9x18 “Metafiction” - The Trench-Coat and Free Will.
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At what point does Cas realise he is trapped in Metatron’s text?
In other words at what point does he become self-aware in “Metafiction”?
He notices in the re-created Gas-n-Sip (site of his “jilted lover” conversation as “Steve” with Dean in 9x06 ”Heaven Can’t Wait”) that a tear in the lining of his trench-coat is no longer there…
The trench-coat, as we know, has become the symbol of Castiel’s membership of Team Free Will, especially for Dean.
Dean kept it when Cas was swallowed by Leviathan and he returned it to ”Emmanuel” in 7x17.
Cas chose to re-create it, clean and shiny, in 8x07 when he emerged ”dirty” from Purgatory, a reassurance, for Dean in particular, that he was really back.
Originally his vessel, Jimmy Novak’s, the trench-coat symbolises Castiel’s path away from being a “good soldier” of Heaven and towards being a Winchester.
Here it becomes the means by which he breaks Metatron’s control.
Dean’s fight for and faith in Castiel as a free angel has gifted him the identity of the trench-coat, and that gift here, once again, helps Cas break free of the controlling forces of Heaven.
#YES #THAT IS WHAT BRINGS HIM BACK #HIS THREAD TO HUMANITY #TO FREE WILL #TO DEAN
Ugh, the trench as his ‘thread to humanity/free will’ I like that! Though this is a bit counter to where my thoughts on the trench this season had been moving - I was seeing it more as a symbol of angelhood, considering Cas discards it when he loses his grace, but then gets it back (albeit slightly different) when he regains grace.
But I guess THIS version of the trench, with it’s PLAID (ie. Winchester/hunter/humanity) pattern under the collar, is more representative not of being an angel or of being human, but simply of CAS. It’s a blend of all the parts of his identity - angel and human, it represents his ties to Dean, to rebellion, and even, I would say, to BEING a soldier (since he spent a fair bit of time as a ‘good soldier’ within it, even if it ultimately became the uniform of his rebellion).
It represents his free, authentic Self, woven out of a collection of different cloth. So yes, of course it would help him break free of another’s control, help him to be himself again :)
(And oh even the ripping of it has symbolic significance here - it ripped just as he was about to enter the first ‘scene’ of Metatron’s story, a sign of Metatron attacking and managing to slightly wear away Cas’ individuality/freedom/Self. OH Robbie said in one of his live tweets there was even a scene with Cas sewing up the tear originally, but it got cut - sad because that would have been brilliant, a symbol of Cas restoring his identity/free will!)