Over the years, I've learned that what makes a story so vibrant and transcend time is not just the writing or the acting but the music.
Music in movies and tv shows is crucial in making the story unroll. Music brings emotion to another level. When a character is associated with a genre of music, not only does it make the show interesting, it gives us more insight into who that character is.
In Supernatural, Dean is the one that gets a genre of music that's very characteristic of him and not because he's a guy's guy but because we understand that music is an escape for him. It's a way for him to relax and let go of the day. And most of the time, it's an indication of what's going on internally when he can't express himself.
What's interesting is how Dean gets his score: Americana composed by Jay Gruska. It's the one piece out there that represents Dean so perfectly. It has the heart and sensitivity that Dean tries to hide during the entirety of the show. It has the strength of a little boy who had to fight to be a kid, the pain of a young man that had to hide who he was because the world was not ready to see him.
Contrary to what others might think, he's the only one to get his own score, and if other characters happen to have one, it's usually derived from Dean's. Why is that? Well, Dean is the heart of the show. He leads the story through his music, whether it's Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Traffic, Billy Squier, or Taylor Swift. It's not Sam or John. Dean is the narrator.
A character that has a music theme is the main character. Sam may have a score that people associate him with. However, it doesn’t make an impact on the story. It's not used as the ballad that supports every emotional scene the way Americana is, and that says a lot.
Dean's style of music makes the whole show so vibrant that in 10 years fans of the show will remember Black In black as a Dean Winchester song. They will listen to Americana, Dean's score, and remember Supernatural.
They will remember That he was the one that brought the family together. He wanted Sam and John to be family again, he made Cas care about Jack and Sam, he's the one that makes the family a whole because he cares.
And found family was the heart of the show.
If the score makes you think about the show now, it's because of Dean. It's part of his hero's journey. He's the song that makes the story lives on.
Much of the conflict in Cas and Jack’s relationship, especially early on, stems from Jack believing Cas can do something he can’t. It’s an understandable overestimation, since Kelly trusted Castiel fully and told Jack he could do the same. And it’s not a lie, but small children often fall into the habit of viewing their parents as infallible and capable of making everything better, which Cas is not. This is the moment Jack has to confront that Cas isn’t perfect, that he’s just a person, and that realization coupled with Jack’s grief results in one of the most painful misunderstandings they’ll ever face.
It kinda sucks that Supernatural decided to go full circle instead of, idk, giving their creations proper endings that would've made sense and actually been satisfying.
At the start, Sam didn't want to hunt. He wanted a normal life. Dean didn't want/didn't think he deserved a normal life. He "wanted" to die hunting. But then you see their real issues in time and what makes Sam happiest is leading and being a teacher (and getting a dog, let this man have a dog!!!) And Dean is happiest around family (Cas, Jack, Sam, Eileen, and bring in all the wayward sisters, etc)
Sam and Eileen retiring from hunting and becoming leaders and teachers to younger hunters and Dean gaining a "normal" life (job application, Cas and Jack, etc) would have been imo, the best ending for them. They don't get what they "want", they get what they need in the end. Peace AND freedom. Doing what makes them happy without an audience to entertain.
But instead we get everyone dying and going to fake heaven. It's fake as fuck because Bobby would never be happy to see Dean without grey hairs showing up. It's way out of character.
Plus, everything they did was basically for nothing because they all died anyway. It wasn't impactful considering the way Dean died kinda stupidly and unrealistically. And god, Sam was butchered with that wig! They butchered my boy!!!!!
I'm just saying... Anyone who thought the finale was a satisfying ending and in character... Maybe pay attention while watching the show....
something about how i have seen the shot of dean kneeling by cas' side in 12x23 so many times but i never really pay attention to the imprint of cas' wings. every time an angel died prior, the imprint of their wings is the focus of the moment. they're huge and powerful and its a big deal. every time cas showed his wings prior. it's poignant and beautiful and its a big deal. but in 12x23 that’s not the focus of the moment. the focus of the moment is dean. shattered at the alter of cas.
Angel Radio: Wavelengths and Vessels and Marks, Oh My!
This is a section of a comment I made on Bob Wess's latest Destiel video (check it out! good shit!) where I finally figured out the deal with angelic wavelengths. I'd been wondering for AGES about how/why Dean couldn't understand Cas, but I think I've noodled it out to my brain's satisfaction, this time!
I just had a brain wave about how/why Dean wasn't able to hear Cas when he was initially trying to communicate with Dean right after returning him to his body! I was thinking about those moments, and the fact that Cas clearly has not taken a vessel yet at this stage, and so what does that make him? A multi-dimensional wavelength of celestial intent.
Wavelength implies frequency and the way the angels communicate on the show has always been referred to as 'angel radio', so here's my thought: the reason Dean couldn't understand Castiel was because Dean is vibrating at an entirely different frequency from Cas.
Why? Because Dean is Michael's vessel - an archangel - and presumably, as an archangel wavelength Michael would be undoubtedly stronger, whereas Castiel (as a seraph) might not even be on the same wavelength. Because Dean's bloodline is tied directly to Cain, to Chuck - the biggest of bigwigs in the SPN mythology - and hence is infinitely more powerful/power-supporting in comparison.
The bloodlines theory could also explain why Demon!Dean was such an interesting character, as well - because Cain took over the Mark from Lucifer. If you figure demon smoke (wtf it's supposed to represent) is basically the equivalent of a demon's 'soul' or essence, or what have you - and you have Dean, from thee line of Cain, taking the Mark. Again, Dean is the Mark's perfect host just as much as he was a perfect vessel for Michael. That Biblical bloodline is some strong shit!
As far as Cas’s status compared to other angels in heaven, the show has a lot of conflicting views. Like sometimes he’s popular among other angels, he lead armies and during war many angels sided with him. On the other hand, Cas is said to have been a freak and has been lobotomized multiple times for being a little too rebellious.
I’ve been trying to understand what exactly was his role in the society of heaven and I’ve determined that yes he was popular, but just among the other weirdos. He is the supreme freak, he is the leader of all of the misfits. He is no Jock like Naomi or Raphael or Michael, but he is the captain of the theatre club.
but the thing is, i don’t think cas ever actually learnt repression and shame from dean. and i don’t think he was ashamed of what he felt. i believe it had more to do with him wanting dean to be happy above anything esle, so he decided to remain silent and push his desires and needs aside just so that dean didn’t have to deal with them. which is still terrible in its own toxic way, but different <3
What does Amara do that Chuck can't? What is Amara's power? Chuck creates and Amara destroys. Is that why Chuck created heaven and hell and purgatory? Because he can't destroy his creations, because he is actually unable?
That's why Jack goes to the empty when Chuck snaps him away, rather than being completely destroyed. If Jack is truly a danger to Chuck he would blip him from existence, not just tuck him away somewhere and hope he didn't get free. The implications are that none of the other universes were truly destroyed.
Every time Cas was brought back he was the same Cas. He was different because he had died, but that's not what we mean. He was always the real Cas, because without Amara Chuck actually couldn't destroy him.
For that matter, Chuck locked away Amara rather than destroying her because he couldn't. It wasn't compassion for his sister. We've met Chuck and he doesn't have any. He was lying, faking, covering. Chuck couldn't destroy Amara and he tried to use it to relate to Dean and make him look more sympathetic in a story in which he was an unreliable narrator.
I was watch the Monster of the Week podcast(Jeremy and Chris's) and they mentioned how Cas kept looking into the camera to talk and they suggested it's either Cas talking to God or the audience. It came off as odd....
But it made me realise that as unintentional and kinda strange as it was, that was the first of Cas breaking the narrative.
In context of s15 where God/Chuck is a writer substitute, this episode means Cas isn't having a monologue within the story, The Man who would be King is Cas destroying the fourth wall and speaking to the writers.
It's like he recognised for a second that he is the only agent of free will.
Obviously none of it was intentional but that's what makes it work. None of this shit was writer intention, it was all Cas(aka a truly colossal snowball of unplanned events coming together to make something beautiful).
Here’s some other pictures I used for comparison. A few things of note, starting in 1970 the f100’s moved the fuel tank from the cab to under the bed of the truck. In the deleted scene, the gas cap is behind Cas. If it had been a later year, the gas cap would have been visible between Cas and the wheel well.
Also, his truck has several after market additions, his style of rear bumper and mud flaps are not standard of any fifth gens, the hooks on either side of the bed don’t seem to be on any of the trucks I see, even the special models. And the two bars in front of the grill are again, not standard.
Thankyou so much for your research! 💙 I love reading and writing about these kinds of things in fic, plus knowing that little bit more helps me better picture the scenes-between-scenes in canon and formulate headcanons, etc. 😁
From these photos I would say it has a greener tinge overall, so it's more likely Caribbean Turquoise than Peacock Blue:
(but I can't say for sure, as the Caribbean Turquoise seems to alter in hue in different photographs, and there's no video footage online of the deleted scene 15x15 where the truck can be seen in daylight to compare - gifs are good but they do tend to alter coloring. If someone wants to upload the scene for us to watch that would be awesome.. 👀)
It's an aesthetically gorgeous vintage truck '68 Ford F-100, and I'm sure the mechanic in Dean would have a field day teaching Cas all about how to best care for and maintain it. 💙
The fact that some viewers see zero parallels between
Cas confessing his series long crush on Dean Winchester before dying, weeping about how he knows he can't have him.
and Dean dying a bachelor in the final episode without ever finding true love ever in the entire series.
They did find love.
Cas was Dean's canon love interest the entire time. Cas wanted Dean for ten years. No one has ever loved Dean that long. He gave Dean a son, he hunted with him, he healed him, he made his coffee in the mornings, he answered his prayers, he rebelled for him, he killed Raphael for him, he listened to him, he was loyal, he made him smile like no other, he was Dean's sunshine.
Cas was written to be everything Dean needed. And Dean loved him for it. He taught Cas how to be human, he taught Cas how to be tender and to love, he kept a photo of Cas in his wallet. He longed for Cas. He prayed to him and called him whenever he could. He had coffee dates with him in the morning, burger dates in the afternoon, whiskey dates at night, and he still missed him.
Dean died a bachelor, but his true love was in his story for the past decade.
Hello! I saw your post about Cas’ truck in 15x15 when I was in the tags yesterday. I did some looking, and it seems to be either a 1968 or 1969 Ford F100. There are several details that lead me to those two years, but there doesn’t seem to be enough difference between years to pinpoint one year over the other. I can explain the details, or send the screen caps I found, if you’d like, just let me know! Here’s a photo of a restored ‘68, for comparison.
thankyou so much!! 👏😍
i knew the fandom fam, with all our sleuthing skills, would be able to figure it out.
I'd love to hear/see more! please send 'em on through.. 👀💙
Ever heard of the S12 Truth? No? Let me catch you up!
The S12 truth, is by essence, is the meta behind the season that lets us know that Dean and Cas? An item for sure. Well, not so sure, because they suck at talking about feelings. Try... confused college relationship. Are we together? Do we just have sex and cuddle from time to time and watch old movies together and give each other mixtapes platonically? Who knows (Dean does, sorta. Cas is being a turnip.)
Now, @curioussubjects has a much better post about this thing, and I have learned the entire thing from her and a few other friends of mine, but I'm gonna try to spread out the knowledge to my little fandom corner, because I think it hasn't been said enough (and also, I'm very tired of some meta takes I've seen) that this was a move that caught us all with our pants down - or we caught destiel with their pants down.
So the topic I wanted to talk about is the start of this journey to S12 for Dean and Cas, and that journey, the moment that got some of us squinting at the screen and muttering to ourselves, is located right in the second half of season 10. Paint It Black AKA The Confessional.
Dean starts off the confessional trying to lure a ghost out of hiding, so he talks braggingly about women he allegedly messed around with and left hanging. Then when asked if there's something he'd like to add, he gets real.
DEAN: What if I said I…I didn’t want to die…yet, you know, that I wasn’t ready?
Want. Dean rarely does what he truly wants, let alone talk about it. This is a very rare moment for him.
You know, the life I live, the work I do…I pretty much just figured that that was all there was to me, you know?
"Figured", past tense. His view recently changed. He was confronted with Cain, a mirror of what he might become later on because of the Mark. Cain himself said Dean's living his life in reverse. He said that Dean'll kill Crowley first, the demon lover, and then he'll kill Castiel, the Colette equivalent. And in the end, he'll kill Sam, the one mission he's had since he was a kid.
DEAN: Now, um… recent events, uh… make me think I might be closer to that than I really thought. And…I don’t know. I mean, you know, there’s – there’s things, there’s…people, feelings that I-I-I want to experience differently than I have before, or maybe even for the first time.
He wants to change it, deep down. He wants to change his fate. He simply wants. That's the turning point, that's the eye-opener. Then we examine the sentence, and it goes a little something like "There's people, feelings that I want to experience differently than I have before." I want to break down these walls and be vulnerable with someone who understands me for the first time. I want to love someone without thinking that I might need to leave them for my mission. It's different, maybe even new.
The interesting part here is that there is literally no other person BUT Cas that fits this description. There has been no love interest for Dean since S7, and all of the quips people make about his relationship are about Cas. This was the cornerstone, the first step, the first hint.
And the first domino to fall and lead us to S12, where the Truth is revealed.