Dear Chuck I loved this episode. I’m going to leave the really big meta writing to those a lot better at it than me, but I can’t help but touch on one little parallel that got me really excited.
So firstly, we have Cas gently letting Hannah know that he’s aware of the feelings that she might be growing towards him and he tells her that they—that he— can’t afford for those feelings to get in the way. He has a mission that he can’t divert from for any reason. He has to get to Dean.
In other words, he tells her that now is not the time.
Any other time and Cas might have been able to handle the situation, but he’s weak, he’s focused, and the timing for Hannah to develop these feelings is inconvenient.
"This road we’re on. It’s dangerous. We can’t afford to lose our way… no detours of any kind… I’ve been around humans for long enough to see how easily distractions occur."
“Emotions. Feelings. They’re dangerous temptations.”
What we have here is a discussion between Hannah and Cas discussing timing in direct relation to emotions and feelings.
Where else in the episode does Cas discuss timing with someone?
Ah yes. At the end with Dean.
It’s almost as an afterthought, just as he’s about to leave the room.
"Hey, maybe you should take some time before you get back to work— allow yourself to heal. It’s uh— I don’t know. The timing might be right.”
*Cue intense look of consideration from Dean*
Because of the previous conversation about timing and how it was correlated with the emotions and feelings, I immediately connected the two talks together.
The first stating the feelings and implying the timing.
The second stating the timing and implying the feelings.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people talk about failed relationships saying, “The timing just wasn’t right.”
Or successful ones, “It was just perfect timing.”
I don’t know if Cas used a common relationship phrase on purpose, but the writers sure did.
And maybe the timing is finally right for the feelings between Dean and Castiel.