Dean/Cas Parallels from 8.17 - “Goodbye Stranger”
Has anybody else pointed out the parallels of 8x17 to 5x22?
In both Goodbye Stranger and Swan Song, Dean gets brutally beaten by a man whom he loves and who is his family, a man who is acting under the influence of something that is beyond himself. And Dean’s love and desperation through being beaten plays the role of bringing these men back to him. In both scenes, he’s on his knees, face bloody, eye swollen shut, and never wavering, never looking away from the person he loves.
on the other side of the batcave
Sam kneels at his bed, coughing and wheezing as he presses blood smeared lips to his hands and whispers
“Please Cas. I need you to look after Dean. I’m not. I don’t think I’m strong enough. And if this get’s shot to hell I need you to watch Dean. Look after my big brother. Please.”
I need to turn this into a comic. Like right now. This is a brilliant idea, GDI! :D
omg, please do. your art is effing amazing and this is heartbreaking and i’m already on the verge of tears here. gah.
Ignoring Cas’s blunt and completely hilarious sense of dry humor for a moment, think about what he’s actually saying here. Castiel is the name given to him by God. Castiel translates roughly to ‘my cover is God’ or ‘shield of God’ in Biblical theophory—the ‘el’ suffix means ‘God’, and ‘iel’ means ‘of God.’ Cas is the name given to him by Dean. Deliberately or not, Dean removed the part of Cas’s name that means ‘of God’, and left him with ‘shield’. Castiel isn’t actually a Biblical angel—it’s a variant of the name ‘Cassiel’, who was an archangel in the Kabbalah responsible for observing the Earth with no interference. Making it up as we go, indeed.
oh for god’s sake
okay I don’t watch supernatural at all
his name is castiel
how the fuck else are you going to shorten that, “tiel”?
then it sounds like he’s a fucking cockatiel
this isn’t meaningful at all
reblogging for abby’s glorious commentary
busted —-> [ 4x22 - “Lucifer Rising” ]
[edit #two seconds after reblog]
Holy shit I just realised the significance of the angel falling off the table, and Cas turning up.
And Dean is the one that pushed it
you know what I want?
I want Dean and Sam to take a day off
or a week
I don’t care
I want them to go do something they want to
I want them to have a vacation, if only a short one
I want them to check in some nice hotel somewhere near the beach
I want them to chill in a hammock
I want them to drink cocktails and take a dip in the pool and I want them to enjoy life for once
I want them to save people and make the world a better place
but I also want them to take the time to enjoy the world they’re constantly saving
and maybe Cas shows up randomly to tell them news or whatever but Dean forces him not to tell him anything until the week is over. Castiel agrees and starts to go. Before he can leave Dean grabs his arm and Castiel turns to see Dean handing him a very pink fruity looking drink and then he’s wearing a white flower lei.
“TOLD YOU I’D GET YOU LEI’D!”
and Castiel understands that so he smiles.
REBLOGGING BECAUSE FLOWER LEI
This was the scene that nearly killed me.
Because as much as Dean was keeping close to Cas in this episode, Cas was also trying to stay close to Dean.
Cas didn’t want to be alone.
Cas didn’t want to be sent away.
And Dean told Cas he couldn’t stay in their motel room.
And what does Cas do? He desperately wants to prove himself useful. He wants to be needed. So he says anything he thinks might convince Dean he can be useful.
“I don’t sleep. I’ll watch over you.”
Because he still thinks that his value lies in his usefulness. That Dean only needs him for his angel mojo, for what he can do to help Dean - teleporting, being invisible, fixing wounds.
Cas still doesn’t understand what Dean meant when he said “Cas, buddy, I need you.”
If Cas ends up having to make a choice between remaining an angel or going mortal, he might chose to go on being an angel, thinking that Dean won’t need him without his powers.
“He thinks people I don’t need anymore – they end up dead.”
Food for thought.
Misha did a great job in this scene. You can feel Cas vulnerability, his fear that Dean might send him away; because at that moment, heaven isn’t a option and the winchester are the only family Cas has…
This is a wonderful post. People keep saying that Cas is a soldier who kicks ass. That Cas is incredibly powerful and celestial and otherworldly. All true. But you know, Cas is also incredibly vulnerable. He’s stuck between two worlds, he’s lost his sense of belonging and he’s lost himself. He’s not God’s little soldier anymore, but he’s also lost confidence in what he was fighting for in seasons 5 and 6. Castiel is traumatized by a war he should never have fought, by what he thought he was forced to do and the losses he sustained.
Like Dean, Cas has never experienced the feeling of being loved and needed for no other reason than for being Cas. As was pointed out above, Dean extended that love to him (“Cas, buddy, I need you”), but Cas isn’t able to wrap his head around the idea. He has such a low opinion of himself that it doesn’t even cross his mind someone could love him just so. Then, of course, it’s also rooted in his past. Cas was raised to believe that he’s one of God’s beloved children, only to find that the love he devoted his entire existence to was probably an illusion. Cas never saw God, he never found him, never had proof of his love, and in the end lost faith.
The only raison d’être he can still see for himself is being useful. He has no place else to go, so to earn the right to stick around, he tries desperately to prove he can do things for Sam and Dean. Of course, he could just flutter off on his own, but coming back to what I said in the beginning, Cas is vulnerable. He’s scared, and he’s lonely, traumatized and hurting. He doesn’t want to be alone, but he’s unable to believe anyone would stay with him just so.
It’s Dean Winchester’s story, all over again.
they never explained why sam had no handprint after being raised from perdition~
yet i’m supposed to believe cas didn’t brand dean on purpose?
Jared saying it was on Sam’s ass makes me laugh. A lot.
But that raises an interesting question, if you’re going to put shipping aside for a moment. If Sam really doesn’t have a handprint, I wonder if that’s because the handprint on Dean’s shoulder is a manifestation of the mark Castiel laid down on his soul when he ripped him out of hell.
Castiel failed to save all of Sam, he only got his mind and body. Sam’s essence wasn’t there. There was nothing to hold onto in the same way that there was with Dean.
I don’t know…