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.””
Hey Jude, don’t make it bad… (inspired by x)
sometimes i miss you so much i can hardly stand it
sad because no more Percy Jackson for me???
From His Own Mouth, or, HOLY SHIT I CANNOT BREATHE (PART 2)
This is kinda like how Edlund tried to re[t]con [Dean and Cas’ relationship as romantic] in 8x05 by having Dean tell Benny that rebelling against your kind for one person was something out of a romance novel.
(caps from homeofthenutty)
And I nearly flailed myself out of my chair; I’d forgotten about that line. Because Stairway to Heaven. (I’m sure somebody’s already meta’d on this, but I don’t remember seeing anything, so here we go again.)
In “Blood Brother,” Benny is telling Dean about Andrea and how she was supposed to be a mark for his nest to feed on, and there’s this exchange:
BENNY: I always did what was best for the nest. ’Til I met her. Andrea. Andrea Kormos. [wistful smile] Beautiful. I mean, words don’t even cut it, you know?
DEAN: [looks thoughtful]
BENNY: Greek. Heiress.
DEAN: Come on.
BENNY: She was sailing a 42-foot sloop to the Canary Islands. Now, I shoulda called her boat’s destination in to my crew, but instead, I joined her on it.
BENNY: [looks thoughtful. and sad.]
DEAN: Was Fabio on the cover of that paperback?
I know somebody mentioned, when the episode aired, who Fabio is, but just to remind you, in the ’80s and early 90’s, Fabio was on the cover of a great many paperback romance novels. You’ll recognize his face, even if you never saw any of those covers, because he was also on the cover of a fictional work of fiction:
So here we have Dean, poking fun at Benny a little by comparing Benny and Andrea’s story to a paperback romance novel. Benny, who defied his nest (his family) and refused to kill Andrea, and then abandoned his nest to be with her.
I know people have pointed out the parallel with Cas and Dean in “Stairway to Heaven,” but Y’ALL.
We’re not the only ones who marked that parallel as romantic. Dean himself connected defying your family and giving them up for one person to a romantic relationship. And he was very clear about understanding that by defying Rachel’s demand that he kill Dean, Cas had given up an army of his brothers and sisters for one guy. And then Cas went away with that one guy and abandoned his brothers and sisters, a circumstance that Dean had previously associated with a romance.
In “Goodbye Stranger,” Dean amended his, “We need you,” to, “I need you,” because he thought his need would be more important to Cas than Sam and Dean’s joint need. That’s the only reason to make that kind of amendment, really. So he clearly felt that there was some kind of qualitative difference in Cas’ feelings for Sam and his feelings for Dean. ”Stairway to Heaven” proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cas’ love for Dean, whatever kind of love it is*, is stronger than his concern and love for his brother and sister angels.
I think that if Dean didn’t realize in that moment that Cas loved him, it was because it was too huge and terrifying for him to grasp that someone besides Sam could love him that much, and he just couldn’t look square at it and see it for what it was (because Dean doesn’t believe he deserves that kind of love, does he?), and his brain did the same thing it did when he got out of Purgatory—rewrote the story to something he could deal with.
Not that he had much time to process it anyway, what with Gadreel popping in and him losing his shit and then that whole dying and becoming a demon business… (I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda terrified/hopeful that demon!Dean’s thought about it since.)
But the thing is, Show has set up the credible possibility for Dean to recognize and acknowledge that Cas’ actions, like Benny’s, indicate a romantic rather than brotherly or comrades-in-arms** relationship in a way that can’t be glossed over or ignored, should they choose to exercise that option.
Guys, that brick foundation I talked about is up to chin high now—Jared’s chin.
* Not sayin’ Cas is in love with
HE’S IN LOVE.
** Yeah, Jensen, right, whatever, dude, Dean knows a lot more than you think he knows.
After seeing Reichenbach, I had to think further on the angel on the river bank in Black named Daniel. We see him here wearing what appears to be a bear tooth necklace and talking about how nighttime is a “revelation”.
While I’m not saying that guy was the Biblical prophet Daniel, I do think we were supposed to be reminded of that Daniel. So angel instead of prophet and bear instead of lion, but perhaps an interpreter of dreams and receiver of visions and revelations, none the less. The prophet Daniel was also taken unwillingly from his home to a foreign land (Babylon) where he was educated and expected to adapt to his situation and live amongst the Babylonians, even serving their king, Nebuchadnezzar. He did serve Nebuchadnezzar and later Darius, in part by interpreting their dreams, but he never renounced his old faith (which is why he found himself in a lion’s den). Daniel was saved from the lions by an angel sent from God. Interesting then, that it was a couple of angels who were following the orders of Heaven who ended up killing Supernatural's Daniel.
Prophet Daniel both interpreted the dreams of the kings, and had his own apocalyptic visions (which included Gabriel and Michael). The book of Daniel in the Bible is filled with strange dreams as well as occurrences that are supposed to have really happened, like a giant hand appearing out of nowhere to write a prophecy on the walls that only Daniel could read. It also has an early reference to what some interpret to be the messiah, referred to as the Son of Man. (The New Testament recalls this reference to compare with Jesus in the book of Revelation.)
So, why did Reichenbach make me think back to Daniel? Because of the little girl’s dream about her snot turning into a rocket that knocked down the stars to make room for more rockets. Because, odd though that dream was, it sounds a lot like a modern day version of the kinds of prophetic dreams a lot of Biblical characters had. Like for instance this one (bolding mine):
Daniel sees a ram with two horns, one longer than the other. The ram charges west, north, and then south. The ram is powerful, none could stand against it. He does what he pleases and becomes great.[Dan. 8:1–4]
Then a goat comes from the west, having a single large horn, crossing the earth without touching the ground. It strikes the ram, breaks its two horns, knocks it down, and tramples him. But at the height of his power, the goat’s horn is broken and in its place, four horns grow toward the four winds of heaven.[Dan. 8:5-8]
One of the horns is small but grows great, like the prince of host. It prospers in everything, throws stars down to the ground and tramples on them, stopping the daily sacrifice, destroying the sanctuary and throwing truth to the ground.[Dan. 8:9-12]
Daniel is also the one who interprets the dream about the statue with clay feet, which I talked about here. Joseph had dreams about stars and the sun and moon bowing to him. The book of Revelation tells of visions of falling stars.
There are also stories of dreams of a woman urinating so much that it covers all of Asia and of a vine growing from her genitals that grows to cover all of Asia in Herodotus. Many cultures have historically placed great importance on very strange sounding dreams. And anyone who’s read Homer knows how much importance was placed on the visions of the oracle. (The picture of Delphi in the link reminds me a lot of Daniel’s little circle of rocks around his campfire, too.)
These dreams sound really odd, until you understand that they are supposed to be interpreted by someone who has been gifted by God or the gods.
Hannah said that dreams are human things, but that’s not entirely true. Biblical dreams are often the way God speaks to man, and they often involve angels to help with the interpretation. Anna, Cas, Zachariah, and Lucifer have all communicated with humans through their dreams.
Cas and Hannah killed Daniel and then were presented with a dream from a little girl that they didn’t understand. They do not seem to have the gift of interpretation….or as in the case of the tablets, the prophecy was not meant for them. Is this all symbolic for angels not understanding because they abandoned their true mission and are not “above” humans like most of them seem to think? Or have they actually killed another interpreter who could have told them important information, like two other angels killed Kevin?
(This cap from Home of the Nutty, though I cropped and lightened it for easier reading)
He asked the librarian for information on demons, though, so he may very well end up looking right past important information, too.
its not enough for me,
its not enough for me.