First off, glad you’re liking The Great Season 7 Rewatch! It’s a labor of love, and it always makes me happy to hear that the meta series has made someone revisit my favorite season with a fresh eye.
I think you may have misinterpreted the meaning of what I said about wanting Dean to save Cas from Perdition.
Maybe this is a wild guess, but I suspect it might be the Mark of Cain, laid upon him when Chuck puts his hand on Cas’s shoulder in 4x22.
The Mark of Cain was a brand that God put on Cain after he killed Abel. God took away Cain’s ability to farm, but Cain said that his punishment was too great. God reminded him he could just hit up neighbors for food, when Cain said, “But what’s to stop them from killing me?”
It was then that God then laid the Mark upon Cain, which basically said that anybody who tried to hurt Cain would earn the damage back upon him sevenfold. That’s been interpreted to mean many, many things over the years — including the idea that Cain couldn’t be killed. Thus, if Cas bears the Mark of Cain, it would explain why he keeps resurrecting. (I think there was an End!verse comic to this effect somewhere?)
(PS: the Mark of Cain has a pretty gross cultural history; people used to argue that black skin was the Mark God had given to Cain, and used that to justify all sorts of atrocities. There’s nothing about that in the actual Bible text, though. The nature of the Mark of Cain is left up to the reader’s interpretation.)
As I’ve tried to show in The Great Season 7 Rewatch, Cas mentions are everywhere in Season 7.
Compare it to previous seasons. For example, although Cas appears in 14 of 22 episodes in Season 5, when he’s NOT on screen, he is only mentioned in two episodes, and only in passing (Sam mentions to the doctors that they have a friend named Cas in 5x11, and Dean mentions needing to find Cas in 5x19). No parallels to Cas or his storyline exist.
And in Season 6, Cas may appear in 12 of 22 episodes, but again, when he’s not on screen, he’s only mentioned by name twice, again, only in passing (Azazel’s hallucination briefly mentions Cas in 6x01, and Soulless Sam mentions something Cas said in passing). Again, outside these mentions, no parallels to Cas or to his storyline exist.
Compare that to Season 7, where he might have been only on-screen for 5 episodes, but in which 17/18 of 23 episodes of which reference or parallel Cas or Cas and Dean’s relationship in some way. That’s because the story of Season 7 is, in large part, about the hole his death left in Dean’s life.
By my count, between 7x01 and 7x17, Cas is mentioned by name in:
In addition, there are several episodes where Cas is not mentioned by name, but which require an understanding of who he is, his relationship to Dean and what he did, including:
Hope this helps! And don’t ever believe anybody who tells you Cas was barely mentioned in Season 7 before he came back :)
Benny watches as Dean pulls the knife out of the werewolf’s slumped, broken body; Dean sticks it back into its makeshift holster without bothering to clean it more than a quick flick to get most of the gunk off. He’d bet money that Dean used to meticulously keep it clean whenever he’d first landed his ass here.
“How long you been lookin’ for this fella?” he asks, because he’s been with Dean for maybe three weeks, and Dean sure as hell knows what he’s doing.
oH MY GOD
I had a thought after “Goodbye Stranger” that Naomi hadn’t quite lost her control of Castiel, and now the tablet is kind of dictating Cas’s actions as well. And it looks like I might be right:TVLINE | Since she’s messing with his memories, I’m imagining a scenario where he can’t really tell what’s real and what’s not anymore. Is that something he’s dealing with?
MISHA | Yes. And that’s something that we will learn even more about in subsequent episodes. (Source)
I wonder how that will come into play…
Oh god. What if the Purgatory reveal in 8x7 — the one in which we learned that Cas didn’t let go, but instead TOLD Dean to go (and about which apparently Dean was surprised to learn) — was implanted by Naomi?
Everyone’s favorite topic!
Now, if you’re in the fandom and you have a Tumblr and you saw last night’s episode well… there was a bit of a scene between Meg and Cas where they shared a mutual moment and kind of agreed to have sex, if everything went okay. And this has pretty much had the entire fandom up in arms; ‘Destiel is dead!’ they cry. ‘Queerbaiting!’, they scream, ‘No homo!’
But honestly, there’s a lot going on here, and it certainly is none of the above. Instead, it shows a more human side… for both of them. A last farewell, and exposition on a character before her final stand and a closing of a relationship for another. It was interesting, for me, watching this scene, knowing the fandom was going to be roaring about it, but I saw something different in this moment. Something deeper. And I really did see the foreshadowing here, of a hero’s death.
[I didn’t mean to make this more than one part, but it’s getting long and I don’t want to kill everyone reading. Part 2 will be up shortly!]
Omg LOVE THIS.
If Cas doesn’t come back wearing something different besides that damned trench coat I am gonna scream.
Don’t get me wrong folks; I love that damned trench coat, and it gets me all excited like Dean when he sees it after Purgatory, but it has run it’s course and it has got to go. And if it doesn’t go, be best be wearing something else underneath it.
The thing is that the trench coat has, since the beginning, been the symbol of CASTIEL THE ANGEL. When Castiel is not being an “angel”, he doesn’t wear the trench coat. When it was Jimmy? No trench coat. Emmanuel? No trench coat. End!verse Cas? No trench coat. Crazy? Well, he was technically still an angel, but the scrubs underneath showed that he wasn’t all “there”, it wasn’t all “Cas” and it was a statement to his mental health and how much it had broken and deteriorated. So when he comes back out of Purgatory, all clean and “angelfied” by Naomi, HE HAS THE TRENCH COAT. And for once, it’s not a good thing.
I don’t know if there is a link to it, but Flutie specifically got me thinking about Cas’ wardrobe — or complete lack thereof. In the hospital, it signified many different things, but now he’s back and he has his old clothes. The trench coat and the business suit are meant to be like a “uniform”; this is what a soldier-of-the-Lord should wear, and Castiel does too. So he comes back from Purgatory and goes right back into his uniform get-up; not really that great of a sign, even if we all THINK it is. Like Dean, we all get excited; “Oh man, Cas is back, the angel is back, I’m so fucking happy to see him back”. But at what cost? 8x17 showed us that it wasn’t all hunky-dory having Castiel walking around, because he was being controlled by Heaven. His suit was still on and he was still stuck doing his duty.
But now, Castiel is FREE. He can do whatever the hell he wants. He doesn’t need a uniform because he’s no longer a soldier. He doesn’t have to wear his business suit at all; he can get a tux or a waist coat or a t-shirt at a Goodwill. He can be whatever he wants to be, if anything at all.
There’s also the practical point that everyone and their Aunt May is looking for Castiel right now, and that trench coat, let’s be honest, makes him stick out like a sore angelic thumb. It displaces him, how odd it is, that he wears it in 90 degree weather, or 20 degree weather. Trench coats are not the most “every day” of fashion attire. It’s not normal. Every angel and demon in this world and the next knows he’s the angel in the trench coat. If he’s going to hide effectively, he needs to leave it behind. Or, at the very least, not wear it in public.
So because of Cas’s newfound autonomy, and his now constant need to lay low, I will be MAJORLY upset if the writers don’t have Castiel wearing something… “different” when he comes back. He can still be an angel and damnit he can even have that stupid trench coat still, but they need something NEW. They need something fresh. And they need it to be something that symbolizes everything Cas is, was, and will become.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes, I think I’m just going to barf over my keyboard an endless stream of yeses.
Personally, I’d prefer it if he kept the trench — as it has always been both his armor and his identifier, what sets him apart from all the rest; plus, it’s a nice callback to Jimmy — but ditched the business suit, because only hive mind creatures need the control and anonymity the suit provides.
My personal opinion is that while Balthazar was deeply loyal to Cas, I don’t think we saw any evidence that his feelings went beyond the platonic.
Sebastian Roche seems to disagree, however, calling Balthazar’s feelings for Castiel “a true love”. Interpret as you wish.