crossroadscastiel:

crossroadscastiel:

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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?

Because here:

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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.

Maybe?

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! :)

hamburgergod
haha I get you about the Claire spoilers vs Donna/Jody spoilers thing. I kinda wish I have a no spoilers policy so I'm not spoiled on some things like Claire coming back, like Gabriel last season! I had to watch it after work but the thumbnail of the video spoiled it for me and I was pretty angry gaah I wanted to go into the episode completely not knowing Gabriel was going to appear and be like HOLY SHIT!! when he does come out, you know? Same with Claire. Kinda sad I was spoiled but EXCITED TOO

You were spoiled for Gabriel??! Oh no, that SUCKS, I’m sorry :( He managed to slip under the radar for me, so that was a total surprise him turning up, which was pretty damn cool ngl!

Being spoiled for Claire is not as bad as that, I think.

Ah well. I will continue to muddle through when it comes to spoilers :p I try not to whinge, because that’s a rubbish thing for my followers to read. But sometimes I feel self-indulgent! And really, what can we do? It’s pretty much impossible to meta and maintain a strict no-spoiler policy, so - *shrug*

neven-ebrez:

I don’t think it’s going to directly affect either one, per se, not in the way I think you’re asking me. Claire coming back will be something with Cas, likely affecting his “A” plot and “B” plot. Instead of speculating an exact scenario (which I just don’t care to do), I’ll address themes we’re likely to see:

Making somewhere a home.

Ever since 9x01 with the orphan Annie references around angels, specifically Cas, this is a recurring theme. Since Claire is bouncing from foster home to foster home, there’s an element of not choosing home, having it chosen for you, which is how Cas feels concerning his “I did what I had to” with his angelic home/family. Choosing “home” is a powerful force with Carver. It involves making yourself happy, even if things are a bit strange or otherwise imperfect. In Annie, the orphan ends up with her “chosen” life, her chosen loved ones and home.

Face the ghost of your past.

I talked about this early on. Cole seemingly is something from Dean’s past he must confront. He’s a “ghost from the past”. Same thing with Claire. Historically, ghosts and toxic ties from the past are what are keeping people from moving forward with successful lies. Claire will definitely factor into this… in some way.

I think Cas, like Dean and Sam, will be made to face the shadow of his past in order to confront it and “move on”. Who knows how she maybe blames Cas for what’s happened (missing mom and no home) to her? She, not just Cas, will have to face that (possible) blame to move forward. We saw Dean had misplaced blame in the finale. He blamed Metatron for all his crap instead of trying to reconcile his own choices and facing why he made them, so we know they’ll likely explore this thematic tapestry just as they did with “let it go” post 8x20.

I’m sure you probably wanted me to discuss some other angle, but talking themes is the best thing for me to do. Carver threads the same things through every plot. There’s been a lot of focus on Cas being pulled from his chosen home. As aggravating as it is (and infinitely more interesting than S5’s “search for God” off screen Cas plot), this will likely continue, but it does illuminate clearly just where that home is IMO.

butterflydm replied to your post: snowlantern replied to your post: oka…

yeah, it also looked like the source had no clue how big a spoiler it was, b/c they were just all ‘look, a new female character!’

Ha! That’s ridic! Though I guess if you don’t really know the show then you WOULDN’T always know the significance of what you are revealing.

HEeehee - reminds me of when Aldis totally gave away the fact that Sam had no soul at an Asylum Con that one time when it hadn’t yet been revealed in show!

(*chuckles* oh man, wouldn’t it be funny if deancas DID go explicit and THAT was how it was revealed?? by some magazine article written by someone who didn’t know what it was they were revealing?? :p obv. that couldn’t happen, because there’s been too much media hype about deancas for anything about it to possibly be published unwittingly at this point, but - lol! that thought made me laugh for a moment :p)

tomw91
oh holly I am so sad that you got spoiled for claire. Though I guess to be on the save side you can only stay away from Tumblr all together. (even with the show airing, only relying on people tagging or linking you to to meta, and writing your own review and meta for eps and the replies. But mainly steering clear of the dashboard? Though the claire thing got me really really excited! And I didnt thought that was possible anymore! Maybe I will just skip all the lady man dean and enjoy the rest?

Oh don’t be sad my lovely! It’s not the end of the world :p And like I say, it can’t be helped if I persist on hanging around on tumblr (which I am GOING to do, because fiddling about with following tags or asking for links is too much effort for lazy me, and just coming on tumblr to post reviews/meta feels anti-social and boring :p so this is the price I pay!).

Glad you are excited about it! XD It IS happy news :)

snowlantern replied to your post: okay damn

I get you… I used to be scrupulously spoiler-free but I had to give it up when I joined tumblr. Now the spoilers are also all over Twitter and there’s no way to blacklist there… Just have to live with it or stay away from social media.

Yeah. I’ve mostly made peace with that. But occasionally something will be revealed, like THIS, that to me is kinda HUGE and I’m like ‘awwww, WHY why would you TELL US THAT?’ :(

ah well, them’s the breaks

okay damn

so I gather “next season” and “claire novak” are connected somehow?

happy news (though I would have preferred to be surprised by that)

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lost-shoe:

littlehollyleaf:

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i personally think it’s more full on psycho than ~dark. it certainly shows sam off the deep deep deep end.

WONDERFUL!

I’ve moved on from being annoyed about Sam falling back into old…

My feelings on this is that Sam and Dean need these switched roles so to speak to better understand both themselves and each other.

Sam, fully human, doing dark things stemming from a desperation to save his brother from supernatural corruption. Its not often he’s been in that position, the reverse in fact, so he cannot empathise with the dark lengths dean has gone to to save him.

Dean, humanity lost, has rarely succumbed to the supernatural, and therefore cannot truly understand Sam’s past actions when corrupted himself. Southern Comfort highlighted this inability to forgive Sam because he cannot empathise, cannot understand.

I think this new, very dark, dynamic really does have sooo much potential for growth for both brothers, and is the necessary evil to overcome to get out of the toxic situation you describe.

Sorry for that I’m just excited

I LIKE when you put it that way - A LOT XD

Although I would add that Sam has been in EXACTLY this position TWICE before - Mystery Spot AND his summer with Ruby post-S03. In fact, as I read it, it was Sam’s recollection of the dark, supernatural lengths he went to those times, and the ‘monster’ it made of him, that led him to choose NOT to try and bring Dean back post-S08. Although he overcompensated then by going too far the other way I think.

It works really NICELY to have them simultaneously walking each other’s common paths though! 

And, while Sam may have experienced the pull of doing dark, unethical things to save his brother, you can argue that he hasn’t really properly thought to look and see how those experiences are mirrored in Dean. They haven’t properly sparked EMPATHY or true UNDERSTANDING, like you say, towards Dean on Sam’s part… perhaps…

Just like Dean’s occasional experience with supernatural power (like when he was a vamp) has yet to be something he’s looked on as an insight into SAM’S similar experiences with supernatural power.

So - yeah! With a bit of luck, with both of them rocking the other’s role in S10, they will reach a point where they look at the other, look at themselves, and UNDERSTAND they have been living through each other’s past situations. Which will help them both understand and forgive each other their past mistakes/choices and let go of old bitterness/grudges.

EEeeee! Now I want the new season now plskthx! :p 

dustydreamsanddirtyscars:

littlehollyleaf:

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i personally think it’s more full on psycho than ~dark. it certainly shows sam off the deep deep deep end.

WONDERFUL!

I’ve moved on from being annoyed about Sam falling back into old habits and once again being drawn back into the toxic Winchester cycle (as I was when he went to seemingly make a deal with Crowley, or whatever, to bring Dean back at the end of S09). I now think it’ll be GOOD to have him sucked back into the toxicity. Could make for dramatic realisations all round about the need for change, to break the cycle, and greater commitment from both him and Dean to do so.

*crosses fingers* :)

I kind of like how they played with that in the sneak peek. Because for a tiny moment - and I hope this isn’t too spoilery for you, if so: SORRY!!! - the audience imo is very deliberately lead to think or take into account and ask the question if Sam might have fallen off the wagon demon blood wise. Curious to see how this is going to play out as well. :)

That’s not too much of a spoiler - it doesn’t give away any facts, just your personal interpretation, so I’m cool :) (I’m so erratic with what does and doesn’t bother me spoiler-wise, I’m sorry!)

CURIOUS…!

i personally think it’s more full on psycho than ~dark. it certainly shows sam off the deep deep deep end.

WONDERFUL!

I’ve moved on from being annoyed about Sam falling back into old habits and once again being drawn back into the toxic Winchester cycle (as I was when he went to seemingly make a deal with Crowley, or whatever, to bring Dean back at the end of S09). I now think it’ll be GOOD to have him sucked back into the toxicity. Could make for dramatic realisations all round about the need for change, to break the cycle, and greater commitment from both him and Dean to do so.

*crosses fingers* :)