I have, indirectly, via passive aggressive comments of displeasure, picked up on the possibility that something has been hinted about Cas and Hannah’s relationship potentially involving a romantic aspect of some kind…
I don’t want a romance between them.
I don’t even want one-sided, vaguely hero-worshipping, unrequited feelings of an unspecified but seemingly romantic nature on Hannah’s side - because we’ve had that kind of thing with almost every angel Cas has been friendly with so far (even Bart had an element of that!).
What I really want is for Hannah to break the mould and see Cas for who he is (thus lose the element of hero-worship that has led other angels to put Cas on an unrealistic pedestal - gosh that’s an all round theme of the show huh, everyone’s doing it!) and be a friend to him.
And him to her.
I want them to support each other and help each other, to be someone outside the insular friendship/family group they both belong to who they can chill with, or who can provide outside perspectives and advice. That kind of thing.
People sometimes complain that shippers don’t care enough about friendship because we want everything to be a romance - not true. Speaking for myself, anyway, I care a lot about friendship being represented in fiction. What I want to see are friendships that fiction (at least film/TV fiction) often neglects get more screen time - friendships between women, and friendships between men and women. Which is part of why I want a friendship that is ‘unsullied’ if you will by romantic undercurrents between Cas and Hannah (since, IMO, spn!angels are and always have been v. much gendered, making this a clear male and female relationship - regardless of how that might be counter to traditional angel lore).
But the world is not atune to my ideals, alas. And spn less so. So, tbh, I was ~expecting an element of underlying potential romance between Cas and Hannah, should Hannah stick around. I felt like the way their relationship progressed last season could be used as groundwork for some kind of romantic-y thing.
Ergo, my stance on the possibility of romantic elements to Cas and Hannah is mostly -
Omg Hannah is definitely going to be in next season?! Ftw!
And I can handle vague hints at romance between them, because I am 100% convinced that the endgame of any such romance will be a mirror of Dean/Lisa or Sam/Amelia - the point being that they are not right for each other and/or that they don’t truly love each other just the idea of each other or the idea of the two of them together or idealised concepts of each other, that kind of thing. Meaning the end of any such Cas/Hannah plot will serve to reinforce that Cas (loves Dean) wants to (hunt) live on earth (with Dean and Sam), while Hannah wants to remain part of Heaven, and even if any fond/romantic feelings they have for each other are genuine they will not be strong enough to have them work out a compromise in order to stay together, proving their lives/characters as not compatible.
…I could even enjoy a plot like that to be honest. It might not be my first choice for a meal, but if my choice is off the menu then the above is still a tasty option for me. There’s nothing I’m allergic too in the dish and while it’s one I’ve tasted many times before and am perhaps getting a little bored of, well, there is also a comfort in the familiarity of the flavours as they are tried and tested ones I do know I like at least. Indeed, I would find it pleasant to see Cas in a soft, caring relationship with anyone, even if that relationship is a failed romance, because I feel like it would be nice for him to have that experience and Cas/other has never bothered me (plus, it might add to the general theme of breaking down the binary either/or, all/nothing, in/out that the show seems to have been moving towards - the idea that you can try something for a while and if it doesn’t work out you can stop and try something else, instead of feeling like you have to commit to one single role forever, you know?).
Conclusion - a romantic element to Cas and Hannah isn’t the end of the whole FOR ME.
I DO, however, understand if others are feeling angry/disappointed at the idea and feeling like it’s a ‘no homo’ or pushing the idea of Cas liking women (or even that he is heterosexual) - those are legitimate concerns I think. Because it would be continuing the trend of m/f romance being explicit, while Cas’ feelings for Dean remain subtextual. And just because I can enjoy that kind of storytelling doesn’t make it fair.
(Oh I think some people are also worried about implications of incest?? But… I don’t how to help there, because I have simply never considered the ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ titles between angels to be literal, but rather honorific. Except, perhaps, between the archangels… But even then I tend to not consider them blood relations… So, uh, it’s just not an issue for me. Sorry!)