fattymclarge
I have a theory about how Cole might fit in. SPN loves to do parallels with it's side characters to mirror the main story. I think Cole could be the brother of a person who Dean killed who had become a demon. Cole won't know what his sister/brother had become and we will get the dilema, was it right to kill the vessel to stop the demon before it killed? Then the same story plays out for Sam re Dean. Either that or Cole will be a mirror to Dean himself but i'm not sure how. Thoughts?

OMG THAT IS FANTASTIC THINKING AND INCREDIBLY PLAUSIBLE I NOW WANT THIS LIKE BURNING!! :D

Yes. Cole will just think Dean is the murderer of his sibling, hence the tracking him down, and it will, as you say, raise the issue of how with anyone else Sam would just kill the demon along with the vessel, but is making an exception because it’s his brother - which will in general be a wonderful highlight of how casual the boys have become about killing vessels along with their possessors.

There could also be hilarious discussion with Cole about how actually Dean is a good person… well, he’s not acting like one NOW, right now he’s acting like the murderer Cole will have thought of him all his life, but USUALLY he’s a good guy, and idk, I just think that’ll be fun, because, you know, how is Cole supposed to believe that? Demon!Dean will fit perfectly with the image of real!Dean from his childhood!

This is wonderful. Yes. I’m rolling with this until we hear otherwise!

(sucker for a good parallel :p)

theniftythings:

Oh my goodness, wait, can we please talk about this:

Cas still obviously cares about Dean very much, because he’s basically…his primary mission is to get Dean cured of being a demon, or fixing him. But at the same time, Cas is determined not to let a demon Dean roam the Earth. So if it comes to it, Cas is willing to kill demon Dean if human Dean can’t be rescued. (x)

And the major arc/ending of Buffy, Season 2, wherein Buffy must accept the man she loves is gone, a demon walks in his place and ultimately, she must kill him?

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Of course, if Cas ends up having to kill Dean just as Dean regains his humanity, in order to close the gates of Hell, I will sob wildly, for years. Years.

Anonymous
it's written somewhere that Cole "witnessed something back in season 1 when he was ten years old" so I highly doubt Cole was a fling lol

Oooh, new Cole info!

He was in the background of some hunt then? (no… there’s also the fact that he’s not connected to the supernatural… hmmm… curiouser and curiouser… cos if he witnessed something in S01 that perhaps has led him to be tracking Dean down now, what could it be EXCEPT Dean killing a monster or something and now he needs Dean’s help with a similar problem… oh oh unless he witnessed Dean killing what he thought was a MAN/WOMAN, perhaps a family member or friend, and he’s tracking Dean down for revenge??) 

Early on in the season, the most important thing for Castiel is trying to help get Dean patched up - he’s more concerned about that than recovering his own powers. Misha on Cas x (via angelsigils)

yaelstiel:

yaelstiel:

Jared Padalecki TCA 2014  (x)

This makes me sad already. I mean, I know Sam would do anything to bring Dean back, and we already know he is going to the extreme.. and thinking he will do it all alone, with no one, no one by his side, just breaks my heart. 

the difference i think is that past sam might have run,given up,tried to start over,get out of the life,not this sam though,sounds like he’s all in and going to find dean (via ravendawns )

Past Sam never gave up though, remember Mystery Spot?  Faith? In My Time of Dying? the time when Dean was in hell?

The only time Sam did run away was in S8 ,when he had nothing to start with, no knowledge and no body and no one. 

Now he had  a body, he have tons of knowledge, and he knows Dean isn’t dead, or he is , but someone took his body, because a minute ago it was there… 

neven-ebrez replied to your text post

Yeah. I think Sam thinks most of what goes wrong between them is on Dean. I don’t think he has a proper hold on how it affects him, too.

Excellent point!

And Sam’s not the only one with a tendency to suffer from that misconception, of course. With the focus last season being on Dean’s flaws/shortcomings it’s been easy for fans (inc. ME!) to overlook how Sam’s flaws/shortcomings contribute to the brothers’ troubles (or… not really overlook, exactly, but… oh, not think about, despite being aware of it, because it’s not been the recent focus of the narrative/discussion).

So yeah - now I’ve stopped to think about it, it makes sense that after a season of focus on the way Dean contributes to an unhealthy relationship between him and Sam, the next season would focus more on the way Sam contributes to that element of their relationship to balance things.

BOTH brothers need to face up to the darker and unhealthy parts of themselves, not just point out and criticise each other’s flaws…

…ooh, there’s a relevant bible quote here! Something about ‘take the log out of your own eye before pointing out the one in your brother’s’ …I used it in a fic once, you’d think I’d remember :p

[Dean being a demon] is definitely driving a very, very large wedge between the two of them. I think that Castiel really doesn’t see Demon Dean as Dean. He sees him as a monster that, one way or another, needs to go.

Misha Collins (x)

Given what Carver has said about season 10 being about people accepting who they are, I would be thrilled for Cas to stop placing Dean on a pedestal and start accepting his darker characteristics. Demon!Dean certainly isn’t 100% Dean, but there sure will be aspects of Dean’s personality that are similar to his demon self if not the same. Cas will have to come to terms with this the same way Dean will have to. And that is a positive, because the more on equal footing these two are the better.

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There is even more to that, Cas, as a creature of heaven for thousands of years, his view was black and white. either you’re good, or you’re bad. there is no in between. 

He did some progress in that field, by letting go of ‘Sam is the abomination’ notion that was too long in his mind. but like everything in life, we come to face our issues again, from another angle, might be even more complicated than the one before. So Cas will need to understand again, in a deeper place of him mind, that there can be bad within the good, it does not erase the good, and vise versa. 

I see here a huge opportunity for character development for Cas. and I’m excited about it. 

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yaelstiel:

Jensen Ackles   TCA 2014 ( x )

I am so happy to see him smile and excited like that, as an actor that had a really rough season, now he can have some fun on set. 

And for Dean, this is so important to walk through this path, unburdened, independent, through this to find his identity.

Singer has said that being a demon has freed Dean of the emotional baggage he has carried with him for as long as he can remember.

it’s only when unburdened with that load that he can be free to explore who Dean Winchester is. Not the roles he was assigned when a child, not the obligations he’s held himself to, but the individual he is that has been stifled for so long. ( lost-shoe x )

apikale
Okay, this is totally what you would call a pipe dream, I don't think they're going anywhere near here at all, but I've been thinking about this "Cole" character, someone from Dean's past who was so eager to track him down, but who isn't tied into the supernatural in any way, shape, or form. I've heard spec that he could be Dean's son, or in law enforcement, but both those have been covered by much older arcs in earlier seasons. So... what if he's an old fling??

I’ve only very vaguely heard about this Cole guy (dunno where the official spoilers are…). I knew he was tracking Dean down, and that’s it - so I assumed a hunter, I even wondered if he might be AMY’S son, the one Dean let go in S07 (but that doesn’t make sense because that kid must still be really young :p). And if you say he’s NOT tied to the supernatural then neither of those theories work anyways.

He’s officially FROM DEAN’S PAST? That’s exciting!

I would love love LOVE an old fling (or even, if they can’t/won’t go that far, if Cole was just a close friend during one of Dean and John’s hunt who has now discovered that he’s gay/bi/otherwise - that could at least get Dean reassessing his own sexuality, seeing someone from his past he respects and cares for openly accepting their sexuality).

I agree it’ll be a pipe dream - but it WOULD be awesome! :D

[Dean being a demon] is definitely driving a very, very large wedge between the two of them. I think that Castiel really doesn’t see Demon Dean as Dean. He sees him as a monster that, one way or another, needs to go.

Misha Collins (x)

Given what Carver has said about season 10 being about people accepting who they are, I would be thrilled for Cas to stop placing Dean on a pedestal and start accepting his darker characteristics. Demon!Dean certainly isn’t 100% Dean, but there sure will be aspects of Dean’s personality that are similar to his demon self if not the same. Cas will have to come to terms with this the same way Dean will have to. And that is a positive, because the more on equal footing these two are the better.

(via sleepsintheimpala)

http://littlehollyleaf.tumblr.com/post/92671006477/queernatural-re-castiel-seeing-dean-as-a

queernatural:

queernatural:

re: Castiel seeing Dean as a “monster”, I think that:

1) This is indicative of the kind of person Dean has become and the kind of things he has done since he became a demon, and Cas can’t //believe// that this man could possibly be the same man as the one he risked everything…

Despite not seeing the spoiler, you’re pretty much spot on IMO :P

In 9x23, Cas was hurting after hearing that Dean was dead, so he declares that he “just wants to be an angel”, i.e. “Humanity has brought me nothing but pain, and I want to go back to being an emotionless droid”

Likewise, Cas has a history of flying away or running when things get too upsetting/painful for him to deal with. The guy hates dealing with sadness or conflict or any and all overwhelming negative feelings, so his general approach to dealing with it is to 1) distance himself from the situation, and 2) simplify the issue into a choice between A and B (black and white thinking) so that the decision is easier for him to make.

And that seems to be what he’s doing here. He’s trying to rationalise & simplify a very complex situation, primarily because he’s upset and doesn’t know how to deal with it in any other way, so he’s trying to see Dean as just another evil creature, and therefore Dean needs to be “taken care of” in the same way that all other evil creatures are taken care of.

Ah, Dean and Cas are pretty alike when it comes to the bolded part I think :)

Yes - agree with everything here!

Sam can’t find him because he doesn’t want to be found. Because [Dean is] having fun and he knows that if Sam finds him, he’s going to do his best to reverse the demon in him. But he’s like, “I’ve got the golden ticket.” This might be a little heavy, but it made me think about heroin addicts. To them, they found the magic key. They found the recipe to happiness. People are like, “You can’t do this. This is going to ruin your life,” and they’re like, “Screw you! This makes me feel amazing. I’m going to do this. You’re the one that’s an idiot. This is the best stuff ever.” And… everyone else is watching this steady decline of this person. That’s kind of demon Dean. Jensen Ackles [x] (via deanisanactualprincess)