Back at Bobby’s, Dean is asleep on the window sofa and there are anti-angel protection charms painted on the windows (in blood, I wonder?). They weren’t done correctly, though, because Cas can get in. Dean senses him and wakes up. Cas tells him that he wants him to understand that he did this all for Dean. He’s doing it because of Dean.
Dean: You gotta be kidding me.
Cas: You taught me that freedom and free will—
Dean: You’re a friggin’ child, you know that? Just because you can do what you want doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want.
Yes, Dean. He is. And I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault that this truth was never recognized before. How are humans to truly understand the limitations of an ANGEL? How are angels to understand that they have limitations? That there are limits and rules and invisible fences around right and wrong that humans (some of them anyway) learn from the word go – just by being in and of the world. Limits and lessons and rules that angels wouldn’t be privy to when they aren’t saddled with emotions and regret and repercussions and souls and consciences.
So yeah, he was a child, and it’s because of that (I think) his choices and actions are forgivable. It’s because of that that Dean (and Sam and Bobby) might still be able to save him.
Cas: I know what I’m doing.
Dean: I’m not going to logic you. I’m saying don’t. Just ‘cause. I’m ASKING you not to.
Cas: I don’t understand.
Dean: Next to Sam, you and Bobby are the closest thing I have to family. You’re like a brother to me. So, if I’m asking you not to do something, you have to trust me, man.
*rubs heart* Guh. This. Just. *sighs* He asked the same of Sam. And I can totally understand—after all they’ve been through together—that he’d see Cas as family. It’s the only way he’s been able to set him outside of the label of “dick” that he puts on all other angels. And it’s why he’s always poking at him.
Cas: Or what?
Dean (looking hollow, but resolved, his face setting into stone): Or I’ll have to do what I have to do to stop you.
Cas: You can’t, Dean. You’re just a man. I’m an angel.
I got a really bad feeling when he said that. He’s actually labeled himself an angel a lot in this episode. I mean, he IS one—he just said it a lot and when he said it this time, in comparison to Dean being “just” a man…I just…got a bad feeling that things might change.
Dean: I don’t know. I’ve taken some pretty big fish.
Cas: Sorry, Dean.
Dean: I’m sorry, too.
And Cas is gone. Dean drops his head, alone. Guh. I just…he really looked and felt alone in that scene. I wanted Sam to walk in, just to give him another heartbeat in the same space.
Back in the snow-covered clearing, Cas is sitting on the bench, still talking to…?
C.V.O.: That’s everything. I believe that’s what you would call a tragedy in the human perspective. But, maybe the human perspective is limited.
He raises his eyes, beseeching the sky and my heart breaks a bit more as he reveals who he was talking to by saying, “That’s why I’m asking you, Father, one last time. Am I doing the right thing? Am I on the right path? Give me a sign. Because if you don’t…I’m going to do whatever I must.”
His eyes fill with tears. The world is quiet. Still. He bows his head. And the screen goes dark.
In the previews, he yells “Stop me!” to someone, but they didn’t show that, so I’m guessing that was an angle they decided not to go with.
I think God may have already given him the sign—just like the warning he saw too late with Soulless Sam. I think Dean saying, don’t was his sign. He just hasn’t realized it. I could be off, though. I’m gutting my way through this, and I’ve been off before—thankfully about Cas using Sam’s soul as fuel.
Because I promised not to spoil based on episode-ending previews, I didn’t watch them. I’ll be as surprised as the rest of you non-spoiled peeps when the 20th comes around. And that ramble will be posted late as well since we have two lovely hours back-to-back to enjoy.
Thanks for reading and for your patience.
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