOVE HE MAKES in that scene.
I also gotta be me and point out what this is could mean for Dean and Castiel’s relationship. I stick by my assessment that Dean’s great love needs to be a hunter and the show is only making Cas into the person who is “right” for Dean more than ever before. This episodes shows us that Cas has been paying attention to the brothers’ way of doing things for all these years and could hunt along side one or both of them easily.
Absolutely and not only that but should Cas survive the season finale they are positioning him to be all the things that Sam can’t be without abandoning his own happily ever after. He is likely to want a life in the fight for its own sake instead of just tolerating it for Dean. Cas in many ways is a match for Dean unlike any other because he understands Dean at an incredibly complex level. His claim in season for that he knows everything about Dean is a good hint he’s both empathic/telepathic and has no blind spots about Dean’s past experiences as he likely helped piece back together Dean’s memory. Not only that but full bared hunter or not Cas has all the elements necessary to be both a support and a balance for Dean because he can both provide a physical equal to him in struggle and because he’s seen Dean in the immediate aftermath of a decade of torturing in hell. Unlike Sam who seems both worried for Dean and intimidated by/disturbed by Dean’s dark side Cas is able to see Dean at what he considers his worst and simply say ‘been there done that…you aren’t going to scare me off.’ And mean it without the slightest need to bluff. He is in essence everything dean needs because he can both know exactly how Dean’s defenses work well enough to pile drive through them as necessary while promising and meaning he won’t leave dean ever voluntarily.
And Castiel was the one who pieced Dean back together, so he could have also seen flashes of Dean’s memories. Dean well and truly has no secrets from Cas and I don’t think Dean could ever have that relationship with anyone else. I mean he sure as hell didn’t have that with Lisa. And because of the lack of secrets and the abundance of compassion that is between Cas and Dean, no one will ever be able to love Dean like Cas can in that unconditional way. Like 95 percent of people would see Dean’s darkness and run in the other direction if not be entirely put off by Dean’s party pack of issues. And of the five percent who wouldn’t run I still don’t know how many people would be able to give Dean what he needs.
It is really obvious to anyone who thinks about it for five minutes that a happy end for Sam and for Dean is not the same thing. Hunting does not make Sam happy. Never has and probably never will and Sam should not be guilted into giving up his happiness on the alter of his relationship for Dean. Sam’s done this before, but he’s seems to have learned that it’s not right for him to do this anymore. I think Sam does more than tolerant Dean. I think that he is mostly just worried for him right now since I think Sam knows he’s in no place to judge Dean’s descent into darkness because of the demon blood stuff. Sam is coming at Dean with empathy but Dean won’t hear it because he doesn’t trust Sam and he’s probably never really trusted Sam like he should. Cas might be able to get to Dean since their relationship is more one of equals and not Dean acting as parent to Sam’s child.