I think my favorite thing about Cas’ motel room, aside from the bed which we have thoroughly analyzed already, is the fact that it’s not some pristine, kitschy themed room like the ones Sam and Dean so often stay in. It’s run down, the walls are peeling and cracking, the bed frame is old, the bathroom tile is stained. But right smack dab in the center of this room is a bright and cheerful rug. It’s a stark contrast to the rest of the room. Like trying to put on a happy face when you’re dying inside, which I think is the perfect analogy for Cas’ current situation. He’s dying, he knows it, but he insists he is fine. The walls are cracking but he says don’t look at those. Look at this rug. Look how bright and clean it is. I’m fine.
Reblogging myself because I just noticed something else. Am I mistaken or is the nightstand on the wrong side of the bed in this pic?
it’s on the left, but in the picture it’s on the right? So I wonder if this was a picture taken right after the room was completed, but it was moved during filming for… reasons… important… storytelling… reasons. :’)
Analysing set design is fast becoming a favourite thing (or at least, reading other people’s analysis :p).
Love the OP, great stuff about the rug!
I feel like we can add something about the paintings too. They show a sunny outside - an escape, a freedom, that Cas longs for perhaps, but can’t reach. Because he is trapped inside. Trapped by his fading grace in a dying life with no future (much like the fading, falling apart room). Trapped also by his grief, that is making him neglect himself, his body (as the room is neglected). And likewise his fading grace represents how he feels and has always felt trapped by/in Heaven, trapped by his duties as an angel, trapped in a role as angelic leader/protector that is slowly killing him.
As to the seemingly moved nightstand - oh! Connecting to how Cas was choosing LEFT all last season, which seemed to come to represent him choosing humanity/romance/Dean. But now he is leaning towards the RIGHT, because he thinks that the left is no longer an option? (hence why there is nothing on his left in the clip??). Love it! :)