Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate the absolutely gorgeous music that’s going on behind the incredible scenes we’re watching because let’s face it, with the breathtaking acting we’re looking at and listening to, it’s hard to focus on the music, too. So here. Listen to the stunning piece of music that played with the final moment of the finale. Be struck by the raw emotion in the actors’ voices and get lost in the orchestral phenomenon as the angels fall.
This is why I love supernatural. The writers and production team think of everything. The amazing acting is coupled with breathtaking scenery, fantastic music and superb cinematography. It is a visual masterpiece and I don’t think it gets the recognition that it deserves.
I literally cannot wait for West to find this in 10 years time.
I really don’t think he’ll be that shocked.
Sure, ask away! The easy answer to this is simply that I think Dean is bi, because I don’t think his interest in women was ever a fake or forced thing. I think he has become disinterested in women as sexual partners or romantic interests however, and has shown for a long time a decreasing want to be with them (to the point where he is outright denying them, even though he was initially flirtatious).
Dean is a funny guy. And there is meta upon meta better than mine about his potential sexual orientation(this one is my personal favorite). But to call him 100% gay would be really incongruous with who he is, just like calling him 100% straight would also be incongruous.
I consider Castiel a potential love interest (esp. in canon) because if Dean gets over his issues with his identity and sexuality (which he has made great leaps this season towards accepting), he may see that Castiel really is there for him, and is the best he’s gonna get (and when it’s an angel of the Lord, fallen or not, that’s pretty good, imo). He’s the closest friend Dean has, and now that he’s human, he’ll be with the boys a lot more, showing that 1) he can’t just keep running away from them and 2) they can work through the issues and feelings that have been stewing between him and Dean for the last 2-3 years (in the show). At this point in the show, there’s no reason to engage Dean in a new female romantic interest, not when all of Season 8 and a good chunk of Season 7 was devoted to explicitly showing us how much Dean is just NOT into women that way anymore. Does he enjoy them? Sure he does! He flirts openly and likes to be playful with female figures, but he has shown time and time again the he’s not looking to “tap that” and have even close to a one-night stand. But it is clear that, decreased libido from PTSD or not(I can’t currently find the meta I’m thinking of for this), he’s still a sexual creature, and he still enjoys the idea of something physical, something real. It’s just that his attention is shifting and he’s trying to figure out why.
He states he wants to be but can’t with Ellie in Trial and Error. He stutters and stops around the idea of potentially hanging with Aaron. He shifts his entire body at the image of a cleaned-up Cas. Not to mention how many times he’s looked Cas up and down, and when he’s happy with Cas at the beginning of the season, he’s hardly more than a foot away from him. And not even mentioning romantic/sexual relationships, Dean has been hugging everyone like crazy this season; at least 3 times more than all the other seasons combined.
Dean is physical. He wants that connection with someone. And it’s obvious that he’s only sharing any kind of physical connection with the people he already knows and loves. So of course he’ll soon want to be closer with Cas, now that he’s around. I wouldn’t be surprised if now that Cas is going to essentially be living with the boys at the bunker (because where else will he go) we’re going to be seeing more “peach fuzz” moments, aka more touching, poking, nudging, grabbing, little-to-no-personal-space, stuck-like-glue moments. Now that Dean is going to have Cas in a position where Cas can’t really leave, do you really think Dean is going to let that go? We saw how upset he was at the end of the season with Cas’s constant back-and-forth. He was so angry that he didn’t talk to him for a whole episode, prompting Cas to go out and try to shop for all of Dean’s favorite things to make up for it. So do I think Dean and Cas are going to be closer next season? Oh yeah. A lot, lot, lot closer.
And since Cas is already so close to Dean, and Dean clearly has a physical need to be close to those he cares about, and they have mutual interests that they can talk about and share, plus all the emotional and spiritual intimacy that comes with saving each other’s asses from Hell/Purgatory/Apocalypse/etc., there’s a perfect brew for them to finally sit down and really express how they feel and move forward with their relationship. But it’s only going to happen if they can sit down and talk it out. They need some moments to themselves where they can really be frank with each other. It’s something that Dean and Cas both need; up until this point, all season, they have been constantly interrupted and halted from their more emotional and heart-felt comments. They need to spend some time in the bunker, just the two of them, and talk it out.
And I think we’ll see that somewhere mid next season, perhaps, if not sooner or later, depending on what the writers have in mind. But whatever it is, it should be realistically resolved in a timely manner. I’m expecting some tension, which will ease (like it always does between them),they’ll talk things out, and Dean will do the “touchy feely” things, small things that Cas might not have noticed before but now that he’s human, he does notice them, which may or may not gradually escalate from there. The biggest issue of course with Dean and Cas’s relationship is that it has to feel organic from the prospect of the casual viewer, so just like everything else, it’s baby steps. But if the same-sex romance parallels get more frequent this next season, well, I think we all know where they will be going from there. ;)
based on: #oh look #now it’s cas’ family that’s burning on the ceiling
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So I saw some people last night on my dash (rightly) upset about the fact that while we had all of these Supernatural/Human pairings this season and they were all clear parallels to a Dean/Cas endgame, there was really no “resolution at the end”. There was nothing to tie all those pretty little side parallels together. In other words, the C plot was left hanging at the end of the Season. Man, that’s gotta be infuriating, right? I mean, all this time, all these human/creature crosses, and then nothing? How meaningless.
Or is it? Is it really just left to “bad writing”? Or are we gearing up for something bigger, something that needs to take steps to be shown, because of the nature of things? What’s going on with all these supernatural pairings that keep cropping up in the show?
Sam “I’m Fine” Winchester
#okay this is why i’m FUMING at anyone saying sam’s being selfish #and demanding dean doesn’t have friends #THAT’S NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING IT’S NOT #THAT’S NOT WHO SAM IS #IF YOU THINK HE HAS ENOUGH SELF-ESTEEM TO THINK DEAN SHOULD LOVE ONLY HIM YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HIM AT ALL #AT FUCKING ALL #he’s not asking dean to never have friends #he is expressing bone-deep soul-crushing despair #at having to watch dean trust everyone else but him #because he thinks dean has no faith in him #he has so little self-esteem that he thinks dean trusts everyone but him #literally everyone#and he’s been trying to prove himself over and over and over #even though in his heart he thinks he deserves to never be trusted #he tries anyway to make himself into someone who dean can trust #but he doesn’t think he can #that’s what this scene is about #he’s not being selfish so can we just knock that the fuck off right fucking now (via whiskeyandoldspice)
I have a slightly different take on this.
I think that you can’t control jealousy.
Sam wants Dean to have friends. Sam is practically President of the “Dean Winchester Deserves All the Good Things” fan club. Sam took on the trials because Dean should get to have friends and a room and a light at the end of the tunnel. Sam doesn’t name Cas or Benny here not only because we all know damn well who he’s talking about, but because it’s not about them. It’s not about Dean having to choose Sam over them.
It’s about how Dean’s friends—an angel and a vampire—are walking, breathing models of everything Sam was supposed to do and didn’t.
It’s about how Sam deep down is terrified that this is the way Dean sees them too.
Since the end of season three, Sam has carried around inside him the fact that he made a promise to Dean that he would save him, and he failed. And that failure snowballed into actual world-breaking, soul-shredding apocalyptic failure. That failure may very well be one reason Sam never actually looked for Dean this time: because he couldn’t deal with failing again.
And now that’s out there. He’s admitted it and Dean knows and Dean’s finally told him how wrong Sam is.
Sam redeemed himself of the apocalypse when he jumped into that hole. Now he can actually let go of the reason why that apocalypse happened in the first place.
When I was a kid, my uncle would make ice cream when we went to visit. Not buy it from a store, make it from scratch.
This is how it went:
- Mix ingredients
- pour mixture into churn
- pack ice around the churn
- put rock salt on the ice to delay melting
- connect dasher to crank handle
- crank that sucker until the mixture is frozen
If you did any of those things wrong, or didn’t churn long enough, you got crappy ice cream, with ice crystals that you could feel or a thin, melty, softserve kind of result instead of smooth, solid ice cream.
The key to getting perfect ice cream was in the churning. You had to turn that crank until it just flat would not turn any more because the ice cream was so solid. My sister and I used to take turns sitting on a towel folded up on top of the churn to keep the thing from turning, and let me tell you, that was just as cold as it sounds like. But if we didn’t, the churn would just spin around in the ice and the ice cream wouldn’t get hard enough. And it ALWAYS took way longer than we wanted to wait.
Every so often, my uncle would take the lid off to check the consistency of the ice cream, and if it wasn’t ready, back on the top would go and back on top of the lid we would sit, until it was right.
And every time he checked it, we would beg him to just let us eat it already, it was ready, really, it was, come on, just give us our ice cream! But he always waited until that ice cream was just right, no matter how impatient we were.
Was it ice cream baiting for him to keep going even though we were ready for that ice cream RIGHT NOW OMG? And we would have been satisfied with a sub-par product?
No. It was not.
And neither is it queerbaiting for Show to keep not giving us an, “I love you,” or a kiss, for Show to keep trying to make Destiel as solid as it can possibly be before they do anything like that.
This season, Show has been laying groundwork, doing things to prepare the Casual Viewer for Destiel, planting suggestions that heaven is okay with homosexual relationships, or that Dean is figuring out how he feels about Cas, or that a human and a supernatural being can actually fall in love without the world ending.
Show is doing its best to make sure that when we finally do get blatant canon confirmation of Destiel, the reaction of the Casual Viewer will be, “Well, it’s about damn time!” instead of, “Aaaaaah! No Homo!”
When the show is finally over, and Show itself (not somebody above Carver’s pay grade) has decided not to give us blatantly canon Destiel, THEN you can cry queerbaiting. That’s fair, and I’ll bitch about it just as loudly as anybody.
But disagreement about whether the plotline is ready to go unmistakably textual does not equal queerbaiting. We’re not the one who gets to say the ice cream is done enough. Our job is to sit on top of the churn until it is.
(For a primer on three act structure, see sorrowsfall’s post here.)
There are certain expectations going into a finale, especially a Supernatural one. Parallels will find their explanations. Questions will find their answers. Perhaps the biggest expectation is that the year’s quest will end, but it will open a door to next year’s quest. Each season evolves naturally into the next, but also acts as a season onto itself, with its own story to tell.
For a long time, we’ve been aware that Jeremy Carver came back to the show with a three year plan. For those of us more familiar with screenwriting, this naturally suggested a three act story, the conventional and traditional formula for film. That said, I never thought he meant it literally. Season eight would set up the board, but I still assumed there were three rounds to the game, that even with the set up, a full round would be played.
In the final minutes of “Sacrifice”, thousands of angels fall from the sky, in perhaps the most beautifully rendered sequence in Supernatural history. It’s a breathtaking, haunting sight intercut with images of the Winchesters cowering like children in front of their first home and a newly human Castiel crying for the first time. It also resolves nothing. It’s a “spanner in the works”, to quote Naomi in “The Great Escapist”, thrown expertly by Metatron (who reveals himself as full trickster: deceitful, on the fringes, and ready to teach a lesson). It does not close out any storylines—and in fact, setting up and executing this dazzling ending meant very little got closed out at all. Sam is still in the midst of the trials; Hell is still open; and Dean and Cas are still dancing around each other, still waiting for someone to stop the music (platonically, romantically, however you want to read it). In many respects, “Sacrifice” is not a finale—it is not final. It is not an end to very much of anything, and the effect can be disarming and dissatisfying.
It is, however, a point where the characters make a choice, and can no longer go back.
It is an end of an act.