I’ve decided to post this before seeing Misha’s video out of Chicon because I think it’s important. I’ve seen two prospects for Misha’s open forum discussion on my dash so far: 1.) Either there is an inhouse fight involving the writers over the prospect of explicit romantic Destiel or 2.)There is a fight going on between Team Carver and the CW/WB over the prospect of explicit romantic Destiel. Chad Khen’s infamous 9x03 comments suggest one thing and season 8 suggests another. It is hard to tell which is the truth.
Because season 8 is so uniform I’m choosing to believe it is the latter. Either Chad is playing dumb to all this, or the push for “endgame hetero-lifemates" came from above his paygrade and he is unaware of everything. It is possible direct network interference is coming from somewhere on high and that Chad doesn’t even realize this is a thing because Carver has been explicitly directed not to send scripts in with certain "elements".
"Well I am allowed some leeway for executive decisions." - April to Cas, 9x03
The fourth wall hasn’t existed on Supernatural in a long time. Let’s face it. I believe the above line is one such case of this. Carver has most likely been directed to change the love narrative for his original design, but has been given some “leeway”. What does this even mean? How far is Carver “allowed to go” right now? Here is how the narrative between Dean/Cas was built last year:
Dean will ask Cas to stay with him under romantic desires.
That is it. That is the bare bones. This is easily redirected to familial desires. And Carver, I believe, is giving us a narrative to “buy him some time” to fight. Dean’s codependency has been interfering with his ability to have a meaningful romantic relationship with someone else his entire life (Lisa says this explicitly). And Dean’s codependency right now is in FULL FORCE. Narratively, this can explain why Dean has put Cas at somewhat of a distance as of 9x03 (disregarding the obvious situation with Ezekiel). I’m fairly confident that 9x07 will serve to illustrate this concept as well, showing us how this all came about. 9x02 presented a narrative prospect for Dean to be able to address love, 2 kinds of it, so it is possible Dean will be able to tell Cas he loves him and ask him to stay but that it will read as plausible deniability to some because of whoever at the network (or at the writers table) is having doubts.
What does all this mean for the future of the Dean/Cas love narrative?
"I guess that’s why we pray. We get dealt such a bad hand sometimes, you need something stronger than yourself."
"That’s a wonderful idea, but.."
“What if you were to find out that no one is listening? That God had pretty much left, that Heaven had gone out of business? What would you do?”
"But that’s not possible.”
"I think it’s completely possible."
“You’re missing the point. It’s not possible because I have my faith.”
"But when I tell you the truth -"
“You’re truth. Not mine. Your lack of faith doesn’t cancel what I believe. That’s not how it works. You know… I think you might feel better if you tried it my way. Someone is listening.”
It means it is time to fight people. If you want canon instead of just fanon it is time to put on your fucking war paint and campaign like everything you believe Dean/Cas means to you is on the line.
Because it is.
I’m not talking about battling haters or flinging poo at them because they don’t understand how season 8 was written. "You are not crazy." Go ahead and put it out of your mind. This is about filling every comment section up in every article that discusses the prospect of Dean/Cas. This is about live tweeting your support every Tuesday to the network. This is about taking pen in hand and all your passion about the couple and sending a letter straight to the suits making the calls. Slap it on a scanner and send a copy to Carver for good measure. This is about us as shippers coming together because seeing Dean/Cas on our screens means something different to every single one of us. YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT PERSONAL.
Because it is personal.
It is time to put everything you have into things like voting for Dean/Cas for best chemistry in the PCAs. Something like that isn’t some backlot slash poll for bragging rights. The PCAs is about putting Jensen and Misha up against Chuck and everyone on a televised award show and saying "There is a story here that is worth telling because it is a story about love".
We will probably never know the whole truth on this matter, where the conflict is coming from (there may actually be multiple sources). All you can do right now is make your voice heard and pray that it is enough. It is time to have some faith in Dean and Cas and support the writers who are fighting for this.
Hope for the best, but expect the worst. Be ready to go into this with both eyes open. Go ahead and accept that it may not be enough. Because it is the sad truth. Remember that canon Destiel isn’t the be all end all of this story. Fanon Destiel is beautiful. We made it that way. That can’t be taken away from us. It is impossible. For some it is enough, for others it is not. So if it is not… if you refuse to live in the dark recesses of fandom where slash ship fanon pairings never become canon, where some of us have been for years, then I urge you to stand with me. Fight for what you believe in. Dare to hope. Dare to hold on.
For the greatest love story ever told…