YOU SHOULD FEEL ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR THAT PUN
You know, old me, I would have just … kept going. I would have jammed that needle in deeper until you died. Because the ends always justified the means. But, what I went through, that PB&J, taught me that … angels can change, so, who knows? Maybe Winchesters can too.
I love this scene and I’m glad for the way Sam and Cas’ relationship evolved so far in the Carver era, especially in season 9.
That said, I want to make the observation that YMMV, but in my opinion the s9 development of the Sam-Cas relationship is the demonstration that the majority of our writing team is perfectly capable of writing deep relationships and intense, emotional moments between non-related main characters while mantaining the tone of the scenes and interactions completely platonical. So are the actors, directors, etc.
A lot of screen time spent together is not necessarily a factor required to write a love story, so much that sometimes being separated can serve to further a love narrative - see the Star-Crossed Lovers trope (by which I mean you can actually go see the Destiel example on the page with its related love tropes), used in s8 and 9 in the Dean/Cas relationship and IMO best exemplified in s9 by 9x06.
Similarly, however, the perceived romantic coloring of a scene or relationship is not simply the direct result of the amount of screen time spent together or of the intensity and depth of the moments shared with each other.
This means that no, a very large amount of fans perceiving Dean and Cas as romantic and Cas and Sam as platonic doesn’t simply depend on the fact that Dean and Cas have more scenes together or “deeper” conversations. I think s9 goes to show that: in the scene above you have Castiel delivering some pretty deep and insightful words to Sam about the two of them, yet they don’t suddenly look like they’re romantic with each other. If anything, a scene together looking more intimate may be the result of a romantic structure and coloring being implemented (think of the famous “talk to me” scene from 8x08, and its context, as an example).
Actor chemistry is another factor that can help a love narrative a great deal but doesn’t create a love narrative alone. If you watched RTD-era Doctor Who, the best example I can think of is the difference between the Tennant&Piper duo and the Tennant&Tate duo, the first of which had tons of chemistry that went to support a romantic structure, and the latter of which also had an incredible chemistry that however went to support a non-romantic structure that arguably read as such. It’s perfectly possible that the kind of chemistry Teannant and Piper had made them particularly suitable for a love narrative and viceversa the kind Tennant and Tate had made a platonic friendship story work best, but this doesn’t change that while chemistry in both cases influenced the story (for the better), it was not what set the tone for the story alone.
I’m saying all of this because in these two years I’ve been in fandom I’ve often heard criticism that “Dean and Cas feel romantic just because Jensen and Misha have lots of (romantic) chemistry!” or “Dean and Cas look like a couple just ‘cause [historically] they’ve had more moments together/more time to become friends, if Sam and Cas started interacting more/sharing deeper moments, they’d look the same!”. Basically, that it’s only a matter of the more superficial relationship Sam and Cas have that makes Dean and Cas’ relationship automatically look romantic. A simple matter of quantity, in other words. I think the Sam-Cas development of season 9 VS the development of the Dean/Cas story is proof enough that, really, it’s a matter of quality - which means type of structure. You can have two equally significative and establishing moments (think of this scene VS the goodbye scene in 9x06 for example) an still have your scenes with two completely different tones, one platonic and one romantic. You can have two relationships that have a familial mark, but one in a brotherly sense and the other in a spousal way. And both can have their meaning and beauty IMO.
i definitely thought the orange one was a pumpkin and this was some weird yankee halloween thing
Somebody tried to stump this squid by putting it in front of a background that its camouflage mechanisms could never hope to imitate…
So it turned itself transparent.
stick it to the man, Squid.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Wedding Photos
You got claws, I got a bat.