On the Dean/Cas narrative choices of 8.23 and how it’s a huge flashing indication of future canonization
dean: hey sammy i gotta talk to you about something
dean: so...so it's like this all right
dean: you know how i love pie the best
sam: *sigh* yes i know how you love pie the best
dean: yeah, i always did. since i can remember.
dean: and if anybody ever even asked me to eat cake--
sam: you'd throw a bitch fit
dean: i'd politely decline, shut up sammy i'm talking
dean: anyway, all my life it was pie and not cake, not ever.
dean: but imagine that one day this cake came into my life
dean: this really amazing cake
dean: like it looks like the most delicious thing to sit on a plate
dean: plucked from god's own dessert tray if you will
dean: and i'm like, damn, i need to eat this cake right now
dean: and it's not like i don't still love pie, right, like pie is still awesome
dean: but this cake looks so good that i might never eat pie again
dean: i could see myself making sweet love to this cake for the rest of my life
sam: dean wat
sam: what are you even saying
dean: i might be a little bit gay for cas
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This is why I love you. Sometimes it’s hard to take off the shipper googles and take an objective look at things. I do however think it is a specific human instead of humanITY for a few reasons. The ingredients all involved romantic love (in the context of a single human), the first was the product of romantic love, the second the potential for romantic love, the last wouldn’t quite fit if we don’t consider it was part of the pattern. Of course you (maybe) could say that the nephilim was parental love, the cupid bow romantic love, but then the last would have to be a different kind of love than those two (the fit this pattern), and I’m just kind of at a loss for what it could be…? Platonic? All-encompassing? Eh…
Even without shipper goggles on I come back to things like Cas telling Crowley (back in season 6 - when his love for Dean was most obvious) he was going to “bring it all down” if he touched the Winchesters (half of which is Dean) and that course of action favored specific humans over humanity…at horrible consequences to humanity as a whole. Things like Naomi having Cas kill all those Deans layers onto this as well, otherwise why not throw a couple of cute human babies into the mix if it is humanITY that is his weakness?
As far as Metatron keeping tabs on angel in love? It goes hand in hand with understanding the nature of the third ingredient, assuming (and I think I’m right) it has to do with romantic love, making your speculation on ”keeping tabs” definitely a possibility. Although not part of your question (and since I posted a little on this earlier ), we also can consider this line of reasoning: Metatron seemed pretty insistent that Cas collect the first two, not him, yet it was Metatron to collect the last one. Yet, all this was on Metatron’s instruction. We must then consider it was Metatron doing this spell from the beginning then, using the third ingredient to facilitate the first two as PART of the spell. I consider all of this as part of the spell. And that’s me trying to look at it as objectively as possible. I only mention this because I think next year will see Cas trying to reclaim his grace and perform a counter spell to “rectify” what happened in the finale, and that again, love, will be a factor into this.
But back to your question!
While it’s certainly possible he kept tabs on angels in love, I actually think it is a little simpler than that . I think grace must “resonate” a certain way if romantic human love is involved (sort of how Sam began to resonate with the Demon Tablet, and therefore Metatron). I mainly look at Metatron’s taunt of Cas as he ripped his grace out for this conclusion. Metatron could tell he was IN LOVE, but not with who (if he kept tabs on him, he’d know it was Dean, correct?), hence the wife and kids remarks (on top of it being a taunting throw away line as the human “mundane dream”). Remember, Metatron was uncertain how to get Cas to “help him”. He had to use trial and error before he touched on a reason for Cas to commit to (the fighting spilling onto Earth). He didn’t know Cas at all. He was guessing then and he was guessing in 8.23 imo. Anyway… Metatron could spot the Nephilim, a product of such a resonation, while Cas could not. Her existence must have resonated with the Tablet (and Metatron) as a potential component. I don’t think Metatron had to try hard to find her at all. The same thing with Cas. His grace must have “resonated” as a potential component as well. Just my speculation of course. I’d love to see other people’s theories on this.
I feel Naomi must have known this to some degree also (Cas’ importance to the Tablet). It’s the only way I could find to piece together why she drug Cas out of Purgatory in the first place (especially considering his history as an angel who “never did what he was told, not completely”). The Angel Tablet must involve more than one thing to do with angels in love, hence the need for Cas to complete certain task on it. Otherwise why did we get this line: “Do you realize what the tablet could do FOR us? For Heaven?” and the fact that she sent Cas after it in the first place?
If you think about it, the Tablet safe guarded Cas from being “controlled” (something Naomi did not account for) into “performing the spell” on it, hence Metatron’s need to trick him (with free will) to “collect the ingredients” and in doing so “performing the spell”. Since no other angel has touched the tablet (let alone one in love) there is really nothing to corroborate this information though. It is just wild speculation. And again, I would love to hear other theories. This is just the only thing I can figure that factors in Cas and all the decisions Naomi and Metatron made this season in regards to him and the Tablet. Does this make sense?
Wow. This was long. Sorry!
The Nephillim is the product of love, angel and human love but love nonetheless.
Cupid’s bow? Well, that is a bit obvious don’t you think? It is the creation of love. It makes love and spreads love.
I think you know where I am going with this. Cas’ grace, being Cas’ essence and whatnot, is in love and could very much be just love itself; Samandriel did say that he thought Cas had too much “heart”.
Love is what made the angels fall.