I want to talk about the bar scene in “Sacrifice,” but first let me refresh your memory about an exchange in “The Monster At the End of This Book.”
There’s a bit where Dean has asked for Castiel’s help in preventing Sam from meeting Lilith, and Castiel turns him down:
You must understand why I can’t intercede. Prophets are very special. They’re protected.
I get that.
If anything threatens a prophet, anything at all, an archangel will appear to destroy that threat. Archangels are fierce. They’re absolute. They’re heaven’s most terrifying weapon.
And these archangels, they’re tied to prophets?
So if a prophet was in the same room as a demon –
Then the most fearsome wrath of heaven would rain down on that demon. Just so you understand… why I can’t help.
The words you see up there may have sounded like there’s nothing else going on, but it was clear in the episode that even though Castiel wasn’t permitted to interfere, even to the extent of overtly telling Dean how to do it without him, he was nevertheless giving Dean the information he needed in the subtext of the conversation. The pause indicated by the ellipsis in the last line was accompanied by a very pointed look from Cas that made it clear that he’d just said something important.
Right now, Show is in a position where they absolutely cannot give us a yes-or-no answer about whether or not Dean/Cas will go overtly canon. Many of us are of the opinion that Show is doing what Cas did in the scene from TMATEOTB: making the answer clear in the subtext. And up until now, there’s been enough ambiguity that one could plausibly argue that it wasn’t intentional, or that it was just fanservice.
But with the Cupid scene in the bar in 8.23, I believe Show has given us as close to a YES answer as it’s possible to get without actually saying the words.
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