C.V.O.: Explaining freedom to angels is a bit like teaching poetry to fish.
Exactly—they didn’t have the benefit of two years riding with, fighting next to, surviving because of the Winchesters. They hadn’t seen with their own eyes, experienced for themselves what the “human spirit” really meant—and why having free will is so vital to humanity’s existence. Cas hadn’t realized how much he’d changed during his time with the boys. He hadn’t realized how human he’d become.
And then there’s Raphael. Aside—I like Raphael’s old body. Nothing against the woman, but this guy just exudes power and arrogance and makes you want Cas to resist.
Cas meets Raph in Ken Lays’ (of Enron fame) Heaven—Cas being the one to throw the standard SPN ‘current event’ crack that he still questions that man’s admittance into Heaven. There’s a bit of posturing from Raphael and the end result is that Raph wants Cas to pledge his allegiance to Raph the next day in front of the Heavenly Hosts. He wants to, as we know, “get the show back on the road.” Cas is like, uh, I don’t think so.
Raph lifts a hand and white-lights him. Next thing we know Cas is lying on the ground in his Tuesday’s With Morrie Heaven, coughing up blood.
C.V.O.: I’m not ashamed to say that my big brother knocked me into next week.
Raph gives him the “kneel or die” ultimatum. And with that, we go back to the now and Ellsworth’s cabin where Bobby and the boys are finding things a bit too clean and are wondering what to do next.
Dean: This is usually the point where we would call Cas for help.
It didn’t used to be that way—before Season 5, I mean. Used to be when they got stuck, really stuck, they fought their way out of it. But, that was before they flagged down the dangerous attention of Heaven and Hell, I guess. Still, I do have one wish for Season 7.
Less dependence on Angelic Intervention.
I love Cas’ character and his dynamic with the boys, Bobby—and his (currently tenuous) position as their friend. I don’t want that to go away. I just want them to find a storyline that makes it so that when they go up against whatever the Big Bad is next season, it harkens back to Seasons 1-3 and most of 4 where they had to figure it out for themselves. When they bled, they bled and they patched it up. And death was actually something to fear and avoid, not something they figured an Angel would just bring them back from.
Bobby: We talked about this.
Dean: No, you talked. I listened. This is Cas, guys. When there was no one and we were stuck, I mean really stuck, he broke ranks. He has gone to the mat cut and bleeding for us. So many friggin’ times. Don’t we owe him the benefit of the doubt? At least?
He’s pleading with them. He’s standing perfectly still, but his whole being is pleading that they go with him on this. The more he talked, the more my heart hurt—because we all knew that Sam and Bobby were right and at the same time so did not want them to be. Sam’s watching him with those soft eyes and I could feel his tension as he bows his head and prays for Cas to come down—half-squinting to look around and see if it worked.
Dean sags a bit with gratitude and then when Cas doesn’t come for Sam, he tries to call him. Of course Cas is in the background watching this whole time. And he doesn’t come, his V.O. says, because he knew they would have questions he couldn’t answer.
Dean looks disappointed and little afraid, saying in a choked voice that he must be busy. Sam claps a reassuring hand on Dean’s shoulder and turns him slightly saying that was okay, they were, too.
I love how Sam is with Dean throughout this whole episode—how he is, period, now that he’s been re-souled and has that drywall in his mind. As I said earlier, Sam moves as if he knows there’s a truckload of crap that happened—that he did, he caused—to his brother and it’s killing him that he can’t fix it, can’t erase it. But he’s not unaware of it. He apologized, not knowing what he apologized for, just that his brother was in pain. And he reluctantly accepted Dean’s “blanket apology/forgiveness” speech at Rufus’ grave, though I highly doubt he’ll let it end there.
He’s not lost one ounce of his hunter edge—he’s been in the mix and in the fight every episode. But he’s also been a bit quieter, more observant, and as supportive as he can be of something he can’t know all the details about. He’s been a good brother to Dean in the wake of finding out that his soulless self nearly killed Dean physically and emotionally. I’ve loved it…and at the same time, it makes me afraid for what is coming up for both of them when they tear down that wall.
And this is a spoiler-free zone, so pure speculation here. But there’s no way they’re going into next season with that wall up. Too much angst potential to lose there.
ANYWAY. Sorry. Tangent-central today.
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