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06 February 2011 @ 11:05 am
30 Days of Supernatural: Day Seventeen  
Day 17 - Your favorite SPN friendship



Dean and Castiel

I think their friendship is, by far, something to be highly valued since without it, they wouldn't be where they are today.

Season four was particularly a dark season where startling revelations were unveiled and boundaries of trust were broken. The Winchesters were going in their separate directions, Dean being concerned with feeling betrayed by his brother and dealing with something bigger on his shoulders, and Castiel had begun questioning Heaven's true intentions leading to much doubt and being torn between doing what is right versus being obedient to his brethren. Both at a crossroads and unable to deal, they confided in each other. This went deeper than just Castiel being the one who pulled Dean out from Hell; it definitely turned into a profound bond because they gradually started to trust each other, something that neither of them had done before in their entire existence with another being. They both came together at a time when they really needed it most, when nobody else would listen or understand what they were going through.

I think the best scene to really describe it is the end of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", with Dean and Castiel sitting on the park benches and talking. It wasn't a business transaction, but rather than actually having a casual conversation and being comfortable with each other. Dean makes a joke, Castiel actually laughs at it. Dean listens to Castiel when he confides with something he can't tell to rest of the angels in Heaven, and Castiel talks about his compassion for humanity, and that he really cares for Dean. It was the beginning of everything between them.

Honestly, I think the fourth season really was the best season to see the growth of their friendship and companionship between Dean and Castiel and what they go through together since, essentially, they ultimately do mirror each other in the situations they are in and they complete each other in the process. They understand each other, hell they don't even have to speak words most of the time. Castiel understands Dean better than anyone else and has much compassion and understanding for him, he also doesn't take much bullshit from him either, and Dean learns to appreciate this kind of bond between them as well ("Don't ever change"; "Learned that from my friend Cas, you son of a bitch!") plus it was his final push in "Lucifer Rising" that finally persuaded Castiel to rebel against Heaven in order to do the right thing, something that he would have never done had he never met or crossed paths with him. That kind of bond and friendship is rather remarkable, in my opinion.

I think it's fair to say that there hasn't been a friendship like this for any of the characters on Supernatural, it's undeniable of their unique profound bond they have together. I just wish the actual show would acknowledge it more often these days....


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Kevin Jonesmulder200 on February 6th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Gee, what a surprise! Not! LOL!

And yes, S4 was definitely the best season SPN has ever had.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Closer.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Hee! ;D

I loved the connectivity of the first two seasons, but S4 had that built-in mythology and storytelling that brought everything together and it was so well-constructed, it's definitely one of the best seasons the show has had for sure. It makes me wonder what happened?
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on February 7th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
You mean besides the creator leaving and handing the reins over to someone with a completely different creative vision?
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Bittersweet.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, but even before that. Like, S5 seemed to crash and burn in the end and I'm not entirely sure why. Whether it was the S6 confirmation or Gamble trying to nudge her way into taking creative control or something, idk. But you know something wasn't right when everything started going to shit midway in the fifth season. idk
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on February 7th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
*sigh* You and me both, sweetie!
kaiyote: SPN ▪ laughing on a park benchkaiyote on February 7th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
I just wish the actual show would acknowledge it more often these days....

This :(
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Profound bond.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I just don't understand why they've been neglecting it. It doesn't even take that much effort to have some interactive scenes with them showing their friendship and bond. I'm tired of the writers writing Dean like an asshole, writing Castiel OOC, not having them having the connection like they had during the fourth season. I enjoy angst like anyone else but this is happening for no reason that I can see, and it's ridiculous.

Sorry, rant time. :( HAPPY DEAN/CASTIEL FRIENDSHIP AND PROFOUND BONDING!
kaiyotekaiyote on February 7th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
I BLAME SERA GAMBLE *SOBS*

I enjoy angst like anyone else but this is happening for no reason that I can see, and it's ridiculous.

EXACTLY! And it's not as if Dean and Cas haven't been at odds or "fighting" before. Like, the entirety of 5x18? But that was executed so well, and there was a reason and a purpose behind it. AND JEREMY CARVER UNDERSTOOD DEAN AND CAS'S ~PROFOUND BOND. None of the new writers (or Sera Gamble) do :(

CAN WE PLEASE JUST HAVE THIS AGAIN:

Renée: Dean/Castiel. Between us.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
FOR SERIOUS. SERA GAMBLE NEEDS TO DIAF NOW. >:\

I WANT THAT PROFOUND BOND AGAIN. I WANT THEIR PRECIOUS FRIENDSHIP, NO MATTER HOW STRANGE OR AWKWARD IT HAD BEEN, TO BE FEATURED ON THE SHOW AGAIN. IT'S WHAT STARTED EVERYTHING, IT'S HOW CASTIEL BECAME A VITAL PART OF THE SHOW, IT'S WHY FANS LOVE HIM/THEM SO MUCH. WHY NEGLECT IT FROM US SHOW, WHYYYYY? D: D: D: D:

THERE'S NO REASON WHY DEAN SHOULD BE AN ABSOLUTE JERKOFF. THERE IS NO REASON WHY CASTIEL WOULD ATTEMPT TO TRY AND HUG SAM FIRST INSTEAD OF HIS DEAN, AKA HIS BFF FOR THE LONGEST TIME. THERE IS NO REASON FOR THIS KIND OF FUCKERY.

GET THE CHARACTERIZATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS RIGHT SHOW, DAMN IT.
kaiyote: SPN ▪ oooooo u in danger gurlkaiyote on February 7th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
IT'S BECAUSE SERA GAMBLE IS IN CHARGE NOW AND JEREMY CARVER LEFT AND BEN EDLUND HASN'T BEEN CLONED YET :(
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Dominance.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
ARRRGGGH. THIS IS WHAT I WANNA DO TO SERA + THE NEW WRITERS (AND THE SIXTH SEASON AS A WHOLE):



STOP RUINING MY SHOW, GODDAMMIT! >:O
kaiyotekaiyote on February 7th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
KAHLAN JUST NEEDS TO CONFESS THEM ALL SO THEY CAN FIX THE DEAN/CAS. AND Y'KNOW, WRITE BETTER. AND HAVE A PLOT. AND EXECUTE EVERYTHING WELL. INSTEAD OF THE NOT THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. RAWR. :|
Renée: Kahlan. BAMC.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
FUCKING WORD, BB.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on February 7th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I just don't understand why they've been neglecting it. It doesn't even take that much effort to have some interactive scenes with them showing their friendship and bond.

You know, someone else said that Dean and Castiel don't ever seem to be written as ANYTHING but antagonistic towards each other this season. And that it's only the chemistry between the way Jensen and Misha act it that gives any impression that Dean and Castiel care about each other at all. But it doesn't seem to be there in the text. Not like it has been before. Not like it was even in S4, when they were on "opposite" sides half the time.
Renée: Dean/Castiel.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
But it doesn't seem to be there in the text. Not like it has been before. Not like it was even in S4, when they were on "opposite" sides half the time.

See, it's stuff like that which pisses me off, since they seemed to be more comfortable and at ease with each other with their bonding and shit back then then they are now when they're on the same side of things. I just, I don't understand, and I hate how it's been written and handled. But this entire season has been mistreated and sucking ass with failed characterization and badly executed storylines. :(

I want their profound bond back, I want them to be budding together again, epic moments with helping each other out and some sort of acknowledgment that they have a friendship, you know? I mean even when Dean was being a jerkoff in 5.18 there was definitely that chemistry and hurt clearly between him and Castiel. Why can't they do it this season, and why is Sera Gamble blatantly ignoring this important factor in their relationship? Has she forgotten the main reason why Castiel is with them is because of Dean? Seriously.

I miss their adorable friendship moments. 12 episodes in and minimal scenes together for anything. Just, wtf.
just a small town girl: [supernatural] pensivecarameltrap on February 7th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I love them best in S4 and half through S5. Dean was just full of self-entitlement first half of S6. I don't know what he'll be like to Castiel in the second half. Probably will still be a dickwad.
Renée: SPN. Castiel.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
The thing is, there's no reason for him to be acting like that at all. I love Dean, and I get having angst when it's necessary, but there's nothing necessary about his attitude this season and they hardly give us reason for it whatsoever. I swear, Castiel needs to give him another wall!slamming session so that can go away and they can return to being profound lovers friends again. Because I'm hurting for Castiel more than Dean right now.
just a small town girl: [supernatural] bamf castielcarameltrap on February 7th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
It could be under Sera's new direction? That she wanted Dean to be this self-entitled dickwad and focus more on the brothers and their man pain (which makes me want to punch someone because there is so much I can take) so the other minor characters are left to the show writers' mercies. I would like to have the writers from S4 back again.
Renée: Castiel. Searching for answers.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
All the more reason why she should never have been appointed the showrunner position. She clearly doesn't understand the importance of characterization, character interaction and how much we do not need more needless manpain when there's no reason for it. While I understand there needs to be conflict of sorts, there is such a thing as overexposing the angst.

I would like to have the writers from S4 back again.

Fucking word to that. :( I want more of the Dean/Cas moments. The thing is, people assume that Dean/Cas scenes take away from the brothers and that's simply not true. They can be Team Free Will and still have those little moments between them, you know.
cheerful_earl: dean/cascheerful_earl on February 7th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
I was holding my breath in anticipation, wondering what your choice would be. But this? Comes as a total surprise! /sarcastic surprise. ;D

I think the best scene to really describe it is the end of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", with Dean and Castiel sitting on the park benches and talking. It wasn't a business transaction, but rather than actually having a casual conversation and being comfortable with each other. Dean makes a joke, Castiel actually laughs at it. Dean listens to Castiel when he confides with something he can't tell to rest of the angels in Heaven, and Castiel talks about his compassion for humanity, and that he really cares for Dean. It was the beginning of everything between them.

This. That moment is one of my favorite, because it's so quiet and honest. It didn't need to be about gore or melodrama; it was just this great character moment that gave us this lovely insight into Cas, and moreover, gave Dean a lovely insight into Cas.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. You and I.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
LOL PREDICTABLE AREN'T I BB? ;D

It didn't need to be about gore or melodrama; it was just this great character moment that gave us this lovely insight into Cas, and moreover, gave Dean a lovely insight into Cas.

Exactly, it's just a lovely moment between the two and this really says a lot without saying much at all. Even when Castiel says that he has doubts and questions, you know he's been struggling and continues to struggle with this and that him confiding in Dean is really important and big. It just says a lot about the shift between them and how their bonding moment will definitely be an important factor as the season continues.

I JUST LOVE THEM OKAY? <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
cheerful_earl: Castielcheerful_earl on February 7th, 2011 06:38 am (UTC)
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE OF LOVE AND THEY HAVE A PROFOUND BOND AND I JUST LOVE THEM TOO! <3 <3 <3
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on February 7th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
You like Dean and Cas' friendship. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you :P I really love that friendship too, but than one of the things I have always wanted for before season four Dean to the have a friend outside of Sam. The fact that Jensen and Misha have such great on-screen chemistry doesn't hurt. It's a shame the writers keep writing Dean as such a dick to Cas now.
Renée: Dean/Castiel. Never change.rogueslayer452 on February 7th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
I hate that they're doing that now, and for no apparent reason. It pisses me off.

This is why I return back to the fourth season when I need to view just how amazing their friendship started out. It's a beautiful thing.
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on February 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
'I hate that they're doing that now, and for no apparent reason. It pisses me off.'
Tell me about it.